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Statement as of 11:06 AM CST on February 28, 2015


... Cooperative temperature records for February 28th...

The following cooperative sites recorded their coldest
low temperatures for February 28th.

Location new record old record
-------- ---------- ----------
Elkader IA -30 -17 in 2014
Fayette IA -19 -16 in 1962
La Crescent dam 7 MN -15 -10 in 2014


Public Information Statement

Statement as of 9:45 AM CST on March 01, 2015


... February at La Crosse WI... 9th coldest on record... with below
normal precipitation...

The average temperature in La Crosse was 11.2 degrees. This was 11.2
degrees below normal. The average high was 21.5 degrees while the
average low was 1.0 degrees. The highest temperature for the month
was 40 degrees on the 7th. The lowest temperature in February was
-15 degrees which occurred on the 23rd.

A total of 0.54 inches of precipitation was measured during the
month of February. This amount was 0.51 inches blow normal. The
greatest daily precipitation total was 0.25 inches which fell on the
1st. There was a total 9.2 inches of snow during the month of
February... which was 1.0 inches above normal. The greatest one-day
snowfall total was 5.0 inches which occurred on the 1st.

... Records...

No daily records set or tied.


... Discussion...

February was mostly dominated by a northwest flow that allowed cold
Arctic high pressure to make repeated drops into the region. The
11.2 degree average monthly temperature ranked as the 9th coldest on
record... remembering also that February 2014 was the 4th coldest...
making for back to back cold februarys. There were 22 days during
the month with below normal average temperatures. The total snowfall
for the month of 9.2 inches was 1.0 inches above normal. However the
precipitation content in the snow was only 0.54 inches... which was
0.51 below normal and ranked as the driest February since 2000.

... Looking ahead to March...

The normal high rises from 37 degrees on the 1st... to 52 degrees on
the 31st. In addition... the normal low increases from 19 degrees on
the 1st... to 31 degrees on the 31st. The monthly mean temperature for
March is 34.5 degrees.

March averages 2.04 inches of liquid precipitation which is more than
twice the amount of that in February. There are normally 10 days
in March with measurable precipitation in La Crosse. The average
monthly snowfall is 7.1 inches... which makes March the 4th snowiest
month.


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