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CXUS51 KCAR 020017  
CLMBGR  
 
CLIMATE REPORT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME  
654 PM EST WED FEB 01 2023  
   
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..THE BANGOR ME CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2023
 
 
CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD: 1991 TO 2020  
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD: 1925 TO 2023  
 
WEATHER OBSERVED NORMAL DEPART LAST YEAR'S  
VALUE DATE(S) VALUE FROM VALUE DATE(S)  
NORMAL    
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TEMPERATURE (F)  
RECORD  
HIGH 63 10/07/5881  
LOW -29 10/07/5881  
HIGHEST 52 01/13 MM MM 45 01/17  
LOWEST -2 01/22 MM MM -17 01/27  
AVG. MAXIMUM 35.3 28.1 7.2 25.2  
AVG. MINIMUM 19.5 9.0 10.5 3.8  
MEAN 27.4 18.5 8.9 14.5  
DAYS MAX >= 90 0 0.0 0.0 0  
DAYS MAX <= 32 13 19.8 -6.8 23  
DAYS MIN <= 32 28 30.1 -2.1 30  
DAYS MIN <= 0 1 9.0 -8.0 12  
 
PRECIPITATION (INCHES)  
RECORD  
MAXIMUM 7.64 1979  
MINIMUM 0.52 1985  
TOTALS 5.82 2.65  
DAILY AVG. 0.19 0.10 0.09 0.10  
DAYS >= .01 18 11.2 6.8 10  
DAYS >= .10 11 6.5 4.5 6  
DAYS >= .50 4 2.0 2.0 2  
DAYS >= 1.00 2 0.6 1.4 1  
GREATEST  
24 HR. TOTAL 1.49 01/16 TO 01/16 1.20 01/29 TO 01/29  
 
SNOWFALL (INCHES)  
RECORDS  
TOTAL 48.4 1966  
TOTALS 29.3 18.6 10.7 28.1  
SINCE 7/1 40.6 38.2 2.4 MM  
SNOWDEPTH AVG. 5 4  
DAYS >= 1.0 8 4.8 3.2 5  
GREATEST  
SNOW DEPTH 19* 01/24 14 01/30  
01/31  
24 HR TOTAL MM MM  
 
DEGREE DAYS  
HEATING TOTAL 1158 1440 -282 1556  
SINCE 7/1 3508 4230 -722 MM  
COOLING TOTAL 0 0 0 0  
SINCE 1/1 0 0 0 MM    
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WIND (MPH)  
AVERAGE WIND SPEED 7.7  
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 30/180 DATE 01/13  
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 41/160 DATE 01/13  
 
SKY COVER  
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM  
AVERAGE SKY COVER 0.75  
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 3  
NUMBER OF DAYS PC 8  
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 20  
 
AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 77  
 
WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH  
THUNDERSTORM 0 MIXED PRECIP 2  
HEAVY RAIN 0 RAIN 2  
LIGHT RAIN 8 FREEZING RAIN 0  
LT FREEZING RAIN 6 HAIL 0  
HEAVY SNOW 1 SNOW 4  
LIGHT SNOW 22 SLEET 6  
FOG 19 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 2  
HAZE 0  
 
- INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.  
* INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.  
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.  
T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.  
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..JANUARY 2023 CLIMATE NARRATIVE FOR NORTHERN/EASTERN MAINE
 
 
JANUARY 2023 WAS MUCH WARMER THAN AVERAGE WITH ABOVE AVERAGE TOTAL  
PRECIPITATION AND ABOVE AVERAGE SNOWFALL.  
 
THE REGION AS A WHOLE AVERAGED ABOUT 7.0 TO 9.0 DEGREES ABOVE THE  
1991-2020 CLIMATE NORMALS. IT RANKED AS THE 4TH WARMEST JANUARY ON  
RECORD AT CARIBOU, AND THE 2ND WARMEST AT HOULTON, MILLINOCKET, AND  
BANGOR.  
 
THE MONTH WAS CHARACTERIZED BY LONG STRETCHES OF ABOVE TO WELL ABOVE  
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AND ONLY BRIEF PERIODS OF BELOW AVERAGE  
TEMPERATURES. IN FACT, FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH ONLY 6 DAYS HAD BELOW  
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AT CARIBOU, AND ONLY 4 DAYS HAD BELOW AVERAGE  
TEMPERATURES AT BANGOR.  
 
