February 2007 Climate Summary for OKC


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
1200 PM CST TUE MAR 6 2007

...FEBRUARY 2007 MONTHLY SUMMARY...
IT WAS A WEATHER ROLLER COASTER RIDE WITH COLD TEMPERATURES AND
SNOW... AS WELL AS SPRINGLIKE TEMPERATURES AND THUNDERSTORMS.

FOR OKLAHOMA CITY:

THE END OF JANUARY HAD COLD TEMPERATURES... AND THOSE COLD
TEMPERATURES CONTINUED INTO THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF THE MONTH.
TEMPERATURES DID NOT MAKE IT ABOVE FREEZING FOR THE FIRST FEW DAYS
OF THE MONTH. HOWEVER... THE BEGINNING OF THE ROLLER COASTER BEGINS
HERE... AS THE TEMPERATURE ROSE TO 72 DEGREES ON THE SIXTH. AND BACK
DOWN WE GO AS THE TEMPERATURES FROM THE EIGHTH THROUGH THE TENTH DID
NOT MAKE IT OUT OF THE 30S. AGAIN ON THE 14TH AND 15TH...
TEMPERATURES WERE 27 AND 24 DEGREES RESPECTIVELY. AND BACK UP THE
HILL WE GO AS TEMPERATURES WERE BACK INTO THE 70S. HOWEVER...
TEMPERATURES STAYED WARM THROUGH THE REST OF THE MONTH WITH
TEMPERATURES MOSTLY IN THE 60S AND 70S. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE OF
THE MONTH OCCURRED ON THE 28TH... WHEN THE MERCURY HIT 81
DEGREES.... WHICH WAS THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE SINCE NOVEMBER 9TH.

LOW TEMPERATURES WERE ALSO QUITE VARIABLE. LOW TEMPERATURES WERE
BELOW FREEZING FOR MUCH OF THE FIRST PART OF THE MONTH. THE LOWEST
TEMPERATURE OF EIGHT DEGREES OCCURRED ON THE 16TH. THE MINIMUM
TEMPERATURES FROM 19TH ON WERE MOSTLY ABOVE FREEZING... SOME OF THEM
WELL ABOVE FREEZING. THE TEMPERATURE DID NOT FALL BELOW 50 DEGREES
ON TWO OCCASIONS... THE WARMEST BEING 55 DEGREES ON THE 23RD. THIS
WAS ALSO A RECORD FOR THE WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE ON RECORD.

GIVEN THAT WE HAD BASICALLY AN EVEN AMOUNT OF DAYS WITH ABOVE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AS WE HAD BELOW AVERAGE TEMPERATURES... THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS RIGHT AROUND AVERAGE. THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE WAS 42.1 DEGREES... WHICH WAS 0.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.
WE HAVE ALREADY HAD TEN DAYS WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES AT OR BELOW
FREEZING FOR THE YEAR. THIS IS THE MOST SINCE 2000 AND WE ARE NOT
DONE WITH THE YEAR YET. BELIEVE IT OR NOT... FEBRUARY 2006 HAD A
COLDER AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THAN THIS YEAR /41.7 DEGREES/. HARD TO
BELIEVE CONSIDERING HOW WARM THE WHOLE OF LAST YEAR WAS.

UNFORTUNATELY... FEBRUARY WAS NOT A VERY WET MONTH. CLIMATOLOGICALLY
FEBRUARY RECEIVES ONLY 1.56 OF PRECIPITATION. THIS MONTH HAD ONLY
0.62 INCHES... FALLING 0.94 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. PRECIPITATION
MAINLY FELL ON THREE SEPARATE OCCASIONS. THE PRECIPITATION TYPE WAS
MAINLY SNOW ON THE FIRST AS 1.1 INCHES OF SNOW FELL. HOWEVER THIS
ONLY MELTED DOWN TO 0.03 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. THE BULK OF THE
MONTHLY PRECIPITATION FELL FROM THE 12TH THROUGH THE 15TH. SOME OF
THIS ALSO FELL AS SNOW... WITH 1.1 INCHES FALLING ON THE 14TH AND
15TH. THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION OVER THIS TIME PERIOD WAS 0.45 INCHES.
THE THIRD AND FINAL PERIOD OCCURRED ON THE NIGHT OF THE 23RD AND
MORNING OF THE 24TH. THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED OVER THE TEXAS
PANHANDLE AND CONTINUED TO DEVELOP EAST. OKLAHOMA CITY DID NOT
RECEIVE THE HEAVY RAINFALL... BUT STILL GOT 0.14 INCHES TOTAL. FOR
THE YEAR NOW... THE 2007 TOTAL PRECIPITATION IS 2.70 INCHES... WHICH
IS SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL.

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