February provides ‘nostalgic’ weather

Staff Report

The cold and windy weather prevalent this week probably has many people longing for more warm and carefree days — not of last summer, but February.

While chilly conditions have dominated the first part of March, February was an abnormally warm record-breaking month that helped punctuate what has been a wacky winter in these parts.

The average temperature in Mount Airy during February was more than five degrees above normal, according to a monthly statistical report from F.G. Doggett Water Plant, the city’s official weather-monitoring station.

That translated into the mercury averaging 45.6 degrees, compared to the usual 40.2 degrees.

A major contributor to that result was a balmy 79-degree reading posted at the water plant on Feb. 13, the high for the month which also broke a 66-year-old record for that day here, 75 degrees, set on Feb. 13, 1951.

The low temperature last month was 19 degrees, logged on Feb. 5.

Month was drier

Accompanying the unusual warmth was lower-than-average precipitation, the F.G. Doggett report further shows.

Less than 1 inch — 0.93 inches to be exact — was received last month, compared to the February local average of 3.37.

Much of that output, 0.35 inches, was recorded on Feb. 16, with measurable amounts occurring on just six of the month’s 28 days.

As of Feb. 28, Mount Airy had received 5.08 inches, which is 1.69 inches, or 24.9 percent, below the norm (6.77 inches) for the first two months of the year locally.

Two other stats also showed last month to be uncharacteristic of February, including no measurable snowfall and two days with fog but none with frost.

Weather records have been kept in Mount Airy since 1924.

Staff Report

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