FOR THE MONTH (FEB. 29) 70.0(DEG)AVERAGE THIS MONTH 53.1(DEG)
30-YEAR AVERAGE 46.1(DEG)
RECORD (FEB. 25, 1986) 73.0(DEG)
30-YEAR AVERAGE 8.4"
RECORD (1922) 37.2"
FOR THE MONTH (FEB. 3) 18.0(DEG)
AVERAGE THIS MONTH 29.4(DEG)
30-YEAR AVERAGE 23.5(DEG)
RECORD (FEB. 6, 1949/1989) -20(DEG)
30-YEAR AVERAGE 1.58"
MOST IN 24 HOURS (FEB. 16) 0.52"
FEBRUARY RECORD (1980) 4.46"
Records set at Provo (BYU) weather station.
FEB. 29: Record-high temperature, 70. Previously 63 in 1988.
Record monthly average temperature of 41.3 degrees. Previously, 41.1 in 1907.
Utah weather highlights
FEB. 1-4: Temperature inversions were the rule the first two days of February with dense fog in several areas during the night and early morning. However, canyon winds developed and scoured the valleys in the early morning hours of the 3rd, reaching their greatest intensity during the evening of that day. Some gusts: 56 mph, Centerville/Brigham City, and 53 mph, Hill Air Force Base.
FEB. 10-14: The first significant precipitation in more than a month was a bonus for the ski resorts and water watchers. However, on the afternoon of the 12th, six people were caught in an avalanche in the Gold Basin area, located about 25 miles southeast of Moab. Four died and two others managed to free themselves from the massive snowslide. Snowfall was 32 inches at Alta; 36 at Brighton; and 20 at Brian Head. Water numbers (in inches) were impressive: Alta, 2.38; Snowbird, 2.06; Brighton, 2.4; Duck Creek, 2.72; and Provo-BYU, 1.1.
An automatic gauge in the Pine Valley Mountains in southwestern Utah noted 5 inches of precipitation during this period, with 4.72 inches recorded at Tenneco Mines; 1.53 inches at St. George; and 2.36 inches at Leeds, Washington County. The Virgin and Santa Clara rivers were reportedly very high during the period.
FEB. 15-17: Another beneficial storm blanketed mainly the southern part of the state and the northern mountains/Wasatch Front. Alta recorded 26 inches of snow; Brian Head, 28; Bountiful, 10; and Holladay, 7. Water amounts: Brian Head, 2.28 inches; Hurricane, 1.27; Alta, 1.83; Holladay, 0.69; and Leeds, 0.94.
FEB. 20-21: Cold air moved into the state with thunder, gusty winds, hail and lighting, which caused power outage in portions of Davis and Weber counties. Alta got 11 inches of snow containing 1.2 inches of water, while Brighton logged 9 inches of snow.
FEB. 22: 1,500-foot-wide snowslide hit an area a half mile from Snow Basin ski resort. Heavy snow during morning brought traffic to a standstill for a time on Parleys Summit in Parleys Canyon. The snow forced some truckers to stop in the middle of I-80 to install chains. Hail fell in portions of the Salt Lake Valley during the evening, and 5/8-inch diameter hail covered the ground in Milford.
FEB. 29: Many Utah weather stations "leaped" into the record books with the hottest leap year day on record. Some of the stations were: Provo/BYU, 70; Salt Lake, 66; Brigham City, 63; and Delta, 67.
Some February precipitation totals: Alta, 7.13 (93 percent of normal); Brigham City, 1.82 (109 percent); Bryce Canyon, 2.59 (249 percent); Milford, 0.32 (43 percent); Richfield, 0.31 (50 percent); Salt Lake City, 1.24 (93 percent); and Zion National Park, 3.05 (178 percent).
Source: BYU weather station