Thursday, March 01, 2012
Recapping February 2012
February 2012 was the warmest February in ten years and sixth warmest in 140 years of data in Philadelphia. Temperatures for the month averaged out to 40.9 degrees, 5.2 degrees above current "normals" and the warmest since 2002 when the monthly temperature was 41.1.
Nothing like closing out an awful winter forecast with a month that was even warmer than we predicted! At least we ended up on the right side of the ledger...just not "right" enough. Oh well...we'll dissect the "where did we and nearly everyone else go wrong" over the coming week as there was a lot of fail to go around this winter.
Temperatures topped out at 67 on the 1st and exceeded 60 four times for the month, only dropping to 19 on the 12th in the coldest morning of February. Temperatures were below average only twice -- the 11th and 12th.
Rainfall for the month was modest -- 1.84", with 1.03" of that coming on Leap Day's storm system. Despite the inch of rains, precipitation for the month was below average by four tenths of an inch. Snowfall was the lowest since 2004 for February with just 1.2" for the month at the Airport site.