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February Was Colder But Winter Temperatures Were Normal

average temperatures for the winter, December through February.
National Weather Service, Quad Cities
average temperatures for the winter, December through February.

February was colder but with less snow than during a normal year.

The National Weather Service reports the average temperature in the Quad Cities was 24.4 degrees, about two degrees colder, while in Dubuque the average last month was 19.8 - three degrees below normal.

February snowfall in both was about 4 inches less than normal.

For the winter, which the National Weather Service considers to be December through February, the Quad Cities average temperature was 25.5 degrees, just about normal for the area. In Dubuque, it was just half a degree colder than in a normal year, at 21.5 degrees.

And snowfall during the winter was far below normal - 11 inches less than in a normal year based on records dating back to 1991.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.