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Lightning strikes during a thunderstorm in Bangor in July 2013.

Entire state under severe thunderstorm watch

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 23, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
GRAY | Stormy weather was bearing down on Maine on Wednesday afternoon, and the National Weather Service has all of Maine on alert. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the entire state through 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to the weather service. Rain and heavy thunderstorms were moving …
Firefighters work in a field that was hit by the Carlton Complex Fire, near Brewster, Washington July 20, 2014.

Smoke from western fires on its way to Maine

By Julia Bayly on July 21, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
FORT KENT | Smoke from wildfires in the western United States created hazy conditions and dramatic sunsets in northern Maine this past weekend and more may be on the way. The air cleared on Monday, but state and national forecasters predict the smoke will drift back over Maine again …

Crews from Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island continue to repair tropical storm damage

By Jen Lynds and Nick McCrea on July 06, 2014, at 5:23 p.m.
BANGOR | Emera Maine crews on Monday morning continued to repair damage done by the remnants of Hurricane Arthur over the weekend, bringing the number of homes and businesses without power down to about 3,600 as of 5:30 a.m. More than 2,500 of those outages were located in Washington County with another …

Severe thunderstorms Tuesday wreak havoc throughout much of Maine

on July 02, 2014, at 4:11 p.m.
Severe thunderstorms on Tuesday knocked out power to thousands and blocked roads and trees. Heavy downpours also reportedly triggered a mudslide in Oxford County. Severe thunderstorm watches were in effect through 9 p.m. for Penobscot, Piscataquis, Aroostook, Hancock and Washington counties, as well as locations in southwestern Maine and New …

Severe weather conditions spawn funnel cloud in Aroostook County

By Julia Bayly on May 26, 2014, at 8:13 p.m.
FORT KENT | Severe weather spawned at least one funnel cloud and multiple National Weather Service alerts and warnings from Madawaska to Topsfield Monday. The Memorial Day weather was keeping the staff so occupied at the Caribou National Weather Service office Monday afternoon that a prerecorded message instructed callers …

National Weather Service, Knox County calling all storm chasers

By Stephen Betts on May 21, 2013, at 1:53 p.m.
ROCKLAND | The National Weather Service is partnering with Knox County Emergency Management Agency to offer a SKYWARN Weather Spotter Training Course. The course will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Knox County EMA office, 301 Park St. Weather service forecast meteorologist Mike …
Billy Damon, Makayla Gordon and Ben Waite pilot a small boat through Stonington Harbor on their way to fill lobster boats with bait from Damon Lobster Co. on Sunday during a snowstorm.

Storm surpasses predictions in parts of Maine

By Douglas McIntire, Sun Journal on Feb. 25, 2013, at 6:14 a.m.
LEWISTON | Early predictions of 4 to 7 inches for this weekend’s snowstorm quickly proved inadequate as the white stuff began falling Saturday afternoon and continued its descent throughout the night and all day Sunday. By Sunday morning the National Weather Service had posted a winter storm warning, and …
Northern Maine residents were dealing with up to a foot of snow that fell over the region Wednesday. By early afternoon the snow had tapered off with forecasters calling for another inch or so over night into Thursday

Storm dumps foot of snow over St. John Valley

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 20, 2013, at 2:17 p.m.
FORT KENT | Residents in northern Maine were digging out from under a foot of snow that fell Wednesday morning. By early afternoon, the storm had tapered off to a few flurries with the National Weather Service calling for an additional inch or so overnight as the last of …
Tow trucks pick up cars crashed along Interstate 295 southbound Friday morning after a multicar pileup reported during the morning commute. A major storm had begun in southern Maine, forecast to bring more than a foot of snow by the time it completes Saturday.

1 hurt in 19-vehicle pileup on I-295 in Cumberland

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 08, 2013, at 8:47 a.m.
PORTLAND | Tragedy was largely averted Friday morning as only one individual was hospitalized after a 19-vehicle crash that shut down the southbound lanes of Interstate 295 in Cumberland and occupied state police for four hours. Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a statement late …
Maine Department of Transportation plow truck driver Brian Austin uses furniture polish to clean his plow truck windows and mirrors. He says the wax does not let ice and snow build up on the glass. "Plowin's my thing," Austin said.

Forecasters expect ‘a big snow event,’ but will it be historic?

