Coldest February in Downtown Los Angeles since 1962, California

Coldest February in Downtown Los Angeles since 1962, California

February 2019 has been a very cold month across all of southwestern California. With just 4 days remaining in the month, February 2019 ranks as the coldest February in Downtown Los Angeles since 1962.

In Downtown Los Angeles, the average daily mean temperature for the month through the 24th is 11.8 °C (53.3 °F), or 3.1 °C (5.6 °F) below the normal average daily mean temperature for February, which is 14.9 °C (58.9 °F), NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard reported February 25.

Even more noteworthy, the average high temperature for the month in Downtown Los Angeles has been just 15.8 °C (60.6 °F). That is a full 4.4 °C (8 °F) below the normal average high temperature for February, which is 20.3 °C (68.6 °F).

In Downtown Los Angeles, both the average daily high temperature for the month of February and the average daily mean temperature for the month of February are the lowest since those recorded in February 1962.

During that month, the average high temperature was just 15.4 °C (59.8 °F), the lowest for any February ever.

The months of February with the lowest average high temperatures in Downtown Los Angeles are listed below.

Rank Year Average High (C / F)
1 1962 15.4 °C (59.8 °F)
2 1911 15.6 °C (60.2 °F)
3 1887 15.7 °C (60.4 °F)
4 2019* 15.8 °C (60.6 °F)
5 1922 16.1 °C (61.1 °F)
  1919  
  1980  
8 1909 16.3 °C (61.4 °F)
9 1891 16.3 °C (61.5 °F)
10 1949 16.4 °C (61.6 °F)

* If the current forecast is correct, the average high temperature will likely rise about 0.5 ° C (1 ° F) by the end of the month. 

The highest temperature on any day this month so far in Downtown Los Angeles has been 20.5 °C (69 °F), on February 12.

There has never been a February since records began in Downtown Los Angeles in July 1877, during which the temperature has failed to reach the 21.1 °C (70 °F).

Based on the current forecast, this may be the first February in 141 Februaries without a high temperature of at least 21.1 °C (70 °F).

It would also be the first such month in over 80 years, since January 1937, and the 6th such month in history without a 21.1 °C (70 °F).

The other months with high temperatures failing to reach 70 °F were December 1889, January 1890, March 1912, January 1916 and January 1937.

Elsewhere across the region, average high temperatures for the month of February 2019 are among the lowest ever recorded at many stations.

Temperatures during the next 4 days will not be as low as they have been for much of this month, so average temperatures are likely to edge upward in most areas.

A detailed summary of average daily high, low and mean temperatures for selected cities, and their rankings will be issued within a few days of the end of the month.

Source: NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard

Featured image credit: William Reed

Comments

SierraHotel 9 months ago

And the UK is having the warmest February ever! This isn't global warming, ask the Inuit, the planet's tilt has increased.

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