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Severe thunderstorms possible over the upper Midwest and Great Lakes, Heavy Rain and Flooding Possible over the Southwest U.S.

Severe thunderstorms will be possible over portions of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall possible. Over the Desert Southwest and portions of the Rockies, Monsoonal moisture will lead to locally heavy rainfall and the threat for flash flooding into midweek. Read More >

Several record highs and record warm lows were set during a rare 6 day period in mid-February with highs in the 50s and lower 60s.  Values that tied or broke the record are highlighted in red.

Minneapolis/St. Paul:

Date Daily Record High Daily Record Warm Low Observed High Temp Observed Low Temp Monthly Record High Monthly Record Warm Low
Fri 2/17 55 (1981) 36 (1998) 63 30 64 (2/26/1896) 44 (2/21/1930)
Sat 2/18 58 (1981) 36 (1915, 1998, 2002) 58 34
Sun 2/19 57 (1981) 40 (1930) 59 32
Mon 2/20 57 (1981) 35 (1899) 55 41
Tue 2/21 59 (1930) 44 (1930) 62 32
Wed 2/22 57 (1930) 38 (1930) 59 37

 

St. Cloud:

Date Daily Record High Daily Record Warm Low Observed High Temp Observed Low Temp Monthly Record High Monthly Record Warm Low
Fri 2/17 54 (1981) 35 (1998) 59 28 59 (2/27/2016, 2/17/2017) 40 (2/25/1998)
Sat 2/18 56 (1981) 34 (1915, 1998, 2002) 57 29
Sun 2/19 56 (1981) 38 (1899) 58 28
Mon 2/20 57 (1981) 34 (1930) 51 37
Tue 2/21 55 (1961) 38 (1930) 56 28
Wed 2/22 55 (1961) 34 (1998) 55 32

 

Eau Claire:

Date Daily Record High Daily Record Warm Low Observed High Temp Observed Low Temp Monthly Record High Monthly Record Warm Low
Fri 2/17 55 (1981) 36 (1998) 53 24 63 (2/29/2000) 45 (2/20/2017)
Sat 2/18 59 (1981) 35 (1981) 52 33
Sun 2/19 60 (1930) 33 (1983, 2002) 60 25
Mon 2/20 59 (1930) 36 (1954) 54 45
Tue 2/21 60 (1930) 36 (1930) 59 36
Wed 2/22 57 (1930) 44 (1930) 57 33

 

 

What is the record for consecutive days with highs of 50 degrees or warmer in February?

Twin Cities: 6 days (1930 and 1981) This record was tied in 2017 (2/17-2/22).

St. Cloud: 5 days (1981)  This record was broken in 2017. The new record is 6 days (2/17-2/22).

Eau Claire: 7 days (1930) 

 

How often does the temperature reach 60 degrees or warmer in February?

Twin Cities:

  • There have only been 4 days on record (back to 1873) when the temperature has reached 60 degrees or warmer in February (64 on 2/26/1896, 63 on 2/15/1921, 60 on 2/16/1981, 61 on 2/29/2000).  Two more 60+ degree days were added to this total on 2/17 & 2/21/2017.  Also, February 2017 was the first occurrence of two 60+ degree days during February.
  • The earliest 60 degree reading on record is February 15th (1921).  

St. Cloud:

  • There have been no days on record with a temperature of 60 degrees or warmer in February since temperature records began in St. Cloud in 1893.
  • The earliest 60 degree reading on record is March 3rd (1905). 

Eau Claire: 

  • There have only been 5 days on record (back to 1893) when the temperature has reached 60 degrees or warmer in February (60 on 2/19/1930, 60 on 2/21/1930, 61 on 2/24/1931, 63 on 2/29/2000, 61 on 2/27/2016).  One more 60+ degree day was added to this total on 2/19/2017. 
  • The earliest 60 degree reading on record is February 19th (1930).  This record was tied in 2017. 

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What is the record for the number of days in a row with temperatures above freezing in February?  

The normal high temperature is 30 degrees and the normal low temperature is 14 degrees on February 17th in the Twin Cities. 
 

Location Record for number of consecutive days with temperatures above 32 degrees in February
Minneapolis/St.Paul  6 days (February 15-20, 1998)
St. Cloud  5 days (February 15-19, 1998)
Eau Claire  4 days (February 15-18, 1981)