Weather Highlights Of 2014

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JANUARY

Cold temperatures and lots of snow lead headlines during the first few days of 2014.

  • A major snow storm hit during the 2nd and 3rd and it was cold.  There’s a common phrase, “It’s too cold to snow”.  That was not the case during that storm as many towns received a half foot to a foot while temperatures fell below zero.  Blizzard Warnings were issued and it may have been the coldest snow storm on record in Portland.
  • The coldest temperatures in 5 years arrived during the morning of the 5th. Portland dipped to -14.
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Jan 2014 was the coldest since 2009. That in spite of record breaking warmth on the 12th.

FEBRUARY
Several snow events occurred during the month of February.

  • 7″ to 10″ on 2/5 and 2/6
  • 1″ to 5″ on 2/10
  • 6″ to 10″ on 2/13
  • 6″ to 10 ” on 2/19
  • 1″ to 3″ on 2/20
  • Portland experienced snow 6 out of 7 days of snow from the 13th to the 19th. 20.5″ of snow was recorded which is nearly double the normal snowfall for the month.
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  • It was the coldest Feb. since 2007
  • Portland received 34.2″ of snow for the month of Feb. which was 22.1 inches above normal.
  • It was the 14th snowiest on record.

MARCH-APRIL

March and April had it’s share of snow, rain, and flooding but folks were most happy to finally see signs of spring.

  • Nearly 20″ of snow fell in mountains on 3/13.
  • 1″ to 3″ accumulated for most with 10″ to 15″ in the Mountains on 3/20.
  • Meteorological Winter (December through March) ended 12th snowiest in 144 years of records in Portland.  It was the 22nd coldest on record.
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  • 1″to 3′ fell on 4/16 which was winters last gasp.
  • Strong winds gusting to 47 MPH at the Jetport occurred on 4/24.
  • Flooding occurred on 4/16.
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MAY and JUNE were fairly quiet and then severe weather arrived in JULY

  • Heavy rainfall produced flash flooding in Rumford on 7/2
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  • A Microburst with winds of 70 to 80 MPH toppled trees in York on 7/15
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  • An EF1 Tornado with winds of 90 MPH touched down in St. Albans 7/15. The unique thing about that tornado was it’s width. At it’s widest point, the tornado was 800 yards across.  The length was about 2.75 miles.
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  • An EF1 Tornado with winds of 90 mph touched down in Limington  on 7/28. It snapped trees, bent a flagpole, and tore off roof shingles.
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AUGUST

  • Flooding again lead headlines in August.
  • 6.44″ of rain fell in the bucket at the Jetport on 8/13 which lead to the worst flash flooding in memory for the Greater Portland Area.
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  • It was the second wettest August on record in Portland.
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  • It was chilly as well.  Portland never hit 90 degrees during the meteorological summer (June through August) . This has happened only 6 times in 73 years of temperature records.  Portland Averages 4.6 days of 90 or above heat.
  • Meteorological summer was the 3th wettest at the Portland Jetport in 144 year of precipitation records.
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SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER

  • September and October were fairly quiet.
  • Portland hit 87 degrees on 9/6 which was the 2nd warmest temperature of the year for that location
  • Portland averages a frost in early October but that wasn’t the case this year. The first frost occured on November 3rd which is the latest on record at the Jetport.

NOVEMBER

  • November 2014 will be remembered for the early snow and extreme cold.
  • A Blizzard hit parts of Midcoast and Downeast Maine on 11/2.
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  • A few weeks later it was the Pre-Thanksgiving Day Nor-Easter that left folks without power and many turkeys left uncooked.

DECEMBER

  • November’s cold spilled over into the first part of the month and several bouts of freezing rain occurred.
  • On 12/9 Freezing rain and flooding was the concern for most of the area but some ski resorts picked up 10″ to 20 ” of snow.
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  • The Jan. thaw came early in Dec. Rain and highs in the 50s were common during the Christmas week.
  • Portland ended 9th least snowfall on record for the month.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.  HOPE YOUR 2015 IS MOSTLY SUNNY!

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Charlie Lopresti

About Charlie Lopresti

Charlie makes up the "Weather Part" of CBS News 13s evening edition. A native New Englander, he grew up enjoying the area's exciting and sometimes wild weather.