No Winter in Sight for Maine as Forecast Promises Abnormal Warmth and Rain
To say it has been the strangest of winters in Maine would be an understatement. Nearly a third of the way through January and the biggest event of the winter has been a rain and wind storm that left behind flooding, fallen trees, and plenty of power outages. Most of Maine has seen at least a dusting of snow or two, but where are the big, all-day snowstorms? Not coming any time soon, that's for sure.
Shared on Twitter by Keith Carson, long range forecasts are calling for Maine to see abnormally warm temperatures over the next 7-10 days. It's a strange occurrence, as January is traditionally Maine's most frigid month, with daytime highs below freezing and nighttime temperatures often falling into single digits. Instead of that, portions of Maine could spend the weekend with high temps in the 50's and lows well above freezing.
That abnormal temperature swing for the weekend will coincide with an approaching storm. Unfortunately for snow lovers, that storm is likely to bring lots of rain to about half the state, wiping out any minimal snow cover that may exist on your lawn right now. The mountains and northern Maine could see glean some snow from this storm.
So will Maine ever get more than just a taste of winter? Based on historical data, January 16 is Maine's most "miserable" weather day of the year, with a long list of brutal temperatures, big storms, and other weather events. This year, the long range forecast is calling for Maine to have a calm, low-to-mid 40's day.
Maine is certainly behind schedule as it pertains to small and large snow events. Unless, something changes in the forecast, January is likely to be a bust. There's always February, right?