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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
558 AM EST THU DEC 4 2014

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...THE PORTLAND ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE FALL SEASON, FROM
9/1/2014 TO 11/30/2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1941 TO 2014 /FOR TEMPERATURES/
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1871 TO 2014 /FOR PRECIPITATION/
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1882 TO 2014 /FOR SNOWFALL/



WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              95   09/11/1983
                        09/07/1945
 LOW                3   11/24/1989
HIGHEST            87   09/06        86       1
LOWEST             11   11/29        16      -5
AVG. MAXIMUM     60.1              58.9     1.2
AVG. MINIMUM     42.2              40.0     2.2
MEAN             51.2              49.4     1.8
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.3    -0.3
DAYS MAX <= 32      2               1.0     1.0
DAYS MIN <= 32     18              26.1    -8.1
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        24.18   2005
 MINIMUM         4.88   1915
TOTALS          11.40             13.49   -2.09
DAILY AVG.       0.12              0.15   -0.03
DAYS >= .01        30              30.9    -0.9
DAYS >= .10        18              19.4    -1.4
DAYS >= .50         7               8.1    -1.1
DAYS >= 1.00        5               3.6     1.4
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    2.04   10/21-22

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           24.3   1921
TOTALS           10.3               1.9     8.4
SINCE 7/1        10.3               1.9     8.4
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0
DAYS >= TRACE       8               1.5     6.5
DAYS >= 1.0         3               0.7     2.3
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         7   11/27
 24 HR TOTAL      8.4   11/26 TO 11/27

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1287              1446    -159
 SINCE 7/1       1311              1491    -180
COOLING TOTAL      53                31      22
 SINCE 1/1        351               359      -8
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              7.1
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    37/320    DATE  11/02
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    46/310    DATE  11/02

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     71

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     HEAVY RAIN                 7
RAIN                     15     LIGHT RAIN                30
FREEZING RAIN             0     LT FREEZING RAIN           0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       2
LIGHT SNOW                7     FOG                       50
FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE    12     HAZE                       6

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

&&

AFTER A COOL SUMMER, PORTLAND BEGAN TO FINALLY SEE WARM WEATHER BY
THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER. THE SECOND WARMEST DAY OF THE YEAR
OCCURRED ON SEPTEMBER 6TH WHEN THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 87 DEGREES.
MUCH OF THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER WAS PERSISTENTLY COOL, BUT WARMER
WEATHER RETURNED FOR THE END OF THE MONTH AND LASTED THROUGH THE
MONTH OF OCTOBER. THE WARMTH WAS ESPECIALLY NOTICEABLE IN LOW
TEMPERATURES WHICH WERE SEVERAL DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. IN FACT,
PORTLAND SAW ITS LATEST FIRST FREEZE ON RECORD IN 2014 DUE TO THE
PERSISTENTLY WARM OCTOBER. THAT WARMTH FINALLY BROKE AT THE
BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER. THE FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON FELL ON NOVEMBER
2ND WHILE THE FIRST FREEZE ARRIVED THE FOLLOWING DAY. ALTHOUGH THERE
WERE A FEW DAYS OF RECORD WARMTH IN MID NOVEMBER, THE COLD RETURNED
AGAIN JUST IN TIME FOR THANKSGIVING. A HEAVY SNOWSTORM BROUGHT
SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW TO PORTLAND ON THE BUSIEST TRAVEL DAY OF THE
YEAR JUST BEFORE THANKSGIVING.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE FALL WAS 51.2 DEGREES. THIS WAS 1.8
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE 6TH WARMEST FALL ON RECORD AT PORTLAND.
THE WARMEST FALL WAS 2011 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 53.0
DEGREES. THE COOLEST WAS 1976 AT 45.6 DEGREES. THE FOLLOWING TABLE
LISTS THE WARMEST FALLS ON RECORD AT PORTLAND.

WARMEST FALL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (RECORDS BEGAN 1941)...
RANK    TEMP    YEAR

1       53.0    2011
2       51.5    2005
        51.5    1961
4       51.3    1990
        51.3    1970
6       51.2    2014 <===
7       51.0    2007
        51.0    2006
9       50.9    2010
        50.9    2001

THE FIRST FREEZE OF THE YEAR OCCURRED ON NOVEMBER 3RD. THIS WAS ONE
DAY AFTER THE FIRST SNOWFALL. NEVER BEFORE HAD THE FIRST SNOW
OCCURRED BEFORE THE FIRST FREEZE. AND THE FIRST FREEZE OF NOVEMBER
3RD WAS THE LATEST ON RECORD AT PORTLAND. THE TABLE BELOW LISTS THE
LATEST DATES OF THE FIRST FALL FREEZE ON RECORD AT PORTLAND.

