Weekend soaking falls on region

Posted Nov. 15, 2009, at 8:36 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:09 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Heavy rain that fell on Saturday quickly made up for the dry November most Mainers have experienced, meteorologist Victor Nouhan with the National Weather Service in Caribou said Sunday.

“Actually, up to this event, it was dry,” he said. With the rain that fell in Bangor and over the region, rain levels are “even or a little above normal,” Nouhan said.

Nearly 6 inches of rain was recorded in some areas of southern Maine on Saturday, and flood advisories were issued for several counties in southwest and central portions of the state, including parts of Knox, Somerset and Piscataquis counties. The Presumpscot River at Westbrook was at flood stage.

Coastal communities got a heavy dousing of rain Saturday, with 4.35 inches in Bath, 3.33 inches in Wiscasset, 3.42 inches in Camden, and 2.55 inches in Winterport. Augusta had a reported 3.1 inches.

A flood warning was issued for a triangle-shaped area from South Portland to Bath and west to the Fryeburg area, near the New Hampshire border, and a small craft advisory was in effect for the entire coastline, according to the National Weather Service Web site.

The weather service Web site also stated that onshore winds, high tides and strong wave action could have resulted in splashover Sunday morning around high tide, especially in Down East regions.

Large breaking waves were expected along the coast from New Hampshire to Rockland and Camden throughout the day Sunday.

While some southern and southwestern parts of the state saw intense rain and high waters, precipitation in the Bangor area was less concentrated, Nouhan said.

“1.51 inches was the total at the [Bangor International] airport,” he said. “In Penobscot County, Orono saw 2.03 inches; Veazie, 1.96; Milford, 1.65; Corinna, 2.02; and Old Town, 2.20.

“If you go up further [north] in Penobscot County, amounts got heavier,” ranging between 2.5 inches and 2.75 inches in the Millinocket and Lincoln area, Nouhan said.

Dixmont registered the most rain for Penobscot County at 2.93 inches, he said.

Saturday’s rain in the Bangor area was steady, but not intense, he said.

“I don’t think there was any flooding in our area because the rain was distributed over a lengthy length of time, falling a quarter- to a half-inch an hour at peak,” Nouhan said.

Since most trees have lost their leaves, clogged gutters were not a problem for the most part, he said.

In addition to the dry days, November also has been a warm month.

“It’s also been pretty mild,” Nouhan said of northern Maine. “We’ve had more days over 50 [degrees] in the first half of the month than in all of October. It has been quite a reversal in the pattern.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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