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 07, 2013, at 12:14 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine, — Meteorologists are calling for more than a foot of snow and wind gusts as high as 65 mph in a winter storm expected to slam Maine on Friday. But a Portland historian said the nor’easter will have to bring more than that if it’s going to warrant …

National Weather Service predicting possible record-breaking storm

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 06, 2013, at 11:26 a.m.
GRAY | The National Weather Service is forecasting a nor’easter at the end of this week that meteorologist Mike Kistner said could break records in some Maine towns. “We could see really significant snowfall,” Kistner said of the storm forecasted to hit Maine between Friday and Saturday morning. Kistner …

Warm front, rain expected in Maine

By Andrew Neff on Jan. 29, 2013, at 10:09 p.m.
CARIBOU | An warm front that enveloped southern Maine on Tuesday night will give Maine residents a break from the cold snap, with temperatures in the 40s and rain, but shouldn’t present any flooding problems. “As far as inches and mass of flooding, it won’t be much,” said Ken …

It’s freezing cold, sure, but it’s not record-setting

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 25, 2013, at 12:02 p.m.
Don’t think that the freezing cold weather this week is setting Maine records. “Not even close,” said Victor Nouhan, a lead forecaster with the National Weather Service in Caribou. The coldest temperature reported with the present cold snap — minus 37 degrees Fahrenheit reported Monday night on the Big Black …
A flatbed driver prepares to haul a car out of the ditch on Washington Avenue in Portland Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 during snowy weather. In response top the snow, the city called a parking ban from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Snowfall causes accidents across Maine

BDN staff reports on Jan. 16, 2013, at 7:07 a.m.
GRAY | Much of the state received a fresh coat of snow Wednesday, but not nearly as much as Maine’s last round of snowfall dumped. According to the National Weather Service office in Caribou, Bangor had received 1.8 inches snowfall by 7 p.m. Meteorologist Dustin Jordan said the accumulation …
Rick Bragg (left) and Jerry Watson clear snow from their mailbox along Union Street in Bangor on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. People across the region were clearing driveways and raking roofs after Thursday's snowstorm dumped 7 inches of snow on the Bangor area according to the National Weather Service. Houlton residents got 16.5 inches of snow according to the National Weather Service.

Mainers dig out in wake of major winter storm

BDN staff reports on Dec. 28, 2012, at 8:43 a.m.
BANGOR | Mainers dug themselves out from 6 to 17 inches of snow Friday after a storm swept through the state Thursday into Friday, dumping more than a foot of snow in many areas. According to the National Weather Service, the storm hit Aroostook County hardest, with 17 inches …

Weather advisories issued throughout Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 10, 2012, at 9:30 a.m.
GRAY | The first winter storm of December brought slippery driving conditions throughout the state Monday, and a winter storm warning has been issued for most of Maine, according to the National Weather Service. Franklin, Oxford and Somerset counties were experiencing heavy snow and freezing rain, according to Mike …
A car drives through floodwater on Broadway in Bangor after heavy rains caused flooding and washed out some roads in the region on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012.

Is Maine experiencing more ‘extreme’ precipitation?

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 21, 2012, at 6:19 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | According to a Maine-based environmental advocacy group, there is evidence that Maine has been experiencing warmer temperatures and more “extreme precipitation” events in recent years. In a prepared statement released Oct. 16, Environment Maine said increases in extreme weather have been attributed by scientists to global warming. …
Floodwaters washed away the gravel from several sections of the railroad tracks in Brownville. A storm dropped about eight inches of rain, causing extensive flooding and washouts in the area.

Forecast for heavy rain threatens more flooding for northern, eastern Maine

By Jen Lynds on June 25, 2012, at 2:09 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine —A flood watch is in effect for parts of Aroostook, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Washington counties after heavy rain fell over the weekend with more expected to fall through Wednesday. Officials at the National Weather Service in Caribou said a flood watch is in effect from 2 p.m. Monday …

Skywarn Weather Spotters sought in Aroostook County

By Natalie Bazinet, Aroostook Republican & News on May 17, 2012, at 6:46 p.m.
CARIBOU | Though technological advancements have allowed the scope of science to expand exponentially, there’s still nothing like firsthand experiences to corroborate what machines and programs are indicating. That’s why officials at the National Weather Service office in Caribou are looking for community members all over Aroostook County to …

Forecast for New England includes snow, freezing rain

The Associated Press on April 22, 2012, at 10:49 a.m.
NEW YORK — A spring nor’easter along the East Coast on Sunday is expected to bring rain and heavy winds and even snow in some places as it strengthens into early Monday, a punctuation to a relatively dry stretch of weather for the Northeast. Flood watches are posted in some …