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Friday, February 28, 2014

Galeton February Weather Report

Galeton February Weather Report

by Henry Lush, NWS Weather Observer

Well, what can I say? It was a cold, snowy month. Of course we don't live here because of the weather. One must realize it still is not a record breaker. In 1934 we did have record breaking temperatures. February 28 in Galeton we registered minus 8. I am sure Mike Callahan will report it being much colder in the suburbs. In 1934 on this date it was minus 18 degrees.

It certainly has been a long period of cold weather. The polar vortex has come down from the far north and has stayed over our area. In February we had six mornings of zero or below readings with the coldest on the 14th with minus 14 degrees and minus 24 degrees in West Pike. The month started out on the mild side then it stayed cold for the remainder on the month except on the 21st and 22nd it did get above freezing. We had 26 days with 1" or more snow on the ground with the greatest snow depth of 13" on the 19th. The average depth was 7.3" for the month.

We received 2.32" of melted precipitation and 21.3" of snow. For the season we have received 56.1" of snow. Our 20 year average is 54". However we still have March to deal with and March can sometimes be our snowiest month.

Last year we received 1.77" of precipitation and 11.4" of snow.

Hang in there, spring is just three weeks away.