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Bangor shatters 24-hour snowfall record for date

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
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Blaze maintenance man Robert McClure tries to keep on top of the falling snow so there's a clear path to the business on Monday afternoon in Bangor.

BANGOR, Maine — The storm that dumped more than 3 feet of snow in parts of the state Sunday and Monday was the third largest on record for total snowfall in Bangor, according to the National Weather Service.

The snowfall amount also shattered the previous 24-hour record set 40 years ago for the Feb. 13 date in Bangor, according to meteorologist Priscilla Farrar of the National Weather Service Caribou office.

While 24.2 inches fell on the city over the two-day snowstorm, “Bangor set a record with 21.5 inches for the 24-hour snowfall, breaking the old record of 6.3 inches set back in 1977,” Farrar said of the midnight to midnight totals for any Feb. 13 since records have been kept.

No other records were set in Maine, she said.

“Bangor was the big winner,” Farrar said.

Weather forecasters began keeping records statewide in the 1920s.

“It looks like the largest one-day storm was 30 inches on Dec. 14, 1927, followed by 25.5 inches in 1962 on Dec. 30, followed by the 21.5 inches we got yesterday,” meteorologist Mark Bloomer, also of the National Weather Service Caribou office, said later Tuesday about Bangor’s snowfall records.

The biggest one-day snowfall record for the state was set in Orono when 40 inches fell on Dec. 30, 1962, he said.

In Greater Bangor, several towns reported more than 3 feet of snow over the two-day storm this week, Bloomer said.

“Hudson, Bradford, Kenduskeag and Glenburn came in at 40 inches,” he said. “Lincoln came in at 30.”

Levant also recorded 32 inches over the two days.

The deepest snow for the storm that straddled Sunday and Monday did not fall up north, but the wind created huge drifts in The County.

“In Aroostook County, the biggest snowfall was 32.5 inches in Sherman with drifts at 8-plus feet,” Farrar said. “Cary came close with a couple inches less at 30.5 inches.”

Van Buren, on the other hand, only recorded 3.5 inches, Bloomer said.

Skowhegan saw 40 inches, Scarborough and Biddeford both saw 23 inches, and the Portland International Jetport recorded 16.1 inches.

Bangor Fire Department officials issued a reminder to residents to dig out their dryer vents to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Fire crews dealt with a call Monday night to do just that.

“The blocked vent caused high readings of CO in the house,” the Bangor Fire Department tweeted about the call.

Fire officials also recommend that homeowners install a carbon monoxide detector, in addition to their smoke detectors for safety.

Mainers should not put their shovels away yet because another storm is expected to hit Maine with more snow on Wednesday.

A winter storm watch posted on the National Weather Service Caribou website Tuesday warned of possible snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches for all but far northern Maine Wednesday afternoon into Thursday afternoon. The watch indicated that northeast winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 could reduce visibility and make travel hazardous.

Northern Aroostook could get 3 to 7 inches over the same time period, according to the early forecast.

 


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