Really, really cold

2015 february daily average temperature through February 18

The average temperature for each day this February (dark blue) compared to the 30-year "normal" average temperature for the date. The gap between the bars for each date is known as the "snot-freezing difference." (OK, that last part is made up.)

You know what's better than complaining about the weather? Complaining about the weather with numbers.

As the NWS Albany office pointed out today, this February has been unusually cold -- so much so that, at average temperature of 12.7 degrees, it's on pace to be the second coldest February on record and the fourth coldest month on record. (In this case, the records date back to 1820.)

Here's another answer to the how-cold-has-it-been question: This February has had just two days when the high temperature was 32 degrees or higher.

Of course, things could change over the next week. The high temp on Sunday is forecasted to be 38 -- HEAT WAVE. But then on Monday... 16.

Temperature data via NWS Albany.

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