February 2017 One of Warmest in History

February 2017 will go down as one of the warmest Februarys in history.

State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says most Iowans will remember this February for the extended period of unusually warm temperatures – which included a day of summerlike weather.

Numbers right now show the statewide average temperature last month was about 34 degrees.

It could end up being the second warmest February on record once all the numbers are tallied. The warmest month of February ever recorded in Iowa was in 1954, with a statewide average temperature of 35.5. The second warmest was 1998.

And with that warm weather, February didn’t bring us much snow… Usually during the month, we’ll see anywhere from six to eight inches of snow… but this year here in Manchester, we only had one day of snowfall in February – last Friday – when we got just three-tenths of an inch.

 

(audio courtesy of Radio Iowa)