Friday, March 8, 2024

February 2024 Climate Report for Memphis, TN

February Climate Recap

The month of February was warmer than normal by over six degrees, ranking it the sixth warmest February on record. High temperatures ranged from the 50's to the upper 70's, while lows ranged from near 30 to the mid 60's. Overall, only six days during the month saw an average temperature below normal.

Departure from normal temperatures for February for the Lower 48 states

Precipitation was slightly below normal for the month, with our wettest day coming on the 10th at 1.64", followed closely by 1.27" on the 4th. In total, both the airport and MWN headquarters in Bartlett saw 3.82". A trace of snow fell on the 12th at both stations as well.

As far as lingering drought goes, there was continued improvement across the area. Much of the portion of the Memphis metro in west Tennessee is now out of drought status (or nearly so), while northwest Mississippi continues in a moderate to severe drought, but has also improved in the past month.

Drought conditions as of March 5, 2024

Change in drought conditions over 4 weeks as of March 5, 2024

Memphis International Airport, Memphis, TN

Average temperature: 52.4 degrees (6.3 degrees above average) 
Average high temperature: 62.8 degrees (7.3 degrees above average) 
Average low temperature: 42.0 degrees (5.3 degrees above average) 
Warmest temperature: 78 degrees (27th) 
Coolest temperature: 25 degrees (18th) 
Heating Degrees Days: 363 (169 below average)
Cooling Degree Days: 7 (5 above average) 
Records set or tied: Record high minimum of 65 on the 27th, breaking the old record of 62 from 1955.
Comments: This month was the 6th warmest February on record. 

Monthly total: 3.82" (0.73" below average) 
Days with measurable precipitation: 9 (0.9 days below average) 
Wettest 24-hour period: 1.64" (10th) 
Snowfall: Trace (1.0" below average)
Records set or tied: None
Comments: None

Peak wind: South/48 mph (27th) 
Average wind: 9.6 mph 
Average relative humidity: 64%
Average sky cover: 54%

 Click here for a daily statistical recap for Memphis International Airport. Headquarters, Bartlett, TN

Average temperature: 51.4 degrees 
Average high temperature: 63.5 degrees 
Average low temperature:  39.6 degrees 
Warmest temperature: 78.9 degrees (27th) 
Coolest temperature: 19.7 degrees (18th) 
Comments: None

Monthly total: 3.82" (automated rain gauge), 3.90" (CoCoRaHS rain gauge) 
Days with measurable precipitation: 9
Wettest date: 1.46" (4th) (via automated gauge) 
Snowfall: Trace
Comments: None

Peak wind: South/30 mph (27th)
Average relative humidity: 69% 
Average barometric pressure: 30.02 in.
Comments: None

Click here for a daily statistical recap for Bartlett, TN.

MWN Forecast Accuracy

Average temperature error: 2.16 degrees 
Forecast temperatures within 2 degrees of actual: 70% 
Average dewpoint error: 2.80 degrees 
Forecast dewpoints within 2 degrees of actual: 56% 

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