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February 2014 Was Colder, Snowier Than Average

OSWEGO, NY – February 2014 goes into the record book cold and snowy, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

The average temperature for February was 22.5 degrees. That is 2.9 degrees colder than average.

There was ice as far as you could see last month on Lake Ontario.  Photo provided by Debbie Engleke
There was ice as far as you could see last month on Lake Ontario. Photo provided by Debbie Engelke

The highest temperature was 49 degrees on the 19th and the lowest was 2 on the 12th.

There were no records set last month.

February had 4 days where the high was 40 degrees or warmer (the 19th to 22nd).

There were 4 days when it was in the teens and 21 days where it was 32 degrees or colder, 16 of which (the 3rd through 18th) were in a row.

The overnight low was in the single digits 6 times.

“On the 12th the lake was pretty well frozen,” Gregway said. “There was ice as far as you could see.”

Total precipitation for February was 3.29 inches. That is 0.46-inch higher than average.

However, since the first of the year, precipitation stands at 6.05 inches. And that is 0.57-inch below average.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 1.51 inches on the 21st. It was all rain, Gregway noted.

There were 20 days of measurable precipitation – with streaks of 8, 5 and 4 in a row.

There was just a trace on 3 days and no precipitation on 5 days

Total snowfall for February was 41.3 inches. That is 6.8 inches higher than average.

As of the end of February, total snowfall for the winter stands at 133.1 inches. That is 5.9 inches above average.

The greatest snowfall in a 24-hour period was7.5 inches on the 5th.

February saw 31 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is average.

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.

The barometric pressure was going up and down almost daily, Gregway said.

“We had a lot more swings on the high side than the low,” he added.

The highest was 30.53 on the 12th and the lowest was 29.39 on the 13th and the 14th.

“We had a lot of windy days last month,” Gregway said. “The last few days of the month were really windy – and snowy, too.”

The strongest winds were greater than 30 mph on 4 times; west-southwesterly on the 22nd, north-northwesterly on the 24th and westerly on the 26th and 27th.

The warmest February was 34.0 degrees in 1867 and the coldest was 14.4 degrees in 1979.

The highest temperature recorded in February is 63 degrees on Feb. 23, 1984 and the lowest, -21 degrees, came in 1934.

The wettest February is 2008 – 6.22 inches and the driest is 1987 with 0.67-inch.

February 2007 holds the dubious honor of being the snowiest (95.9 inches) while the least snowiest is 1957 with just 2.5 inches.