Climate by the numbers

February 2019

  • The average temperature during February across the contiguous US was 32.0 degrees F (1.8 degrees below average), which put it among the coolest third of the 125-year record for February.
  • However, the US Southeast experienced much-above-average temperatures, with Florida having its second-hottest February on record.
  • The average precipitation for February was 3.22 inches (1.09 inches above average), making it the second wettest February on record.
  • Across the US, 19 states had a top-10 wettest February, with Tennessee having its wettest February on record.

Winter | December 2018–February 2019

  • The total US winter precipitation was 9.01 inches (2.22 inches above average), which made it the wettest winter on record, beating the winter of 1997-98 by 0.02 of an inch.
  • Much of the western U.S. received above-average precipitation, while regions in the Great Lakes, Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee River Valleys, and High Plains experienced much-above average and record precipitation.
  • The winter temperature was 33.4 degrees F (1.2 degrees above average), ranking it among the hottest third of winters on record, with warmer-than-average temperatures across the Deep South, the Southeast and parts of New England.

Other highlights

  • Shivering temperatures: In February, below-average to much-below-average temperatures were tallied from the West Coast to the Great Lakes. For example, the average February temperature for Great Falls, Montana, was nearly 28 degrees F below normal — more than 10 degrees colder than the previous record.
  • Record snowfalls: Several cities had record snowfall in February, including Seattle (20.2 inches); Pendleton, Oregon (32.5 inches); Minneapolis (39.0 inches); Rochester, Minnesota (40.0 inches); and Eau Claire, Wisconsin (53.7 inches).
  • Drought improvement: At February’s end, the US Drought Monitor showed 11.9 % of the contiguous U.S. to be in drought, down from 16.5 % at the end of January.