Groundhog Day Weather History Reports

The local area forecast for Grounghog Day morning calls for mostly clear skies.  So, groundhogs around the area may see their shadows, which would mean 6 more weeks of winter.

Meteorlogical Spring begins in just under 4 weeks! (March 1)
Astronomical Spring begins in about 6 weeks and 4 days! (March 20 at 11:57am)

 
Groundhog Day has its origins in an ancient celebration of a point mid-way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Superstition has it that fair weather was seen as forbearance of a stormy and cold second half to winter. The early Christians in Europe established the custom of Candlemas Day, when the clergy would bless candles and people would light them in each window of their homes to ward off the darkness of mid-winter.
   
But the legend of the February 2nd forecast also persisted, as captured in this old English saying:

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.


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...THE MOLINE IL WEATHER HISTORY REPORT FOR... | ...THE DUBUQUE IA WEATHER HISTORY REPORT FOR...
...GROUNDHOG DAY... | ...GROUNDHOG DAY...
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CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010 | CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1872 TO 2013 | CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1874 TO 2013
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WEATHER OBSERVED % OF | WEATHER OBSERVED % OF
VALUE DATE(S) RECORD | VALUE DATE(S) RECORD
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TEMPERATURE (F) | TEMPERATURE (F)
NORMAL HIGH 32 | NORMAL HIGH 28
NORMAL LOW 15 | NORMAL LOW 12
WARMEST HIGH 58 02/02/1987 | WARMEST HIGH 51 02/02/1927
COLDEST LOW -22 02/02/1996 + | COLDEST LOW -27 02/02/1996
COLDEST HIGH -11 02/02/1996 | COLDEST HIGH -13 02/02/1996
WARMEST LOW 36 02/02/1877 | WARMEST LOW 34 02/02/1924 +
AVERAGE MAX 29.9 | AVERAGE MAX 26.9
AVERAGE MIN 13.4 | AVERAGE MIN 10.4
MEAN 21.7 | MEAN 18.6
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DAYS MAX 50 - 59 4 2.9% | DAYS MAX 50 - 59 2 1.4%
DAYS MAX 40 - 49 30 21.6% | DAYS MAX 40 - 49 18 13.0%
DAYS MAX 33 - 39 27 19.4% | DAYS MAX 33 - 39 37 26.8%
DAYS MAX 30 - 32 17 12.2% | DAYS MAX 30 - 32 8 5.8%
DAYS MAX 20 - 29 34 24.5% | DAYS MAX 20 - 29 37 26.8%
DAYS MAX 10 - 19 17 12.2% | DAYS MAX 10 - 19 20 14.5%
DAYS MAX 0 - 9 7 5.0% | DAYS MAX 0 - 9 12 8.7%
DAYS MAX -9 - -1 2 1.4% | DAYS MAX -9 - -1 3 2.2%
DAYS MAX -19 - -10 1 0.7% | DAYS MAX -19 - -10 1 0.7%
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DAYS MIN 33 - 39 10 7.2% | DAYS MIN 33 - 39 2 1.4%
DAYS MIN 30 - 32 8 5.8% | DAYS MIN 30 - 32 9 6.5%
DAYS MIN 20 - 29 38 27.3% | DAYS MIN 20 - 29 41 29.7%
DAYS MIN 10 - 19 27 19.4% | DAYS MIN 10 - 19 22 15.9%
DAYS MIN 0 - 9 26 18.7% | DAYS MIN 0 - 9 30 21.7%
DAYS MIN -9 - -1 22 15.8% | DAYS MIN -9 - -1 19 13.8%
DAYS MIN -19 - -10 6 4.3% | DAYS MIN -19 - -10 9 6.5%
DAYS MIN -29 - -20 2 1.4% | DAYS MIN -29 - -20 6 4.3%
