February serves up slightly milder temperatures for Greater Trail

Mild February temperatures lead to March weather coming in more like a lamb than a lion.

Mild February temperatures lead to March weather coming in more like a lamb than a lion.

According to Southeast Fire Centre weather services, the mean monthly temperature in February was 1.6 C milder than normal.

A record daily maximum temperature of 5.9 C was set on Feb. 6, and Feb. 15 saw the warmest day at 9.1 C during the mid-afternoon.

A cold snap on Feb. 18 resulted in the lowest temperature of the month at -7.2 C.

High pressure and the resulting sunshine or sunny periods allowed for near record maximum temperatures said the weather services in its monthly report.

As a result of an upper ridge of high pressure, the regional precipitation during the month was only 43 per cent of normal.

The total precipitation for the month (includes rain and snow) was recorded to be 25.7 mm.

The majority of the month’s total precipitation (more than 70 per cent) was due to a more active storm cycle during the final days of the month, said forecasters Ron Lakeman and Jesse Ellis in the press release.

Feb.  22 saw the greatest daily snowfall of 7 cm of wet snow.

Another 6.6 cm of snow followed during the night of Feb. 24 and morning of Feb. 25.

Red Mountain had good news for skiers as it reported 87 cm of new snowfall in February, according to the resort’s website, which maintained the base of the alpine snow depth at 235 cm.