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February is usually three or four degrees warmer than January. This year, February’s average temperature of just over 27 degrees in Los Alamos, was a degree colder than January, which was already colder than normal. February was six degrees below average. Surprisingly, one need only look as far back as 2004 to find a colder February at slightly below 27 degrees. The coldest February on record belongs to 1939 with an average of 23 degrees.
New Mexico continued to lie on the centerline of the storm track last month. And although the month’s snowfall total of 18 inches pales in comparison to a number of record-busting storms over major east-coast cities this season, the total is well above normal. Los Alamos has seen 51.6 inches of snowfall so far, eight inches more than normal at this time in the season.
Three small storms left snow in Los Alamos County on Feb. 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10. After that, skies were fairly clear and sunny until about Feb 20, although temperatures remained below normal during that time. High pressure, which is associated with fair weather, also indicates flow from the north, so cold temperatures during sunny weather are not uncommon during February.
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