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September 23, 2018

Except For Snow, February Weather ‘Normal’


OSWEGO, NY – Except for some snow, and maybe a little wind once in a while, February was a rather average month, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

“It was a pretty normal February,” Gregway said.

The average temperature last month was 25.5 degrees. That is 0.1-degree above average.

Snowblowing was a common activity last month. While February's precipitation was just 0.71-inch above average, snowfall was 18.3 inches higher than normal.

Snowblowing was a common activity last month. While February's precipitation was just 0.71-inch above average, snowfall was 18.3 inches higher than normal.

The highest temperature was 53 degrees on the 18th. That was highest it’s been since Jan. 2 of this year, Gregway noted.

The lowest temperature was 3 degrees on the 11th.

There were no zero or below readings last month and no records, Gregway added.

February has 11 days where the high was in the 20s; 4 days where it was in the 40s and 1 in the 50s.

The overnight lows sank into the single digits 4 times and 15 times it was in the teens. There were only 3 times where it was above freezing.

Precipitation for February came in at 3.54 inches, which is 0.71-inch above average.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 0.66-inch on the 28th.

“We also had a couple of others,” Gregway said. “There was 0.59-inch on the 2nd (wet snow) and 0.60-inch on the 6th.”

For the year, precipitation stands at 6.88 inches. That is 0.26-inch above normal.

Measurable precipitation fell on 18 days (2 of which were just rain) with streaks of 5 and 4 days in a row. There was a trace on 2 days and no precipitation fell on 8 days with 2 streaks of 2 days in a row.

February wound up with 52.8 inches of snow. That is 18.3 inches above average.

For the winter, the total is 172.5 inches, which is 45.3 inches higher than normal.

The greatest depth of snow on the ground was 38 inches on the 10th and 12th, Gregway said, adding that the ground was snow-covered for the entire month.

Last month saw 31 percent of the possible amount of sunshine, which is average.

The number of cloudy days, 19, was average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 6, was average.

And, the number of clear days, 3, was average.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.47 on the 15th. It was also at 30.41 on the 23rd.

“The lowest barometric pressure was 29.30 on the 14th. And then look what happened on the 15th – we rebounded rather nicely,” Gregway observed.

The pressure also sank to 29.40 on the 28th, he added.

The strongest winds were west-northwesterly at 40 mph on the 19th. Over all, there were 4 times when the winds were 35 mph or greater last month, Gregway said.

The warmest February is 33 degrees in 2002. The coldest is 14.4 degrees in 1979.

The record high for February is 63 degrees set in 1954, 1984 and 2000. The lowest, -21 degrees, was set in 1934.

February 2008 (6.22 inches) is the wettest on record. The driest is 0.67-inch in 1987.

The most snow in February is 95.9 inches in 2007. The least snow, 2.5 inches, was recorded in February 1957.

“We’re 12th on the list of snowiest Februarys,” Gregway said. “That’s no biggie really.”

February 2010 was 2.6 degrees higher than average.

The precipitation was about average and the snowfall was about 4 inches above average, Gregway said.

“For the winter, snowfall was 117 inches at the end of February 2010. We ran right out of it and that’s where we finished the winter,” he added.

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