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FEBRUARY WEATHER SUMMARY

Character Temperatures % of
Date of day High LowAvg. Lake Sun Prec. Snow
1 Dismal .... 35 29 32 33 0 T T
2 Crisp .... 29 11 20 33 81 T T
3 Pleasant .... 28 6 17 34 79
4 Escape .... 30 15 23 35 25 .07 .8
5 Arctic .... 15 -1 7 34 9 .09 3.0
6 Bitter .... 9 0 5 34 49 T T
7 PM Lake Snow .... 21 9 15 32 26 .17 3.3
8 Flurries .... 16 4 10 32 63 .01 .2
9 Nasty .... 28 12 20 32 4 .37 6.0
10 Gusty .... 35 22 29 32 8 .03 .3
11 Blowing Snow .... 32 0 16 32 13 .20 3.3
12 Frigid .... 16 -1 8 32 59 .09 2.6
13 Whiteout .... 23 9 16 32 22 .41 8.8
14 Mostly Sunny .... 24 2 13 32 74 T T
15 Showers .... 41 2 22 32 0 .15 T
16 PM Sun .... 37 21 29 32 43 T T
17 Sunny .... 35 19 27 32 98
18 Beautiful .... 56 25 41 32 93
19 Nice .... 46 27 37 32 82
20 Fine .... 45 22 34 32 71 T T
21 AM Snow .... 32 19 26 32 0 .22 2.2
22 Overcast .... 29 10 20 32 13 T T
23 PM Mix .... 42 27 35 32 6 .13 .4
24 Blustery .... 32 19 26 32 25 T .1
25 White .... 26 13 20 32 7 .18 3.0
26 Sharp .... 20 8 14 32 100
27 Damp .... 40 16 28 32 0 .39 .2
28 Icy AM .... 32 26 29 32 0 .11 .3
Totals .... 30.513.3 21.9 35-3237 2.62 Cannot justify line 34.6
Normals.... 31.617.4 24.5 32-3236 2.31 18.4 Line is overdrawn
Heating Degree Days: 1201.

Highest Pressure: 30.52 on the 26th.

1995 Precipitation: 7.51 inches.

Average Windspeed: 13.0 mph.

*Record temperature
All Data Official -- Compiled from National Weather Service Records.

February was wintry but no records were set
February brought a harsh reminder of winter this year, following two relatively easy months with a blast of snow and arctic air.

"Overall, the month averaged out cold, snowy and windy," said meteorologist Stephen F. McLaughlin. "It was the first month with below-normal temperatures since last August, but no records were set."

Precipitation totals were close to normal for the month, but snowfall was about double the average. With 34.6 inches of snowfall, the month was the snowiest February in 35 years and the sixth snowiest on record.

Most of the snow came in lake effect squalls, which McLaughlin termed "very unusual, as Lake Erie is usually ice-covered."

A solid ice pack did become established on the lake by mid-month, after water temperatures finally dropped to 32 degrees on Feb. 7 -- almost a month later than usual. But strong winds kept enough open water to generate lake-effect storms until late in the month.

By the end of the month, the season's snowfall had more than doubled to 66 inches, within a foot of normal.

To make matters worse for the metro area, wind patterns drove the lake-effect bands into the city more often than usual for the Buffalo area, with particularly rough conditions on Feb. 7, 9, and 11-13.

In addition to whiteout conditions that closed many schools and some businesses in the worst of the storms, deep cold drove temperatures down to near zero and wind-chill factors to 30 to 40 degrees below zero in the first half of the month. Temperatures then moderated, even reaching 56 degrees on Feb. 18 -- the day of Buffalo's "Winterfest."

Freezing rain closed out the month, causing travel problems again on Feb. 27 and 28.

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