Aroostook County is the largest, and the northernmost county in Maine.
Winter in Northern Maine
Aroostook County is also a major tourist destination for snowmobile enthusiasts throughout the country, who take advantage of the more than 1600 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, which have been rated the third best in the nation. Winters and seasonal snowfalls averaging over 100 inches are common. The normal seasonal snowfall for Caribou is approxiamately115 inches. Caribou has over a dozen cross country ski trails with varied scenery and terrain within a one hour drive of our city.
Spring in the county begins with maple tree tapping and the picking of fiddleheads along the many rivers in late May. Fiddleheads, the very young, coiled leaves of the ostrich fern, are a county delicacy. Spring is known as the 'mud season', which suits many local ATV owners. Designated areas of the snowmobile trail system may be used for all terrain vehicles.
Warm days and cool nights characterize summers. The area is generally favored with abundant rainfall, which is one of the most important factors in the high yield of the potato and grain crops throughout the county. The growing season in Caribou averages more than 120 days.
Autumn in Northern Maine
Autumn climate is nearly ideal, with mostly sunny warm days and cool nights predominating. The end of September begins the Potato harvest; this is truly a community event. Many County schools still grant vacations so students can work the harvest.
Snowfall can occur at any month, but usually the first snowfall occurs in mid to late October.
Link to NWS (National Weather Service) – http://www.erh.noaa.gov