February 2017 Climate Summary – NWS
March 6th, 2017
This likely comes as no surprise but the National Weather Service Office in Paducah confirms this past February was a very warm month across the region, with temperatures running 8 to 10
degrees above normal. In fact, Paducah, Evansville, and Cape Girardeau all established their warmest February on record. Daytime highs in the 60s and 70s were fairly common. Average
temperatures for the month finished right near what you would expect in a typical March. Evansville tied their all-time record high for the month of February, reaching 79 degrees on the 24th.
The region was also drier than normal, with the most notable area being mainly north of the Ohio River across southern Illinois and southwest Indiana and also over into portions of southeast
MO. Snow was basically nonexistent with no measurable snow falling for the whole month for most communities including Paducah and Evansville. The month ended with a bang, as a significant
severe weather event unfolded on the evening of the 28th. Damaging winds, hail, and numerous tornadoes were reported with this event.