February destined to be among 10 coldest
CHAMPAIGN — This month is almost certain to be among the 10 coldest Februarys in Champaign-Urbana weather history.
So far, according to state climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, this month is tied with February 2007 as the eighth-coldest. And temperatures aren't expected to break 24 degrees for the rest of the month, with two nights of temperatures near zero in the forecast.
In February 2007, the average temperature was 19.3 degrees, with five subzero readings. There also was 20 inches of snow.
So far this month, the average temperature has been 19.5, and there have been six subzero readings. Snowfall this month totals 14.6 inches.
Angel said most people don't remember February 2007 as an unusually cold month, probably because "2006-2007 was a mild winter with a cold February."
"This February is the latest in the string of four months of colder than average conditions," he said.
November was 2.8 degrees below normal in Champaign, December was 2.3 degrees below normal and January was 5.6 degrees below normal.
The coldest February, according to Angel, was in 1905. The average temperature that month was 16.8 degrees, and there was 18.5 inches of snow.