February of 2015 is going down in the record books for being the 3rd COLDEST February since record keeping started in the 1800s! The graphic below shows the high temperatures from February 1 through February 28. Notice that temperatures were WAY BELOW average for more than half the month.
Being so cold, it was only fitting that we broke 4 temperature records. This February will also go down as being the 7th snowiest on record. The Norfolk Airport recorded 11.5 inches of snow for the month. Keep in mind that you may have seen more snow at your house. All of our climate data is taken from observations at the Norfolk Airport.
Today (March 1st) is the first day of Meteorological Spring. Meteorologists define seasons based on the annual temperature cycle. Each season consists of a group of 3 months. The winter months are December, January and February, otherwise known as the coldest months of the year. This makes it easier to keep seasonal data because the dates never change. This year, astronomical spring begins on March 20th, which is based on the position of the Earth in relation to the sun.
So far…it has been a cold and dreary start to March. Highs were only in the 30s today and we saw a mix of rain/sleet/freezing rain most of the day. The rain will taper off before midnight, but fog will likely develop overnight and could reduce visibilities in the morning. Monday will be a drier, FINALLY! Expect clouds and fog in the morning. A cold front will move through the region around midday and switch our winds, allowing drier air to move into the region. The clouds will clear out and the sun will be out with highs in the low to 40s. The weather pattern will remain very unsettled this week, meaning lots of rain chances are in the forecast. Most days this week will be chilly, with Wednesday being an exception.
Don’t get too excited for the 60s because we are tracking the chance for rain Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday could get interesting. A very strong cold front will move into the region Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Rain will develop behind the front. As colder air moves in, the rain will change over to sleet and snow. Accumulations are possible, especially for areas north of the metro. It’s still too early for numbers, so stay tuned!
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona