EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The talk of the town lately has been about just how warm and balmy it has been this winter season in East Texas. After all, many of us have been having to flip back and forth between the heaters and air-conditioning, with the air conditioning getting the heavier workload.
In the weather world, we define meteorological winter as the three month period from December through February. That way, our record keeping can be consistent from year-to-year and it gives us a definite start date and ending point for our weather records when it comes to keeping tabs on temperatures and precipitation.
Now that meteorological winter is now complete and the data has been calculated, we can now release two statistics that are startling, but not necessarily surprising.
According to the National Weather Service office in Shreveport, this February will go down as the second warmest February on record for Lufkin, which is our station of record in Deep East Texas. When you take each day's high and low temperature and average it out over the twenty-eight day period, it ended up being 61.7°, which is nine degrees warmer than normal. The warmest February on record was all the way back in 1932, when the average temperature for February was 62.1°.
Furthermore, this winter season ended up being the third warmest on record for Lufkin, with an average temperature of 56.9°, which is 6.3° warmer than normal for the three month period.
Lufkin and areas in Deep East Texas were not the only airport observation sites going in the record books with this winter warmth.
Both Tyler and Longview just endured their warmest February on record and also recorded their warmest winters on record as well. The city of Houston had their warmest winter on record, too, with twenty-two days with temperatures in the 80's during that three month span.
It should be noted that records go all the way back to the early 1900's.