February Was the Coldest Month on Record in the Basin
After the winter storm February 11-18, that made it the coldest February on record at the National Weather Service in Midland.
According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, the National Weather Service posted that the average high during February was 40.4 degrees which makes it the coldest month on record.
The previous record was set back in 1960 of 42.5 degrees for the average all month.
During the winter storm from February 11-18 our average high was 19.5 degrees because over that 8-day stretch, our high temperature never got above freezing, also setting a record for the National Weather Service.
Had the winter storm not happened it could have been the warmest February on record.
From February 1-9 and from the 20-28, the average high was 52.5 degrees which was sending us on a path of having the warmest February on record, then the historic cold hit.
The outlook for March is showing the above average streak to be the norm with no severe cold temperatures expected this month.
There is also a good chance that from March to May it will be warmer than average for those of us here in the Permian Basin.
I am a winter hater so that news is a welcomed sight for my cold sore eyes.
Personally if we never had snow again in my lifetime it would be too soon.
I am quite alright with a warmer than average forecast for the next several months and I promise you will never hear me complain about triple digit temperatures ever during the summer months.