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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
702 PM EDT SAT JUN 10 2017

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...THE GRAY ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE SPRING SEASON, FROM
3/1/2017 TO 5/31/2017...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1995 TO 2017

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE
                                          NORMAL
.............................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              95   05/18/2017
 LOW               -4   03/09/2007
                        03/07/2007
                        03/06/2007
HIGHEST            95R  05/18        86       9       92
LOWEST             -1   03/11         6      -7        9
AVG. MAXIMUM     50.9              53.5    -2.6     54.5
AVG. MINIMUM     33.9              34.5    -0.6     34.9
MEAN             42.4              44.0    -1.6     44.7
DAYS MAX >= 90      1               0.5     0.5        1
DAYS MAX <= 32     13               5.7     7.3        3
DAYS MIN <= 32     34              36.1    -2.1       35
DAYS MIN <= 0       2               0.5     1.5        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        23.27   2005
TOTALS          13.86             12.45    1.41     9.37
DAILY AVG.       0.15              0.14    0.01     0.10
DAYS >= .01        42              36.1     5.9       36
DAYS >= .10        26              22.2     3.8       22
DAYS >= .50        11               8.8     2.2        7
DAYS >= 1.00        4               3.2     0.8        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.45   05/26                        1.10

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           58.8   2001
TOTALS           34.1              24.7     9.4     14.5
SINCE 7/1       123.9              83.8    40.1     51.8
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      5
DAYS >= TRACE      18               8.4     9.6       13
DAYS >= 1.0         4               4.9    -0.9        4
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        23   03/15                          5
 24 HR TOTAL     16.6R  03/14                        6.8

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    2082              1940     142     1862
 SINCE 7/1       6776              7098    -322     6382
COOLING TOTAL      21                11      10       22
 SINCE 1/1         21                11      10       22
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-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

&&

ALTHOUGH THE LATE WINTER HAD SEEN A STRETCH OF VERY WARM WEATHER, AS
THE CALENDAR TURNED TO MARCH THE WARM WEATHER QUICKLY CAME TO AN
END. SEVERAL ROUNDS OF ARCTIC AIR MOVED INTO NEW ENGLAND. THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE ON MARCH 4 WAS ONLY 13 DEGREES, THE COLDEST SPRING DAY
IN THE SHORT 22-YEAR HISTORY OF OBSERVATIONS AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IN GRAY. NOT TO BE UNDONE, THE NEXT ARCTIC AIR MASS WAS EVEN
COLDER, WITH THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 12 DEGREES ON MARCH 11 BREAKING
THAT RECORD AGAIN. ON MARCH 14 A NOR`EASTER BROUGHT HEAVY SNOW AND
WINDY CONDITIONS, WITH 16.6 INCHES OF SNOWFALL BEING RECORDED. THIS
WAS THE MOST SNOW IN A 24-HOUR PERIOD RECORDED IN SPRING AND THE
SECOND LARGEST SNOWSTORM IN SPRING. AFTER 7 STRAIGHT DAYS WITH
SUBFREEZING TEMPERATURES FROM MARCH 10 THROUGH 16, THE BITTER COLD
GRADUALLY BEGAN TO FADE. TEMPERATURES SLOWLY BEGAN TO WARM, BUT JUST
AS THEY BEGAN TO WARM ANOTHER COLD FRONT WOULD BRING THE WINTER-LIKE
COLD BACK IN AGAIN. ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT SNOWSTORM ARRIVED ON MARCH
31 AND BY APRIL 1 ANOTHER 14 INCHES OF SNOW HAD FALLEN. THIS WAS THE
SECOND LARGEST APRIL SNOWSTORM ON RECORD. GRADUALLY THE WEATHER
PATTERN BEGAN TO CHANGE. ALTHOUGH THE FREQUENT COLD FRONTS CONTINUED
TO BRING ALTERNATING WARMER AND COLDER TEMPERATURES, THE WARMER
WEATHER BEGAN LASTING LONGER AND GETTING WARMER. THE LAST OF THE
WINTER SNOW MELTED ON APRIL 12. ON EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 16, THE
TEMPERATURE SOARED ALL THE WAY TO 85 DEGREES, THE FIRST 80 DEGREE
TEMPERATURE OF THE YEAR. ALTHOUGH A COLD FRONT BROUGHT COOLER
WEATHER AGAIN FOR THE NEXT WEEK OR TWO, THE WARMTH WOULD BUILD AGAIN
AND THE TEMPERATURE WOULD REACH 80 DEGREES AGAIN BEFORE THE MONTH
ENDED. A MORE SPRING-LIKE WEATHER PATTERN EMERGED, WITH FREQUENT
PERIODS OF COOL, DAMP WEATHER PERIODICALLY BROKEN BY BRIEF PERIODS
OF MUCH WARMER WEATHER. RAIN WAS OBSERVED ON 13 OF THE FIRST 15 DAYS
OF MAY. ANOTHER BRIEF BUT INTENSE WARM UP CAME IN MID MAY WHEN THE
TEMPERATURE SOARED TO 95 DEGREES ON MAY 18, THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURE
OBSERVED IN SPRING. A COLD FRONT ARRIVED THE FOLLOWING DAY, BRINGING
A RETURN TO THE COOL, DAMP WEATHER FOR MUCH OF THE REST OF MAY. RAIN
FELL ON 8 OF THE LAST 10 DAYS OF MAY, WITH MORE THAN 2 INCHES
FALLING ON MAY 25 AND 26.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE SEASON WAS 42.4 WHICH WAS 1.6
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE COOLEST SPRING WAS IN 2014 WHEN THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 40.8 DEGREES. THE WARMEST WAS IN 2010 AT
49.3 DEGREES. SPRING 2017 SAW TWO OF THE COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURES
AS WELL AS THE HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURE ON RECORD. THE FOLLOWING
TABLES LIST THE COLDEST AND HOTTEST HIGH TEMPERATURES IN SPRING.

