February 2019 & winter 2018-2019 climate stats

The meteorological winter (December 1-February 28) and February 2019 has come to an end across eastern Iowa and records were broken across portions of eastern Iowa. Below is a look at the many climate stats.

Waterloo experienced it’s snowiest winter on record and 3rd wettest winter. Below are the top 5 wettest and snowiest winters in Waterloo. The liquid precipitation numbers include rain and melted snow/ice/sleet.

The snowiest day was on February 17th when Waterloo picked up 7.6″.

Waterloo also experienced the snowiest February on record and the 5th wettest February on record. Below are the top wettest and snowiest February’s in Waterloo.

It is also worth noting that Waterloo also experienced the snowiest January and February on record with the combined total of 50.3″. Below is the total snowfall we’ve seen since November as of February 28.

Temperatures wise, there isn’t much to exclaim about for Waterloo. The average winter temperature was 20.3° which is about middle of the pack temperature wise. The average February temperature was 15.7° which is about average as well.

Heading east to Dubuque, 2018-2019 winter will go in the record books as well. Winter 2018-2019 was the 3rd wettest on record. Dubuque received 1.12″ on the 23rd which broke the daily rainfall record for that day (original record: 0.9″ in 1977). As for snow, Dubuque received 45.5″ of snow which did not put it in the top 5. Below are the stats:

February 2019 for Dubuque didn’t quite make it into the top 5 snowiest or wettest. It was the 6th wettest February with 3.3″ of liquid precipitation received. The record is 4.09″ set in 1911. It was the 7th snowiest February in Dubuque with 19.1″ received. The snowiest February was in 2008 when 32.5″ of snow was measured. It was the 2nd snowiest combined January and February with a total of 43.4″.

Temperature wise for Dubuque, the average mean temperatures for February was 17.5° (record: 5.5° in 1875) and 21.0° (record: 11.5° in 1978-79) for the winter. Below is the snowfall received in Dubuque since November:

Cedar Rapids had a snowy winter season as well. It was the 4th snowiest winter and the 6th wettest (6.48″).

As for February in Cedar Rapids, it was the 5th wettest February and 4th snowiest. The snowiest day was the 17th with 7.2″ of snow recorded. It was also the snowiest January and February on record with a total of 42.3″.

The average winter temperatures was 21°F and 17.4°F for the month of February in Cedar Rapids. Below is the snowfall since November:

Iowa City doesn’t have official records but here are some of the numbers from an area COOP.

February snowfall was 14.2″; the 10th snowiest. Winter 2018-2019 total snow was 31.3″ in Iowa City making it the 13th snowiest winter. The winter liquid precipitation total was 5.27″ (18th wettest) and 1.88″ in February (20th wettest). Below is the snowfall since November for Iowa City:

So what does March bring us? Below is the monthly preview for Waterloo and Dubuque.

Denice Pelster

Denice Pelster

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