Climatological Report (Annual)
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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PWMCLABGR 000...PRELIMINARY TTAA00 KCAR 172100

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...THE BANGOR ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1925 TO 2017

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH             104   08/19/1935
 LOW              -32   02/10/1948
HIGHEST            91   09/09        MM      MM       90  08/18
                        08/11
LOWEST            -17   02/15        MM      MM      -23  02/14
AVG. MAXIMUM     56.3              54.7     1.6     54.3
AVG. MINIMUM     35.5              34.0     1.5     32.8
MEAN             45.9              44.3     1.6     43.6
DAYS MAX >= 90      2               4.3    -2.3        1
DAYS MAX <= 32     47              55.3    -8.3       68
DAYS MIN <= 32    157             160.2    -3.2      161
DAYS MIN <= 0      12              20.8    -8.8       38

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM           MM   MM
 MINIMUM           MM   MM
TOTALS          34.35                     -7.58
DAILY AVG.       0.09              0.11   -0.02     0.10
DAYS >= .01       132             132.5    -0.5      144
DAYS >= .10        73              81.9    -8.9       81
DAYS >= .50        26              26.8    -0.8       18
DAYS >= 1.00        5               8.8    -3.8        4
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.99   MM                       12/31 TO 12/31
                                                          12/31 TO 12/31
                                                          12/31 TO 12/31

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL             MM   MM
TOTALS           50.9              66.1   -15.2    119.7
SINCE 7/1        19.9              16.8     3.1     13.6
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      1                MM      MM        5
DAYS >= 1.0        16              18.6    -2.6       31
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        13   02/10                         50  02/28
                        02/09                             02/26
                                                          02/27
 24 HR TOTAL     10.9   MM                       12/31 TO 12/31
                                                          12/31 TO 12/31
                                                          12/31 TO 12/31

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    7330              7861    -531     8053
 SINCE 7/1         MM              2921      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL     448               318     130      406
 SINCE 1/1        448               318     130      406
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              7.6
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    39/150    DATE  02/16
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    53/150    DATE  02/16

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           76
NUMBER OF DAYS PC            151
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY        139

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     69

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               1
HEAVY RAIN               19     RAIN                      52
LIGHT RAIN              136     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          8     HAIL                       1
HEAVY SNOW                8     SNOW                      21
LIGHT SNOW               60     SLEET                      8
FOG                     202     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE     37
HAZE                     78

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

...YEARLY CLIMATE NARRATIVE FOR NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE...

2016 WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR THE ENTIRE
REGION WITH A SPLIT PRECIPITATION REGIME FEATURING ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE FAR NORTH AND SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE REGION.

TEMPERATURES FOR THE YEAR AVERAGED 1.5 TO 2.0 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE
REGION WIDE. AT CARIBOU...THE MEAN OF 41.9 WAS TIED FOR THE 5TH
WARMEST WITH 2011 AND 1979 WHILE AT BANGOR THE MEAN OF 45.9 WAS TIED
AS 7TH WARMEST WITH 1991 WITH THE MEAN OF 42.1 AT HOULTON THE THE 9TH
WARMEST YEAR.

FOR PRECIPITATION...TOTAL YEARLY VALUES RANGED FROM AS LOW AS 75
PERCENT OF NORMAL ACROSS CENTRAL AND DOWNEAST AREAS WHICH WAS ALONG
THE NORTHERN EDGE OF A MAJOR NORTHEAST U.S. DROUGHT...UPWARDS TO 120
PERCENT OF NORMAL OVER PORTIONS OF THE EXTREME NORTH. AT CARIBOU...
THE YEARLY TOTAL OF 43.96 INCHES WAS THE 11TH WETTEST...WHILE AT
BANGOR IT WAS THE 13TH DRIEST.

MEMORABLE EVENTS DURING 2016:

JANUARY: TEMPERATURES WERE WELL ABOVE AVERAGE AND THE SNOW DEPTH BY
THE END OF THE MONTH WAS ONLY 20 TO 40 PERCENT OF AVERAGE.

