Thursday, January 19, 2017

2016 year in review at Northern and Eastern Maine





...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.  At Houlton the mean of 42.1 was the 9th warmest year on record.

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, but upwards of 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. The last 10 days of the month all had 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. Up to 8" of snow was observed in Presque Isle.

July: A supercell thunderstorm produced a brief EF-0 tornado. The short lived EF-0 tornado with estimated maximum winds around 80 mph touched down on the north side of Tangle Ridge Road then travelled around a 100 yards into the woods several miles to the north of Caribou.

August: A severe thunderstorm early in the morning of the 6th produced 1.5 inch diameter hail at Caribou and caused extensive damage to vehicles and roofs in the area. Hail damage to vehicles alone was estimate at 1 million dollars in Caribou

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-month along the Down East coast.

November:  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 latest 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 behind only 2013 when there were 23 days with measurable snow.

January Cold Wave the Sequel Day Six - 01/18/2017

New Brunswick

Bathurst Airport

Max: -8.8°C
Min: -22.6°C

Charlo

Max: -9.6°C
Min: -23.5°C

Doaktown

Max: -5.5°C
Min: -20.0°C

Edmundston

Max: -7.1°C
Min: -24.3°C

Miramichi

Max -5.8°C
Min: -18.2°C

St. Leonard

Max: -7.5°C
Min: -21.7°C

Maine

Caribou

Max: 20°F/-6.7°C
Min: -1°F/-18.3°C

Bangor

Max: 27°F/-2.8°C
Min: -3°F/-19.4°C

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January Cold Wave the Sequel Day Five - 01/17/2017

New Brunswick

Bathurst Airport

Max: -4.0°C
Min: -22.1°C

Charlo

Max: -4.2°C
Min: -21.8°C

Edmundston

Max: -3.4°C
Min: -23.3°C

St. Leonard

Max: -4.4°C
Min: -20.7°C

Woodstock

Max: -3,2°C
Min: -18.4°C

Maine

Houlton

Max: 27°F/-2.8°C
Min: -2°F/-18.9°C

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The First Half of Meteorological Winter 2016/2017 in Northern and Eastern Maine

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NOUS41 KCAR 170721
PNSCAR
MEZ001>006-010-011-015>017-029>032-171930-

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
221 AM EST Tue Jan 17 2017

...Winter 2016-2017 Update...

Meteorological winter is the 3 month period from December through
February.

During the first half of the winter (December 1st through January
15th), the average temperature at Caribou of 15.8 degrees exactly
equaled the 30-year average temperature (1981-2010 averages).
There was a total of 51.4 inches of snow, which was 16.1 inches
above average. It was the snowiest first half of winter since the
winter of 2007-2008.

At Bangor, the average temperature so far this winter of 21.8
degrees was 1.3 degrees below average. A total of 21.3 inches of
snow was observed, which was just one tenth of an inch (0.1")
below average.

From December 1st through january 15th there were 15 nights with
a low below zero at Caribou, which was 2 above average. At
Bangor, there were 8 nights with a low below zero, which was 2
above average.