EXTREME SPRING TEMPERATURES (SINCE 1996)...
COLDEST HIGH TEMP             | HOTTEST HIGH TEMP
RANK  TEMP  DATE              | TEMP  DATE
1      12   MAR 11, 2017 <=== |  95   MAY 18, 2017 <===
2      13   MAR 4, 2017 <===  |  92   MAY 28, 2016
3      16   MAR 6, 2007       |  92   MAY 31, 2013
4      17   MAR 8, 2007       |  91   MAY 26, 2010
5      18   MAR 7, 2007       |  91   APR 28, 2009 *
*ALSO OCCURRED IN PRIOR YEARS

A TOTAL OF 13.86 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL WHICH WAS 1.41 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL AND THE WETTEST SPRING SINCE 2011. THE HEAVIEST
PRECIPITATION FELL ON MAY 25 AND 26 WHEN 2.12 INCHES OF RAIN WAS
RECORDED. THE WETTEST SPRING WAS IN 2005 WHEN 23.27 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION FELL. THE DRIEST WAS IN 2015 WHEN ONLY 7.08 INCHES WAS
RECORDED.

THERE WAS 34.1 INCHES OF SNOWFALL WHICH WAS 9.4 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL
AND THE SNOWIEST SPRING SINCE 2007. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL WAS ON
MARCH 14 WHEN 16.6 INCHES WAS MEASURED. THE SNOWIEST SPRING WAS IN
2001 WHEN 58.8 INCHES OF SNOW FELL. THE LEAST SNOWY WAS IN 2010 WHEN
ONLY 1.0 INCH WAS RECORDED. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE LARGEST
SPRING SNOWSTORMS ON RECORD, TWO OF WHICH FELL IN 2017.

LARGEST SPRING SNOWSTORMS (SINCE 1996)...
RANK  SNOW  DATES
1     17.1  3/5-6/2001
2     16.6  3/14/2017 <===
3     15.2  4/4-6/2007
4     14.9  3/11-13/2005
5     14.4  3/22-24/2001
6     14.0  3/31-4/1/2017 <===
7     12.6  3/30-31/2001

SNOWFALL FOR THE 2016-17 SEASON TOTALED 123.9 INCHES WHICH WAS 40.1
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE SNOWIEST SEASON SINCE 2007-08, MORE THAN
DOUBLING LAST SEASON`S SNOWFALL TOTAL. THE SNOWIEST SEASON ON RECORD
WAS 2007-08 WHEN 134.0 INCHES FELL. THE LEAST SNOWY WAS 2005-06 WHEN
ONLY 50.4 INCHES WAS RECORDED.

$$

KIMBLE



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