February fourth coldest on record

Keith Ulibarri of Grand Junction takes advantage of the warm winter weather to get out and hit a couple bucket of golf balls on the driving range at the Lincoln Park Golf Course Tuesday afternoon.

If you complained about how cold February was — and how could you not? — your instincts were right on.

Last month was the fourth chilliest February on record for Grand Junction with an average temperature of 28.3 degrees, tying the brisk temperatures of 1949, according to the National Weather Service of Grand Junction.

For many, Tuesday’s high of 50 degrees at 3:23 p.m. was the first true indication spring hasn’t forgotten about the Grand Valley.

“It is beginning to warm up. Finally,” Weather Service meteorologist Norv Larson said. “I think I’m not the only one who complained about winter.”

While spring’s official kickoff is not until later this month, temperatures around 50 degrees are expected again today and Thursday. Some precipitation is expected Friday through the weekend, when daily high temperatures will dip to about the mid 40s, Larson said.

Meteorologists also track winter temperatures in three-month blocks, including one for December, January and February. The three-month period that just concluded was the seventh coldest winter dating back to 1893, Larson said. The average temperature for the time period was 22 degrees. In comparison, the coldest winter was in 1978-79 with average temperatures of 18.5 degrees.

Although snowfall was plentiful during the three-month block, the precipitation measured in at 2.11 inches. Normal precipitation during that time is 1.62 inches.

If that’s not enough moisture, March usually promises to be a wet month. March, like October, is considered to be one of the Grand Valley’s soggier months, usually bringing about an inch of rain.


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