Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Meteorological Summer of 2017 in Northern and Eastern Maine, Update

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
340 AM EDT Fri Aug 18 2017

...The meteorological summer of 2017...

The meteorological summer is the 3-month period of June through
August. So far the summer of 2017 has featured below average
precipitation and near average temperatures.

Through August 17th, the average temperature this summer at
Caribou of 64.2 degrees is 0.5 degree (F) above the 30-year
average. At Bangor, the average temperature this summer of 66.5
degrees is 0.5 degree (F) below the 30-year average.

There have been 20 days this meteorological summer with a high of
80F or warmer at Caribou, which is just one shy of the average
(through August 17th). At Bangor, there have been a total of 36
days with a high of 80F or warmer, which is just one above

Unlike many recent wet summers, so far this summer has featured
below average precipitation. At Caribou, a total of 8.90" of rain
has been observed since June 1st, which is 8 tenths of an inch
(0.80") below average, and makes it the driest summer since 2009.
At Bangor, a total of only 7.14" of rain has been observed, which
is 1.81" below average. Although quite dry, last summer was a bit
drier with only 6.98" of rain observed from June 1st through
August 17th.

Overall, the severe weather season has been a slow one this year
with no major severe weather outbreaks. The most notable, two EF-1
tornadoes that were observed on August 5th. The first was just to
the northeast of Millinocket in Penobscot County, and the 2nd was
in Sherman in Aroostook County.



Friday, August 04, 2017

Severe Thunderstorm knocks power out to parts of Western NB for eight hours last night

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

July 2017 Climate Summary for Northern and Eastern Maine

 ...Northern and eastern Maine July 2017 Climate Narrative...

July 2017 across northern and eastern Maine finished with at or slightly below average temperatures for the month and significantly below average rainfall.

Average temperatures for the month ranged from near normal to just 1 degree below average. There were no days with max temps at or above 90 degrees at the major climate stations. The warmest stretches for most locations occurred between 9th and 12th the 16th and 22nd which featured consecutive days of at or just above 80 degree highs. The coolest stretch extending from the 22nd to 30th, normally a period in summer most immune from very cool spells, featured several cool, fall like, mornings with lows in the 40s and even 30s at the typically cool northwest valley locations. The coolest morning was the 23rd where record lows of 42 and 38 occurred at Caribou and Houlton respectfully, and an unofficial low of 31 degrees was reported at Estcourt Station, the northwest most location in Maine. Low temperatures across the region on the 24th, 29th, and 30th were
not far behind.

Total rainfall only averaged 40 to 70 percent of average across the region. Of all the major climate locations in our area, only
Caribou had an above 1 inch rain total for an individual day of 1.08 inches on the 7th. Monthly totals of 2.62 inches at Caribou, 1.79 inches at Houlton, and 1.91 inches at Bangor finished 12th, 8th, and 15th driest respectfully against each locations length of record. The latter portion of the month when temperatures were cooler was the driest time with few measurable rain days.

The official outlook for the month of august for the region is tilted towards above average temps with equal chance of above, near normal, or below normal rainfall. Average high/low temps range from lower to mid 70s/lower to mid 50s far north to 75 to 80/mid to upper 50s over interior Downeast areas. Average rainfall for the month of August is generally between 3.00 and 3.65 inches.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Heatwave Day - 07/19/2017

New Brunswick

Bathurst Airport

High: 33.2°C
Low: 16.4°C

Thursday, July 06, 2017

June 2017 Climate Summary for Northern and Eastern Maine


June 2017 finished with mostly slightly above average temperatures and above average precipitation for northern and eastern Maine. Average temperatures across the region ranged from 0.5 degrees below average to 1.5 degrees above average. The month began on the cool side the first week but then warmed significantly during the second week with a few days with high temps in the 80s and even a 90+ degree high temp for some locations on the 11th, which included record high temperatures for Caribou, Houlton, Millinocket and Bangor. After another brief cool down in the beginning of week three, temperatures settled to near normal for the remainder of the month.

The temperature dropped below freezing on the morning of the 27th at Estcourt Station in far northwest Maine with a low of 31F.  There were several valley locations in northern Maine with lows in the mid to upper 30s that morning.

Typical of many summer months, monthly total rainfall varied from place to place with little in the way of any coherent pattern due to the randomness of day to day shower and thunderstorm location occurrence. Houlton with only a 2.92 inch total received about 80 percent of average June rainfall while Frenchville and Millinocket
with 5.84 and 6.16 inches received about 140 to 150 percent of average June rainfall. Many of the remainder climate sites such as Caribou and Bangor received about a 110 to 120 percent of average June rainfall. The rainfall character of the month began quite dry over the first two weeks, then became much rainier through the remainder of the month.

The official outlook for July 2017 from the Climate Prediction Center indicates an increased likelihood of above average temperatures. There are no strong climate signals that would tilt the odds toward an unusually wet or dry July.

The average high temperature at Caribou peaks at 76 degrees from the 11th through the end of the month.  The average low peaks out at 55 degrees from the 10th through the end of the month.  July is on average the wettest month at Caribou with an average of 4.08" of rain.  At Bangor, the average high temperature peaks out at 80 degrees from the 13th through the end of the month.  The average low peaks at 58 degrees from the 10th through the end of the month.  On average, a total of 3.46" of rain is observed during the month of July.  In fact, in some locations along and near the coast July is typically the driest month of year. Close to an hour of available daylight is lost during the month of July. The severe weather season peaks during July with more reports of damaging wind and large hail during the month of July than during any other month of the year.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Frost possible throughout Eastern Nova Scotia overnight

3:56 PM ADT Thursday 15 June 2017
Frost advisory in effect for:

Guysborough County
Frost may damage some crops in frost-prone areas.

Partly cloudy skies, light winds and cold temperatures will likely give patchy frost early Friday morning.

Cover up plants, especially those in frost-prone areas.

Frost advisories are issued when temperatures are expected to reach the freezing mark during the growing season, leading to potential damage and destruction to plants and crops.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.weatheraspc.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #NSStorm.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Second Heatwave Day of the Year - 06/11/2017

New Brunswick

Bathurst Airport

High: 32.9°C
Min: 7.0°C

CFB Gagetown

High: 32.9°C
Min: 12.6°C

Fredericton International Airport

Max: 33.0°C
Min: 11.3°C


High: 33.4°C
Min: 12.2°C


Max: 32.7°C
Min: 12.6°C

St. Stephen

Max: 32.1°C
Min: 8.9°C


Max: 32.0°C
Min: 15.2°C



High: 91°F/32.8°C*
Low: 59°F/15°C


High: 93°F/33.9°C*
Low: 55°F/12.8°C


High: 90°F/32.2°C
Low: 58°F/14.4°C


High: 91°F/32.8°C*
Low: 54°F/12.2°C


High: 91°F/32.8°C*
Low: 54°F/12.2°C


High: 92°F/33.3°C
Low: 61°F/16.1°C


High: 91°F/32.8°C
Low: 65°F/18.3°C

*Denotes a record for the date.