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GRAY CLIMATE DATA FOR THE WINTER OF 2013/14
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
1000 AM EST FRI MAR 7 2014

THIS IS A SEASONAL SUMMARY FOR THE METEOROLOGICAL WINTER (DECEMBER...JANUARY
...FEBRUARY) OF 2013-14 FOR GRAY, MAINE. THE PERIOD OF RECORD FOR GRAY IS ONLY
19 YEARS...BEGINNING IN OCTOBER OF 1995.

THE METEOROLOGICAL WINTER OF 2013-14 IN GRAY, MAINE WAS MUCH COLDER AND
SNOWIER THAN NORMAL.

ALL THREE WINTER MONTHS HAD BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES. AS A RESULT THE SEASON
WAS 3.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THERE WERE 13 DAYS WITH LOWS OF ZERO OR COLDER
WHICH IS TWICE WHAT WOULD NORMALLY BE EXPECTED /THE 30 YEAR NORMAL IS 6.4 DAYS
EVERY WINTER/. THE LOW FOR THE SEASON WAS MINUS 11 DEGREES ON JANUARY 4TH. THIS
FELL FOUR DEGREES SHORT OF THE ALL TIME LOW IN GRAY WHICH IS MINUS 15 DEGREES
SET ON JANUARY 15, 2004.

THE MINUS 11 ON JANUARY 4TH OF THIS YEAR DID MANAGE TO TIE AS THE 5TH COLDEST
TEMPERATURE EVER AT THE GRAY WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE. THE MINUS 10 ON
JANUARY 2ND THIS YEAR TIED AS THE 11TH COLDEST AND THE MINUS 9 ON JANUARY 3RD
TIED AS THE 13TH COLDEST EVER.

IN CONTRAST THE HIGH FOR THE SEASON WAS 51 DEGREES ON JANUARY 6TH. THE MERCURY
NEVER REACHED 50 IN DECEMBER OR FEBRUARY. IN FACT THE HIGH FOR DECEMBER WAS
JUST 40 DEGREES AND THE HIGH FOR FEBRUARY 44 DEGREES.

GRAY MEASURED 73.0 INCHES OF SNOW THIS WINTER WHICH WAS 17.0 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. FEBRUARY WAS THE SNOWIEST MONTH WITH 33.2 INCHES, WHICH WAS DOUBLE
THE NORMAL SNOWFALL OF 16.5 INCHES FOR FEBRUARY. DECEMBER HAD 26.9 INCHES OF
SNOW WHICH WAS 8.6 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. JANUARY HAD THE LEAST AMOUNT OF SNOW
WITH JUST 12.9 INCHES WHICH WAS 8.3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

GRAY HAD FIVE SNOWSTORMS OVER THE THREE WINTER MONTHS. THE FIRST SNOWSTORM
DUMPED 10.7 INCHES ON DECEMBER 14TH AND 15TH. THE NEXT STORM LEFT 8.6 INCHES
OF NEW SNOW ON THE GROUND ON JANUARY 2ND AND 3RD. THIS WAS THE LAST MAJOR
SNOWFALL UNTIL FEBRUARY 5TH WHEN 7.5 INCHES OF SNOW FELL IN GRAY. THE NEXT
EVENT DROPPED 11.9 INCHES FROM FEBRUARY 13TH THROUGH THE 15TH. THE LAST
NOTABLE SNOWSTORM LEFT 9.7 INCHES OF SNOW ON FEBRUARY 18TH AND 19TH.

FOR THE THREE MONTH PERIOD GRAY RECORDED A TRACE OR MORE OF SNOW ON 41
DAYS. NORMALLY GRAY WOULD ONLY SEE 23.6 DAYS WITH A SNOWFALL OF A TRACE OR
MORE.

GRAY MEASURED 10.67 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION (COMBINED RAINFALL AND MELTED
SNOWFALL) THIS WINTER WITH EACH MONTH RECORDING AROUND THREE AND A HALF
INCHES (DECEMBER WITH 3.68, JANUARY WITH 3.50 AND FEBRUARY WITH 3.49 INCHES).
THE THREE MONTH TOTAL WAS ONLY 0.23 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

HERE IS A TABULAR SUMMARY OF WINTER 2013-14 IN GRAY MAINE.

...TEMPERATURES...

                           DEC.       JAN.       FEB.      WINTER 2013/14
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE        21.9       19.9       21.2          21.0
30 YEAR NORMAL             27.3       21.0       24.7          24.3
DEPARTURE             MINUS 5.4  MINUS 1.1  MINUS 3.5     MINUS 3.3

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE          40         51         44            51 - JAN 6TH
LOWEST TEMPERATURE           -5        -11         -2           -11 - JAN 4TH

...PRECIPITATION...

MEASURED (INCHES)          3.68       3.50       3.49         10.67
30 YEAR NORMAL             4.06       3.53       3.31         10.90
DEPARTURE            MINUS 0.38 MINUS 0.03  PLUS 0.18    MINUS 0.23

GREATEST RAINFALL
IN ANY 24-HOUR PERIOD      0.83       1.20       1.29          1.29 - FEB 13-14TH

...SNOWFALL DATA...

MEASURED (INCHES)          26.9       12.9       33.2          73.0
30 YEAR NORMAL             18.3       21.2       16.5          56.0
DEPARTURE              PLUS 8.6  MINUS 8.3  PLUS 16.7     PLUS 17.0

GREATEST SNOWFALL (INCHES)
IN ANY 24-HOUR PERIOD      10.7        8.0        9.8          10.7 - DEC 14-15TH

...DEGREE DAY DATA...

HEATING DEGREE DAYS        1330       1391       1218          3939
30 YEAR NORMAL             1169       1364       1128          3661
DEPARTURE              PLUS 161    PLUS 27    PLUS 90      PLUS 278

COOLING DEGREE DAYS           0          0          0             0
30 YEAR NORMAL                0          0          0             0
DEPARTURE                  NONE       NONE       NONE          NONE

...NUMBER OF DAYS DURING WINTER WITH...

                           WINTER 2013/14   NORMAL    DEPARTURE

MAX TEMPERATURE 90 OR WARMER        0          0.0         NONE
MAX TEMPERATURE 32 OR COLDER       62         43.1    PLUS 18.9
MIN TEMPERATURE 32 OR COLDER       87         85.2     PLUS 1.8
MIN TEMPERATURE  0 OR COLDER       13          6.4     PLUS 6.6
0.01 INCH OR MORE PCPN             41         32.3     PLUS 8.7
1.00 INCH OR MORE PCPN              1          3.0    MINUS 2.0
SNOWFALL TRACE OR MORE             41         23.6    PLUS 17.4
SNOWFALL 1 INCH OR MORE            19         13.9     PLUS 5.1
SNOWFALL 6 INCHES OR MORE           5          N/A

NOTE...THE METEOROLOGICAL WINTER REFERS TO DECEMBER - JANUARY - FEBRUARY
TOTALS ONLY.

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT WEATHER RECORDS IN GRAY ARE LIMITED...GOING BACK
ONLY 19 YEARS...BEGINNING IN OCTOBER OF 1995.

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SJC
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