The month of February in Muskegon was a varied one. Temperature ranged from 9 to 55 degrees. There was a day with 2 inches of snow and a day with an inch and a third of rain. By the standard of meteorologists February was the end of winter.
If February ended winter then in worked from most to least, from worst to best. February temperatures were 2.1° above normal. Snow fall was minimal at 6.7 inches. This contrasts to the cold and snow start to winter in December. January kept this up for awhile, but morphed neutral throughout the end. February more about rain than snow, gave a gentle ending.
The warm rainy February should lessen the contrast as we enter March and its spring tidings.
Additionally February was windy with an average wind speed of 11.1 knots, 1.1 above the average. The wind peaked during the low pressure bomb that transited the area the 25th. That day’s average wind 22.9 knots.
Winds were mainly south and west. South winds brought warm temperatures 6 of 8 days. West wind brought cold temperatures 7 of 11 days.
The most common winds were SW (21.4% of the days) and NW (32.%) of the days. Typically there are 5.3% SW winds and 8.6% NW winds.
There was only one North wind (3.5%) compared to the 6.9% average.
The conditions provided local ice boaters acceptable conditions.
How did the month help or hurt the water levels? Lake Michigan had an estimated water supply of 146,000 CFS which is well above average. However, the outflow was 150,000 CFS. This means that evaporation was the predominant affect. In the end, the warmth and rain didn’t help boost the water levels.
Finally, although it was a warm month it was not as warm as the preceding February. The 2nd month of year 2000, was 8.2° above average in temperature.
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