LATEST DATE OF FIRST FALL FREEZE (RECORDS BEGAN 1941)...
RANK  DATE
1     NOVEMBER 3, 2014 <===
2     OCTOBER 25, 2013
      OCTOBER 25, 1949
4     OCTOBER 21, 2005
      OCTOBER 21, 1990
      OCTOBER 21, 1985
7     OCTOBER 19, 1970
8     OCTOBER 18, 2008
9     OCTOBER 17, 2007
10    OCTOBER 16, 1969
      OCTOBER 16, 1948

WITH THE LATEST DATE OF THE FIRST FALL FREEZE ON RECORD, THE GROWING
SEASON AT PORTLAND WAS ALSO THE LONGEST ON RECORD IN 2014. THE
GROWING SEASON IS DEFINED AS THE NUMBER OF DAYS BETWEEN THE LAST
FREEZE IN SPRING AND THE FIRST FREEZE IN FALL. THE AVERAGE LENGTH OF
THE GROWING SEASON IN PORTLAND IS 158 DAYS. THE SHORTEST GROWING
SEASON WAS IN 1961 AT ONLY 110 DAYS. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE
TOP TEN LONGEST GROWING SEASONS AT PORTLAND.

LONGEST GROWING SEASONS (RECORDS BEGAN 1941)...
RANK  DAYS  YEAR
1     196   2014 <===
2     184   1990
3     181   1970
4     179   1983
5     176   2013
6     175   1991
7     173   2007
8     170   1994
9     169   2005
10    168   2008

A TOTAL OF 11.40 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL DURING THE FALL. THIS
WAS 2.09 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE MORE NOTABLE PRECIPITATION EVENTS
OCCURRED IN THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER WHEN SEVERAL ROUNDS OF RAIN
OCCURRED. THERE WERE 4 SEPARATE DAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER THAT
SAW MORE THAN AN INCH OF RAIN. THERE WAS ALSO HEAVY PRECIPITATION
AROUND THANKSGIVING IN NOVEMBER, WITH MUCH OF THIS FALLING AS SNOW.
THE WETTEST FALL ON RECORD WAS 2005 WHEN 24.18 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION FELL. THE DRIEST WAS 1915 WHEN 4.88 INCHES FELL.

A TOTAL OF 10.3 INCHES OF SNOW FELL IN THE FALL OF 2014, ALL OF IT
IN NOVEMBER. THIS WAS 8.4 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THE FIRST MEASURABLE
SNOW FELL ON NOVEMBER 2ND. WHILE THE BIGGEST SNOWSTORM OCCURRED
AROUND THANKSGIVING WHEN 8.5 INCHES FELL FROM NOVEMBER 26TH THROUGH
NOVEMBER 28TH. THE 8.4 INCHES OF SNOW THIS FALL WAS THE MOST SINCE
1997. THE MOST FALL SNOW ON RECORD WAS 24.3 INCHES IN 1921. THERE
HAVE BEEN MANY YEARS WHERE ONLY TRACES OF SNOW WERE OBSERVED AND 4
YEARS WITH NO SNOWFALL, MOST RECENTLY IN 2006.

THE FOLLOWING DAILY RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED IN FALL 2014...
DATE      RECORD                              PREVIOUS
SEP 6     76 - WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE    76 IN 1983 /TIED/
SEP 27    84 - WARMEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE    80 IN 1948
SEP 27    67 - WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE    67 IN 2007 AND OTHERS /TIED/
OCT 1     3  - SMALLEST DAILY RANGE           5 IN 2008 AND 1966 /TIED/
OCT 8     57 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE        56 IN 1969
OCT 15    76 - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE       76 IN 1963 /TIED/
OCT 15    62 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE        58 IN 1970
OCT 15    69 - WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE    63 IN 1990
OCT 16    63 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE        57 IN 1954
OCT 16    67 - WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE    66 IN 1963
OCT 17    59 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE        54 IN 1999 AND 1958
OCT 17    66 - WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE    64 IN 1968 AND 1947
OCT 22    3  - SMALLEST DAILY RANGE           6 IN 2003, 1996 AND 1994
NOV 24    63 - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE       60 IN 1999
NOV 25    64 - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE       61 IN 1946 AND 1953
NOV 25    55 - WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE    54 IN 1953 AND 1979
NOV 26    7.4 - GREATEST DAILY SNOWFALL       7.0 IN 1885

$$

KIMBLE


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