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Cold Front Dropping South Across the Western U.S.; Watching Threat for Tornadoes and Flooding in the South

A cold front will push south across the Western U.S. into Tuesday with mountain snow and areas of gusty to high winds. An area of low pressure will form along this front on Tuesday and bring a potential for severe thunderstorms with tornadoes and excessive rainfall in the lower to mid Mississippi River Valley. To the north, heavy snow is possible in parts of the upper Midwest. Read More >

 

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Daily, February, and Winter Record Highs   Consecutive Day Streaks of 50s and 60s   The "Why" Behind the Warmth

 

 
...Climate Data Reference for the Current Warmth...

DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS

Chicago:                         Rockford:
      Record:    Old:            High:      Old:
2/17: 67 (2017)  60 (1880)       66 (2017)  59 (1981) 
2/18: 70 (2017)  62 (1981)       68 (2017)  58 (1981)
2/19: 69 (2017)  65 (1930)       67 (2017)  63 (1930)
2/20: 70 (2017)  64 (1930)       69 (2017)  61 (1983) 
2/21: 67 (1930)                  67 (2017)  64 (1930)
2/22: 68 (2017)  68 (1922)       70 (2017)  61 (1922)  


CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF 60+ DEGREES

Chicago:                         Rockford:
Longest in February              Longest in February
6 days: 2/17-22/2017             6 days: 2/17-22/2017
4 days: 2/24-27/1976             3 days: 2/23-25/1930
                                         2/19-21/1930

Longest in Meteorological Winter
6 days: 2/17-22/2017             6 days: 2/17-22/2017
        12/2-6/1998              3 days: 2/23-25/1930
                                         2/19-21/1930

CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF 50+ DEGREES

Chicago:                         Rockford:
Longest in February              Longest in February
8 days: 2/22-29/2000             8 days: 2/22-29/2000
        2/18-25/1930                     2/18-25/1930
7 days: 2/17-23/2017             7 days: 2/17-23/2017
        2/22-28/1998             6 days: 2/23-28/1998
6 days: 2/24-29/1976                     2/16-20/1981  
        2/11-16/1882                     2/25-29/1932                                         

Longest in Meteorological Winter
12 days: 12/14-25/1877           8 days: 2/22-29/2000
                                         12/2-10/1946
                                         2/18-25/1930   

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