February’s Freakish Weather Has Broken a Bunch of Northeast Records

This image made available by NOAA shows storm systems over the eastern half of the United States on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at 11:15 EST. A blizzard of potentially historic proportions threatened to strike the Northeast with a vengeance Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 with 1 to 2 feet of snow feared along the densely populated Interstate 95 corridor from the New York City area to Boston and beyond. (AP Photo/NOAA)

We’re only slightly more than halfway through the month, but February’s freakish weather has already proven record-breaking for cities up and down the East Coast. Between massive snow totals and arctic temperatures, winter has once again reminded us that it is cruel, unrelenting, and completely unmoved by your prayers for one — just one — light spring jacket day. Here are some of the weather records that have been set across the Northeast just this month.

Temperature Records
On average, temperatures across the Northeast are much, much lower than average — in some instances, like on Sunday, they’ve even been 25 to 30 degrees below normal. It’s not just cold; it’s record-breaking cold.

  • On February 16, several cities tied or broke their daily record low temperature, including Syracuse (-19 degrees) and Trenton (1 degree).
  • Also on February 16, Boston recorded its coldest day in over a decade and New York had the coldest morning in 28 years. 
  • February 17 is the 22nd day in a row without above-normal temperatures.
  • If this week’s forecasts hold, the Weather Company says this will be the coldest February on record for the east, with an average temperature of 13 degrees.

Snowfall Records
New York has received a fair amount of snow this year, but nothing compares to poor Boston, which has been breaking snow records left and right. Consider it the only contest Boston will ever beat New York in.

  • Winter Storm Marcus, which fell the second week in February, was Boston’s seventh heaviest snowstorm of all-time.
  • February 2015 is the snowiest month on record for Boston, with the city measuring a total of 58.8 total inches.
  • This season has already been the third snowiest ever for Boston.
  • On February 9, Boston broke its record for snow depth, recording 37 inches.

Meanwhile, the West Coast is having one of the warmest winters on record; just another one of those quality-of-life things for Californians to brag about.


Freakish February Weather Broke Tons of Records