Weather Talk: A February cold snap is akin to an August heat wave
Another round of cold weather is headed our way early this week.
An exasperated cold weather hater asked why we are still getting cold weather this late in the winter. After all, he pointed out, the daily average highs are rising day by day.
Actually, the fact that the average highs are in the 20s now, whereas they were in the teens a few weeks ago, does not suggest that the weather should be warming up. Rather, it suggests that the historical frequency of cold or subzero weather is lower in late February.
In other words, it can still get very cold in February and even March, but those really bitter cold spells do not happen as often as in January.
It's the same in summer. The weather is usually past its hottest when school starts in late August, but the occasional late August, early September heat wave does happen.