By Meteorologist Tom Skilling
You would think a month dominated by sunshine—as February 2014 has been— might be able to muster warmer temps. But that’s not been the case—far from it.
While true that February 2014 managed 59% of its possible sun—13% more than normal and an impressive 24% more than its counterpart a year ago—only 5 of its 26 days have generated an above normal temp. 80% of this February’s days have posted temp deficits and the month is running nearly 9-degrees below normal.
Frigid February 2014 among Chicago’s coldest 8% ranking 12th chilliest since 1871; book closes on 3rd coldest winter in 143 years midnight Friday
In terms of its temperature, February 2014 ranks among the coldest 8% on the books to date and 12th coldest over the 143-year term of the city’s instrument record dating back to 1871.
The broader “Meteorological Winter” season, within which it sits, is generating its own frigid metrics.
Since Dec 1, Chicago has logged 62 days with sub-freezing temps—168% the long-term average of 37. Even more illustrative of this season’s unusual nature is its sub-zero temp tally since Dec 1.
Taking into account the sub-zero temp we’re likely to record before February 2014 closes at midnight this Friday night, the city’s logged 23 days with bitter sub-zero temps—more than 3 times the normal of 7!
Drought-ravaged California to taking a pounding from a parade of storms and the responsible systems could mean more snow for the Midwest
A flurry of powerful Pacific storms has begun crashing into drought-ravaged California. The downpours they produce—some of which may be thundery—are being labeled the heaviest to sweep southern California in 3 years by the National Weather Service-Los Angeles forecast office.
As the systems responsible sweep past California and clear the Rockies, moving out into the nation’s Plains, they increase the odds of ingesting Gulf moisture and generating snow from it.
The Friday night disturbance predicted to reach Chicago with a modest snow accumulation—anywhere from a dusting to as much as an inch or two in spots—is likely to be succeeded by a second and potentially larger snow-producer Saturday night into Sunday night.