Warm and Moist Conditions Return to Delaware During February 2016

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Figure 1. Delaware statewide mean February temperature (°F) 1895-2016. Red line indicates 1981-2010 normal.
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Figure 2. Delaware statewide February precipitation (inches) 1895-2016. Red line indicates 1981-2010 normal.

February Temperatures

Preliminary data indicates that the statewide average temperature in February was 38.6°F; this was 2.1°F above the 1981-2010 normal of 36.5°F (Figure 1). February 2016 was 12.5°F warmer than February 2015, which was one of the coldest ever recorded across the First State.

February Precipitation

Delaware’s statewide precipitation for February 2016 averaged 4.05 inches, 1.14 inches above the 1981-2010 mean (Figure 2). Snowfall across the State was modest during February, with 5.8 inches falling at the Wilmington/New Castle County Airport.

Statewide Spatial Averages

Data from the Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) shows that temperatures were above normal across a majority of the State, with the largest positive anomalies across northern Sussex County, DE and Chester County, PA (Figure 3). Total liquid precipitation was generally above normal across the entire State during February (Figure 4).

February 2016 average temperature departures (°F) from the 1981-2010 mean based upon DEOS station data.
Figure 3. February 2016 average temperature departures (°F) from the 1981-2010 mean based upon DEOS station data.
February 2016 precipitation departures (inches) from the 1981-2010 mean based upon DEOS station data.
Figure 4. February 2016 precipitation departures (inches) from the 1981-2010 mean based upon DEOS station data.
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