National Weather Service issues flood watches for much of Maine

Posted Aug. 09, 2013, at 8:47 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — With the rain coming down in buckets, the National Weather Service’s offices in Caribou and Gray has issued flood watches and flash flood watches Friday for several Maine counties.

Rain showers and scattered thunderstorms are expected to continue through much of Friday evening, weather service forecasters said. The rain posed the potential for rapidly rising water levels and localized flooding in southern and central Maine, where as much as 2 inches to 4 inches of rain was predicted.

A flash flood watch remains in effect until 9 p.m.for parts of western Maine, including Androscoggin County and interior sections of Cumberland, Waldo, York and Kennebec counties, as well as for southern Franklin, Oxford and Somerset counties, the NWS said.

Meanwhile, a flood advisory was issued for northern Penobscot County, southern Aroostook County, northwestern Washington County and north central Somerset County. A small craft advisory remains in effect until 2 p.m. on Saturday for coastal Maine.

July of this year was one of the rainiest to date for some parts of Maine, NWS meteorologists said in a climate summary on the Caribou office’s website on Aug. 4.

A total of 7.27 inches of rain was measured at Caribou, making it the second wettest July on record. The only July that saw more precipitation was in 2011. The month began on a record dry pace with only .03 inches during the first half of the month. That changed on July 17, when 3.81 inches of rain fell within a couple of hours.

At Bangor, monthly rainfall was much closer to normal, at a total of 3.74 inches.

Across northern and eastern Maine, precipitation ranged from 200 percent to 300 percent over normal in much of Washington and southeast Aroostook counties, with 150 percent to 200 percent over normal across much of northeast Aroostook county, the weather service noted

The highest rainfall total for the month was seen in Baileyville in Washington County, where 10.14 inches of rain fell. Rainfall totals for the rest the the region varied a great deal, ranging from as little as 50 percent of normal in parts of central Piscataquis County to 75 to 150 of normal in the rest of northern and northwest Maine.

Forecasters said that the outlook for August from the Climate Prediction Center indicates that there are no strong climate signals that point toward an unusually wet or dry August.

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