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Washington's Birthday Climate History for Paducah, KY
 

*Climate Data has been recorded at Barkley Regional Airport in West Paducah since 1949 and prior to that was observed in downtown Paducah back to December of 1937.

George Washington was born on Feb. 22, 1732 according to the calendar we now use. But according to the Old Style Calendar then in use, his birth date was Feb. 11.  Americans celebrated Washington's birthday in the late 18th century, while he was still alive, some on the 11th and some on the 22nd.  In 1885, Washington's birthday, Feb. 22, became a federal holiday.  In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved the official observance of Washington's birthday from Feb. 22 to the third Monday in February. Some reformers had wanted to change the name of the holiday as well, to Presidents' Day, in honor of both Lincoln and Washington, but that proposal was rejected by Congress, and the holiday remained officially Washington's Birthday. Technically the federal holiday never falls on Washington's actual birthday since the third monday in February falls between the 15th and 21st. For climate purposes, February 22nd is used for each year on record prior to 1971, and the third Monday in February for 1971 to the present.

Here is a look at high and low temperature frequencies and extremes as well as precipitation statistics for Washington's Birthday in Paducah.

As seen by this graphic high temperatures are predominately in the 40s or 50s on Washington's Birthday, encompassing 54% of all years on record.

Warmest Highs Coldest Highs
71 in 1983 23 in 2015
70 in 1986 25 in 1963
68 in 1976 26 in 2010
67 in 2011 28 in 1939
66 in 1949 29 in 2003*
Normal High: 50

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Paducah has seen highs as warm as the 70s twice, most recently in 1986, when we topped out at 70 degrees. There have also been 7 years where the high temperature failed to reach 32 degrees, most recently in 2015 with a frigid high of 23!

Low temperatures in the 20s or 30s are most common, accounting for 67% of all years on record.  There are always exceptions to the norm of course: in 1963 the low temperature plummeted to 3 degrees below zero, which is the only year with lows below zero. On the warm side of the spectrum, there have been 2 years with lows above 50 degrees, most recently in 1986 when a mild low of 55 degrees occurred.

Warmest Lows Coldest Lows
61 in 1976 -3 in 1963
55 in 1986 9 in 2015
49 in 1983 10 in 1978
47 in 1981 10 in 1968
46 in 1961 13 in 1980*
Normal Low: 30

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Measurable precipitation has fallen 30% of the time, with over an inch of precipitation falling on 3 different occasions, most recently in 2015. Measurable snowfall has occurred 3 times (4% of all years on record), including 2 big snowstorms with 10.8 inches falling in 2015 and 7.9 inches back in 1993. Snow depth of 1 inch or more has been recorded 7 times (10% of all years on record), with 5 inches on the ground for the morning of Washington's Birthday 2015.

Wettest (inches)

Snowiest (inches)

Most Snow Depth
1.11 in 2015 10.8 in 2015 5.0 in 2015
1.03 in 1993 7.9 in 1993 3.0 in 2006
1.00 in 1989 0.5 in 1948 3.0 in 1978
0.96 in 1998   2.0 in 2016
0.88 in 1950   2.0 in 1971

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Here is a look at the observed weather for the past 15 years:

Recent Weather for Washington's Birthday
Year High Low Precip Snowfall Snow Depth
2002 60 29 0 0 0
2003 29 22 0 0 0
2004 42 20 0 0 0
2005 61 41 0.45 0 0
2006 30 17 0 0 3
2007 56 34 0 0 0
2008 45 35 0 0 0
2009 43 23 0 0 0
2010 26 21 T T 0
2011 67 43 0.08 0 0
2012 53 22 0 0 0
2013 60 37 0.77 0 0
2014 49 29 0.1 0 0
2015 23 9 1.11 10.8 5
2016 39 31 0 0 2

 

Washington's Birthday Climate History for Evansville, IN
 

*Climate Data has been recorded at Evansville Regional Airport since January of 1897. Snowfall records began in January of 1948.

George Washington was born on Feb. 22, 1732 according to the calendar we now use. But according to the Old Style Calendar then in use, his birth date was Feb. 11.  Americans celebrated Washington's birthday in the late 18th century, while he was still alive, some on the 11th and some on the 22nd.  In 1885, Washington's birthday, Feb. 22, became a federal holiday.  In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved the official observance of Washington's birthday from Feb. 22 to the third Monday in February. Some reformers had wanted to change the name of the holiday as well, to Presidents' Day, in honor of both Lincoln and Washington, but that proposal was rejected by Congress, and the holiday remained officially Washington's Birthday. Technically the federal holiday never falls on Washington's actual birthday since the third monday in February falls between the 15th and 21st. For climate purposes, February 22nd is used for each year on record prior to 1971, and the third Monday in February for 1971 to the present.

Here is a look at high and low temperature frequencies and extremes as well as precipitation statistics for Washington's Birthday in Evansville.

As seen by this graphic high temperatures are predominately in the 40s or 50s on Washington's Birthday, encompassing 53% of all years on record.

Warmest Highs Coldest Highs
72 in 1922 19 in 1963
69 in 1983 20 in 2015
69 in 1976 23 in 2010
68 in 1986 23 in 1978
68 in 1944 24 in 1901
Normal High: 47

 

Evansville has seen highs as warm as the 70s only once, back in 1922 when we topped out at 72 degrees. There have also been 15 years where the high temperature failed to reach 32 degrees, most recently in 2015 with a frigid high of 20!

