Cold February with little snowfall

Minot’s had colder temperatures and little snow in February compared to both last year and the long-term average for that month.

This past month of February, the monthly average temperature was 4.5 degrees, according to Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Experiment Center, just south of Minot.

“This compares with the average temp of 15.2 degrees last year for the same month and the 108-year long-term average of 12.2 degrees,” Tarasenko said.

He said the lowest temperature of the month was minus 16 degrees set on Feb. 10.

Tarasenko records the high and low temperatures each morning and combines them at the end of the month for the monthly average temperature.

He said the snowfall for the month of February was just 3.3 inches. “This compares with the 11.4 inches of a year ago and the 108-year long-term average of 5.7 inches, he said.

Tarasenko said that so far this winter there has been 27.7 inches of snow from October 2013 through February 2014. “This compares with the 108-year long-term average of 28.6 inches for the same period,” he said.

He said moisture for the month of February was 0.20 inch compared to 1.01 inch for the same month last year. The 108-year long-term average was 0.49 inch.

Minot’s temperatures aren’t expected to have any major changes going into March. Below zero temperatures are forecasted for throughout the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Eloise Ogden