Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, ME
409 AM EDT MON MAR 9 2020

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...THE BANGOR ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE SEASON, FROM
12/1/2019 TO 2/29/2020...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1925 TO 2020

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              65   12/07/1998
                        12/04/1982
 LOW              -32   02/10/1948
HIGHEST            55   01/11        MM      MM       58  12/21
                        12/10
LOWEST            -11   02/21        MM      MM       -4  02/03
AVG. MAXIMUM     33.7              30.8     2.9     30.6
AVG. MINIMUM     15.4              10.8     4.6     11.4
MEAN             24.6              20.8     3.8     21.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     40              47.9    -7.9       48
DAYS MIN <= 32     86              85.9     0.1       89
DAYS MIN <= 0      10              19.2    -9.2       10

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        12.35   2018
 MINIMUM         6.50   2013
TOTALS           7.28                     -1.61
DAILY AVG.       0.08              0.10   -0.02     0.13
DAYS >= .01        35              31.9     3.1       37
DAYS >= .10        18              19.0    -1.0       18
DAYS >= .50         4               5.3    -1.3        8
DAYS >= 1.00        1               1.5    -0.5        2
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.21   MM                       02/28 TO 02/28
                                                          02/28 TO 02/28EATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                                                          02/28 TO 02/28EATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL             MM   MM
TOTALS           35.5              48.3   -12.8     47.1
SINCE 7/1        40.2              50.7   -10.5     63.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      3                 6      -3        3
DAYS >= 1.0        12              13.4    -1.4       13
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         8   01/22                         12  02/21
                        01/20
                        01/21
 24 HR TOTAL      5.5   MM                       02/28 TO 02/28
                                                          02/28 TO 02/28EATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                                                          02/28 TO 02/28EATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    3652              3977    -325     3934
 SINCE 7/1         MM              5686      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              6.8
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    32/330    DATE  02/07
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    43/090    DATE  02/27

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.70
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           19
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             28
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         44

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     71

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.
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...WINTER 2019-2020 NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE CLIMATE NARRATIVE...

METEOROLOGICAL WINTER (DECEMBER 2019 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2020) FEATURED
ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES THAT RANGED FROM 2 TO 5 DEGREES ABOVE THE
30-YEAR AVERAGE.  ALL OF THE LONG TERM CLIMATE SITES OBSERVED A TOP
10 WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD. IT RANKED AS THE 4TH WARMEST WINTER ON
RECORD IN CARIBOU.  SEVEN OF THE TOP 10 WARMEST WINTERS IN CARIBOU
HAVE BEEN OBSERVED SINCE 2002. IN BANGOR, IT RANKED AS THE 9TH
WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD. IN MILLINOCKET, IT WAS THE 3RD WARMEST
BEHIND ONLY 2002 AND 2012, AND FINALLY IN HOULTON IT WAS THE 10TH
WARMEST.

PRECIPITATION WAS MORE VARIABLE ACROSS THE REGION AND RANGED FROM 70
TO 90 PERCENT OF NORMAL ACROSS MOST OF NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE.
AREAS FROM AROUND CARIBOU AND CLAYTON LAKE NORTH THROUGH THE SAINT
JOHN VALLEY OBSERVED FROM 100 TO 130 PERCENT OF NORMAL
PRECIPITATION.

SNOWFALL WAS BELOW AVERAGE ACROSS THE DOWNEAST REGION WITH ABOVE
AVERAGE SNOWFALL ACROSS FAR NORTHERN MAINE.  IN CARIBOU, A TOTAL OF
82.4 INCHES OF SNOW WAS OBSERVED DURING THE 3-MONTH PERIOD, WHICH
MADE IT THE 19TH SNOWIEST METEOROLOGICAL WINTER ON RECORD. IN
BANGOR, ONLY 35.5 INCHES OF SNOW WAS OBSERVED, WHICH MADE IT THE 8TH
LEAST SNOWY METEOROLOGICAL WINTER ON RECORD.  THE SNOWPACK REAMINED
IN TACT THROUGHOUT THE WINTER TO THE NORTH OF MILLINOCKET, BUT
ACROSS THE DOWNEAST REGION AND IN BANGOR THE SNOWPACK MELTED OUT A
FEW TIMES DURING THE WINTER AND THE SNOW DEPTH IN BANGOR NEVER
EXCEEDED 8 INCHES.

AS FAR AS MONTLY HIGHLIGHTS.  DECEMBER 2019, LACKED ANY SIGNIFICANT
ARCTIC AIR WITH ONLY A FEW MORNINGS BARELY ZERO/SUB-ZERO. THERE WERE
A COUPLE OF SIGNIFICANT RAIN EVENTS ON THE 10TH-11TH AND AGAIN ON
THE 14TH-15TH. SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL OCCURRED ON THE 3RD AND 31ST
WITH THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL TOTALS TO THE NORTH OF BANGOR.

JANUARY HAD WELL ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES.  SNOWFALL WAS ABOVE
AVERAGE FROM AROUND MARS HILL NORTH TO THE SAINT JOHN VALLEY, AND
BELOW AVERAGE ELSEWHERE. LIKE DECECEMBER, THE BIG STORY WAS THE LACK
OF ANY PROLONGED ARCTIC AIR. A WINTER STORM ON THE 12THE PRODUCED
OVER A FOOT OF SNOW FROM CARIBOU NORTH WITH AN AREA OF 1 TO 3 INCHES
OF SLEET TO THE SOUTH.  THE STORM ON THE 18TH-19TH PRODUCED 6 TO 12
INCHES OF SNOW TO THE NORTH OF BANGOR WITH 2 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW FOR
MOST COMMUNITIES ALONG THE COAST.

FEBRUARY ALSO FINISHED WITH ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES. THE LOWEST
TEMPERATURE OBSERVED DURING THE MONTH AND FOR THE WINTER SEASON WAS
36 BELOW 1 MILE NORTH OF MASARDIS ON THE MORNING OF THE 15TH.  THE
LOWEST TEMPERATURE OBSERVED THIS WINTER IN CARIBOU WAS 24 BELOW,
ALSO ON THE MORNING OF THE 15TH.  IN BANGOR THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE
OBSERVED DURING THE WINTER SEASON WAS 11 BELOW ON THE 21ST.

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CB/VJN


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