February 2013 Was Close to Average For Temperature and Snow

OSWEGO, NY – February 2013 goes into the record book a tad warmer than normal. And, even though the snowfall total was barely above average, the winter total at the end of last month was nearly 3 feet higher than it was a year ago, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

The average temperature last month was 26.9 degrees. That is 1.5 degrees above average.

champion white oak in winter
Oswego County Champion White Oak (100′ tall and a 239″ circumference) in the winter.

The highest temperature was 46 degrees on the 11th and the lowest was 8 degrees on the 3rd.

There were no records set last month.

February saw 3 days when the high was 40 degrees or above and 11 days when it was 32 degrees or above.

One day saw temperatures in the single digits (8 degrees).

champion white oak in the summer
The white oak in the summer. (photos provided by Dick Drosse).

Only 2 overnight lows were 32 degrees or warmer.

For the month, precipitation ended up at 3.71 inches. That is 1.88 inches above average.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 1.26 inches on the 27th.

There were 19 days of measurable precipitation, with stretches of 6 days and 5 days in a row.

Six days saw just a trace, with 3 of them consecutive.

Only 3 days last month had no measurable precipitation.

Since the first of the year, precipitation stands at 5.86 inches. That is 0.76-inch below average.

Snowfall last month amounted to 35.1 inches. That is 0.6-inch above average.

The greatest snowfall in a 24-hour period was 9.5 inches on the 4th.

For the winter, at the end of February, snowfall stands at 91.4 inches. That is 35.8 inches below normal.

“But, it’s not as bad as last year,” Gregway noted.

There were snow pellets 3 times last month. There were ice pellets once and freezing rain 2 times in February.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.48 on the 7th and the lowest was 29.55 on the 27th.

The area received 30 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is just 1 percentage below normal.

The number of cloudy days, 19, was 1 below average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 7, was 1 above average.

The number of clear days, 2, was average.

February had no thunderstorms, which is average.

And there were no foggy days, which is also average.

There were some damaging winds on Feb. 1.

“We actually had 10 days where the winds were 20 mph or stronger,” Gregway said. “We had a lot of wind in February.”

The strongest winds were west-northwesterly on the 6th and westerly on the 11th, both were greater than 30 mph, Gregway said.

February 2012 was 6.8 degrees warmer than average; the high was only 53 degrees.

Precipitation was about an inch below average.

Snowfall for the month was 19 inches below average. For the winter, at the end of February 2012, the snowfall was just 61.5 inches, Gregway said, adding that is 65.7 inches below normal.

The warmest February on record is 34 degrees in 1867. The coolest is 14.4 degrees in 1979.

The record high for the month is 63 degrees set on several dates, Gregway said. The most recent is on the 27th in 2000. And, the lowest is -21 degrees on Feb. 9, 1934.

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

Thanks to a storm that made national headlines, 2007 is the snowiest (95.9 inches) February 1957 has the honor of having the least snow (2.5 inches).