February 2014 continued our string of “old fashioned Winter” months with below average temperatures and above average snowfall. We still, however, have escaped some of the extreme cold and heavy snowfalls of other areas of the country.
The average high temperature was 28.3 degrees and the average low was 7.5 degrees giving us an average temperature of 17.9 degrees, 2.9 degrees below normal and the 6th coldest on record. The coldest February was in 1994 when the average was 14.5 degrees and the warmest was in 1984 when the average was 29.0 degrees. The highest temperature, 46 degrees, was recorded on the 20th and the lowest, -16 degrees, was recorded on the 12th. There were 9 days with below zero readings compared to an average of 6. There were 1319 degree days bringing our seasonal total to 5364.5.
Melted precipitation for the month was 2.63 inches, only 0.25 inches below normal. This brings our seasonal total to 5.89 inches, 0.39 inches above normal. Precipitation was recorded on 9 days with the greatest amount, 1.06 inches, measured on the 21st.
Snowfall for the month was 24.6 inches, 7.9 inches above normal and the 7th snowiest in the last 33 years. The snowiest February was in 2007 when 34.7 inches fell and the least snowiest was in 1999 when only 3 inches fell. Again, a great deal of the snow melted during the rain on the 21st.
The river reached its highest level, 3.73 feet, on the 23rd and its lowest level, 2.95 feet, on the 17th and 19th.