Warm February Days
From time to time there has been talk of the trend for “short” winters lately. In looking at past history there have been very few winters where it has been cold from the start to the end. That can be said for most summers as well as few have been “hot” from start to the end as well. In looking at past winters and particularly at past Februarys there have been 14 years when the temperature has shot up in the 60’s There have been a additional 53 February’s when it has reached 50 or better for a total of 67 years when it has gotten to 50 or better in February. Of course, it has not reached 70 here in Grand Rapids in February. The earliest first day of 70 or better is March 3rd and that happened in 1983. Here are some of the warmest days in February at Grand Rapids.
The warmest day in any February so far was the 69 recorded on February 11, 1969. That February ended up with a mean of 31.3 or +4.5. In February 1976 after a cold January and a cold start to February the temperature shot up to 57 on February 24th and reached 67 on the 27th and while there was as much as 16” of snow on the ground that February it was all gone by the 25th It also reached 67 if February 1930 once again after a cold January. In 1930 the highs reached the upper 50’s to the upper 60’s from 19th to the 25th In February 2017 the high reached 54 on the 17th and for 7 days highs ranged from the upper 50’s to the upper 60’s with highs of 62 on the 19th and 60 on the 20th and reached all the way up to 66 on 22nd February 2017 with a mean of 34.7 is the warmest February on record. The very next year in 2018 the high reached 63 on the 20th and 61 on the 27th and 60 on the 28th Other years that have reached 60 or better in February are 1944, 1932, 2000, 2016, 2009, 1954, 1983, and 1925.
We are now entering the last full week of meteorological winter and while most of this winter has been mild in reality there have not been all that many warm winter days. Did you know that as of today the warmest it has been this meteorological winter has been 53 and since Christmas the highest it has been is just 41. And so far this February the warmest it has been is just 37. On average the warmest day in December is 53 January 48 and February 50. The mean so far this meteorological winter at Grand Rapids this winter is now at 25.5° The average mean for the 3 months is 25.6° The coldest low this winter at Grand Rapids will be -12 and the annual average lowest reading is -7. The deepest snow depth looks to be 14” that average deepest snow depth at Grand Rapids is 11” Now it is true that this winter looks to end up well below average in the snow fall department and it looks to end up well below that average winter in days of 1” or more of snow cover at this time this year is at 46 days. Average at this date should be 54. Note for the year the average number of days with at least 1” of snow cover at Grand Rapids is 70.