...April 2012 Was Generally Warmer and Wetter than Average ...
April across Northern and Eastern Maine continued the trend of
above normal temperatures observed during prior months this current year, with at to above normal precipitation and mostly below average snowfall for the region as a whole.
Nearly the entire region averaged about 3 degrees above normal for the month. At Caribou (Bangor), the average of 41.5 (45.6) degrees was the 7th (9th) warmest April since records began in 1939 (1925), with the warmest April 44.9 (49.5) degrees recorded in 2010 (1949). The warmest stretch of weather occurred from the 14th through 17th with highs well in the 70s on the 16th and 17th and even lower 80s over interior Downeast areas on the 17th. Despite the warm monthly average, the month finished on the cool side during the 27th through 29th, a period averaging 7 to 12 degrees below normal.
Total precipitation average from 100 to 150 percent of normal across the region, with northern and coastal Downeast portions of the area receiving closer to 150 percent and central areas around 100 percent. Although the total of 4.32 inches was the 5th wettest April on record at Caribou, it was not even close to the all time record total of 6.19 inches recorded in 2005. The most significant rainfall across the region fell on the 22-24th, and ranged from 1.50 inches over the northeast to 3.00-4.00 inches along the downeast coast. A second significant rainfall fell on the 27th, ranging from about a half inch along the coast upwards to 1.50 inches over northeast Aroostook County. Snowfall ranged from a trace at Downeast locations (including Bangor) to locally upwards to 10 to 15 inches across the northwest and Saint John Valley. Significant snow fell across northern areas on the the 8th and over the northwest and Saint John Valley on the 22nd.
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