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February –Average Month

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Dauphin Brandon

Winnipeg

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The weather page is prepared by Daniel Bezte. Dan has a BA Honours degree in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He has taught climate and weather classes at the U of W, and is a guest climate expert on CJOB’s morning show with Larry Updike. Daniel runs a computerized weather station on his 10 acres near Birds Hill Park, which he plans to develop into a small vegetable and fruit hobby farm.

Daniel welcomes questions and comments at [email protected]

After the warm start to 2010, things cooled down a little bit in February. While February actually ended up a little cooler than January, overall it was a pretty average month. We saw some cold temperatures, some nice mild temperatures, and some snow.

The coldest temperatures dur ing February came in two fairly short-lived cold snaps. The first cold snap started the month with overnight lows on Feb. 1 dropping below -30C in several locations. Temperatures then moderated and pretty much all of agricultural Manitoba saw nice, pleasant winter weather with highs warming into the -7 to -12C and lows around -20C. We then saw another short cold snap Feb. 23 and 24, when once again several locations saw overnight lows dip below -30C.

Dauphin ended up being the warm spot and the only location that actually came in right on average. Dauphin’s mean monthly temperature for February came in unofficially at -13.5C, which is pretty much bang on the long-term average. Both Winnipeg and Brandon came in around -14.0C which was around 0.5C below average. When I classify a month as either below, near, or above average, coming within 0.5C of average would place that month as average.

Most of the precipitation fell during the first 10 days with several smaller snowfalls adding up. By the end

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Daniel Bezte

Daniel Bezte is a teacher by profession with a BA (Hon.) in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He operates a computerized weather station near Birds Hill Park.

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