Monday, July 04, 2016

June 2016 Climate Summary for Northern and Eastern Maine

...June 2016 monthly climate narrative...

Overall, June 2016 finished with near to slightly above normal temperatures, and near to below average total rainfall. Average temperature for the month ranged from zero to 2 degrees above average. The month began near average, then followed a cool spell between the 8th and 17th which generally averaged about 5 degrees
below normal. This was followed by warm spells the 18th and 22nd and The 25th and 28th where many locations had several days of high temperatures of mid to upper 80s. Total number of high temps of 80+ degrees for the month ranged from 6 across the north to as high as 11 over the lower Penobscot Valley area. The 30-year average is six 80 degree or warmer days at Caribou and nine at Bangor.

Rainfall averaged from as little as 70 percent of average June values to has high as 120 percent, with the higher totals orientated toward the north, although there were typical significant short distance differences due to the more showery nature of rainfall. Significant rainfall days across the region included the 5th, 6th,
12th, 28th and 29th with an intervening dry spell between the 14th and 27th where very little rainfall fell.

The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for July indicates an Increased likelihood of above average temperatures. There are no strong climate signals that would point toward an unusually wet or dry month.

During the month of July the average high 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 of year at Caribou with an average of 4.08 inches 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 out at 58 degrees from the 10th through the end of the month. On average, a total of 3.46 inches of rain is observed during the month. Nearly an hour of available daylight is lost during the month of July.

Severe weather peaks out during the month of July across northern and eastern Maine with more reports of large hail and damaging wind then in any other month of year. Although rare, there is the possibility of a tropical system developing and impacting northern and eastern Maine during the month of July, with hurricane Arthur
The most recent storm to impact the region during the 4th of July Weekend in 2014.