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Weather Watch 3/20

It looked as if Feb. 2010 would continue the snowless trend set in January, but a large snowstorm at the end of the month pushed the snowfall total to an above average level. The month was also warmer than normal.

The average high temperature was 31.1 degrees and the average low was 18.2 degrees, giving us an average temperature of 24.7 degrees - 3.8 degrees above normal. This was the fifth warmest in the last thirty years. The warmest Feb. was in 1984 when the average was 29 degrees, and the coldest was in 2005 when the average was 16.1 degrees. The coldest temperature of -7 degrees was recorded on the 1st and the warmest temperature of 40 degrees was recorded on the 22nd and the 27th. There was only one day with a below zero reading compared to an average of 6.5 days. This brings our seasonal total of below zero days to nine.

Melted precipitation was 3.21 inches, - 0.8 inches above normal. There was measurable precipitation on eight days with the greatest amount of 3.12 inches, falling during the stormy period of the 23rd through the 26th. Our yearly total is now 5.60 inches - only 0.1 inch above normal.

Snowfall was also above normal with 21.7 inches measured - 5.2 inches above normal. This brings our yearly total to 49.5 inches, which is 8.4 inches below normal for this time of year. The greatest amount of 15.5 inches was measured on the 24th and 25th. This was the second 10 inch or greater snowfall this season when the average for a season is one. This end-of-the-month storm also produced much higher amounts of snow in higher elevations in the surrounding area.

The river reached its highest level of 3.87 feet on the 1st and its lowest level of 3.28 feet on the 23rd.

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