With average temperatures several degrees above average, most of our winter was warmer than normal. In fact, December 2015 was our second warmest on record in Memphis and February ended up on the warm side too.
The average monthly temperature was nearly three degrees above normal in Memphis with a mean temperature of 48 degrees. Our warmest temperature of the month was 75 degrees on February 2.
Jackson, Jonesboro and Tupelo also ended winter with average February temperatures one to two degrees above normal. All of our climate stations are so far above average for the year.
The warmer weather was the only departure from normal. We also had an unusually wet February in parts of the Mid-South. Memphis received 5.58 inches of rain, which is more than an inch above average. At this point, Memphis is still about a half an inch below normal for the year.
However, our other climate areas were much drier than normal for February and the year so far. Jackson is 2.62 inches below for the year; Tupelo is 2.27 inches drier and Jonesboro 3.22 inches under normal for the year. Thankfully, we are expected to get a soaking this week, which will bring much needed rain to these areas.
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