Saturday, February 20, 2021

Temperatures and snowfall records set during the recent Arctic Outbreak

Now that we are back above freezing (at least during the day) and the #StupidCold Arctic Outbreak is receding, we can look back and see, statistically, just how cold and snowy it was. The following temperature and snowfall records are now in the books:
  • Coldest high temperature: February 14 (19°)
  • Coldest low temperature: February 15 (9°)
  • Coldest high temperature: February 15 (15°)
  • Coldest low temperatures: February 16 (1°)
  • Tied coldest high temperature: February 16 (18°)
  • Coldest low temperature: February 20 (9°)
  • Daily record snowfall: February 15 (4.0")
  • Daily record snowfall: February 17 (4.7")
  • Fourth snowiest four-day period: February 14-17 (10.0")
  • Tied for second - consecutive days with high temperatures less than 20° (February 14-16)
  • Tied for longest consecutive streak of days with high temperatures less than 32° (February 11-19)
  • The average temperature for the period February 11-19 was 19.8° - the coldest for that nine day stretch on record.
All data is recorded at Memphis International Airport, the official observation site for Memphis, TN.

Estimated snowfall over the past week. Graphic courtesy NWS-Memphis.

Average temperature anomaly (departure from normal) for the week of February 12-19, 2021. Data provided by the NOAA/NCEP Climate Data Assimilation System (CDAS). And yes, the cold across the central portion of the country appears to be "off the charts!" (WxBell)

Erik Proseus
MWN Meteorologist

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