February ’96

Local weather types are trotting out this month, fifteen years ago, as being the last time it was this cold. And indeed, it started out chilly:

  • 1st: low 12, high 20.
  • 2nd: low 8, high 20.
  • 3rd: low 0, high 12.
  • 4th: low -3, high 31.

But here’s the punchline: the average temperature for February 1996 was more than three degrees above average. Two reasons why:

  • 21st: low 43, high 82.
  • 22nd: low 44, high 92.

I’m telling you, after yesterday’s foot of snow and the untimely demise of my snow shovel — cheap sumbitch couldn’t take the strain — I’m ready for some 90s. Or at least 80s.


  1. fillyjonk »

    2 February 2011 · 9:29 am


    I’d much rather have temperatures in the teens in February than in the 90s. Ow my head. I can’t even imagine how it feels going from typical “cold” February up to the 90s and then back down.

  2. Tatyana »

    2 February 2011 · 10:45 am

    FJ: I can. Once I went to Miami in 1st week of March. The temp.in NY was in the 40s, in South Beach – 85F…

  3. Nicole »

    2 February 2011 · 11:03 am

    Yeah, weather like that would play hell with my sinuses. Those 40+ degree swings from day to day always give me a sinus migraine.

  4. CGHill »

    2 February 2011 · 11:21 am

    A friend of mine is in Florida this week, mostly for work purposes, though she mentioned that she’d been to Haulover Beach near Miami. I wept. (Well, not really, but I could have.)

    Today at Calgary, it’s in the 30s.

  5. nightfly »

    2 February 2011 · 11:53 am

    An 80-degree swing in three weeks IN FEBRUARY is just sick.

  6. CGHill »

    2 February 2011 · 12:12 pm

    February, historically, has offered the greatest range of temperatures in this town. At the other end of the spectrum from that 92 was the -17 posted on 2/12/1899. In no other month is there a 100-plus difference between monthly record high and monthly record low.

    One of those You Should Live Here! surveys rates climate harshness, not unreasonably, on the basis of temperature difference between dead of winter and heat of summer. OKC does not look good on this scale: mid-January average of 36, mid-July average of 83. (Compare San Diego: winter 58, summer 73.)

  7. Lynn »

    2 February 2011 · 1:47 pm

    With apologies to all the migraine sufferers, I’m looking forward to that next temperature swing. 92 might be a bit much but another 77 like we had last Saturday would be lovely. Remember last Saturday? What difference three days makes.

  8. CGHill »

    2 February 2011 · 2:19 pm

    If only. At the moment, it doesn’t look like we’ll see 50 (which is technically the “normal” high this time of year) any time soon.

  9. ms7168 »

    3 February 2011 · 8:46 am

    2-22-96 I was returning from a vacation and as we approached Oklahoma City the Captain came on and said it was currently 92 degrees and we couldn’t believe it.

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