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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
910 PM EST WED FEB 3 2016

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...THE PORTLAND ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1941 TO 2015 /FOR TEMPERATURES/
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2015 /FOR PRECIPITATION/
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1882 TO 2015 /FOR SNOWFALL/


WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              67   01/06/2007
 LOW              -26   01/19/1971
HIGHEST            52   01/10        50       2       49  01/19
                                                          01/18
LOWEST              1   01/22        -7       8       -9  01/08
AVG. MAXIMUM     35.1              31.2     3.9     30.5
AVG. MINIMUM     18.8              13.4     5.4     11.6
MEAN             27.0              22.3     4.7     21.1
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     13              16.3    -3.3       19
DAYS MIN <= 32     29              29.6    -0.6       30
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               3.9    -3.9        5

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        12.29   1935
 MINIMUM         0.28   2004
TOTALS           3.37              3.38   -0.01     4.67
DAILY AVG.       0.11              0.11    0.00     0.15
DAYS >= .01         8              11.1    -3.1       12
DAYS >= .10         4               6.6    -2.6        8
DAYS >= .50         3               2.4     0.6        1
DAYS >= 1.00        1               0.8     0.2        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    2.04   01/10 TO 01/10


SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           62.4   1979
TOTALS           13.2              19.2    -6.0     40.7
SINCE 7/1        20.5              34.3   -13.8     54.6
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      4
DAYS >= TRACE       8               7.9     0.1
DAYS >= 1.0         3               4.8    -1.8
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         8   01/19
 24 HR TOTAL      6.7   01/12 TO 01/13

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1170              1324    -154     1355
 SINCE 7/1       3247              3936    -689     3627
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.0
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    36/140    DATE  01/10
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    49/160    DATE  01/10

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     66

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     HEAVY RAIN                 1
RAIN                      1     LIGHT RAIN                 4
FREEZING RAIN             1     LT FREEZING RAIN           1
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       2
LIGHT SNOW                7     FOG                        8
FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE     1     HAZE                       4

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

&&

WINTER LIKE COLD AND SNOW WAS SLOW TO ARRIVE BUT FINALLY MADE AN
APPEARANCE AT THE END OF DECEMBER. AFTER A FEW COLD DAYS AT THE
START OF JANUARY, THE JANUARY THAW ARRIVED. ON THE 10TH THE
TEMPERATURE WARMED TO 52 DEGREES AND MORE THAN 2 INCHES OF RAIN
WASHED AWAY ALL OF THE REMAINING SNOW ON THE GROUND. BUT THE WARM
AND SNOW FREE DAYS WERE SHORT LIVED AS A STORM SYSTEM BROUGHT MORE
THAN 6 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE 12TH AND 13TH. WHAT FOLLOWED WAS A LONG
PERIOD OF TEMPERATURES NEAR OR BELOW NORMAL. THERE WERE 11 STRAIGHT
DAYS WHERE THE TEMPERATURE DID NOT RISE ABOVE FREEZING FROM THE 13TH
THROUGH THE 23RD AND A COUPLE LIGHT SNOWFALLS HELPED TO REESTABLISH
THE WINTER SNOW PACK. THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH AND THE
SEASON SO FAR WAS ON THE 22ND WHEN THE TEMPERATURE FELL TO 1 DEGREE.
BUT A SHIFT TOWARD WARMER WEATHER BEGAN FOR THE LAST WEEK OF THE
MONTH. BY THE 31ST THE TEMPERATURE SOARED ABOVE 50 DEGREES AGAIN.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 27.0 DEGREES WHICH WAS 4.7
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE 8TH WARMEST ON RECORD. THE WARMEST
TEMPERATURE WAS 52 DEGREES ON THE 10TH WHILE THE COLDEST WAS 1
DEGREE ON THE 22ND. THE WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD WAS 2002 WITH AN
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 30.4 DEGREES. THE COLDEST WAS 1971 AT ONLY
12.2 DEGREES. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE TOP TEN WARMEST JANUARY
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AT PORTLAND.

WARMEST JANUARY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (SINCE 1940)
RANK  TEMP  YEAR
1     30.4  2002
2     30.3  2006
3     30.2  1990
4     28.5  1953
5     27.4  1956
6     27.2  1995
7     27.1  1998
8     27.0  2016 <===
9     26.9  2012
      26.9  1950

A TOTAL OF 3.37 INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN JANUARY WHICH WAS 0.01 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL. THE HEAVIEST RAIN WAS ON JANUARY 9TH AND 10TH WHEN
2.11 INCHES WAS MEASURED. THE WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD WAS 1935
WHEN 12.29 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL. THE DRIEST WAS 2004 WITH
ONLY 0.28 INCHES.

THERE WAS 13.2 INCHES OF SNOW MEASURED WHICH WAS 6.0 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. MOST OF THE SNOW FELL DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH WITH
THE HEAVIEST FALLING ON THE 12TH AND 13TH WHEN 6.7 INCHES WAS
MEASURED. THE SNOWIEST JANUARY WAS 1979 WHEN 62.4 INCHES OF SNOW
FELL. THE LEAST SNOWY WAS 1908 WITH ONLY 1.6 INCHES.

THE FOLLOWING DAILY RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED IN JANUARY 2016...
DATE RECORD                              PREVIOUS
10   52 - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE       50 IN 2000
10   43 - WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE    40 IN 2002, 1956, AND 1946

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KIMBLE


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