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Weather Talk: February was colder, snowier than average

The month of February was both colder and snowier than average.

The average daily high temperature in February was 17.6 degrees and the average daily low was 2.8 below zero for a mean daily average of 7.4 degrees. This is 7.2 degrees colder than the long-term February average.

December was 0.3 degrees colder than average, and January was 1.9 degrees warmer than average, so a colder February brings the December, January and February winter mean temperature of 10.9 degrees to 1.7 degrees colder than average.

February’s snow total of 12 inches is 5 inches more than average, and the 0.83 inches of water in that snow is 0.25 inches more than average. The foot of February snow brings the season total to 27.4 inches, which is still 10.6 inches below average for the winter so far.

The combination of near-average temperatures and slightly less than average snow make this a relatively typical winter season so far.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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