On Feb. 2, 2015, Punxsutawney Phil crawled out of his burrow right at
the break of dawn and gazed upon his shadow (despite overcast skies),
making the prediction of six more weeks of winter. While some
questioned his prediction, it seems to be coming to fruition as
below-normal temperatures were the theme across the Midwest and
Northeast for a majority of February and look to continue heading
into March. Yesterday was not an exception to this trend as
temperatures ran 15 to 30 degrees below normal across the Northeast
and Midwest with some record lows falling during the early morning
hours. Below-normal temperatures were also experienced across the
Plains with some snow falling from New Mexico to Arkansas. This
brought anywhere from 1 to 6 inches of accumulation, including 2
inches in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Showers of rain and snow
were seen back over the West, spanning from New Mexico to Washington.
Snowiest Month on Record for Norfolk
Not only was February 1989 the snowiest February on record for the
city of Norfolk, Virginia, but also the snowiest month on record.
Throughout the month of February, 24.4 inches of snow was recorded.
Despite the plethora of snow, the temperature still managed to hit 80
degrees on three separate occasions throughout the month.
--Snowiest February on record for Denver...As of Friday morning,
Denver has received 22.2 inches of snow, surpassing the snowiest
February on record set in 1912, when 22.1 inches of snow fell.
Additional snow will fall this weekend, prior to the end of Saturday
evening, pushing the monthly total even higher.
--Third snowiest February on record for Chicago...Snowfall concluding
on Feb. 26 has pushed the February total to 26.4 inches. This puts the
month as the third snowiest on record. The second snowiest February was
in 1896, when 27.8 inches fell. The snowiest February on record was in
2011, when 29.0 inches fell. There is a chance this February will move
up in the rankings with more snow forecast for the city on Saturday
--The Following Locations Are in the Running for the Coldest February
Buffalo, NY: 11.0 F/ 11.4 F...11.4 F is also the coldest month ever.
Cleveland, OH: 14.5 F/ 15.2 F (Feb. 1875)
Pittsburgh, PA: 18.5 F/ 18.0 F (Feb. 1979)
Bangor, ME: 6.1 F/ 11.3 F (Feb. 1993)...Coldest month ever is 8.4 F
in January 1994.
Temperature Departure (degrees F) from Average for February through
Bangor, ME -14.5
Boston, MA -12.7
Syracuse, NY -16.3
New York (Central Park), NY -11.1
Philadelphia, PA -9.8
Pittsburgh, PA -12.5
Baltimore, MD -10.1
Washington, DC -8.4
Raleigh, NC -9.5
Atlanta, GA -6.8
Miami, FL -2.0
New Orleans, LA -3.0
St. Louis, MO -9.3
Detroit, MI -13.6
Chicago, IL -12.6
Minneapolis, MN -9.4
Oklahoma City, OK -3.8
Houston, TX -3.5
Denver, CO +2.2
Las Vegas, NV +7.3
Phoenix, AZ +6.0
Los Angeles, CA +4.0
Billings, MT +3.6
Seattle, WA +5.5
National High Yesterday 81 at El Centro, Calif.
National Low Yesterday -30 at Grayling, Mich.
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