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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
1136 PM EDT SUN NOV 2 2014

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...THE PORTLAND ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 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              88   10/07/1963
 LOW               15   10/28/1976
HIGHEST            76   10/15        75       1       80  10/02
LOWEST             34   10/31        26       8       24  10/29
AVG. MAXIMUM     62.6              58.7     3.9     61.3
AVG. MINIMUM     46.4              38.9     7.5     40.7
MEAN             54.5              48.8     5.7     51.0
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      0               6.8    -6.8        6
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        16.86   1996
 MINIMUM         0.09   1924
TOTALS           6.57              4.87    1.70     1.08
DAILY AVG.       0.21              0.16    0.05     0.03
DAYS >= .01        12              10.5     1.5        6
DAYS >= .10         9               6.5     2.5        4
DAYS >= .50         4               2.7     1.3        0
DAYS >= 1.00        4               1.2     2.8        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    2.04   10/21 TO 10/22

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL            5.2   2011
TOTALS            0.0                 T     0.0      0.0
SINCE 7/1         0.0                 T     0.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0
DAYS >= TRACE       0               0.0     0.0
DAYS >= 1.0         0               0.0     0.0
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         0
 24 HR TOTAL      0.0
 STORM TOTAL      0.0

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     324               503    -179      428
 SINCE 7/1        534               724    -190      632
COOLING TOTAL       8                 1       7        0
 SINCE 1/1        351               359      -8      454
.................................................................

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              7.7
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    29/030    DATE  10/23
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    40/030    DATE  10/23

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     73

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     HEAVY RAIN                 5
RAIN                      9     LIGHT RAIN                15
FREEZING RAIN             0     LT FREEZING RAIN           0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                0     FOG                       17
FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE     3     HAZE                       2

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

&&

THE WARMER THAN NORMAL TREND IN THE WEATHER THAT BEGAN AT THE END OF
SEPTEMBER CONTINUED THROUGH THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. IN FACT THERE WERE
ONLY 3 BELOW NORMAL DAYS IN THE ENTIRE MONTH. THE WARM WEATHER
PEAKED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH WHEN 5 STRAIGHT DAYS SAW THE
TEMPERATURE REACH THE 70S INCLUDING TWO NIGHTS WITH A LOW
TEMPERATURE IN THE 60S. HUMID CONDITIONS ACCOMPANIED THE WARM
WEATHER, WITH 4 DAYS RECORDING MORE THAN AN INCH OF PRECIPITATION
INCLUDING 3 STRAIGHT DAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH. BY THE END OF
THE MONTH TEMPERATURES BEGAN TO COOL BACK DOWN TOWARD MORE NORMAL
LEVELS.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 54.5 DEGREES WHICH WAS 5.7
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE SECOND WARMEST OCTOBER ON RECORD. THE
WARMEST OCTOBER WAS 1947 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 55.3
DEGREES. THE COLDEST WAS 1976 WITH AN AVERAGE OF ONLY 43.6 DEGREES.
THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE TOP TEN WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
FOR OCTOBER.

WARMEST OCTOBER AVERAGE TEMPERATURES (RECORDS BEGAN 1941)...
RANK  AVERAGE  YEAR
1     55.3     1947
2     54.5     2014 <===
3     53.7     2007
4     52.9     2012
5     52.8     1968
6     52.5     1971
7     52.4     1970
8     52.3     1995
      52.3     1963
10    51.7     1970
      51.7     1954

THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE IN OCTOBER WAS 62.6 DEGREES AND THE 7TH
WARMEST ON RECORD. BUT THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS MUCH WARMER
THAN NORMAL AT 46.4 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE WARMEST AVERAGE LOW
TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER BY A SIGNIFICANT MARGIN. THE
FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE TOP TEN WARMEST AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES
FOR OCTOBER.

WARMEST OCTOBER AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES (RECORDS BEGAN 1941)...
RANK  AVERAGE  YEAR
1     46.4     2014 <===
2     44.4     2012
      44.4     2007
4     43.1     2011
5     43.0     1970
6     42.7     1971
7     42.6     1990
8     42.4     2005
9     42.0     1995
10    41.8     1968
      41.8     1954

ANOTHER MEASURE OF HOW UNUSUALLY WARM THE LOW TEMPERATURES WERE IN
OCTOBER IS THE NUMBER OF DAYS WITH LOWS IN THE 60S. SINCE RECORDS AT
THE JETPORT BEGAN IN 1941 THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN 5 DAYS WITH A LOW
TEMPERATURE IN THE 60S IN OCTOBER. TWO OF THOSE DAYS HAPPENED IN
2014. THE TABLE BELOW LISTS ALL THE DAYS IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
THAT HAVE HAD A LOW IN THE 60S.

LOW TEMPERATURES IN THE 60S IN OCTOBER (RECORDS BEGAN 1941)...
RANK  LOW  DATE
1     64   OCTOBER 2, 2002
2     63   OCTOBER 16, 2014 <===
3     62   OCTOBER 15, 2014 <===
4     61   OCTOBER 5, 1951
5     60   OCTOBER 23, 2007

THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE DURING THE MONTH WAS ONLY 34 DEGREES ON THE
31ST. THIS WAS THE WARMEST MONTHLY LOW TEMPERATURE IN PORTLAND BY A
SIGNIFICANT MARGIN. THE TABLE BELOW LISTS THE TOP TEN WARMEST
MONTHLY LOW TEMPERATURES IN OCTOBER.

