Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap Day 2008

Mark Seeley had this to say about this year's February weather:

February mean temperatures ranged from 5 to 8 degrees F colder than normal around the state. Extremes for the month were -40 degrees F at International Falls and Embarrass on the 11th and a high of 52 degrees F at Canby on the 24th. Minnesota reported the coldest temperature in the 48 contiguous states 9 times during the month, more than any other state. It was the coldest February since that of 2001. Most observers also reported a drier than normal month, with little snow. There were some exceptions as Worthington, La Crescent, Winona, and Caledonia reported above normal precipitation. Caledonia was also slightly above normal on monthly snowfall with 9.4 inches (normal is 9.3"), while Isle reported 7.9 inches of snowfall which corresponds to their average value for February. Though precipitation was lacking most places some strong low pressure systems crossed the state during the month, bringing wind gusts of 40 mph or greater to western Minnesota counties on four different dates. These all produced dangerous wind chill conditions. Thanks to a colder than normal December and February, the winter season (Dec '07 through Feb '08) will also be noted as the coldest statewide since that of 2000-2001.

So there you have it, from the weather guy.

I couldn't find any good or interesting Leap Year fun facts or trivia, so that's all you get.

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