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PRECIPITATION (IN) | PRECIPITATION (IN)
NORMAL 0.05 | NORMAL 0.04
GREATEST VALUE 0.74 02/02/1875 | GREATEST VALUE 1.21 02/02/1983
AVERAGE 0.03 | AVERAGE 0.04
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DAYS = 0.00 72 50.7% | DAYS = 0.00 77 55.4%
DAYS = T 32 22.5% | DAYS = T 29 20.9%
DAYS 0.01 - 0.09 25 17.6% | DAYS 0.01 - 0.09 18 12.9%
DAYS 0.10 - 0.49 9 6.3% | DAYS 0.10 - 0.49 12 8.6%
DAYS 0.50 - 0.99 4 2.8% | DAYS 0.50 - 0.99 2 1.4%
DAYS >= 1.00 0 0.0% | DAYS >= 1.00 1 0.7%
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SNOW/SLEET/HAIL (IN) | SNOW/SLEET/HAIL (IN)
NORMAL 0.3 | NORMAL 0.3
GREATEST VALUE 3.0 02/02/2004 | GREATEST VALUE 9.0 02/02/1983
AVERAGE 0.2 | AVERAGE 0.5
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DAYS = 0.0 79 61.7% | DAYS = 0.0 34 51.5%
DAYS = T 24 18.8% | DAYS = T 15 22.7%
DAYS 0.1 - 0.9 16 12.5% | DAYS 0.1 - 0.9 8 12.1%
DAYS 1.0 - 1.9 7 5.5% | DAYS 1.0 - 1.9 4 6.1%
DAYS 2.0 - 2.9 1 0.8% | DAYS 2.0 - 2.9 1 1.5%
DAYS 3.0 - 3.9 1 0.8% | DAYS 3.0 - 3.9 2 3.0%
DAYS 4.0 - 4.9 0 0.0% | DAYS 4.0 - 4.9 0 0.0%
DAYS 5.0 - 5.9 0 0.0% | DAYS 5.0 - 5.9 1 1.5%
DAYS >= 6.0 0 0.0% | DAYS >= 6.0 1 1.5%
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SNOW DEPTH (IN) | SNOW DEPTH (IN)
GREATEST VALUE 16 02/02/1979 | GREATEST VALUE 19 02/02/1979
AVERAGE 2 | AVERAGE 4
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DAYS = 0 20 20.0% | DAYS = 0 3 5.3%
DAYS = T 25 25.0% | DAYS = T 6 10.5%
DAYS >= 1 55 55.0% | DAYS >= 1 48 84.2%
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DATE TX TN PP SF SD | DATE TX TN PP SF SD
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02/02/2013 26 15 0.05 0.9 2 | 02/02/2013 17 7 0.02 0.6 6
02/02/2012 47 22 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/02/2012 37 25 0.00 0.0 T
02/02/2011 18 -4 0.09 1.9 14 | 02/02/2011 17 -6 0.27 3.0 17
02/02/2010 32 13 0.01 0.1 1 | 02/02/2010 28 11 0.17 1.9 5
02/02/2009 31 8 0.07 1.1 T | 02/02/2009 24 2 0.00 0.0 5
02/02/2008 31 18 T T 3 | 02/02/2008 28 22 0.22 2.2 2
02/02/2007 13 -1 T T 3 | 02/02/2007 8 -7 T 0.1 3
02/02/2006 49 29 0.12 0.0 0 | 02/02/2006 47 27 0.00 0.0 0
02/02/2005 42 25 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/02/2005 35 22 0.00 0.0 5
02/02/2004 30 27 0.34 3.0 7 | 02/02/2004 27 24 0.37 5.0 2
02/02/2003 41 31 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/02/2003 38 32 T 0.0 MM
02/02/2002 36 5 0.00 0.0 8 | 02/02/2002 31 3 0.00 0.0 MM
02/02/2001 12 -5 0.04 0.7 5 | 02/02/2001 6 -10 0.06 1.0 MM
02/02/2000 35 6 0.00 0.0 8 | 02/02/2000 32 5 T T MM
02/02/1999 44 35 0.12 0.0 MM | 02/02/1999 37 32 T T MM
02/02/1998 42 26 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/02/1998 37 23 T 0.1 MM
02/02/1997 35 27 0.00 MM 1 | 02/02/1997 33 25 T MM MM
02/02/1996 -11 -22 0.00 0.0 5 | 02/02/1996 -13 -27 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1995 41 30 0.00 0.0 5 | 02/02/1995 34 28 0.00 0.0 2
02/02/1994 25 8 0.01 0.4 1 | 02/02/1994 17 1 0.05 0.6 8
02/02/1993 39 19 0.00 0.0 T | 02/02/1993 34 22 0.00 0.0 1
