February RecapFebruary ended very warm and dry overall. It marked the eighth month of the past nine in which the average temperature ranked in the top 10 for that month. In fact, February was the second of those eight months that ranked warmest on record, averaging 54.8°, or a full degree warmer than the previous record set in 1976. High temperatures averaged over 10° above normal and included seven days that reached 75°, a record number for the month of February. Only 5 days had average temperatures that were below normal.
Precipitation was well below normal, totaling only 1.40" for the month with no snow, despite measurable precipitation occurring on twelve days. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued early in the morning on March 7, but there were no reports of actual severe weather for the month despite thunderstorms occurring on a couple of days.
Memphis International Airport, Memphis, TN
Average temperature: 54.8 degrees (9.3 degrees above average)
Average high temperature: 65.0 degrees (10.3 degrees above average)
Average low temperature: 44.7 degrees (8.4 degrees above average)
Warmest temperature: 79 degrees (7th, 11th, 20th)
Coolest temperature: 26 degrees (4th)
Heating Degrees Days: 296 (252 below average)
Cooling Degree Days: 20 (18 above average)
Records set or tied: Daily record high temperatures were set on the 6th (73°, ties record), 7th (79°), 11th (79°), 19th (77°), and 22nd (76°). Records were also set for warmest minimum temperature on the 7th (60°) and 11th (63°).
Comments: The average temperature of 54.8 degrees marks the warmest February on record. Five days recorded sub-freezing low temperatures, which is 4.5 below the long-term average. In addition, seven days recorded high temperatures at or above 75 degrees, which is the most on record in February.
Monthly total: 1.40" (2.99" below average)
Days with measurable precipitation: 12 (2.8 days above normal)
Wettest 24-hour period: 0.53" (14th-15th)
Records set or tied: None
Peak wind: South/40 mph (28th)
Average wind: 9.8 mph
Average relative humidity: 63%
Average sky cover: 60%
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Cirrus Weather Solutions / MemphisWeather.net, Bartlett, TN
Average temperature: 54.5 degrees
Average high temperature: 65.6 degrees
Average low temperature: 43.0 degrees
Warmest temperature: 80.4 degrees (20th)
Coolest temperature: 23.0 degrees (4th)
Monthly total: 2.27" (automated rain gauge), 2.43" (manual CoCoRaHS rain gauge)
Days with measurable precipitation: 12
Wettest date: 0.73" (6th) (via automated gauge)
Peak wind: South/27 mph (28th)
Average relative humidity: 71%
Average barometric pressure: 30.04 in. Hg
MWN Forecast AccuracyMWN average temperature error: 2.65 degrees
MWN forecast temperatures within 2 degrees of actual: 54%
MWN average dewpoint error: 2.88 degrees
MWN forecast dewpoints within 2 degrees of actual: 53%
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