Isobar's weather report 3.4.09

Posted in 2009 March

By DAVID GREEN

Even George Isobar did a double take when he looked at the weather summary for last month.

“The average temperature was above average,” he said. “All I can remember is lots of cold weather.”

The weather data collected at Toledo’s National Weather Service office shows the average for February came out 1.6° above normal. It’s true, Isobar said, that there were some unusually cold days last month—and the chill continued into March—but that just makes it easy to overlook the warmer days.

“There were two days early in the month where it was 19 and 21° below normal for that time of year,” he said, “and there was a string of six below-average days later in the month.”

The final day of February was 11° below and conditions stayed frigid in March.

“But if you look back to March 10, we had a balmy high temperature of 57° and 56° the next day,” Isobar said. “We had 13 days in a row where the daily high temperature rose above freezing.”

Despite the above-average figure for the month, there were six single-digit days, including the low of -7° on Feb. 5.

Melted precipitation in Morenci came in a little above average at 2.33 inches, showing that this area missed much heavier rain that fell in the Toledo area.

“They ended the month with 3.72 inches,” Isobar said. “When we had a little more than an inch Feb. 11, about two and a half inches fell there.”

Snowfall totaled just 4.6 inches, despite starting out the month with 10 inches on the ground. There were still two inches on the morning of Feb. 12, but that nearly disappeared as the day wore on.

The average snowfall for February stands at about 8.1 inches after last year’s record-setting snow.

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