02/02/1992 53 24 0.00 0.0 T | 02/02/1992 44 25 0.00 0.0 1
02/02/1991 48 25 0.00 0.0 1 | 02/02/1991 41 20 0.00 0.0 6
02/02/1990 31 25 0.02 T T | 02/02/1990 26 20 0.14 1.7 1
02/02/1989 25 15 0.03 0.3 T | 02/02/1989 20 8 0.05 1.2 T
02/02/1988 22 12 T T 1 | 02/02/1988 19 3 0.02 0.2 1
02/02/1987 58 24 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/02/1987 50 27 0.00 0.0 T
02/02/1986 37 33 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/02/1986 33 29 0.00 0.0 5
02/02/1985 9 -8 0.00 0.0 8 | 02/02/1985 7 -14 0.00 0.0 8
02/02/1984 43 23 T 0.0 2 | 02/02/1984 38 25 0.00 0.0 7
02/02/1983 33 27 0.53 1.5 T | 02/02/1983 26 21 1.21 9.0 3
02/02/1982 26 7 0.00 0.0 2 | 02/02/1982 MM MM MM MM MM
02/02/1981 9 -3 T T 2 | 02/02/1981 11 -6 0.00 0.0 2
02/02/1980 21 6 0.00 0.0 1 | 02/02/1980 22 5 0.00 0.0 1
02/02/1979 19 6 0.00 0.0 16 | 02/02/1979 12 1 0.05 0.7 19
02/02/1978 12 -2 0.01 0.1 4 | 02/02/1978 7 -5 0.00 0.0 11
02/02/1977 28 -1 0.09 1.2 4 | 02/02/1977 26 1 0.00 0.0 5
02/02/1976 13 -4 0.00 0.0 T | 02/02/1976 7 -9 0.00 0.0 1
02/02/1975 33 23 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/02/1975 34 18 0.00 0.0 T
02/02/1974 30 24 T T 0 | 02/02/1974 25 15 T T 1
02/02/1973 42 31 0.51 0.1 0 | 02/02/1973 38 28 0.04 T 0
02/02/1972 32 26 0.12 2.2 7 | 02/02/1972 29 23 0.24 3.4 3
02/02/1971 17 -5 T T 3 | 02/02/1971 14 -17 T T 11
02/02/1970 37 -6 0.02 0.2 T | 02/02/1970 33 -11 T T 5
02/02/1969 28 13 T T T | 02/02/1969 25 9 T T 3
02/02/1968 33 24 0.04 0.4 T | 02/02/1968 32 20 0.08 0.7 1
02/02/1967 24 0 0.00 0.0 8 | 02/02/1967 20 6 0.00 0.0 2
02/02/1966 24 8 T 0.1 2 | 02/02/1966 25 7 0.00 0.0 7
02/02/1965 5 -12 0.00 0.0 4 | 02/02/1965 1 -21 0.00 0.0 8
02/02/1964 38 24 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/02/1964 34 21 0.00 0.0 0
02/02/1963 36 -7 0.00 0.0 5 | 02/02/1963 34 -5 0.00 0.0 9
02/02/1962 34 14 T T 4 | 02/02/1962 30 9 T T 8
02/02/1961 20 14 0.13 1.6 T | 02/02/1961 15 10 T T T
02/02/1960 30 25 T 0.0 1 | 02/02/1960 25 20 T T 9
02/02/1959 18 -10 0.00 0.0 1 | 02/02/1959 13 -22 0.00 0.0 10
02/02/1958 20 5 0.01 0.1 7 | 02/02/1958 18 5 T T 8
02/02/1957 37 26 0.00 0.0 1 | 02/02/1957 33 23 T T 3
02/02/1956 30 5 0.06 1.0 3 | 02/02/1956 28 0 0.05 0.7 8
02/02/1955 29 11 T T 4 | 02/02/1955 26 8 T T 2
02/02/1954 44 34 0.03 0.0 0 | 02/02/1954 44 29 0.03 T 2
02/02/1953 32 16 0.00 0.0 1 | 02/02/1953 26 7 T T 1
02/02/1952 33 29 T 0.0 0 | 02/02/1952 31 27 0.00 0.0 T
02/02/1951 18 -15 0.00 0.0 4 | 02/02/1951 9 -23 0.00 0.0 6
02/02/1950 24 12 0.00 0.0 1 | 02/02/1950 23 11 0.00 0.0 2
02/02/1949 24 -4 0.00 0.0 2 | 02/02/1949 18 -12 0.00 0.0 9
02/02/1948 29 11 0.00 0.0 T | 02/02/1948 26 8 0.00 0.0 1
02/02/1947 32 0 0.00 0.0 3 | 02/02/1947 31 -7 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1946 20 7 0.00 0.0 T | 02/02/1946 14 3 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1945 21 10 0.02 0.6 5 | 02/02/1945 20 10 0.03 MM MM
02/02/1944 43 31 T 0.0 0 | 02/02/1944 47 31 T MM MM
02/02/1943 39 4 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/02/1943 38 0 T MM MM
