February 2013: Near Normal Temperatures and Above Normal Precipitation Across Delaware

Statewide Mean February Temperature 1895-2013
Figure 1. Delaware statewide mean February temperature (°F) 1895-2013.
Statewide Annual Precipitation 1895-2013
Figure 2. Delaware statewide February precipitation (inches) 1895-2013.

Slightly above normal temperatures and slightly wetter than normal conditions characterized Delaware’s Climate in February.

Preliminary data indicates that the statewide average temperature in February was 37.2° F, +0.4° F above the 1981-2010 normal of 36.8° F (Figure 1).

Statewide precipitation averaged 3.46”, +0.48” above the 1981-2010 mean (Figure 2).

Spatially, data from the Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) shows that the average February temperatures across Delaware were significantly below normal across southern New Castle and northern Kent counties, while near to above normal temperatures were found across northern Sussex County and portions of Chester County, PA (Figure 3).

Mean maximum temperatures were generally below normal across the entire state (Figure 4), while mean minimum temperatures were above normal across northern New Castle County and Chester County, PA along with portions of southern Kent and northern Sussex Counties.

Mean minimum temperatures were slightly below normal elsewhere (Figure 5).

Delaware February Temperature Anomaly 2013
Figure 3. February 2013 average temperature departures from the 1981-2010 mean based upon DEOS station data.
Delware Avg Max Temp Anomaly February 2013
Figure 4. February 2013 maximum temperature departures from the 1981-2010 mean based upon DEOS station data
Delaware Avg Min Temp Anomaly February 2013
Figure 5. February 2013 minimum temperature departures from the 1981-2010 mean based upon DEOS station data
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