Monday, March 1, 2010

February 2010 Climate Summary

Memphis International Airport, Memphis, TN
Very cold weather ended the meteorological winter season in Memphis. At Memphis Int'l Airport, the average temperature for February was a cold 37.4 degrees, which was 7.5 degrees below normal and ties for the 11th coldest February on record (since 1875) and the coldest since 1978. The highest temperature for the month was 66 degrees on the 21st and the lowest was 23 on the 16th. As of February 28, the airport had not seen a 70 degree day since November 15, 2009, a string of 105 days, which ranks 8th longest since 1875. There were 22 days that the temperature dropped below freezing for the month, though no temperature records were set in February.

Overall, precipitation was a little below normal for the month, though snowfall was above the long-term average. The airport recorded 3.87" of precipitation for the month, which was 0.44" below normal. Total snowfall for the month was 5.4" (average of 2.2"). The greatest 24-hour total was 5.0" on the 8th (which was a record for the date), continuing into the 9th with an additional 0.2". Snowfall of 0.2" also occurred on the 14th and there was a trace on the 15th. The peak wind gust was 40 mph, recorded on the 21st. Click here for the NWS climate recap for February.

For the "winter" (defined in meteorological terms as December, January, and February), the average temperature of 38.5 degrees places the 2009-2010 winter as the 13th coldest on record.

Bartlett, TN
The average temperature for February at the WXLIVE! station in north Bartlett was 35.8 degrees, with a maximum of 66.0 on the 21st and a minimum of 18.1 degrees on the 17th. February precipitation totaled 3.45" at the automated WXLIVE! gauge, while a co-located manual gauge used for the CoCoRaHS program measured 3.70". The peak wind gust was 33 mph on the 21st. Snow and sleet totaled 6.4" on the 8th/9th and another 0.3" on both the 14th and 15th. Click here for a daily statistical recap on

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