Average temperatures and low precipitation occurred in February 2020, according to weather researchers at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. The mean temperature for February was 13.4 °F, which is .2°F above the average of 13.2°F (1886-2019). Last year 23 days were recorded with a minimum temperature of 0°F or lower. This year we only had eight.
The high temperature for the month was 45°F on February 2. The low temperature for the month was -21°F and occurred two days February 13 and 14. The highest temperature recorded in February at the WCROC from 1886 to 2019 was 60°F on February 25, 1902. The lowest temperature recorded historically was -41°F which occurred on February 16, 1936.
Precipitation for the month totaled .06 inches, which is 0.62 inches below the average of .68 inches. Snowfall was recorded at 2.7 inches which is 4.6 inches below the average of 7.3 inches. This February ranks third lowest for the least amount of precipitation recorded since 1886. Five inches of snow cover was reported at the end of February.
We have recorded 24.8 inches of snow for the winter of 2019 to 2020. The average for this time is 27.9 inches. On February 3, 18.5 inches of frost was measured. By the end of February, frost depth was at 25 inches. Heating degree days totaled 1496 and the average is 1444.