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Annual precipitation record set in Caribou

Posted Dec. 23, 2011, at 7:51 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 23, 2011, at 3:53 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Mainers hoping for a white Christmas were greeted with light snow Friday morning that made roadways slick and led to several mostly minor accidents across the state.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Caribou expected the most accumulation for parts of Hancock and Washington counties with a storm total of 4 to 7 inches possible by 10 p.m.

The rest of the state was expected to receive 1 to 3 inches of snow before tapering off in the afternoon.

The weather service also issued a press release announcing that freezing rain this week in northern Maine helped set an all-time annual precipitation record in Caribou. The old record of 54.25 inches, which was set in 2005, was surpassed this week with precipitation measuring 54.32 inches as of Thursday afternoon.

Meteorologists attributed the feat to the wettest summer on record for Caribou, which also set monthly records in June and July.

Records in Caribou date to 1939.

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