February brought record cold, snow to Northeast

Tunnel on Comm Ave mall in Boston via TwitterTunnel on Comm Ave mall in Boston via TwitterHardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in at least eight cities and record snowfall in Boston.

“We’re the standout globally,” said Art DeGaetano, director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University. “It’s colder in Siberia, but we’re the farthest below normal.”

The climate center shows the New York cities of Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Ithaca had their coldest months ever. The average temperature was 10.9 degrees in Buffalo, beating the 1934 record of 11.4. The normal average temperature for February in Buffalo is 26.3.

The monthly average was 9.0 in Syracuse, 12.2 in Binghamton and 10.2 in Ithaca. Syracuse and Ithaca each had 14 days of zero or below temperatures, a February record. The National Weather Service said Rochester also had a record-cold February with an average temperature of 12.2 degrees.

There were also February records elsewhere. Record low average temperatures for the month were set in Hartford, Connecticut, at 16.1; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at 20.9; and Portland, Maine at 13.8. That’s more than 11 degrees below normal for each city. Caribou, Maine’s average February temperature of 2.5 degrees was also a record low, DeGaetano said.

Boston’s 64.8 inches of snow easily beat the city’s old record of 41.6 inches. If the city gets 5.6 more inches before the end of May, it’ll be the snowiest winter on record, DeGaetano said. Through Feb. 26, Boston had 102 inches of snow. Normal is 34 inches.

Providence, Rhode Island, had a February record 31.8 inches of snow, bringing the season’s total to nearly 60 inches, twice the normal amount.

Total snowfall for the season is way above normal across the Northeast, according to the National Weather Service. As of Feb. 26, Worcester, Massachusetts had 108.6 inches, compared to a normal snowfall of 49.9 inches.

So what do we have to thank, or blame, for this frigid February?

“We can’t point to anything specific,” DeGaetano said. “It’s just the way the jet stream bulged and set up. It’s random, like a deal of cards. Sometimes you’re dealt a royal flush, sometimes you get nothing.”

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    Amber

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    It’s called further evidence of weather .
    How the heck is the Arctic going to be “ice free ” when Boston is still freezing up .

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      JMike

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      The ice melts in the warmer seasons (summer) and freezes in the winter. your comment shows a high level of ignorance on the subject

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        Robert

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        We could just as easily say that your comment shows a high level of ignorance of what the current season is.

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    sonnyhill

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    Add the southern Canadian cities of Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Waterloo. Those are just the cities I read about, there’s more. It’s notable that the cold wave has been stable and steady. 2 consecutive winters. The jetstream has been stable,too. Obviously the source of this chill is the Arctic, feeling its oats, I presume. Long live the Arctic. Kicking butt all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. The science was settled back when Global Warming was the imminent threat. Who among the all-knowing AGW proponents predicted the current frigid weather? Not one of them.

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