Ithaca Climate Summary for February 1997
- With an average temperature of 30.3 degrees, the month of February
averaged 7.7 degrees warmer than normal.
- It was the 3rd warmest February on record in Ithaca. The warmer years
were February 1984 (31.7 degrees) and February 1981 (30.7 degrees).
- This was the largest positive departure from normal for any month since
January 1990 (which was +10.8 degrees).
- The warmest reading of the month was 67 degrees on the 27th. This was a
record for the day (old record: 62 degrees in 1880) and also the warmest
temperature ever recorded in the month of February (old record: 66 degrees
on 2/20/1930 and also 2/21/1953).
- The maximum temperature of 63 degrees on February 22 also broke a daily
record. The old record was 62 degrees set in 1930.
- The coldest temperature of the month was 5 degrees on the 13th. This was
the highest February minimum since 1960.
- The total precipitation for the month was 1.67 inches, which was 84% of
the monthly normal.
- This was 0.33 inches more than Ithaca received in February 1996.
- The January-February precipitation total of 2.54 inches was 66% of
- The monthly snowfall total was 9.7 inches, which was 5 inches below the
- This total was surprisingly 3.2 inches more than the amount
received last February.
- The seasonal total stands at 41.3 inches, which is 11.4 inches less than
normal through this point in the winter.
- This total, however, exceeds the amount measured during the entire winter
of 1994-95 and is greater than the October-February total during 5 of the last
- The greatest depth of snow on the ground during the month was 5 inches on
- Amounts for surrounding communities included 13.9 inches in Groton and
11.6 inches in Freeville.
- Note: March snowfall averages 10.2 inches, but has exceeded 30 inches
twice in the last 4 years.
Keith L. Eggleston (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Northeast Regional Climate Center