Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Northern Maine March Monthly Heat Records Broken by Multiple Degrees;
Daily Record Obliterated by 23°

Preliminary record high temperatures in northern Maine this afternoon have not only crushed the previous daily records, they have also set new all-time March records by several degrees. At Houlton, where climate records date back to 1948, today's high of 79° obliterated the old record of 61° set in 1979, and it also surpassed the previous all-time March record by 4° . . . set yesterday.

At Bangor, where climate records began in 1925, today's high of 83° destroyed the previous record of 64° in 1946 by 19°. This is also a record high temperature for the month of March by a margin of 4°, and it is the earliest 80°+ temperature by 3 weeks (previous was on April 11).

At Caribou, the high of 75° smashed the old record of 57°, also in 1946, by 18°. The 64° at Caribou on Sunday was the earliest 60°+ temperature on record. Caribou also had its earliest 70° temperature yesterday (March 20) with a high of 73° (previous was on March 30). This also broke the old daily record by the incredible margin of 23° in a climate history which began in 1939. If the daily low temperature had been exceeded by a comparable amount, it would have been 32° below zero.

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