02/02/1942 21 2 T T MM | 02/02/1942 24 11 T MM MM
02/02/1941 35 21 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/02/1941 36 21 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1940 30 8 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/02/1940 31 13 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1939 30 16 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/02/1939 27 13 T MM MM
02/02/1938 42 29 0.21 0.0 MM | 02/02/1938 38 25 0.33 MM MM
02/02/1937 24 1 0.00 0.0 1 | 02/02/1937 21 -2 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1936 11 -4 0.00 0.0 4 | 02/02/1936 8 -13 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1935 46 28 T 0.0 MM | 02/02/1935 44 30 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1934 39 22 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/02/1934 34 22 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1933 32 19 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/02/1933 29 16 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1932 38 24 0.01 T MM | 02/02/1932 35 18 T MM MM
02/02/1931 45 32 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/02/1931 39 30 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1930 42 30 0.04 T 3 | 02/02/1930 41 26 0.07 MM MM
02/02/1929 23 9 0.00 0.0 5 | 02/02/1929 21 1 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1928 42 17 0.00 0.0 T | 02/02/1928 40 12 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1927 53 28 0.00 0.0 T | 02/02/1927 51 25 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1926 37 33 0.01 0.0 0 | 02/02/1926 35 27 0.10 MM MM
02/02/1925 28 19 0.00 0.0 T | 02/02/1925 27 16 T MM MM
02/02/1924 54 33 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/02/1924 46 34 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1923 29 14 T T T | 02/02/1923 27 8 T MM MM
02/02/1922 29 17 T T 0 | 02/02/1922 21 13 0.01 MM MM
02/02/1921 41 26 0.00 0.0 T | 02/02/1921 34 23 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1920 45 34 T 0.0 T | 02/02/1920 41 25 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1919 44 27 T 0.0 0 | 02/02/1919 40 27 T MM MM
02/02/1918 22 -1 0.00 0.0 9 | 02/02/1918 20 -4 T MM MM
02/02/1917 -3 -19 0.00 0.0 T | 02/02/1917 -8 -20 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1916 8 -7 0.00 0.0 2 | 02/02/1916 8 -7 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1915 28 20 0.15 0.1 1 | 02/02/1915 25 17 0.05 MM MM
02/02/1914 45 33 0.12 T 0 | 02/02/1914 40 31 0.16 MM MM
02/02/1913 24 5 0.00 0.0 T | 02/02/1913 24 2 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1912 6 -7 0.00 0.0 1 | 02/02/1912 3 -11 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1911 32 18 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/02/1911 33 17 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1910 41 30 0.01 0.0 4 | 02/02/1910 38 31 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1909 48 25 0.00 0.0 T | 02/02/1909 46 18 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1908 27 -4 0.00 0.0 3 | 02/02/1908 24 -8 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1907 35 2 T T T | 02/02/1907 35 -5 0.02 MM MM
