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Just a reminder of The Weather Channels FEB temp forecast

Once I saw the end was near, it was time for me to make my trip out to AZ.  I wasn’t lying when I saw a potential pattern that could conceivably become historic and it did.  I was open about it and ad

Pics taken in & near Argusville and Gardner, ND. Temps were in the -17*F area the entire time. Actually burned my hand touching my metal tripod a couple times.

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I went out wearing shorts in 20° weather like a frat boy today lol. Must say, with the high sun angle it didn't feel half bad.

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>1" Snowfalls for Fargo-Hector Int'l Airport in 2020-21: 10/20 (4.2"), 10/22 (2.7"), 12/23 (1.2"), 12/27 (1.8"), 12/29-30 (4.1"), 1/23 (1.9"), 4/13-14 (1.4")

 

Total Snowfall for 2020-2021 @ KFAR: 28.6"            Coldest Low: -25*F (2/15)

 

 

First flake of the season: 10/15 @ 21:27 CDT

 

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Looking at radar, I think I have a good chance of overachieving on tonight's clipper.

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>1" Snowfalls for Fargo-Hector Int'l Airport in 2020-21: 10/20 (4.2"), 10/22 (2.7"), 12/23 (1.2"), 12/27 (1.8"), 12/29-30 (4.1"), 1/23 (1.9"), 4/13-14 (1.4")

 

Total Snowfall for 2020-2021 @ KFAR: 28.6"            Coldest Low: -25*F (2/15)

 

 

First flake of the season: 10/15 @ 21:27 CDT

 

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Still an outside chance that DSM loses another tenth - but as of 8:35pm the avg temp for FEB for KDSM is 15.3F. That puts FEB 2021 as the 7th coldest FEB on record. Here are the  top 10. FEB 2021 was also the 34th coldest month ever recorded including Jan and Dec going back to 1878.

TOP 10 Coldest FEB for KDSM

1936- 8.0F (one of DSM top 5 weather/climate stats of all time imo)

1978 -  13.3F

1979  -  13.8F

1885  -   14.4F

1905 -   14.8F

1929  -  15.2F

2021-   15.3F

1989-   15.4F

1899-   15.6F

1904-  16.7F

 

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The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

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1 hour ago, Grizzcoat said:

Still an outside chance that DSM loses another tenth - but as of 8:35pm the avg temp for FEB for KDSM is 15.3F. That puts FEB 2021 as the 7th coldest FEB on record. Here are the  top 10. FEB 2021 was also the 34th coldest month ever recorded including Jan and Dec.

TOP 10 Coldest FEB for KDSM

1936- 8.0F (one of DSM top 5 weather/climate stats of all time imo)

1978 -  13.3F

1979  -  13.8F

1885  -   14.4F

1905 -   14.8F

1929  -  15.2F

2021-   15.3F

1989-   15.4F

1899-   15.6F

1904-  16.7F

 

That's an impressive list to join by any regard. What a February that was! It had everything, but shaking up the top 10 all-time list is pretty special.

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Fairly certain the low of 25F at midnight pushed FEB 2021 into a tie of 6th coldest FEB all time for KDSM. Reason for my post above. Will see how CPC rules this in the future but in the last 6 hours KDSM lost .2F in avg temp for the month based on a low of 34F going to 25F for the 28th. It all matters...

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Coldest Feb since 89 in KC

 
 
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As we close the book on February and immortalize it by freezing it shut, we finished the month 10.3 degrees below normal at 23.2 degrees . That makes it the 7th coldest Feb on the 133-year record for KC and coldest in 32 years (1989)!
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5th coldest February in Lincoln and 6th in Omaha. Pretty impressive when the only years ahead are 1899, 1936, 1978, and 1979. LNK may be 6th as well if 1875 was included, which was up there for OMA, but LNK didn't record temperatures then. It could be decades before we see a month as extreme as this again, I'm glad I lived it. 

Other stats for Lincoln:

5th snowiest February (16.6") 

-31 is the coldest Feb temp recorded

-First sub zero high (-4) since 1996

-17 days of 10"+ snow depth this month beats previous record of 11, though I can only find snow depth stats back to 1948

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Snowfall in Lincoln, NE:

2017-18: 21.4"   

2018-19: 55.5"   

2019-20: 17.6"   

2020-21: 49.4" (so far)

Average: 25.9"

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Data I have puts Tulsa's February temps at 31.4 as an average.

Good enough for 4th coldest of all-time and one of only 6 February listing all-time that have been below freezing. <5% likelihood. Incredible.

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February stats from my backyard.

Average low: 8.2   9.9 degrees below average   Coldest low: -23.6 (2/16)

Average high: 27.2   10.9 degrees below average   Warmest high: 57.4 (2/27)

Average temp: 17.7   10.4 degrees below average

.89" of precip and 12.6" of snow.

Total snowfall through the winter so far is 38.3"

Had 1 winter storm warning, 2 wind chill warnings, 4 wind chill advisories, 4 winter weather advisories, 1 dense fog advisory, and 1 aerial flood watch for ice jams!!

Also had 11 nights at or below zero for the low and one daily high below zero.

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Some of the coldest anomalies were in Nebraska! Make sense considering snowpack was much deeper than KS and the dakotas. We were lucky this year.

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Snowfall in Lincoln, NE:

2017-18: 21.4"   

2018-19: 55.5"   

2019-20: 17.6"   

2020-21: 49.4" (so far)

Average: 25.9"

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