WARMEST OCTOBER LOW TEMPERATURES (RECORD BEGAN 1941)...
RANK  LOW  YEAR
1     34   2014 <===
2     30   1971
3     29   2012
      29   2010
      29   2004
      29   1972
7     28   2009
      28   2007
      28   2000
      28   1985
      28   1970
      28   1967

AS OF THE END OF OCTOBER, PORTLAND HAS YET TO REACH THE FREEZING
MARK THIS FALL. THIS IS THE LATEST INTO THE SEASON THAT PORTLAND HAS
EVER GONE WITHOUT REACHING 32 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS JUST
LAST YEAR WHEN THE FIRST FREEZE OCCURRED ON OCTOBER 25, 2013. THE
NORMAL FIRST FREEZE IN PORTLAND IS OCTOBER 9. HOWEVER, AT ONE TIME
IT WAS FAIRLY COMMON FOR THE FIRST FREEZE TO OCCUR IN THE MONTH OF
SEPTEMBER. FROM 1941 THROUGH 1966, THE FIRST FREEZE OCCURRED IN
SEPTEMBER IN 20 OUT OF 26 YEARS. BUT A FREEZE IN SEPTEMBER IS MUCH
LESS COMMON THESE DAYS AND HAS NOT OCCURRED AT ALL SINCE 2000. THE
EARLIEST FREEZE ON RECORD WAS SEPTEMBER 14, 1963. THE TABLE BELOW
LISTS THE LATEST DATES OF THE FIRST FALL FREEZE ON RECORD.

LATEST DATE OF FIRST FALL FREEZE (RECORDS BEGAN 1941)...
RANK  DATE
1     STILL WAITING, 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 STILL YET TO OCCUR,
THE GROWING SEASON AT PORTLAND IS ALSO THE LONGEST ON RECORD. 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     194+  2014 (STILL COUNTING) <===
2     185   1990
3     182   1970
4     180   1983
5     177   2013
6     176   1991
7     174   2007
8     171   1994
9     170   2005
10    169   2008

A TOTAL OF 6.57 INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN OCTOBER WHICH WAS 1.70 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. THE MOST RAIN FELL ON THE 16TH WHEN 1.56 INCHES WAS
OBSERVED. HOWEVER THERE WERE 4 DAYS WITH MORE THAN AN INCH. THE
WETTEST OCTOBER ON RECORD WAS 1996 WHEN 16.86 INCHES FELL. THE
DRIEST WAS 1924 WITH ONLY 0.09 INCHES.

THERE WERE 4 SEPARATE DAYS IN OCTOBER WITH MORE THAN AN INCH OF RAIN
RECORDED. THIS TIES AS THE SECOND MOST ON RECORD FOR THE MONTH. THE
TABLE BELOW LISTS THE MOST DAYS WITH 1.00 INCH OF RAIN OR MORE IN
THE MONTH OF OCTOBER.

MOST DAYS WITH 1.00 RAIN OR MORE (RECORDS BEGAN 1871)...
RANK  DAYS  YEAR
1     5     2005
2     4     2014 <===
      4     1977
3     3     2006
      3     1979
      3     1962
      3     1933
      3     1902
      3     1898
      3     1871

THERE WERE THREE STRAIGHT DAYS WITH MORE THAN AN INCH OF RAIN ON
EACH DAY FROM OCTOBER 21 THROUGH OCTOBER 23. THIS TIES AS THE MOST
CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH AN INCH OR MORE OF PRECIPITATION ON RECORD FOR
ANY MONTH OF THE YEAR. THERE WERE ONLY 4 OTHER TIMES WHERE THIS
OCCURRED AND EACH ARE LISTED BELOW.

3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH 1.00 RAIN OR MORE (RECORDS BEGAN 1871)...
OCTOBER 21-23, 2014 <===
SEPTEMBER 26-28, 2008
APRIL 15-17, 2007
SEPTEMBER 13-15, 1944
AUGUST 25-27, 1892

NO SNOW FELL IN OCTOBER WHICH IS FAIRLY STANDARD FOR THE MONTH OF
OCTOBER. SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1881, THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN 12 YEARS
WHICH RECORDED SNOW IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. THE AVERAGE OCTOBER MAY
SEE A TRACE OF SNOW. HOWEVER, THE SNOWIEST OCTOBER ON RECORD WAS
2011 WHEN 5.2 INCHES FELL.

THE FOLLOWING DAILY RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED IN OCTOBER 2014...
DATE  RECORD                              PREVIOUS
1     3  - SMALLEST DAILY RANGE           5 IN 2008 AND 1966 /TIED/
8     57 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE        56 IN 1969
15    76 - WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE       76 IN 1963 /TIED/
15    62 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE        58 IN 1970
15    69 - WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE    63 IN 1990
16    63 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE        57 IN 1954
16    67 - WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE    66 IN 1963
17    59 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE        54 IN 1999 AND 1958
17    66 - WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE    64 IN 1968 AND 1947
22    3  - SMALLEST DAILY RANGE           6 IN 2003, 1996 AND 1994

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KIMBLE




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