This Maine City Had a Foot of Snow on the Ground for 4 Straight Months Apr 11, 2017

Think you’ve had a lot of snow this season? Your winter probably doesn’t stack up to the record-setting one that the hearty citizens of Caribou, Maine have experienced.

For more than four months, Caribou has been under a foot of snow, an exceptionally long streak for the city of about 8,000 people nestled in the far northern portion of Maine.

Fueled by an East Coast warm up this week, that streak ended on Tuesday, April 11th, after 132 days, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Caribou, setting a new record. The old record for a foot or more of snow on the ground in Caribou was 120 days, set back in the late 1960s.

The last time Caribou had less than a foot of snow on the ground? That would be November 29th, a mere five days after Thanksgiving. The snow depth number peaked at 31″, or more than two-and-a-half feet, in mid-February. Overall, the winter’s been a busy one, even by northern Maine’s typically snowy standards, with over 121″ of snow measured so far in Caribou, nearly 17″ above the year-to-date average.

While the recent warmth is probably welcome after this particularly harsh winter, it’s also leading to flood concerns in parts of Maine and northern New England due to the rapid nature of the snow melt. Flood watches are in place for much of the region through late Wednesday night for the possibility of rapid snow melt and associated concerns. Temperatures soared to 65° in Caribou on Monday, but a cooler, rainier pattern is settling into the region, which may lead to continued flood concerns with the combination of rainfall and rapid snow melt.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the warmth out East and the potential snow melt issues associated with it as well.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Cover image: Courtesy of NWS Caribou

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