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Caribou, Maine, Sets Record for Most Consecutive Days With at Least an Inch of Snow on the Ground
Published: April 15, 2019
It's been a rough winter in Caribou, Maine, and as a result, another weather record has fallen there.
For 157 days as of Monday, since Nov. 10, 2018, at least an inch of snow has been on the ground in this city of about 8,000 people in the northern part of the state. A new record was set Sunday, when this streak reached 156 days.
The previous record of 155 days was set in April 2003. In 2008, the streak of consecutive days with at least an inch of snow on the ground ended April 19 after 152 days, which now ties for third place.
This season, the peak snow depth in Caribou was 45 inches on a few days at the end of February and in early March. Since about mid-March, snow has melted steadily.
As of Monday, 11 inches of snow were still on the ground.
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According to the Midwest Regional Climate Center, Caribou has experienced one of the most extreme winters on record this season. It has received 164.7 inches of snow through Sunday, which is more than 50 inches higher than the average for the whole season.
This impressive winter began in earnest in November, when 29.3 inches fell. That's almost three times more than average for that month. Then, January 2019 became the snowiest January on record, when almost 60 inches piled up.
Recently, more than 10 inches of snow has fallen so far this April. The city's average snowfall for April is only 7.4 inches.
Colder-than-average temperatures have helped to keep snow on the ground this season. This month, temperatures have been 33.9 degrees on average, about a degree colder than normal.
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