Yep, we got snow – tons of it



The National Weather Service has released this map of total snowfall in Maine this past winter. IMAGE COURTESY OF NWS

The National Weather Service has released this map of total snowfall in Maine this past winter.
IMAGE COURTESY OF NWS

CARIBOU — Downeast Maine, including Mount Desert Island, got record amounts of snow this past winter, according to recently released maps created by the National Weather Service (NWS) here.

According to the NWS, the eastern side of MDI and areas surrounding Frenchman Bay got approximately 12 feet of snow. As much as two feet remains in the woods and has prompted late opening warnings for much of Acadia National Park.

Most of Hancock County got between 10 and 12 feet, according to the NWS.

A second NWS map shows just how much of that snow is above normal. In MDI’s case the surplus snowfall amounted to some 5 to 7 feet more than usual. Other areas of the county got 3 to 7 feet more than normal.

Part of the reason, besides an increased number of storms, was that much of the snow that did fall was light and fluffy. Often along the coast, the snow is heavy and wet or a storm turns to rain as a front passes through.

The jackpot for snow in Maine this past winter was extreme eastern Washington County. Towns such as Eastport and Lubec received more than 14 feet of snow in total over the winter season. If that were to arrive in a single storm it would bury the average single-story ranch house.

The National Weather Service has released this map showing how much snow Maine received above normal amounts this past winter. IMAGE COURTESY OF NWS

The National Weather Service has released this map showing how much snow Maine received above normal amounts this past winter.
IMAGE COURTESY OF NWS

The largest totals were recorded in Eastport where nearly 15 feet of snow fell. The record in that area, and for the entire state, was just under 16 feet of snow in the tiny town of Robbinston.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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