National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

...A STATISTICAL PREVIEW OF CARIBOU'S AUGUST WEATHER...

 

LIKE MOST LOCATIONS ACROSS THE NORTHERN TIER OF THE UNITED STATES, TEMPERATURES BEGIN A DOWNWARDSLOPE DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST THAT ACCELERATES DURING THE 2ND HALF OF THE MONTH. 

THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE EVER OBSERVED DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST WAS 95 DEGREES ON A FEW OCCCASIONS, AND MOST RECENTLY ON AUGUST 2, 1975.  THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE EVER OBSERVED IN AUGUST WAS 34 DEGREES OBSERVED SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE YEARS FROM AUGUST 25TH THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH, AND MOST RECENTLY ON AUGUST 25, 2003.  A LOW TEMPERATURE BELOW 40 HAS NEVER BEEN OBSERVED FROM AUGUST 1ST THROUGH THE 12TH.  A LIGHT FROST IS A POSSIBILITY DURING THE LAST 10 DAYS OF THE MONTH.

TROPICAL SYSTEMS OR THE REMAINS OF TROPICAL SYSTEMS OCCASIONALLY CAN AFFECT THE AREA WITH HEAVY RAINFALL AND GUSTY WIND.  THE CHANCE OF A TROPICAL SYSTEM IMPACTING THE AREA GENERALLY INCREASES DURING THE COURSE OF THE MONTH. THE ALL-TIME WETTEST MONTH WAS AUGUST 1981 WITH A TOTAL OF 12.09 INCHES, WHICH ALSO INCLUDED THE ALL-TIME WETTEST 24 HOUR PERIOD AT CARIBOU WITH 6.89 INCHES, WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH MOISTURE FROM HURRICANE DENNIS THAT PASSED OFF THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC COAST.

THE FREQUENCY OF THUNDERSTORMS…AND ESPECIALLY SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS BEGINS TO DROP OFF IN AUGUST, ESPECIALLY SO DURING THE 2ND HALF OF THE MONTH.  AUGUST RANKS AS THE 3RD MOST ACTIVE MONTH IN TERMS OF THE REPORTS OF THUNDERSTORMS THAT PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS, LARGE HAIL, AND TORNADOES.     

 

AUGUST: CARIBOU’S TOP 5 WARMEST (AVERAGE TEMPERATURES):

68.9 DEGREES IN 2018

68.2 2015

68.0 2012

67.2 1944

66.6 2016

 

AUGUST: CARIBOU’S TOP 5 COLDEST (AVERAGE TEMPERATURES):

58.5 DEGREES IN 1964

58.6 1941 & 1982

58.7 1956

58.9 1957

 

AUGUST: CARIBOU’S TOP 5 WETTEST

12.09 INCHES IN 1981

9.58 2011

8.45 1958

7.86 1977

6.72 1991

 

AUGUST: CARIBOU’S TOP 5 DRIEST

0.55 INCH IN 2002

0.93 1957

1.39 1975

1.51 2001

1.52 1944

 

…AUGUST STATISTICS…

….TEMPERATURES (1981-2010 NORMALS)

AVERAGE HIGH……………………….....................................74.3

AVERAGE LOW………...........................................................52.9

MONTHLY AVERAGE…………………………………………..63.6

 

PRECIPITATION

MONTHLY AVERAGE………………………………………….....3.76 INCHES

AVERAGE DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION…..13

LARGEST 24 HOUR RAINFALL………………………..………..6.89 INCHES, AUGUST 16-17, 1981

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS AUGUST AVERAGES…

NORMAL HEATING DEGREE DAYS………………………..…96

NORMAL COOLING DEGREE DAYS……………………….…53

MEAN WIND SPEED……………………………………………..6.5 MPH

AVERAGE NUMBER OF DAYS W/THUNDERSTORMS….....4 (4.2)

AVERAGE NUMBER OF DAYS W/DENSE FOG…………..…2 (2.4)

MEAN NUMBER OF CLOUDY DAYS………………………….15

 

SUNRISE AND SUNSET

AUGUST 1ST…………………………………………………5:12 AM/8:04 PM

AUGUST 31ST ……………………………………………….5:50 AM/7:13 PM

LOSS OF DAYLIGHT…………………………………..……1 HOUR AND 29 MINUTES

 

 

The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center calls for an increased likelihood of above average temperatures this August  There are no strong signals that point toward unusually dry or wet weather across far northern Maine.