Feb. 2015 was the coldest February ever in G.R. with an average temperature of 13.3. That’s a full degree colder than the previous coldest February, which was 14.3 in 1978, the year after the Blizzard of Jan. 26, 1978. The average temperature for the month was 13.5 below average for G.R., 13.5 colder than average for Kalamazoo and a whopping 14.5 colder than average for Lansing. This is only the 2nd time since 1978 that we did not reach 40 in G.R. in February. In fact, we’ve only reached 40 once since 12/27! We only got above 30 three times in February in G.R. We dipped below zero 8 times in G.R. in February and 11 times in Lansing. The average high/low for G.R. was 22.0/4.7. We only had 3 days that got about 30 in G.R. As can be the case in cold, winter months, we had both below average precipitation (1.17″ – 0.62″ below average) and above average snowfall (19.6″, which was 4.8″ above average). Much of that snow came on Super Bowl Sunday (8.8″). Snow cover varied from 4″ (early morning on the 1st) to 10″ in G.R., and we had at least a trace of snow on 22 of 28 days. The fastest wind gust in G.R. was 45 mph on the 14th. February is on average the month with the least precipitation. We had 34% of possible sunshine, close to averge and an average humidity of 69%. No thunderstorms with the cold air and only one day with fog. NOAA: 2185 cold records broken or tied in past week1913 Low Min Records Broken & 272 tied in 7 days.
The graphic shows that Great Lakes ice cover is up to 88.5%, with the only significant open water on Lakes Michigan and Ontario. Wind could break up some ice on Tues./Weds., but we have a decent shot at topping 90% in the next 10 days. CONUS ended February -1.85°C below 30-yr average. Temps crashed after 16th. YTD -0.86°C. Almost every major city in Quebec experienced their coldest February since we have data (70 yrs of data). Coldest Feb. (-14.7C) in Fredericton, NB, Canada since records started in 1913. Only month colder was Jan., 1920. Coldest Feb. ever in Labrador.
Also, coldest February ever in Alpena (6.6), Gaylord (3.2), Houghton Lake (5.8), Flint (2nd coldest month), Saginaw (3rd coldest month), Marquette (2.4 deg. – also coldest month ever!), Houghton MI, Rochester NY (and 4th snowiest Feb.). Cleveland (14.3 – also 2nd coldest month ever), Buffalo NY (10.9 – also coldest month ever in Buffalo) Syracuse NY (and coldest month ever), Chicago 14.6 (tied 1875), Redding PA, State College PA (17.1), Erie PA, Mansfield and Youngstown OH, Portland ME (14.0 also coldest month ever!) Bangor ME (6.1 – broke old monthly record by 5.2!), Harrisburg PA (20.9). 2nd coldest Feb. in Detroit, Baltimore MD (4th coldest month), Pittsburgh (4th coldest month ever), Rockford IL, Concord NH (12.2), Toledo OH and Albany NY (12.7). 3rd coldest February Traverse City (9.5), S. Ste. Marie (2.9), New York City (23.9) and Allentown PA (19.0). Little Rock AR had snow on the ground for 10 days in Feb. It was the snowiest Feb. ever in Boston (64.8″ – broke old record by 23.2″!), Providence RI (31.8″) and Denver CO (22.4″). That’s the most since 1936. Ice-clogged Hoboken NJ ferry terminal. Solid ice in the Potomoc River in D.C. More than 1,400 flights cancelled at DC, Philadelphia and New York City-area airports due to snow. Boston up to 102.3″ snow for the season…second place, they’ll probably reach #1. Toronto – coldest Feb. since 1936 – they haven’t been above freezing for 36 days. Heavy snow in Arizona. Chesapeake Bay ice reaching historic maximum. Some of the oldest weather records in the area are taken in Amherst, MA. Since 1836, this February was the coldest! Nearly 180 years.
Anniversary of the EF-4 tornado in Miller’s Ferry AL. Heavy rain coming to the Ohio Valley. Northern Lights last night in Alberta. 400 flights cancelled at DFW – freezing drizzle there. Ice storm Branson MO. Beautiful pic. of sun and snow from Alabama. Shreveport, LA, saw more snow (4.1″) than Fairbanks, Alaska (4.0″) in February. Volcano ash causes Alaska Airlines flight cancellations on Saturday. Thundershower in San Francisco. Two waterspouts SW of Los Angeles. 0.68″ rain at San Diego.