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Precipitation .2 short in February


March 14, 2019

Actual precipitation total for February at the NRCS station in Colfax was charted as 1.79 inches which is two-tenths below the 1.99 average for the month and continues the string of below-normal months.

The late snow storms started in February and the tally at the station could have been off because the cold, dry snow could have blown off of the gauge.

Measured precipitation actually hit .85 over three days before the middle of the month, with .45 inches on Feb. 4, .16 on Feb. 12 and .24 on Feb. 13.

The Feb. 13 reading also logged four inches of new snow on top of two inches which had collected earlier in the month.

Third highest precipitation reading for the month was .22 on Feb. 28 which was also marked as a snow day.

The .2 shortage for February follows a .73 shortage for January precipitation for the winter which started out mild.

This leaves a shortage of .93 for the first two months of the year. That follows a 2.45 total below the norm for the last four months of 2018.


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