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Did High Temperatures in February 2017 Break Records?

Did High Temperatures in February 2017 Break Records?

Copyright 2007 Carol Chapman

Here in Virginia, USA, close to Williamsburg, we had three days in the month of February with temperatures of 81F / 27C. That is hot for this time of year! Those are Florida temperatures, not Virginia. Those are nice-days-in-summer temperatures for us! So, I ask myself, “What’s going on here? Did high temperatures in February 2017 break records? Is this climate change or what?”

Did High Temperatures in February 2017 Break Records

February 26, 2015 near Williamsburg, Virginia Photo by and Copyright 2015 Carol Chapman

Two years ago, on February 26th, 2015, I took this photograph of my snowy yard–obviously a much colder day–the kind of weather you’d expect in February.

In addition, according to a comment I received to my previous post, “Geese are Flying North,” I can see that we, in Virginia, were not the only ones having a warmer than usual February. Deb from Wisconsin wrote:

While I love watching the birds, it worries me, because this is extremely unusual to have all this action so early, due to unusually warm weather in Feb. With all the odd weather this spring, it makes me wonder about climate change.

Therefore, I decided to look up the official temperature records for the month of February, now wondering even more: “Did the high temperatures in February break records?” The National Centers for Environmental Information website says:

During February, the average contiguous U.S. temperature was 41.2°F, 7.3°F above the 20th century average. This ranked as the second warmest February in the 123-year period of record. Nearly one-quarter of the U.S. was record warm in February. Only February 1954 was warmer for the nation at 41.4°F. Between December 2016 and February 2017, the average temperature across the contiguous U.S. was 35.9°F, 3.7°F above average, the sixth warmest winter on record.

Assessing the U.S. Climate in February 2017

Well, that’s a delightful surprise and a relief: The second warmest February in 123 years. Not the warmest! The high temperatures in February 2017 did not break records for the month of February. Amazingly, temperatures in February,1954, soared slightly higher by 0.2F! Was it really that warm in 1954? 63 years ago? Really? It’s hard to believe!

But wait! The above assessment merely reflects a comparison of average high temperatures in February 2017 for the whole U.S.! What about individual places? Were any temperature records broken there? Yes, definitely. In fact, according to weather.com:

From February 17-24, roughly 2,900 daily warm records (record highs, and record warm lows) were set across the U.S.

In addition, over 250 record high temperatures for any February day were also set, according to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

February Monthly Record Highs Shattered Records in the East and Midwest

I counted 30 record highs broken on a chart at the above website, including Boston, Massachusetts; Buffalo, New York; and Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, all-time record highs for the whole month of February were broken in Burlington, Vermont.

And what of my dear sweet homeland, Canada? According to CBC News, Toronto experienced record high temperatures in February also:

With Saturday’s high of 11.6 C, ?Toronto just crushed a February high temperature record set back in 2011.

Toronto just crushed a February high temperature record

Well, that just about says it. Something is definitely going on. But what?

Did your area, town, or city experience record-breaking high temperatures in February 2017? Did you experience higher than normal temperatures in February? Please share in the comments section below.

 

 

 

Carol Chapman
 

Carol Chapman is an author, inspirational speaker, and the creator of the online course, "Speak and Sell Books." As a speaker, she talks at weekend retreats, day-long events, and half-day programs. Her seminars are not only informative and transformational but also fun and entertaining. They often include participatory workshops and visual aids, such as videos and photographs. She specializes in dream interpretation, reincarnation, and Atlantis, and how to sell books while speaking. Formerly a photojournalist under contract to NASA, her photographs have appeared in magazines and newspapers throughout the world. She is the author of When We Were Gods, Arrival of the Gods in Egypt, Have Your Heart’s Desire, and the forthcoming Kindle series, "Public Speaking Tips for Authors."

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Barbara Schwalm - March 13, 2017

Hi Carol
Yes, Toronto weather was enviable! Before retiring here in Alberta, I lived a 3hr drive north of Toronto in the land of snow and cold.My first winter in my new abode in Calgary was also enviable and felt sooo good. But that was last winter and this year it was cold and snowy, between 35 and 40 inches of snow in total. Not even a quarter of what I had left, but I still pouted and felt resentful. Until today.
In 24 hrs, we gained 22 degrees(Celsius). Thanks to our Chinook winds! So now I will enjoy warm weather right along with you.?

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    Carol Chapman - March 13, 2017

    Hi Barbara, Thanks for writing. Wow!!! That’s 71 (Fahrenheit)! You don’t have to go to Florida, Cuba or Cancun! Amazing!

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