Inland Maine escapes another storm

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LEWISTON — A whopper of a storm again missed inland Maine.

Though several inches of rain fell upon a stretch of the east coast from Virginia to the southern tip of Maine, only a modest amount hit Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties.

To meteorologist Bill Marine, it’s part of growing pattern. The snowstorms that walloped the mid-Atlantic states in January and February — leaving Maine largely unscathed — seemed to set the course, he said.

“It’s the exact same track that they have been taking for the past couple of months,” said Marine, who works for the National Weather Service in Gray.

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By 7 p.m. Sunday, about two-thirds of an inch of rain had fallen in Auburn, according to the Internet site Ambient Weather. The National Weather Service recorded similar totals in South Windham and Gray. Slightly more was recorded at the Portland Jetport, which had a measure of 0.87 inches by 5 p.m..

However, in York County the totals were extraordinary.

Many ground stations topped 3.5 inches, Marine said. At Cape Neddick, a weather station recorded 3.75 inches.

The differences within a relatively short distance are typical for such a large storm, Marine said.

When will it all change?

“That’s the million-dollar question,” Marine said. “A lot needs to happen.”

One sign of the unusual weather comes from a bit of trivia discussed among the weather professionals on Sunday.

“One of the people here said that we’ve had 34 days in a row of above-normal temperatures,” Marine said. Sometimes it was just a degree or two. Other times, the norm was surpassed by 20 degrees.

The streak will end though.

The meteorologist promised it will change eventually, and winter weather could still pound Maine.

“We’ve still got a lot of cold left,” he said.

dhartill@sunjournal.com

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