Blogging all the latest weather in Downeast Maine.... Providing climate information and forecast analysis for Hancock County Maine, from the National Weather Service Cooperative station at East Surry, Maine.....
* Elevation: 105 feet *
* Latitude: 44.49 degrees North *
* Longitide: 68.46 degrees West *
CLIMATOLOGICAL OBSERVER: Michael W. Jezak
Very dry conditions with sunny skies... low humidity and moderate wind will yield high fire danger for all of eastern Maine into early next week...People in Hancock county should be extra careful if burning during the next several days.
Here is a look back at APRIL 2013... Cool and dry was the overall pattern for the month... Most notable was the mid-month sleet and snow event that caused some light accumulation, and the very high Barometer that followed.
The sunny and dry weather that has dominated for the last 5 days will continue... With clear skies... low humidity and an active onshore wind... The wild fire threat will be high today. Chilly sub-freezing mornings recently have resulted in some areas of frost... especially here at the station. Our morning low today was 31 with a light and patchy frost.... The growing season still has not started! Green-up is non-existent with near 0% of the tree canopy open. The spring bulb flowers are in full bloom as the crocuses are now fading. The peepers have developed into a loud chorus that now goes on late into the night... although it becomes still and quiet during the past few cold frosty mornings.... We are in the battle of winter and spring.... Spring is slowly winning!
Rain was falling along a cold front that bisected Maine this Thursday morning. As of 7AM 0.72" of rain has fallen since late Tuesday afternoon here at East Surry. The rain is much needed and has eased the recent high fire danger that has plagued our area. Temperatures have been on the cool side... with a frost on Tuesday morning...
Looking ahead, once the front clears the coast by mid-day... we will see high pressure building into much of New England. This will set the stage for a sunny Friday with temperatures warning into the upper 50's to near 60. The fair weather is expected to last though the weekend into mid-next-week. Temperatures will be seasonable with highs in the upper 50's to near 60 and lows in the 30's.
This upcoming dry spell could once again raise concern for fire danger and some early stages of drought.
After a couple of chilly and frosty mornings here at East Surry... The weather pattern is expected to change with increased chances of rain late today through Wednesday. Yesterday morning we saw the coolest of the recent spell with a morning low of 26 degrees and some skim ice forming on our pond. This morning was not as chilly with a morning low of 28... with a thick frost.
Looking ahead... we will see low pressure with deep Atlantic moisture moving from the Carolina coast towards Maine by Wednesday morning. This will spread rain... some moderate at times across all of Downeast Maine by late this afternoon. Temperatures will be cooler than normal with highs only in the upper 40's by day and 30's overnight. Rainfall of 0.75" to 1.25" is expected across Hancock and Washington counties by Thursday morning.
A late season snowstorm is on its way for Downeast and eastern Maine for late this week into the start of the weekend. A strong front to our south has been the diving line between the very warm air that has brought temperatures over the 80 degree mark for some of Southern New England on Tuesday... and the cool air that has plagued Maine all this week. A boundary has sparked severe weather over parts of the mid-west into the Ohio Valley east to Pennsylvania and southern New York last night as it begins to consolidate into a late winter storm today. The storm will moved along the Southern New England coast on Friday into the southern Gulf of Maine Friday Night. Being on the cold side of the storm... the system is expected to bring snow and mixed snow and sleet to Downeast Maine. Snow and sleet will overspread our area by Friday afternoon with moderate wet snow and wind likely Friday night. Look for 1-2" of wet snow for the immediate coast with 2-4" over much of Hancock County. For Bangor on north 3-5" of snow is expected.