Tim’s Weather World: First 50 of February next week?

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Today was the 22nd day O’Hare has dipped below zero.  The record number of sub-zero days is 25.  That occurred way back in the winter of 1884-1885.  This morning could be one of the last sub-zero mornings we see for several days.  We will thaw out on Thursday to 32°, one of the warmest days we have seen in nearly two weeks.  The bigger thaw will come next week.  The 6 to 10 day outlook has more yellow, orange and red on it than blue for the first time in several weeks.  The area shaded in yellow, orange and red is outlooked with a high probability of seeing above average temperatures for the third week of February.  That includes all of the midwest and the majority of the country.

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Take with a few grains of salt but the long-range forecast from the GFS model is hinting at 50° or more by Thursday of next week.  Central and southern Illinois could see some 60s.

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3 thoughts on “Tim’s Weather World: First 50 of February next week?

  1. When was the last time temps cracked 50 in Chicago? And what is the all-time record for the lowest number of days 50 degrees or higher in Chicago during a winter?

  2. The last 50 in Chicago happened on 12/28, when it was 50 on the dot. The previous one before that was on 12/4, when it was 56.

    Since 1948-49, we have had two winters without any 50 degree days. The worse of them was 1978-79, when the high temperature was 43 between 12/1 and 2/28. The other one, 1981-82, got up to 48 one day. The winter of 2009-10 had only one day at 50 or above, just barely (55 on 12/1).

    The winter with the most days 50 or above was 2001-02, with 17, including four days over 60.

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