BANGOR ONLY HAD JUST ONE NIGHT THE ENTIRE MONTH WITH A LOW  
TEMPERATURE BELOW ZERO, AND THE LOW FOR THE MONTH WAS 2 BELOW. ON  
AVERAGE, BANGOR OBSERVES 8 NIGHTS WITH A LOW TEMPERATURE BELOW ZERO  
IN JANUARY. AT CARIBOU, THERE WERE ONLY 4 NIGHTS WITH A LOW BELOW  
ZERO; AND TYPICALLY THERE IS AN AVERAGE OF 15 NIGHTS WITH SUB-ZERO  
LOWS.  
 
TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH RANGED FROM 150 TO 200 PERCENT OF  
AVERAGE ACROSS REGION. A TOTAL OF 5.33 INCHES OF RAIN (AND MELTED  
SNOW AND SLEET) WAS OBSERVED AT CARIBOU. THIS WAS THE 3RD HIGHEST  
TOTAL ON RECORD FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY AT CARIBOU. A TOTAL OF 5.82  
INCHES OF RAIN (AND MELTED SNOW AND SLEET) WAS OBSERVED AT BANGOR,  
WHICH WAS THE 4TH HIGHEST TOTAL ON RECORD.  
 
A TOTAL OF 38 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET WAS OBSERVED AT CARIBOU,  
WHICH RANKED AS THE 8TH GREATEST TOTAL FOR JANUARY ON RECORD. AT  
BANGOR, A TOTAL OF 29.3 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET WAS OBSERVED, WHICH  
TIED WITH 1960 FOR THE 14TH GREATEST JANUARY TOTAL ON RECORD.  
 
SNOW DEPTH INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY DURING THE MONTH WITH SEVERAL  
WINTER STORMS. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT STORM ACROSS THE NORTH WAS ON  
THE 12TH INTO THE 13TH WHERE SOME LOCATIONS IN THE SAINT JOHN VALLEY  
PICKED UP OVER 20 INCHES OF SNOW. ANOTHER STORM ON THE 26TH PRODUCED  
OVER A FOOT OF SNOW IN MANY AREAS NORTH OF CARIBOU. THE MOST  
SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL IN BANGOR AND ACROSS THE DOWNEAST REGION  
OCCURRED ON THE 22ND INTO THE 23RD AND LOCALLY PRODUCED TOTALS IN  
EXCESS OF A FOOT. A STORM ON THE 16TH PRODUCED SIGNIFICANT SLEET  
ACROSS THE REGION WITH AMOUNTS GENERALLY RANGING FROM 2 TO 4 INCHES.  
SEVERAL OTHER SMALLER SNOWFALLS WERE OBSERVED DURING THE MONTH. BY  
THE END OF THE MONTH THE SNOW DEPTH RANGED FROM 2 TO 3 FEET ACROSS  
NORTHERN AREAS WITH LOCALLY AROUND 4 FEET ACROSS THE HIGHEST  
TERRAIN, AND FROM 6 TO 12 INCHES ALONG THE COAST.  
 
THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER'S OUTLOOK FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY  
2023 INDICATES NO STRONG CLIMATE SIGNALS THAT POINT TOWARD ABOVE OR  
BELOW AVERAGE TEMPERATURES. THERE ARE ALSO NO CLIMATE SIGNALS THAT  
WOULD TILT THE ODDS TOWARD EITHER ABOVE OR BELOW AVERAGE  
PRECIPITATION. NORMAL FEBRUARY TEMPS FOR THE 1991-2020 PERIOD  
INDICATE THAT THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES SLOWLY RISE DURING THE MONTH.  
AT THE START OF THE MONTH THE AVERAGE HIGHS ARE NEAR 20F ACROSS THE  
FAR NORTH AND RISE TO THE UPPER 20S BY THE END OF THE MONTH. AVERAGE  
LOWS RISE FROM NEAR ZERO TO 5 TO 10 ABOVE. DOWNEAST, THE AVERAGE  
HIGHS RISE FROM THE UPPER 20S TO THE MID 30S, AND AVERAGE LOWS RISE  
FROM THE SINGLE DIGITS TO THE TEENS. THERE IS ON AVERAGE, 17.5  
INCHES OF SNOW AT BANGOR, AND 25.3 INCHES AT CARIBOU. A LITTLE OVER  
AN HOUR OF DAYLIGHT IS GAINED DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY.  
 

 
 
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