Low temperatures in the 20s or 30s are most common, accounting for 67% of all years on record.  There are always exceptions to the norm of course: in 1963 the low temperature plummeted to 6 degrees below zero, which is 1 of only 2 years with lows below zero. On the warm side of the spectrum, there have been 5 years with lows above 50 degrees, most recently in 1986 when a mild low of 51 degrees occurred.

Warmest Lows Coldest Lows
58 in 1922 -6 in 1963
56 in 1976 -3 in 1979
54 in 1930 6 in 1968
53 in 1925 9 in 1978
51 in 1986 12 in 2015
Normal Low: 28

 

Measurable precipitation has fallen 37% of the time, with over an inch of precipitation falling only once, way back in 1897. Measurable snowfall has occurred 7 times (10% of all years on record), with the largest back in 1993 with 6.9 inches. Snow depth of 1 inch or more has been recorded 9 times (13% of all years on record), with the most recent happening in 2015 when 2 inches of snow were on the ground in the morning.

Wettest (inches) Snowiest (inches) Most Snow Depth
2.05 in 1897 6.9 in 1993 5.0 in 1971
0.97 in 1925 5.7 in 2015 4.0 in 2010
0.74 in 1959 3.4 in 2010 4.0 in 1978
0.65 in 1989 1.2 in 1978 3.0 in 1948
0.60 in 1993 0.8 in 1967 2.0 in 2015*

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Here is a look at the observed weather for the past 15 years:

Recent Weather for Washington's Birthday
Year High Low Precip Snowfall Snow Depth
2002 55 24 0 0 0
2003 27 21 0.05 T 0
2004 39 18 0 0 0
2005 56 37 T 0 0
2006 30 20 0 0 0
2007 49 23 0 0 0
2008 43 28 0 0 0
2009 41 24 0 0 0
2010 23 17 0.23 3.4 4
2011 67 42 0.23 0 0
2012 49 22 0 0 0
2013 63 34 0.59 0 0
2014 43 25 0.34 0 0
2015 20 12 0.44 5.7 2
2016 39 29 0 0 0

 

Washington's Birthday Climate History for Cape Girardeau, MO
 

*Climate Data has been recorded at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, located 5 miles southwest of Cape Girardeau, since June of 1960.

George Washington was born on Feb. 22, 1732 according to the calendar we now use. But according to the Old Style Calendar then in use, his birth date was Feb. 11.  Americans celebrated Washington's birthday in the late 18th century, while he was still alive, some on the 11th and some on the 22nd.  In 1885, Washington's birthday, Feb. 22, became a federal holiday.  In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved the official observance of Washington's birthday from Feb. 22 to the third Monday in February. Some reformers had wanted to change the name of the holiday as well, to Presidents' Day, in honor of both Lincoln and Washington, but that proposal was rejected by Congress, and the holiday remained officially Washington's Birthday. Technically the federal holiday never falls on Washington's actual birthday since the third monday in February falls between the 15th and 21st. For climate purposes, February 22nd is used for each year on record prior to 1971, and the third Monday in February for 1971 to the present.

Here is a look at high and low temperature frequencies and extremes as well as precipitation statistics for Washington's Birthday in Cape Girardeau.

As seen by this graphic high temperatures are predominately in the 40s or 50s on Washington's Birthday, encompassing 57% of all years on record.

Warmest Highs Coldest Highs
70 in 1986 22 in 2015
69 in 1983 28 in 2010
67 in 1995 28 in 2006
66 in 2011 28 in 1963
66 in 1976 29 in 1968
Normal High: 49

 

Cape Girardeau has seen highs as warm as the 70s only once, back in 1986 when the temperature hit 70 degrees. There have also been 6 years where the high temperature failed to reach 32 degrees, most recently in 2015 with a frigid high of 22!

Low temperatures in the 20s or 30s are most common, accounting for 59% of all years on record.  There are always exceptions to the norm of course: in 2015 the low temperature plummeted to 2 degrees below zero, which is the only year with lows below zero. On the warm side of the spectrum, there have been 3 years with lows above 50 degrees, most recently in 1986 when a mild low of 53 degrees occurred.

Warmest Lows Coldest Lows
61 in 1976 -2 in 2015
54 in 1983 0 in 1963
53 in 1986 9 in 1968
45 in 1981 13 in 1978
44 in 1998* 14 in 1979
Normal Low: 29

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Measurable precipitation has fallen 36% of the time, with over an inch of precipitation falling only once, back in 1993.

Wettest
1.28 in 1993
0.88 in 1989
0.76 in 1961
0.69 in 2013
0.68 in 2005

 

Here is a look at the observed weather for the past 15 years:

Recent Weather for Washington's Birthday
Year High Low Precip
2002 59 28 T
2003 31 22 0
2004 42 21 0
2005 58 37 0.68
2006 28 17 0
2007 54 33 0
2008 44 32 0
2009 42 22 0
2010 28 20 T
2011 66 40 0.14
2012 51 24 0
2013 54 38 0.69
2014 54 28 0.02
2015 22 -2 0.58
2016 38 25 0