2014: Year in Review- February

Development
February was not a super busy month for residential development, as is often the case during the dead of winter, but still offered plenty to be excited about.
-Local business Café Brioso announced plans to expand to Franklinton, in another showing of the newfound popularity of the the downtrodden neighborhood. http://www.columbusunderground.com/cafe-brioso-expanding-to-east-franklinton-cw2014
-Strongwater Food and Spirits opened up in Franklinton as well.
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2014/02/11/dining-spot-emerges-in-young-arts-complex.html
-Work continued on revitalizing the long-declined Metro West apartment complex on the West Side behind Westland Mall.
http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2014/02/11/demolition-of-408-metro-west-apartment.html
-A new 4-story, 16-unit apartment building was first proposed for 40-42 W. 3rd Avenue in Victorian Village. As part of the development, the 19th century home on the site would be renovated as well. The site is here: http://goo.gl/maps/y5M1I
-The first renderings for the 7-story, multi-building Hubbard Park Place project in Victorian Village were released here: http://www.columbusunderground.com/wood-companies-unveils-hubbard-park-place-renderings-bw1
-And we heard about the task force that would begin a study to determine the feasibility of a Downtown-Port Columbus passenger rail line. Yay! http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-task-force-will-explore-airport-downtown-rail-connection
-Also on the transportation end, Lyft announced it would begin car-sharing service in Columbus. http://www.columbusunderground.com/lyft-launching-in-columbus-bw1
-Dublin’s Bridge Street Corridor plan got another boost with the announcement of the 392-unit Tuller Flats residential development. http://www.columbusunderground.com/castos-bridge-street-district-proposal-calls-for-392-units-bw1

Economy/Other
-It was announced that 2013 had been a busy year in terms of housing construction.
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2014/02/05/central-ohio-builders-were-busier-in-2013.html
-The Columbus Metro posted an unemployment rate for the month at 5.5%, down half a point from January and down 1.1 points from February 2013.

Weather
February continued the historic winter of 2013-2014. The 15.9″ of snow that fell during the month was the 6th snowiest on record, and the 7.1″ that fell on the 4th was the 7th highest daily February total since 1879. Even more, the 7.1″ daily was part of a 2-day single storm that produced the 3rd largest February snowstorm at 10.6″.
Temperatures for the month were also cold, coming in 6.9 degrees below normal. This was the 20th coldest February of all time.

February Precipitation Records- 1879-2012

Top 20 Wettest Februarys
1. 1893: 7.65″
2. 1887: 6.48″
3. 1883: 6.18″
4. 1890: 6.12″
5. 1882: 5.94″
6. 1891: 5.42″
7. 1990: 5.15″
8. 1910: 5.05″
9. 1909: 4.97″
10. 1884: 4.95″
11. 1981: 4.60″
12. 1881, 1903: 4.44″
13. 1956: 4.33″
14. 1988: 4.26″
15. 2011: 4.25″
16. 1939: 3.92″
17. 2008: 3.88″
18. 1965: 3.76″
19. 1955: 3.73″
20. 1897: 3.71″

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Top 20 Driest Februarys
1. 1978: 0.29″
2. 1968: 0.38″
3. 1907: 0.43″
4. 1902, 1947: 0.51″
5. 1987: 0.59″
6. 1895, 1941: 0.64″
7. 1983: 0.74″
8. 1958: 0.82″
9. 1992: 0.85″
10: 1937: 0.87″
11. 1901, 1932: 0.88″
12. 1963: 1.01″
13. 1977: 1.02″
14. 1889: 1.06″
15. 1906: 1.08″
16. 1917: 1.09″
17. 1920: 1.12″
18. 1969: 1.17″
19. 1934: 1.18″
20. 1886: 1.26″

Top 20 Greatest February Daily Precipitation
1. 1891: 2.18″
2. 1890: 2.16″
3. 1975: 2.15″
4. 1909: 2.05″
5. 1882: 1.94″
6. 1990: 1.72″
7. 1893: 1.62″
8. 1981: 1.58″
9. 1887: 1.55″
10. 1910: 1.47″
11. 1929: 1.44″
12. 1988: 1.42″
13. 1883: 1.41″
14. 1884: 1.40″
15. 1948: 1.37″
16. 1959: 1.33″
17. 1908: 1.32″
18. 1945: 1.31″
19. 1918: 1.30″
20. 1936, 1974, 2011: 1.22″

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Top 20 Snowiest Februarys
1. 2010: 30.1″
2. 1910: 29.2″
3. 2003: 26.3″
4. 1914: 19.9″
5. 1979: 16.5″
6. 1894: 15.8″
7. 1967: 15.6″
8. 1993: 14.6″
9. 1934: 13.2″
10. 1961, 2007: 13.1″
11. 1885: 13.0″
12. 1985: 12.5″
13. 1971: 12.3″
14. 1893: 12.0″
15. 1929: 11.4″
16. 1964: 11.3″
17. 1903: 11.1″
18. 1984: 10.8″
19. 2008: 10.7″
20. 1940: 10.5″

