Precipitation deficit: Plants needs ample rain this month


MILLPORT, Ohio – February marked the fourth month in a row with above-average temperatures, according to Edwin R. Copeland, U.S. weather observer, reporting from his post in southern Columbiana County.

January and February were more than 3.5 inches short of rainfall, and much above average rain is needed before vegetation starts, he said.

The high temperature for the month was 63 degrees, recorded Feb. 25. The coldest night was 7 degrees, recorded Feb. 5. A night with below-zero temperatures hasn’t been recorded this winter. The last two days of the month were the coldest all winter.

For the winter, average snowfall through February is 22 inches. This year, Copeland measured only 11 inches at his station.

The 109-year averages for February are: 28.4 degrees, 2.27 inches of rain, 8 inches of snow and 35 percent sunshine.

Averages for February 2002 are: 33.8 degrees, 0.93 inches of rain, 3 inches of snow and 50 percent sunshine.


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