A top 5 wettest February is possible after weekend rain returns

Cbus Weather Nerd

Currently through the first 3 weeks (21 days) of February we are sitting just 3/100ths of an inch behind last February, which was the 7th wettest on record.

Part of it has been snowfall, which at 9.4″ so far is 4.9″ above normal though 3 weeks.  But more than that it has been due to the heavy rainfall we have had, with 2 daily records being broken.

That has put much of our area running twice to three times or more above normal for the past 30 days.  With much of the area picking up 5-6″ of precip. (rain and melted snow) this month.

Out of 21 days, we have had measurable precipitation on 10 days, and a trace of precip. on another 4 days, accounting in total for 67% of the days.

Below are the days we have had precipitation recorded this month.

  1. 1.22″  20th
  2. 1.00″  6th
  3. 0.94″  7th (daily record)
  4. 0.91″  12th (daily record)
  5. 0.41″  11th
  6. 0.27″  1st
  7. 0.25″  10th
  8. 0.11″  4th
  9. 0.09″  17th
  10. 0.01″  18th
  11. Trace  5th, 8th, 13th, 15th

Below is a list of days with snowfall this month

  1. 4.2″  1st
  2. 2.8″  20th
  3. 2.3″  10th
  4. 0.1″  18th
  5. Trace  8th, 12th, 13th, 17th

This has made for a top 8 wettest month on record (so far).

The “so far” should be stressed, as another weather maker is coming in Saturday/Saturday overnight, and this should provide our area with a soaking again, and even on the low end should put us in the top 6, if not the top 5 by the end of the weekend.

If this model forecast is correct, we would be in 2nd place by the end of the weekend, and there is a chance we could see additional lighter moisture by the middle of next week.  I think it is safe to say the record will be fine, as I do not see 2.44″ of precip. left this month to fall.

If you have any questions about rainfall, climate, records, or any other weather, email me dmazza@wcmh.com

-Dave

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