$$

CB

January Cold Wave the Sequel Day Four - 01/16/2017

New Brunswick

Bas Caraquet

Max: -6.9°C
Min: -18.7°C

Bathurst Airport

Max: -3.3°C
Min: -22.8°C

Bouctouche AAFC

Max: -1.2°C
Min: -18.8°C

Charlo

Max: -4.1°C
Min: -22.4°C

Doaktown

Max: -3.2°C
Min: -25.2°C

Edmundston

Max: -2.7°C
Min: -29.5°C

Fredericton International Airport

Max: -1.2°C
Min: -20.3°C

Kouchibouguac

Max: -2.6°C
Min: -21.8°C

Miramichi

Max: -4.3°C
Min: -22.3°C

Saint John Airport

Max: 1.3°C
Min: -18.0°C

Woodstock

Max: -3.0°C
Min: -23.1°C

Nova Scotia

Parrsboro

Max: 2.7°C
Min: -19.0°C

Maine

Frenchville

Max: 26°F/-3.3°C
Min: -7°F/-21.7°C

Caribou

Max: 29°F/-2.2°C
Min: -12°F/-24.4°C

Houlton

Max: 28°F/-2.2°C
Min: -9°F/-22.8°C

Monday, January 16, 2017

January Cold Wave the Sequel Day Three - 01/15/2017

New Brunswick

Bathurst Airport

Max: -10.5°C
Min: -23.9°C

Charlo

Max: -12.0°C
Min: -22.8°C

Edmundston

Max: -13.3°C
Min: -28.7°C

Fredericton International Airport

Max: -7.3°C
Min: -19.7°C

Kouchibouguac

Max: -7.9°C
Min: -18.9°C

Miramichi

Max: -9.2°C
Min: -20.0°C

St. Leonard

Max: -14.0°C
Min: -26.2°C

Woodstock

Max: -9.9°C
Min: -21.4°C

Maine

Frenchville

Max: 7°F/-13.9°C
Min: -5°F/-20.5°C

Caribou

Max: 9°F/-12.8°C
Min: -9°F/-22.8°C

Houlton

Max: 15°F/-9.4°C
Min: -8°F/-22.2°C

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January Cold Wave the Sequel Day Two - 01/14/2017

New Brunswick

Bathurst Airport

Max: -14.2°C
Min: -21.4°C

Charlo

Max: -14.8°C
Min: -19.5°C

Doaktown

Max: -12.3°C
Min: -19.2°C

Edmundston

Max: -13.0°C
Min: -26.6°C

Miramichi

Max: -12.9°C
Min: -18.2°C

St. Leonard

Max: -14.4°C
Min: -24.7°C

Woodstock

Max: -11.7°C
Min: -19.3°C

Maine

Frenchville

Max: 6°F/-14.4°C
Min: -8°F/-22.2°C

Caribou

Max: 9°F/-12.8°C
Min: -8°F/-22.2°C

Millinocket

Max: 12°F/-11.1°C
Min: -2°F/-18.9°C

Houlton

Max: 11°F/-11.7°C
Min: -3°F-19.4°C

Saturday, January 14, 2017

January Cold Wave the Sequel Day One - 01/13/2017

New Brunswick

Edmundston

Max: -0.2°C
Min: -18.4°C

St. Leonard Airport

Max: 1.3°C
Min: -19.2°C

Maine

Frenchville

Max: 33°F/0.5°C
Min: -1°F/-18.3°C

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cold Wave Day Five - 01/10/2017

New Brunswick

Bas Caraquet

Max: -1.1°C
Min: -18.7°C

Bathurst Airport

Max: -4.6°C
Min: -21.1°C

Bouctouche AAFC

Max: -0.8°C
Min: -22.7°C

Charlo

Max: -5.5°C
Min: -24.4°C

Doaktown

Max: 0.0°C
Min: -25.3°C

Edmundston

Max: 0.1°C
Min: -24.1°C

Fredericton International Airport

Max: 1.5°C
Min: -22.4°C

Alma

Max: 1.1°C
Min: -19.3°C

Kouchibouguac

Max: -1.0°C
Min: -20.8°C

Miramichi

Max: -0.7°C
Min: -21.3°C

Miscou Island

Max: -0.9°C
Min: -18.8°C

Greater Moncton International Airport

Max: -0.5°C
Min: -23.2°C

Saint John Airport

Max: -1.7°C
Min: -23.8°C

Nappan AAFC

Max: 0.3°C
Min: -24.3°C

St. Leonard Airport

Max: -0.1°C
Min: -19.4°C

St. Stephen

Max: 3.1°C
Min: -20.8°C

Sussex Four Corners

Max: 1.1°C
Min: -25.9°C

Woodstock

Max: 1.2°C
Min: -20.7°C

Nova Scotia

CFB Greenwood

Max: 1.8°C
Min: -18.0°C

Tracadie

Max: -1.6°C
Min: -18.9°C

Caribou Point

Max: 1.1°C
Min: -18.0°C

Debert

Max: -0.2°C
Min: -26.5°C

Kejimkujik Park

Max: 1.3°C
Min: -18.3°C

Port Hawkesbury Airport

Max: -2.8°C
Min: -18.8°C

J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport

Max: -3.5°C
Min: -18.9°C

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown Airport

Max: -1.9°C
Min: -20.6°C

St. Peters Bay

Max: -1.4°C
Min: -19.4°C

Summerside

Max: -1.0°C
Min: -18.8°C

Maine

Frenchville

Max: 30°F/-1.1°C
Min: -1°F/-18.3°C

Millinocket

Max: 34°F/1.1°C
Min: -11°F/-23.9°C

Houlton

Max: 35°F/1.7°C
Min: -4°F/-20.0°C

Bangor

Max: 38°F/3.3°C
Min: -6°F/-21.1°C