First of all, happy first day of meteorological spring! Even though our weather has been more or less reminiscent of March pretty much all winter long, now it’s actually official. Taking a look at our very March-like February in Rochester, we ended up receiving less than half the normal amount of snow while rainfall was double the usual total thanks mostly to that very mild and wet storm system that brought us soaking showers on Tuesday night. Temperatures reached into in the 30s and 40s each day with just two exceptions last month bringing our average high to 35 degrees and a mean of 27.7 degrees, good for the seventh warmest all-time February in Rochester history. It ended up being the second warmest winter all-time with a mean temperature of 25.5 degrees which is a degree shy of the record of 26.3 set in 1930-31.
Looking ahead at the weekend, we will get a slight taste of winter with some light snow showers and flurries, but little in the way of accumulation is expected. Next week and even the longer term outlook for the first couple of weeks of March look rather mild with 40s and 50s expected.
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This post was written by tschmidt on March 1, 2012