Climatological Report (Seasonal)
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, ME
503 AM EST THU MAR 7 2019

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...THE BANGOR ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE SEASON, FROM
12/1/2018 TO 2/28/2019...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1925 TO 2019

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              65   12/07/1998
                        12/04/1982
 LOW              -32   02/10/1948
HIGHEST            58   12/21        MM      MM       57  02/21
LOWEST             -4   02/03        MM      MM      -24  12/31
AVG. MAXIMUM     30.6              30.8    -0.2     30.9
AVG. MINIMUM     11.4              10.8     0.6     11.0
MEAN             21.0              20.8     0.2     21.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     48              47.9     0.1       42
DAYS MIN <= 32     89              85.9     3.1       87
DAYS MIN <= 0      10              19.2    -9.2       20

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        12.35   2018
 MINIMUM         6.50   2013
TOTALS          11.21                      2.32
DAILY AVG.       0.13              0.10    0.03     0.14
DAYS >= .01        37              31.9     5.1       38
DAYS >= .10        18              19.0    -1.0       26
DAYS >= .50         8               5.3     2.7        9
DAYS >= 1.00        2               1.5     0.5        2
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    2.49   MM                       02/28 TO 02/28

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL             MM   MM
TOTALS           47.1              48.3    -1.2     76.0
SINCE 7/1        63.0              50.7    12.3     76.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      3                 6      -3        7
DAYS >= 1.0        13              13.4    -0.4       16
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        12   02/21                         33  01/09
 24 HR TOTAL      7.9   MM                       02/28 TO 02/28

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    3934              3977     -43     3955
 SINCE 7/1         MM              5646      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              7.7
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    35/320    DATE  01/06
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    48/170    DATE  01/24

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           23
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             35
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         32

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     68

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
  0
  6
  0
  1
 17
  8
 11
HAZE                     18

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

&&

...NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE WINTER SEASONAL SUMMARY...

THE METEOROLOGICAL CORE OF WINTER COMPRISING DECEMBER 1ST THROUGH
FEB 28TH/29TH WAS COLDER AND SNOWIER THAN AVERAGE FOR MOST OF THE
REGION WITH ABOVE AVERAGE TOTAL PRECIPITATION.

TEMPERATURES RANGED FROM 1 DEGREE ABOVE AVERAGE ALONG THE IMMEDIATE
DOWNEAST COAST TO 1 TO 2 DEGREES BELOW AVERAGE FOR CENTRAL AND
NORTHERN AREAS WITH INTERIOR DOWNEAST AREAS RIGHT AT AVERAGE.
PERIODS OF COLD DURING THE SEASON WERE PUNCTUATED BY THAWS
ASSOCIATED WITH RAIN EVENTS MOST FREQUENTLY FOR DOWNEAST AREAS, BUT
AT TIMES, EVEN FOR NORTHERN AREAS.

PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE AVERAGE RANGING FROM 120 PERCENT DOWNEAST TO
150 PERCENT OF NORMAL ACROSS THE NORTH FOR THE PERIOD. AT CARIBOU,
THE METEOROLOGICAL WINTER PERIOD TOTAL FOR 2018/19 OF 12.33 INCHES
WAS THE 3RD GREATEST, JUST BEHIND THE RECORD TOTAL OF 12.62 INCHES
OF 2007/08. THE COMBO OF THE TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION REGIMES
RESULTED IN SNOWFALL FOR THE PERIOD RANGING FROM BELOW AVERAGE OVER
DOWNEAST TO WELL ABOVE AVERAGE ACROSS THE FAR NORTH. THE 114.2 INCH
DECEMBER TO FEBRUARY (ONLY A PORTION OF THE TOTAL SEASON) TOTAL
OBSERVED THIS SEASON ALSO RANKED 3RD, BEHIND THE ALL TIME RECORD OF
128.7 INCHES RECORDED IN 2007/08, BUT STILL WELL ABOVE THE AVERAGE
SNOWFALL OF 71.5 INCHES. IN COMPARISON, BANGOR ONLY RECEIVED 47.1
INCHES THIS SEASON, BELOW THE NORM OF 54.4 INCHES.

SUBSEQUENTLY, AVERAGE SNOW PACK FOR THE SEASON VARIED STEEPLY FROM
SOUTH TO NORTH ACROSS THE AREA, RANGING FROM ONLY 2.8 INCHES AT
BANGOR TO 23.2 INCHES AT CARIBOU (TIED FOR 6TH HIGHEST BEHIND 31.8
INCHES DURING 1976/77). MAXIMUM DAILY SNOW DEPTHS RECORDED AT THE
END OF FEBRUARY RANGED FROM 12 INCHES AT BANGOR TO 45 INCHES AT
CARIBOU. INDEED, THESE AVERAGES AND MAXIMUM DAILY SNOW DEPTHS WOULD
HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER IF THE DECEMBER SOLSTICE SOAKING
RAINFALL, WHICH MELTED OVER A FOOT OF SNOW PACK ACROSS THE NORTH,
DID NOT OCCUR.

IN SUMMARY, WINTER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES SUCH AS SNOW MOBILING,
CROSS COUNTRY/DOWNHILL SKIING AND SNOW SHOEING ACROSS CENTRAL AND
ESPECIALLY NORTHERN AREAS BENEFITED FROM THE ABOVE AVERAGE SNOW PACK
RESULTING FROM FREQUENT SNOWFALLS AND RELATIVELY CONSISTENT COLD
TEMPERATURES.

$$

VJN


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