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CLIMATE REPORT...PRELIMINARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, ME
430 PM EST THU DEC 11 2014

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

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1939 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              92   09/01/2010
 LOW               -8   11/30/1995
HIGHEST            84   09/28        MM      MM       83  09/11
LOWEST              3   11/29        MM      MM        6  11/30
AVG. MAXIMUM     52.9              51.9     1.0     53.6
AVG. MINIMUM     35.6              34.6     1.0     35.7
MEAN             44.3              43.3     1.0     44.7
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.1    -0.1        0
DAYS MAX <= 32     11               8.1     2.9        7
DAYS MIN <= 32     32              38.0    -6.0       35
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.2    -0.2        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        19.03   2008
 MINIMUM         4.65   1955
TOTALS          11.75             10.48    1.27    13.56
DAILY AVG.       0.13              0.12    0.01     0.15
DAYS >= .01        42              39.2     2.8       36
DAYS >= .10        24              22.4     1.6       24
DAYS >= .50         7               6.7     0.3       10
DAYS >= 1.00        2               2.0     0.0        4
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.80   MM                       11/30 TO 11/30
                                                          11/30 TO 11/30
                                                          11/30 TO 11/30

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           35.3   1974
TOTALS           28.8              12.2    16.6     10.1
SINCE 7/1        28.8              12.2    16.6     10.1
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      1                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= 1.0         6               3.1     2.9        5
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        11   11/04                          3  11/27
                        11/03                             11/11
                                                          11/12
 24 HR TOTAL     10.1   MM                       11/30 TO 11/30
                                                          11/30 TO 11/30
                                                          11/30 TO 11/30

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1892              1991     -99     1842
 SINCE 7/1         MM              2145      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL      25                11      14       13
 SINCE 1/1        266               180      86      192
.................................................

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              7.7
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    35/330    DATE  11/02
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    45/320    DATE  11/02

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           25
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             33
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         33

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     74

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                7     RAIN                      14
LIGHT RAIN               39     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          2     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       4
LIGHT SNOW               18     SLEET                      0
FOG                      48     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      8
HAZE                     10

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

&&

...NORTHERN AND EASTERN MAINE FALL 2014 CLIMATE NARRATIVE...

OVERALL...FALL 2014 FINISHED WITH SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES...SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE PRECIPITATION...AND MUCH
ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL.

DESPITE THE AVERAGE OF NEARLY A DEGREE ABOVE FOR THE SEASON...TOPSY-
TURVY IS A BETTER DESCRIPTION FOR HOW TEMPERATURE PROGRESSED THROUGH
THIS FALL. A BELOW AVERAGE SEPTEMBER WAS FOLLOWED BY A MUCH ABOVE
AVERAGE OCTOBER AND THEN A SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW AVERAGE NOVEMBER.

FALL PRECIPITATION RANGED FROM AS LOW AS 70 PERCENT OF AVERAGE
ACROSS PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL AND DOWNEAST MAINE TO AS MUCH AS 110
PERCENT ACROSS THE FAR NORTH. THE SEASON BEGAN QUITE DRY FOR ALL OF
THE REGION...WITH MANY RIVERS AND STREAMS EXPERIENCING NEAR RECORD
FLOW RATES BY MID OCTOBER. PRECIPITATION THEN INCREASED DRAMATICALLY
BY LATE OCTOBER WITH THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF STRONG WIDESPREAD FALL
STORMS...WHICH CONTINUED THROUGH NOVEMBER WHEN THE TEMPERATURE
REGIME BECAME MUCH COLDER.

THE COMBINATION OF COLDER TEMPERATURES AND A CONTINUED STORMY
PATTERN RESULTED IN A RECORD EARLY DOUBLE DIGIT SNOWFALL FOR MUCH OF
THE REGION RIGHT IN THE OPENING DAYS OF NOVEMBER FOLLOWED BY OTHER
SNOW EVENTS LATER IN THE MONTH. THIS RESULTED IN THE SECOND (FOURTH)
SNOWIEST FALL AT BANGOR (CARIBOU) WHERE THE TOTAL OF 25.9 (28.8)
INCHES WAS JUST BEHIND THE SNOWIEST FALL OF 32.4 (35.3) INCHES
RECORDED IN 1962 (1974). ALTHOUGH MUCH OF THE MONTH FEATURED SNOW
COVERED DAYS...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE NORTH...SEVERAL RAIN EVENTS
ACCOMPANIED BY A FEW PERIODS OF MILD TEMPERATURES KEPT SNOW PACK
FROM BUILDING OR EVEN BEING CONTINUOUS DURING THE FINAL MONTH OF
THE SEASON.

$$

VJN




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