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February 2017 Tops February 2012 To Become Mildest on Record

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Propelled by an eight-day period between Feb. 18-25, which had temperatures that were sixteen degrees above average (high/low of 61/44), February 2017 became the mildest on record.  Five days had highs in the 60s and one reached 70° - the earliest 70 in ten years.  And on Feb. 24 the mildest low temperature ever recorded in the month of February was reported (58°).  This month was in stark contrast to two years ago when New York experienced it coldest February since 1934.  This year had no Arctic outbreaks; six days had below-average temperatures, in three pairs of two.  However, despite the abundance of mild conditions, winter made a jolting cameo appearance on Feb. 9, when the day after the high reached 63°, 9.4" of snow fell during the morning.  The day following the snowstorm was the only one with a high of 32° or colder.

 

10 Mildest Februarys

 

The month was 6.3 degrees above average, not much cooler than a typical March.  It was also the 20th month in a row that was warmer than average.  Of these months, February 2017 had the fourth highest departure from average, behind December 2015 (+13.3 degrees); September 2015 (+6.5) and March 2016 (+6.4).

 

20 months above average

 

 

 

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