Despite February Freeze On Average It Was Warmer Than Usual This Winter, According To NOAA Researchers
It was only a few weeks ago that temperatures fell to historic lows in some parts of the country last month, including nearly all of Texas. An Arctic air mass gripped much of the nation, and Texans arguably felt some of the hardest impacts.
Despite that, NOAA said on Monday that winter ended being up warmer than normal.
NOAA researchers say that February 2021 brought the coldest air since December 1989 to much of the state. Several locations across central Texas — including Austin and Waco — broke records for the longest streak of below-freezing temperatures. Every county in Texas was under a Winter Storm Warning in mid-February and experienced wind chill values below zero as far south as the Rio Grande River and northeastern Mexico.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor report, 46.6% of the contiguous U.S. was in drought at the beginning of March, up slightly from 45.8% at the beginning of February. Drought expanded or intensified across portions of the northern and southern Plains, and Great Basin.
While the U.S. had its coldest February in more than 30 years, the point from December until mid-February was actually warmer than usual.