Record-Breaking February


For many in western Wisconsin, February can be summed up in just a few words.

“Terrible,” said Samantha Kapellusch, a UW-L Sophomore.

“Insane,” chimed in Alex Rodriguez, of La Crosse.

But it was also record-breaking.

In both Eau Claire and La Crosse, the total snowfall record for February was broken.

A month that officials from the National Weather Service say has been unprecedented.

“Very unusual. I mean we haven’t seen a winter like this, especially the month of February like this, for many years. We’ve broken many records already,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist John Wetenkamp.

In La Crosse, 31.1 inches of snow have fallen over the past 28 days, just edging out the previous record from 1959.

In Eau Claire it was not close, shattering the previous record of 28.2 inches by nearly double, with 53.7 inches of snow.

“I think it’s incredible, but not in a good way,” said Kapellusch.

La Crosse has not gone more than three days without measurable snow.

In the month of February alone, the Coulee Region has seen 72 percent of the winter season’s snowfall.

“I think it’s just too much snow. I know the snow crews in La Crosse have been working really hard and I want to thank them, and I’m sure the rest of the community also does. But I think, I don’t know where we’re going to put all this snow. It’s pretty nuts,” said Rodriguez.

But it has also been unseasonably cold, with temperatures dipping below zero nine days this month, and La Crosse not hitting 40 degrees since Feb. 4.

People are ready for spring.

“I’m looking forward to maybe getting above 40 degrees. Maybe getting rid of some of this snow, a little melt off. Maybe some sunshine, maybe some birds chirping,” said Rodriguez.

But officials caution the beginning of March could bring much of the same.

“The outlook is for a 90 percent chance of well-below normal temperatures,” said Wetenkamp.

But as we get closer to spring, it’s time to turn the page on a memorable, yet forgettable, February.

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