50’s in February

Feb. 16, 2016: With the end of the week showing signs of 50° weather in northern Illinois (or warmer than that in central Illinois!), I got a little curious- how often do we typically see 50° weather in February?  The short answer: not very often.

February 50sIn an average February (from the 1980 to 2010 climate records (the National Weather Service sets our climate normals each decade based on the previous 30 years)), we get a whopping 2 days in the 50’s.  However, considering how cold February can get, plus the fact that we are still in winter, that’s doing pretty well!

Looking further into this, it has been a little while since we were treated to a day in the 50’s in February.  Feb. 18, 2013 was the last time the thermometer read 50° or higher in Rockford (the high was 52° that day).

In fact, it will be nearly 3 years to the very day that the 50’s return to the Stateline in February.  February 19th is this Friday, which is when the 50’s pop up next! How neat is that!

– Alex

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on February 16, 2016

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