An extremely warm February provided lots to love, but extended the nearly-no-snow streak in the mountains
Temperatures Way High – Snow Pack MIA
Temperatures well above normal mean rain that fell fell everywhere. No snow nearby.
As folks east of the Rockies shivered under record cold, snow, and ice, we here on the West Coast have been treated to almost an entire month of abnormally warm weather.
The snowpack data continues to tell the most important story. The dark blue line shows that the snowpack is basically zero at Jump Creek south of Mt. Arrowsmith.
Unlike last year (in green above) when “old man winter” returned with a significant snowfall event in mid February both at low and high elevations, this year we’ve had nothing. In fact, as you will see in this months record listings below, last year we got a couple days of record cold before the snow hit. No such luck this year. Winter is still Missing in Action.
Rainfall measuring woes continue at Airport.
Once again, the Airport station only recorded 6 days of values for precipitation. All others are listed as “missing” or simply don’t exist.
El Niño update not out yet.
Stay tuned to a later update when the El Niño report for March is released. We’re not expecting anything ground breaking.
Outlooks — Spring and Summer looking warm and dry.
That brings us to the monthly outlooks… this month, we’ll do the Seasonal outlooks since meteorological spring starts March 1 and astronomical spring comes March 20.
City Stations Temperature Difference from normal: +5.1° C, +4.4º C, +5.4ºC
Official (Airport) Temperature Difference from normal: +3.5º C, +4.0ºC, +4.6ºC
City Stations Precipitation difference normal: -12.2 mm (94.9% of normal)
Official (Airport) Precipitation difference from normal:
—- not enough data
*Denotes incomplete data for the month
Comparison to recent Januarys at Alberniweather (unless specified)