Last winter, February had much more snow than January (26.0" vs. 2.1"), but this winter the tables were turned as February had just 2.0" compared to January's 15.3". Although snowfall was minimal, there have been 31 other winters with even less snow in February (and two-thirds of those had less than an inch).
Temperature patterns were also reversed, as February of last year was 1.7° below average and January was 1.1° above, while this winter February was 1.4° above average and January was 3.4° below. Feb. 2022 was the 21st mildest on record. Five recent Februarys in 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2012, were milder.
Another very big difference between Feb. 2022 and 2021 was in its diurnal variation, i.e., the difference between the daily high and low temperature. Last February's was just 9.5 degrees, which tied for the second smallest reported in February. This year's however, was 16.9 degrees, which was the widest variation in February since 1990, and the third widest for any February (average variation is 12.7 degrees). Part of the reason was that it had three days with temperature variations of 30 degrees or more; only February 1918 has had more (four).
The difference between the average high and low of Feb. 2022 and 2021 is fascinating, as this February's average high was 6.9 degrees milder than last February, but its average low was 0.5 degrees chillier.
February's above average temperature was driven by the average high, which was 3.5 degrees above average; by contrast, the average low was 0.6 degrees below average. Eight days had highs of 55° or milder, with four of them above 60°, including two climbing to 68° (on 2/17 and 2/23). The first 68° was a record for the date.
Looking at cold conditions, eight days had highs in the 30s or colder, and four of these days had highs of 32° or colder. Similar to the month's warmest reading, the coldest reading (16°) was also reported on two days, 2/14 and 2/15. (January's coldest reading also occurred on back to back days).
Eleven days were 10 degrees or more above or below average (seven were above, four were below). The most above average was +23 degrees on 2/17, when the high/low was 68°/49°; the most below average day came three days before that, with a high/low that was 15 degrees below average (25°/16°).
During the three weeks between Feb. 4-24, four dramatic swings in temperature occurred:
- Feb. 4-5: From 8° above average (high/low of 57°/26°), to 11° below average (27°/19°)
- Feb. 12-14: From 16° above average (59°/42°), to 1° below average (42°/25°), to 15° below average (25°/16°)
- Feb. 15-17: From 13° below average (30°/16°), to 3° above average (49°/28°), to 23° above average (68°/49°)
- Feb. 23-24: From 15° above average (68°/35°), to 6° below average (35°/29°)
Finally, precipitation was very close to average, with 3.23" measured (vs. an average of 3.19"). The days with the most precipitation were Feb. 3 and Feb. 20, with 0.72" and 0.74", respectively. The month's measurable snow fell on two days: 2/13 (1.6") and 2/25 (0.4"). Of the Februarys with two inches of snow or less, Feb. 2022 had the fourth biggest drop-off from January.
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