With all the talk about another "hot" year few mention that not all areas are experiencing this. One of the aberrations has been the mid-west and eastern parts of this country. How about Harrisburg? Here are the temperature deviations from normal at HIA so far this year.
Total shows this year 4.8º colder than average. However since April each month has been warmer than average, so spring and summer have been warmer than average, especially May and September.
Etters —a mostly rural area in York County, is across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania State Capital. As early as 1838 a post office was established at Henry Etter's tavern. Henry Etter became the first post master. It is believed this is where the post office, located in Goldsboro, got its name. (Information from Goldsboro post office documents.)
Snow today, Tuesday, 5" already here by noon, less to the north. After this the bottom drops out of the numbers, with around zero likely by Sunday morning. Another snow possible early next week, then looks like turning milder again toward the end of next week.
Looking at February-
It starts out at 38 degrees for the average high, and rises 7 degree to 45 degrees by the end of the month. The average low starts at 23, and rises 5 degrees to 28 by the end of the month.
The record high is 78, in 1997. The record low is way too cold, at -13 way back in 1899.
The average precipitation is 2.88".
The wettest January was 5.93" in 1981.
The average snowfall is 10.1", the snowiest was 42.1" in 2010. No repeats please...
Looking back at January -
January temperatures were near normal, the average of the highs and lows 0.5 degrees below normal. The average high was 38.4, the average low was 20.4 degrees.
The highest temperature was 58 on the 10th, the lowest was 5 degrees on the 25th.
Heating degree days were 1,094, 6 above average. Total is now 2,468, 621 less than average.
Snow was the big story, with the record breaking 30.2" on the 22nd and the 23rd. That equated to 2.95" of liquid, giving a total of 4.95" for the month, 1.75" above normal.
There were 4 clear days, and 9 cloudy days.
Information from the NWS Harrisburg preliminary monthly data.