By: Charles Roop | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 1, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- If you thought February was abnormally warm over our area, you were not alone. The official reporting station at Tallahassee International Airport verifies such warmth.
Tallahassee's average temperature for the second month of 2018 was 65.1 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service. This number actually sets a record for the city since the 1940s.
Though it was warm, it wasn't the warmest, according to Danny Brouillette of the Florida Climate Center. When looking at older records prior the 1940s, February 2018 was actually the second warmest on record. The warmest monthly average temperature was 66.1 degrees in 1932.
If the early parts of the Tallahassee record (1892-1941) and the Apalachicola record (1931- 1975) also are considered, it was the second-warmest February on record. February 1932 was warmer at both locations - see below for Tallahassee, 65.6 for Apalachicola. pic.twitter.com/sOsjoUXUrd— Danny Brouillette (@HoarFrostInFL) March 1, 2018
When considering the entire set of data from the Florida Climate Center, the previous February was ranked seventh on record (62.1 degrees).
It was also the second-warmest February on record for Apalachicola (64.9 degrees) and the warmest in Valdosta (64.1). It is worth noting there is a lot of missing data on NOAA's Applied Climate Information System for Valdosta; therefore, it is tough to say whether it really was the warmest in recent memory.
An upper-level ridge was parked over the state for many days, keeping cold fronts away and the weather pattern very static. This also kept Tallahassee and Valdosta slightly drier than normal for February.
There will be a change in the pattern over the next week or two as the ridge breaks down and moves southwest of us. This will allow troughing to return to our area, increasing the odds for near- to slightly-below-average temperatures to return starting this weekend.
Note: This story has been updated to reflect new information from the Florida Climate Center.