Temperature Goes Backwards in February at Indianapolis

For 2006 the average temperature between February and January fell 7.5 degrees…the 8th greatest fall of record.  A similar drop occurred in the year 1880 /6.8 degrees/.  This January was the warmest since 1880 at Indianapolis .  The last time February was more than 7 degrees colder than January was in 1989 /-9.1 degrees/.  The record is 1914 with a 12.8 degree drop.  

 Typically the average temperature from January to February increases 4.7 degrees.  Because winters in Indiana can vary widely in temperature…it is not a surprise that for 40 of the 135 years of record…the month of February has been colder than January.  Two years had no difference and the other 93 had a February warmer than January.

The following table lists the 10 years when February was more than 6.5 degrees colder than January.

   Year   Jan    Feb  Feb-Jan
  ----   ----    ----  -------

  1914   34.7    21.9   -12.8

  1947   33.7    22.5   -11.2 1934   34.0    23.5   -10.5   1989   36.3    27.2    -9.1 1923   34.6    26.1    -8.5   1933   39.2    31.0    -8.2

  1913   35.1    27.4    -7.7 2006   39.8    32.3    -7.5   1889   34.3    27.0    -7.3 1880   45.0    38.3    -6.7

Normal 26.5  31.2     4.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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