FEBRUARY: TEMPERATURES WERE WELL ABOVE AVERAGE AND BY THE END OF THE
MONTH THERE WAS LITTLE OR NO SNOW ON THE GROUND AT THE COAST, AND
GENERALLY ONLY ONE QUARTER TO ONE THIRD OF AVERAGE ACROSS NORTHERN
AREAS.  THE METEOROLOGICAL WINTER (DECEMBER 2015 THROUGH FEBRUARY
2016) RANKED AS THE WARMEST ON RECORD AT CARIBOU AND BANGOR.

MARCH: A TOTAL OF 4.7 INCHES OF RAIN (AND MELTED SNOW) WAS OBSERVED
AT CARIBOU MAKING IT THE 6TH WETTEST MARCH ON RECORD.

APRIL: A COLD AND DRY END TO THE MONTH WITH THE LAST 10 DAYS OF THE
MONTH ALL HAVING A LOW TEMPERATURE OF 32 DEGREES OR LOWER AT
CARIBOU. NO MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION WAS OBSERVED AT CARIBOU FROM
APRIL 13TH THROUGH THE 30TH.

MAY: A LATE SEASON WINTER STORM PRODUCED 4.5 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE
16TH AT CARIBOU, WHICH WAS THE GREATEST SNOWFALL EVER OBSERVED SO
LATE IN THE SEASON.

AUGUST: A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM EARLY IN THE MORNING OF THE 6TH
PRODUCED 1.5 INCH DIAMTER HAIL AT CARIBOU AND CAUSED EXTENSIVE
DAMAGE TO VEHICLES AND ROOFS IN THE AREA.

SEPTEMBER: WARMER THAN AVERAGE TEMPERATURES DELAYED THE ONSET OF THE
FALL FOLIAGE. BY THE END OF THE MONTH FALL FOLIAGE WAS ONLY 10 TO 40
PERCENT OF PEAK FROM THE KATAHDIN REGION NORTH TO THE SAINT JOHN
VALLEY IN AN AREA WHERE THE PEAK USUALLY OCCURS AROUND THE END OF
SEPTEMBER.

OCTOBER: NO MEASURABLE SNOWFALL WAS OBSERVED AT CARIBOU, WITH THE
ONLY MEASURABLE SNOWFALL OF 1 TO 2 INCHES OBSERVED IN HIGHER
ELEVATIONS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PISCATAQUIS COUNTY ON THE MORNING
OF THE 28TH. FALL FOLIAGE PEAKED DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH
IN THE SAINT JOHN VALLEY, BUT NOT UNTIL MID MORNING ALONG THE DOWN
EAST COAST.

NOVEMBER: IT TIED WITH 2009 AS THE 2ND WARMEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD AT
CARIBOU.  THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF 23 DEGREES AT CARIBOU WAS THE
FIRST TIME THAT THE TEMPERATURE FAILED TO DROP INTO THE TEENS
DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER.

THE FIRST MEASURABLE SNOW OF THE SEASON AT CARIBOU HELD OFF UNTIL
THE 21ST, THE 2ND LASTEST ON RECORD.  TWO HEAVY SNOW EVENTS LATE IN
THE MONTH RESULTED IN THE MONTH ENDING WITH 20.2 INCHES OF SNOW AT
CARIBOU.  THE SNOW DEPTH OF 16 INCHES AT THE END OF THE MONTH WAS
THE 4TH GREATEST ON RECORD.

DECEMBER: A VERY SNOWY MONTH ACROSS NORTHERN AREAS WITH 41.2 INCHES
OF SNOW AT CARIBOU WHICH MADE IT THE 7TH SNOWIEST DECEMBER ON
RECORD.  THERE WERE 20 DAYS WITH MEASURABLE SNOWFALL AT CARIBOU,
WHICH WAS THE 2ND MOST ON RECORD BEHBIND ONLY 2013 WHEN THERE WERE
23 DAYS WITH MEASURABLE SNOW.

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VJN/CB



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