Early February Climatology/Outlook

 

Distribution of High Temperatures
February 1st - 6th

The chart below shows what afternoon high temperatures
can be expected during the first week of February.


     Early February High Temperatures       

On only one occasion has the high temperature reached the 90s during the first week of February.  Among 112 years of records for Dallas/Fort Worth, there have only been
three days in early February with highs in the teens.

 

Number of Days with Precipitation
February 1st - 6th

How many days with precipitation can we expect?

In any given year, there is a 50% chance that there will be 2 or 3 days with precipitation during the first week of February.

 

Early February Precipitation Days

         

 

What is the outlook for early February?

Despite La Niña conditions in the equatorial Pacific, the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is
emphasizing the likelihood of below normal temperatures during the first week of February.

 

CPC 8-14 Day Temperature Outlook 

       

 

 

 

Significant Winter Weather Events

On average, wintry precipitation occurs during the first
week of February one out of every four years.

February 5-6, 2002 Snow fell from the late morning of February 5 into the early morning hours of February 6.  Accumulations of 4 to 5 inches were reported just north of the Metroplex.  DFW Airport recorded 3.5 inches for the event.
February 1-4, 1996 The month began with sub-freezing temperatures, and the mercury failed to reach freezing until February 5.  Freezing rain transitioned to snow the evening of February 1, and during the early morning hours of February 2, 1.5 inches of snow fell at DFW Airport.  Temperatures dipped into the single digits on February 4.
February 5, 1988 An icy week culminated with a measurable snowfall on February 5.  DFW Airport recorded 1.2 inches of snow.
January 31 - February 1, 1985 February began bitterly cold with temperatures in the single digits and teens.  Snow began during the evening hours of January 31 and by sunset on February 1, DFW Airport had accumulated 2.9 inches of snowfall.  Gusty winds resulted in blowing snow.
February 6, 1961 Heavy snow fell just north of the Metroplex.  A swath of 4 to 8 inches of snow stretched from Decatur and Denton, northeastward to Bonham.  Totals were generally 1 to 3 inches across Dallas and Fort Worth.  At Greater Southwest, 2.6 inches were recorded.

 

 

 

 

Severe Weather Events

 Early February has had its share of severe weather events.

 

February 5, 2008 Dallas and adjacent portions of Mesquite were pounded with golfball hail.
February 6, 1999 Golfball hail fell in Frisco. Thunderstorm winds knocked down numerous powerlines in Coppell and Lewisville. Gusts were clocked at 58 mph in Denton and 64 mph in Sachse.
February 5, 1986 Thunderstorms brought hail as large pennies to Dallas south into Ellis County. A wind gust to 79 mph was recorded in Dallas.


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