So I was not unjustified when I complained last week that the sustained cold and snow had made me fed up with winter. It turns out that February was the coldest February and the second coldest month in Cleveland history.
February set records for average low, average high and the most days of sub-zero temperatures.
In fact, the temperature was last above freezing nearly three weeks ago – when the high reached 34 degrees on Feb. 11.
As for temperatures, Northeast Ohio Media Group research of available weather records back to 1871 found:
- The average daily low for the month of 5.2 degrees bettered the mark of 6.8 degrees, set in 1978. Both are well below what is typical. Over the last 145 years, the average February low has been 20.6 degrees.
- The average high of 23.4 degrees this past month is the coolest on record, below the previous mark of 24.0 degrees for February 1875. The average high in February typically is closer to 35 degrees.
This February, temperatures in Cleveland – factoring in both highs and lows – averaged 16.2 degrees below normal, the weather service reported. Current normals are based on 30 years of temperatures from 1981 through 2010.
The coldest day was on Feb. 20, when the temperature dropped to 17 degrees below zero.
So take that, scientists, global warming is a hoax!