Feb. 2, 2017: The furry “forecasters” have spoken! Punxsutawney Phil and Woodstock Willy both saw their shadows, so as legend has it, spring will not come early and we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter.
Fun and games aside, March 20th is the official start of spring, regardless of what our fuzzy friends have to say about. The weather hasn’t felt much like winter lately, either!
December was near average for temperatures, and above average for snow, so that month felt like winter. January, however, was well above average for temperatures, to the point where we had the 14th warmest January on record for Rockford. We also had barely any snow- 8th least snowy January on record to be exact after only 0.7″ of snow!
What’s ahead for February? Here’s what the Climate Prediction Center has to say. They have a little more knowledge on forecasting than a large rodent ;).
The CPC is forecasting above average temperatures for our neck of the woods this month. We may not be that much above average, but that could mean those days in the low 40’s pop up more regularly.
We also may see a little more precipitation than usual in our region, though that doesn’t mean snow necessarily, like we saw last month!
January was above average by nearly an inch for precipitation, with the vast majority of that being liquid rather than frozen.
One things for sure– we still have some cold days to go before we are fully into the spring season! Follow the advice of the groundhog and bundle up!
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