A Chilly Month & Season in the Books
High energy bills and extra wear of the winter coat are reminders...yes, it has been one cold winter. The end of February marks the end of meteorological winter (Dec.-Feb.). Now is about the time most of us get eager for warmer weather. We cross our fingers, hoping 60s and maybe even a few 70s aren't too far around the corner (no matter what the groundhog says). First though, a quick look back over the season and some numbers from NWS Paducah.
The meteorological winter season tied for the 6th coldest, since 1937. The season broke even with 1983/84, with an average monthly temperature of 32.7 degrees. This frosty season just beat out the number 8 spot of 2000/01. The average temperature then, a not so balmy 33.0 degrees.
How about snowfall? It seems like we've seen more than our fair share. However, when you look at the numbers, we're just about spot on. A typical season brings 10.2" of snow. So far, we have 10.3".
Although no daily temperature records were set in February, the month was overall one of the coldest on record. Much like the season, our average temperature was about 32 and a half degrees. This places us in a tie for the 8th coldest on record.
Our quiet month also made it one of our driest. 1.40" of precipitation places us at number 10, on the list of driest Februaries.
Looking ahead, the Climate Prediction Center is calling for March temperatures to remain below average and rainfall near to below average. As with all monthly outlooks, take it with a grain of salt. It's an outlook, rather than a forecast.