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February was the 5th hottest on record for the globe, but how did Colorado rank?

Posted at 11:07 AM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 13:07:45-04
NOAA Climate Events
Significant climate events & anomalies in February 2019 NOAA – click to enlarge

While we may not have felt it here at home, record temperatures around the globe helped push February in 2019 to the 5th hottest on record. The seasonal temperature for the period from December 2018 through February 2019 was 1.51 degrees F above the average of 53.8 degrees, which is the fourth highest for that period.

The average global temperature in February was 1.42 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 53.9 degrees, making it the fifth-hottest of any February in the 140-year record (1880-2019). Last month was also the 43rd consecutive February and the 410 consecutive month with global temperatures above average.

How did Colorado rank?

Colorado Avg Temp Rank
Statewide Average Temperature Ranks for February

As most of you who live here probably have guessed, this February was actually quite cool for Colorado. Out of 125 years of record keeping, Colorado saw the 28th coldest February on record. If you look at the winter season, Colorado actually sat right at about the climatological average. Out of 125 winters, December 2018 through February 2019 was the 59th coldest on record.

Not surprisingly, the cooler winter came with heavy snowfall. Colorado saw the 17th wettest February on record, as well the 33rd wettest winter.