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February was hotter & wetter than average
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February was hotter & wetter than average

It wasn’t just you (and those springlike days) — climate change was here in February

Climate change is making Philadelphia hotter and wetter. This past February was no exception.

The average temperature was 3.8° above normal, and the 2.87 inches of precipitation was 104% of the normal amount, according to a new analysis from Climate Central.

Philadelphia is heating up more rapidly than other cities. It was the fifth-warmest location in February out of 180 locations monitored by Climate Central.

Overall, this past month is an ongoing pattern as a signal of climate change. February has been warming up 4.6° on average since 1970.

february 2022 climate central

In addition, the February lows are becoming less common. Wintertime lows are an average of 8.1° warmer since the 1970s.

What’s likely going to happen in March? You guessed it, more warming.

Cover photo by Dyana Wing So on Unsplash


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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

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