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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published February 23 2014

Weather Talk: Average temp locally has been about 5 degrees below normal

September 2013 finished well above average, but since then the temperature in this area has been consistently cold. Since Oct. 1, about 75 percent of the lower 48 states have recorded temperatures below average.

Locally, the average temperature has been about 5 degrees below normal during the past five months, with an average temperature of 18.3 degrees from Oct. 1 through Feb. 21. This period ranks as the 33rd-coldest out of the 133 years with available records, putting this year in the top 25 percent coldest.

As a comparison, the average temperature during our very mild winter of 2011-12 was about 13 degrees warmer during the same period, with an average temperature of 31 degrees. That was the warmest such period on record.


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