Caribou recorded dry, warm weather

8 years ago

     CARIBOU, Maine — The month of May was marked by above average temperatures and below average precipitation across northern and eastern Maine, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou.

     “It wasn’t dry everywhere,” Todd Foisy, meteorologist with the NWS, said last week. “But where some places got short bursts of rain or showers throughout the month, other towns did not see much at all.”

     Monthly temperatures ranged from two to five degrees above the 30-year averages, according to the NWS.

     The average temperature for the month in Caribou was 53.9. That was 2.4 degrees above normal, making it the 14th warmest May on record in the city.

     During the month, 2.96 inches of rain and melted snow was recorded in Caribou, which was 0.37 of an inch below average.

     The month was not without snow, with a spring storm on May 16 dropping 7 inches on some parts of northern Aroostook County.

     Foisy said that 4.5 inches was recorded in Caribou, the greatest snowfall ever observed so late in the season. He said the high temperature of 40 degrees on May 16 was the lowest high temperature ever observed on that date since the NWS has kept records. It broke the previous record of 42 degrees, which was recorded in 1957.