Temperatures plunged to historic lows in some elements of the nation final month, together with practically all of Texas, as an Arctic air mass gripped a lot of the nation.
The common temperature throughout the contiguous U.S. final month was 30.6 levels F, three.2 levels beneath the 20th-century common, making it the 19th-coldest February within the 127-year report. It was additionally the coldest February since 1989.
Below-average temperatures dominated a lot of the nation from the Northwest to the Great Lakes and south to the Gulf of Mexico. For six states — Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma — February 2021 positioned among the many prime 10-coldest Februaries on report. Texas had its 11th-coldest February.
February’s common precipitation was 1.99 inches (zero.14 of an inch beneath common), which ranked within the middle-third of the historic report.
Above-average precipitation fell throughout a lot of the Northwest, in addition to parts of the East Coast and Ohio Valley. North Carolina noticed its eighth-wettest February on report for the month, whereas South Carolina had its 10th wettest.
Meteorological winter (December via February) was fairly delicate and dry throughout the contiguous U.S. The common temperature was 33.6 levels F, 1.four levels above common, putting Winter 2021 within the warmest third of the winter report. Maine had its third-warmest winter; California had its 12th warmest.
Total precipitation this winter was 6.10 inches — zero.69 of an inch beneath common — which ranked among the many driest one-third of winters in 126 years. North Dakota had its third-driest winter on report, whereas Virginia and Delaware had their ninth and 11th-wettest winters, respectively.
(Source: NOAA – Image: Morriss Road in Flower Mound on Feb. 14, 2021/Cross Timbers Gazette/Susan North)
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