February 2020 Climate Summaries for the Northland

February 2020 was colder than average with well below average precipitation and snowfall across the Northland.

Duluth, Minnesota

Average temperature: 14.4 degrees
Normal: 15.1 degrees
Departure: -0.7 degrees below average

Highest temperature: 43 F on the 23rd
Lowest temperature: -21 F on the 13th

9 subzero nights; mean is 11 nights

7 days with a high of 32 F or warmer; mean is 6 days

1 day with a high of 40 F or warmer; mean is 2 days


Total precipitation: 0.18″
Normal: 0.81″
Departure: -0.63″ below average

Greatest daily precipitation total: 0.12″ on the 17th

Number of days with at least 0.01″ of precipitation: 4

Number of days with at least 0.10″ of precipitation: 1

Total snowfall: 5.4″
Normal: 12.4″
Departure: -7.0″ below average

Greatest daily snowfall total: 2.9″ on the 7th

Number of days with snowfall of at least 0.1″: 5; mean is 10 days

Number of days with snowfall of at least 1.0″: 2; mean is 4 days

Notes:

February 2020 was the 3rd driest February on record in station history. Weather records for Duluth date back to 1875.
International Falls, Minnesota

Average temperature: 9.0 degrees
Departure: -1.4 degrees below average

Total precipitation: 0.24″
Departure: -0.33″ below average

Total snowfall: 4.0″
Departure: -6.8″ below average

February 2020 was the 9th driest, and 9th least snowiest February on record in station history.
Brainerd, Minnesota

Average temperature: 15.6 degrees
Departure: -1.0 degree below average

Total precipitation: 0.03″
Departure: -0.64″ below average

Total snowfall: 0.9″
Departure: -6.0″ below average

February 2020 was the 3rd driest, and 3rd least snowiest February on record in station history.
Ashland, Wisconsin

Average temperature: 16.7 degrees
Departure: -1.0 degree below average
Hibbing, Minnesota

Average temperature: 8.5 degrees
Departure: -3.5 degrees below average

Note: Missing temperature data in Hibbing for February 12th and 13th, so the average temperature for February 2020 is preliminary and is subject to change.
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Average temperature, departure from mean for February 2020. Source: https://mrcc.illinois.edu/

Total precipitation, departure from mean for February 2020.

Total snowfall for February 2020.

Total snowfall, percent of mean for February 2020.

Note: Last month’s snowfall totals were only 25% of normal across most of the Northland, and only around 10% of normal in the Brainerd area. The tip of the Arrowhead fared a little better with February snowfall totals running 50-75% of normal.

Thanks for reading!

Tim

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