Ithaca Climate Summary for February 2004
- With an average temperature of 21.5 degrees, the month averaged 2 degrees colder than normal.
- This was a degree warmer than last February, but otherwise the coldest since 1995.
- Eighteen days in the month were colder than normal, leaving eleven days warmer than normal.
- The warmest temperature of the month was 53 degrees on the 29th.
- The coldest temperature of the month was -17 degrees on the 16th. This set a record for the day. The previous record was -15 degrees set in 1943.
- The temperature rose above freezing on February 2nd for the first time since January 13th.
- The February precipitation total was 0.96 inches, which was only 47% of normal.
- This was the driest February since 1999 and the second driest since 1987.
- Precipitation was recorded on 14 days this month, but more than 0.10 inch fell on only two days.
- Only 0.18 inches of precipitation was recorded between the 8th and 29th.
- February snowfall accumulated 10.3 inches, which was 3.8 inches less than normal.
- Snowfall this month was 6.7 inches less than last February, but more than the previous two Februarys.
- There was a continuous snow cover throughout the month, ranging from 12 inches on the 1st and 6th through 9th down to 7 inches on the 29th.
- Seasonal snowfall for Ithaca now stands at 62.1 inches, 9.8 inches above normal.
Keith L. Eggleston (KLE1@cornell.edu)
Northeast Regional Climate Center