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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published March 01 2013

Weather Talk: February made up for mild and dry start to winter

After a relatively mild and dry start to winter, February made up a lot of distance. Although the coldest temperature was just 21 below, the average temperature for the month was 2 degrees below the long-term average.

February snowfall was 14.4 inches, which is more than twice the average of 7.0 inches. Melted precipitation amounted to 1.22 inches, more than double the average of 0.55 inches.

February, on average, is the fifth-snowiest month of the year, behind January, March, December and November. But this February has been the snowiest month of this winter so far. The heaviest snowfall of the month was the 9.7 inches that fell on Feb. 10-11. The only other snowfall of more than an inch was the 1.7 inches on Feb. 13. The rest of the snow came in very small amounts. The first five days of February all had measurable snow but all less than an inch a day.

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