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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
524 PM EDT THU JUN 2 2016

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...THE GRAY ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE SPRING SEASON, FROM
3/1/2016 TO 5/31/2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1995 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
.............................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              92   05/28/2016
                        05/31/2013
 LOW               -4   03/09/2007
                        03/07/2007
                        03/06/2007
HIGHEST            92R  05/28        86       6       88
LOWEST              9   03/03         6       3        2
AVG. MAXIMUM     54.5              53.5     1.0     53.6
AVG. MINIMUM     34.9              34.5     0.4     33.4
MEAN             44.7              44.0     0.7     43.5
DAYS MAX >= 90      1               0.5     0.5        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      3               5.7    -2.7        8
DAYS MIN <= 32     35              36.1    -1.1       38
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.5    -0.5        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        23.27   2005
TOTALS           9.37             12.45   -3.08     7.08
DAILY AVG.       0.10              0.14   -0.04     0.08
DAYS >= .01        36              36.1    -0.1       33
DAYS >= .10        22              22.2    -0.2       14
DAYS >= .50         7               8.8    -1.8        5
DAYS >= 1.00        1               3.2    -2.2        2
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.10   03/28 TO 03/29              2.44

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           58.8   2001
TOTALS           14.5              24.7   -10.2      8.2
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0
DAYS >= TRACE      13               8.4     4.6       21
DAYS >= 1.0         4               4.9    -0.9        4
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         5   03/21                         25
 24 HR TOTAL      6.8   03/21                        2.8

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1862              1940     -78     1994
 SINCE 7/1       6382              7098    -716     7470
COOLING TOTAL      22                11      11       40
 SINCE 1/1         22                11      11       40
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-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

&&

THE WEATHER PATTERN WHICH FEATURED MOSTLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES
THROUGH THE WINTER WITH A FEW PERIODS OF COLDER WEATHER CONTINUED
INTO THE SPRING. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE SHORT 21-YEAR HISTORY OF
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY,
ALL OF THE WINTER SNOW PACK MELTED BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF MARCH.
MOST OF MARCH WAS WARMER THAN NORMAL, AND THE 71 DEGREES ON MARCH 9
WAS THE EARLIEST 70 DEGREE READING YET OBSERVED AT GRAY. BUT THE
WEATHER PATTERN BEGAN TO SHIFT IN MID MARCH. BY THE FIRST DAY OF
SPRING, MARCH 21, A SNOWSTORM BROUGHT 6.8 INCHES OF SNOWFALL ALONG
WITH COLDER TEMPERATURES. AFTER A BRIEF WARM UP, MORE COLD AIR AND
SNOW ARRIVED IN EARLY APRIL. EARLY APRIL SAW 4 OF THE 5 COLDEST LOW
TEMPERATURES YET OBSERVED IN THE MONTH OF APRIL AS WELL AS THE
COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE IN APRIL. TEMPERATURES MODERATED A BIT
TOWARD THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH, BUT A RARE LATE SEASON SNOWSTORM
BROUGHT 4.2 MORE INCHES OF SNOWFALL ON APRIL 26 ALONG WITH COLD
TEMPERATURES. THE LAST FREEZE OF THE SEASON WAS APRIL 30, A FEW DAYS
LATER THAN NORMAL. THE COOL WEATHER CONTINUED INTO EARLY MAY ALONG
WITH 8 STRAIGHT DAYS OF LIGHT RAIN. A SHIFT TOWARD WARMER WEATHER
BEGAN IN MID MAY AND BY MAY 28 THE TEMPERATURE ROSE ALL THE WAY TO
92 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE FIRST 90 DEGREE TEMPERATURE OBSERVED AT
GRAY IN MORE THAN 2 YEARS AND THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE YET OBSERVED
IN THE MONTH OF MAY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE SPRING WAS 44.7 DEGREES WHICH WAS
0.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE WARMEST SPRING WAS 2010 WHEN THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 49.7 DEGREES. THE COLDEST WAS 40.8 DEGREES
IN 2014. THE FOLLOWING TABLES LIST SOME OF THE EXTREME TEMPERATURES
OBSERVED THIS SPRING AND WHERE THEY RANK IN THE SHORT 21-YEAR
HISTORY OF OBSERVATIONS AT GRAY.

COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURES IN APRIL (SINCE 1995)...
RANK  TEMP  DATE
1      23   APRIL 4, 2016 <===
2      25   APRIL 5, 2003
3      29   APRIL 9, 1997
4      31   APRIL 4, 2003
5      32   APRIL 10, 1996

COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURES IN APRIL (SINCE 1995)...
RANK  TEMP  DATE
1     15   APRIL 4, 2016 <===
2     17   APRIL 5, 2016 <===
3     18   APRIL 6, 2016 <===
      18   APRIL 1, 2003
5     19   APRIL 3, 2016 <===
      19   APRIL 9, 1997

DAYS IN SPRING THAT REACH 90 DEGREES (SINCE 1996)
RANK  TEMP  DATE
1      92   MAY 28, 2016 <===
       92   MAY 31, 2013
3      91   MAY 26, 2010
       91   APR 28, 2009
       91   MAY 25, 2007
       91   MAY 3, 2001
7      90   MAY 25, 2010
       90   MAY 21, 2009
       90   MAY 2, 2001
       90   MAY 29, 1998

A TOTAL OF 9.37 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL WHICH WAS 3.08 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL. THE HEAVIEST RAIN FELL ON MARCH 28 AND 29 WHEN 1.10
INCHES WAS MEASURED. THE DRIEST SPRING WAS JUST LAST YEAR WHEN ONLY
7.08 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL. THE WETTEST WAS 2005 WHEN 23.27
INCHES WAS MEASURED.

THERE WAS 14.5 INCHES OF SNOWFALL WHICH WAS 10.2 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THE HEAVIEST SNOW FELL ON MARCH 21 WHEN 6.8 INCHES WAS
MEASURED. THE SNOWIEST SPRING WAS 2001 WHEN 58.8 INCHES FELL. THE
LEAST SNOWY WAS 2010 WHEN ONLY 1.0 INCHES WAS MEASURED. THE
FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE LATEST SNOWSTORMS OBSERVED AT GRAY.

LATEST SNOWSTORMS (SINCE 1995)...
RANK  SNOW  DATE
1      0.8  APRIL 29, 2002
2      4.2  APRIL 26, 2016 <===
3      3.6  APRIL 25-26, 2002
4      0.2  APRIL 22, 2002
5      2.5  APRIL 21-22, 2000

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KIMBLE



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