Is this really February across the Midwest?
Halfway through February, temperatures are running more than five degrees above average, while rain and snowfall are running below average.
After a chilly day Wednesday, but still above average, a big warm-up is on the way. It’s a warm stretch of weather that is almost unprecedented for February.
As I stated yesterday and the data supports it even more today, we could hit the 60-degree mark or higher Friday through Monday. That would be four straight days of 60°+ temperatures in February.
Since record-keeping started in the Quad Cities back in the 1870s, this has only happened three times.
In February 2000, we had five consecutive days of 60°+ days. Highs ranged from 60°-71°.
We saw four days of 60°+ temperatures in February 1976. The highs ranged from 62°-71°.
But, the longest stretch was in February 1930 when we had seven days of 60°+ heat. Highs in that stretch ranged from 60°-69°.
Now, tell me again, what was that groundhog’s prediction about winter?