After many warm months, February is cooler than average

March 1, 2013

Unlike 14 of the 15 months before it, February was not warmer than normal. But it was not that much colder, either.

February’s average temperature, according to National Weather Service figures, was 0.7 degrees below Washington’s normal February temperature.

Nevertheless, the area’s three cold-weather months, December, January and February, together turned out to be a good deal warmer than normal as measured at Reagan National Airport.

The end of those months, which are known as meteorological winter, does not mean we are done with wintry weather.

The 46-degree high on Friday was five degrees below normal for March 1. And talk in weather circles was less of spring than of the possibilities the coming week offers for winter’s characteristic commodity: snow.

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