Weather Watch

February 2011 was an enjoyable month if you like winter sports, with plenty of snow and consistently cold temperatures, both of which provided ideal conditions for skiing or snowmobiling. If you are not a fan of winter, and I hear that some people are not, then it was a very cold and snowy month.

The average high temperature was 30.2 degrees and the average low was 6.5 degrees, giving us an average of 18.4 degrees, which is 2.4 degrees below normal. The highest temperature of 55 degrees, was recorded on Feb. 18 and the lowest of -9 degrees, was recorded on Feb. 23. There were eight days with below zero readings compared to an average of six. There were 1306 degree days, which brings the seasonal total to 5902.5.

Melted precipitation for the month was 3.22 inches, which is 0.78 inches above normal and the fourth largest on record. The wettest February was in 1982 when 3.63 inches was recorded and the driest was in 1987 when only 0.35 inches was measured. Our seasonal total is now 5.19 inches, which is 0.31 inches below normal. There was measurable precipitation on 10 days with the greatest amount of 0.84 inches being recorded on Feb. 25.

Snowfall was the biggest departure from normal with 29.4 inches falling, which is 12.5 inches above normal and also the fourth largest on record. The largest total snowfall for February was in 2007 when 34.7 inches fell and the smallest was in 1999 when only three inches was measured. Our seasonal total snowfall is now 62.5 inches, which is only 4.6 inches above normal. The largest snowfall of the month of 11 inches fell on Feb. 1 and 2.

The river reached its highest level of 3.59 feet on Feb. 23 and 24 and its lowest level of 3.09 feet on the on Feb. 18.

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