Boston, Buffalo and Cincinnati are just a few of the cities that achieved all-time record February warmth.
Below is a partial list of the cities that tied or broke all-time records for February warmth on Friday:
- Boston hit 73 degrees, breaking the previous record by three degrees.
- Buffalo hit 71 degrees, tying the previous record.
- Springfied, Mass., hit 72 degrees, breaking its all-time warmest February temperature.
- Albany hit 71 degrees, breaking the previous record by a degree.
- Scranton, Pa., hit 76 degrees, breaking the previous record by two degrees.
- Binghamton, N.Y., hit 70 degrees, breaking the previous record by four degrees.
- Allentown, Pa., hit 77 degrees, breaking the previous record.
- Dayton, Ohio, hit 73 degrees, breaking the previous record.
- Cincinnati hit 77 degrees, tying the previous record.
- Columbus hit 76, breaking the previous record by a degree.
Many other cities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, not listed, set high temperature records for today’s date and/or hit highs that rank very close to the highest in recorded history for February.
Pittsburgh hit 76 degrees, just one degree shy of its all-time February high. Hartford, Conn., also posted its second-warmest February day, soaring to 72 degrees. And Washington, D.C., registered 77 degrees, its sixth-warmest February temperature ever observed.
The record February highs set in the Northeast mark a continuation of historic warmth that spread across the eastern two-thirds of the country and into Canada over the course of the week.
Burlington, Vt.; Albany, N.Y.; and Toronto set all-time February record highs on Thursday. On Wednesday, the Wisconsin cities of Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay accomplished the feat.
All of this record-breaking warmth caps off an abnormally warm month for much of the Lower 48. Incredibly, the National Oceanic Administration has logged 4,492 record-high temperatures compared with just 29 record lows — which equates to a quite lopsided ratio of 155 to 1.