02/02/1906 18 8 T T T | 02/02/1906 19 2 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1905 -6 -22 0.00 0.0 1 | 02/02/1905 -7 -21 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1904 14 4 T T T | 02/02/1904 12 1 T MM MM
02/02/1903 40 27 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/02/1903 38 22 T MM MM
02/02/1902 5 -5 0.00 0.0 6 | 02/02/1902 7 -4 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1901 27 8 0.02 0.3 3 | 02/02/1901 27 -1 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1900 23 5 T T MM | 02/02/1900 19 3 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1899 18 8 T T MM | 02/02/1899 12 -2 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1898 13 -3 0.04 0.4 MM | 02/02/1898 14 -4 0.13 MM MM
02/02/1897 37 30 T T MM | 02/02/1897 37 29 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1896 37 28 T T MM | 02/02/1896 44 27 0.00 0.0 MM
02/02/1895 12 -15 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/02/1895 12 -18 0.00 0.0 MM
02/02/1894 41 14 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/02/1894 37 10 0.00 0.0 MM
02/02/1893 25 -1 0.30 1.5 MM | 02/02/1893 17 -6 0.20 MM MM
02/02/1892 38 34 T 0.0 MM | 02/02/1892 37 34 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1891 31 14 0.04 0.4 MM | 02/02/1891 25 8 0.02 MM MM
02/02/1890 40 33 T 0.0 MM | 02/02/1890 40 31 0.03 MM MM
02/02/1889 46 24 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/02/1889 41 20 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1888 32 26 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/02/1888 32 25 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1887 26 10 T T MM | 02/02/1887 21 15 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1886 2 -18 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/02/1886 -3 -18 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1885 37 14 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/02/1885 37 8 T MM MM
02/02/1884 44 25 0.00 MM MM | 02/02/1884 38 27 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1883 18 -2 0.53 MM MM | 02/02/1883 8 -4 0.64 MM MM
02/02/1882 49 24 0.00 MM MM | 02/02/1882 44 21 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1881 24 8 0.03 MM MM | 02/02/1881 22 8 0.16 MM MM
02/02/1880 MM MM T MM MM | 02/02/1880 34 19 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1879 34 15 0.00 MM MM | 02/02/1879 36 12 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1878 38 28 0.00 MM MM | 02/02/1878 37 26 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1877 45 36 0.00 MM MM | 02/02/1877 42 32 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1876 15 -5 0.00 MM MM | 02/02/1876 16 -8 0.00 MM MM
02/02/1875 39 26 0.74 MM MM | 02/02/1875 34 19 0.57 MM MM
02/02/1874 26 17 0.02 MM MM | 02/02/1874 MM MM 0.02 MM MM
02/02/1873 MM MM T MM MM | 02/02/1873 MM MM MM MM MM
02/02/1872 MM MM 0.00 MM MM | 02/02/1872 MM MM MM MM MM
 
 
 
 
 


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