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Top 20 Largest February Daily Snowfalls
1. 2010: 9.7″
2. 1971, 2003: 8.9″
3. 1910: 8.2″
4. 1893: 7.5″
5. 1984: 7.2″
6. 1948, 1979: 6.7″
7. 1967: 6.4″
8. 2007: 5.9″
9. 1911: 5.8″
10. 1895: 5.5″
11. 1914, 1929: 5.3″
12. 1894: 5.2″
13. 1965: 5.0″
14. 1993: 4.9″
15. 1881, 1903: 4.8″
16. 1951, 1972: 4.7″
17. 1912, 1940: 4.5″
18. 1961: 4.4″
19. 1904, 1906: 4.3″
20. 1913, 1923, 1934, 1977: 4.2″

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Top 20 Greatest February Snowstorms of All-Time
1. 2003: 15.5″
2. 1910: 15.0″
3. 2010: 10.4″
4. 1971: 9.9″
5. 2010: 9.7″
6. 1914: 9.6″
7. 1984: 9.5″
8. 1903: 8.7″
9. 1934: 8.4″
10. 1893> 7.8″
11. 1948. 7.4″
12. 1883: 7.3″
13. 1895, 1979: 7.0″
14. 1967: 6.9″
15. 1894, 1985: 6.6″
16. 1885: 6.3″
17. 1911, 2007: 6.2″
18. 1912: 5.6″
19. 1929: 5.3″
20. 1993: 5.2″

February Temperature Records 1879-2012

February Cold

Top 20 Coldest February Means

1. 1978: 16.6
2. 1979: 19.3
3. 1885: 19.4
4. 1895: 21.1
5. 2007: 21.2
6. 1905: 22.0
7. 1934: 22.1
8. 1963: 22.4
9. 1899: 22.6
10. 1902: 23.2
11. 1912: 23.4
12. 1901, 1914: 23.5
13. 1947: 24.1
14. 1936: 24.4
15. 1904: 24.7
16. 1958: 24.9
17. 1980: 25.2
18. 1968: 25.7
19. 1967: 25.8
20. 1917: 25.9

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Top 10 Coldest Daily February Highs

1. 1899: -7
2. 1895: -2
3. 1912, 1951: 4
4. 1933, 1996: 6
5. 1885, 1886, 1905, 1917: 7
6. 1896, 1903, 1965, 1988, 1993: 9
7. 1904, 1963, 1971: 10
8. 1958, 1979: 11
9. 1889, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1934, 1936, 1943, 1947, 1982, 2007: 12
10. 1881, 1914, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1995: 13

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Top 10 Coldest Daily February Lows

1. 1899: -20
2. 1951, 1977: -13
3. 1885, 1963: -11
4. 1918, 1948, 1985: -10
5. 1895, 1905, 1917, 1934: -8
6. 1900, 1912, 1936, 1965, 1979, 1982: -7
7. 1933, 1972: -6
8. 1886, 1898, 1904, 1978: -5
9. 1902: -4
10. 1906, 1958, 1995, 1996: -3

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Top 5 Februarys with Most 32 or Below Highs

1. 1978: 26
2. 1979: 19
3. 1902, 2007: 18
4. 1901, 1980: 17
5. 1895, 1904, 1936, 1947: 16

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Top 5 Februarys with Most 32 or Below Lows

1. 1901, 1916, 1934, 1963, 1968, 1972, 1978: 28
2. 1885, 1905, 1914, 1920, 1947, 1964, 1970, 1988, 2004, 2010: 27
3. 1879, 1895, 1904, 1907, 1910, 1917, 1924, 1936, 1960, 1962, 1967, 1969, 1979, 1993, 2003, 2007: 26
4. 1889, 1900, 1908, 1912, 1913, 1935, 1941, 1974, 1980, 1995: 25
5. 1902, 1923, 1928, 1937, 1942, 1948, 1952, 1955, 1959, 1977, 1994, 2006, 2008: 24

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February Heat

Top 20 Warmest February Means

1. 1882: 41.8
2. 1890: 40.6
3. 1998: 40.5
4. 1930: 40.4
5. 1932: 39.6
6. 1880: 38.8
7. 1954: 38.7
8. 1938: 38.1
9. 1927: 37.8
10. 1925: 37.6
11. 1984, 1990, 2000: 37.5
12. 1976: 37.4
13. 1884: 37.3
14. 1999: 37.0
15. 1891, 1961, 2012: 36.9
16. 1931, 1992: 36.8
17. 1949: 36.6
18. 1957: 36.5
19. 1887: 36.4
20. 1909, 1997: 36.2

Top 10 Warmest February Highs

1. 2000: 75
2. 1999: 74
3. 1957: 73
4. 1883, 1937, 1961: 72
5. 1996, 1997: 71
6. 1930, 1932, 1939, 1976, 2012: 70
7. 1925, 1954, 1984, 1994: 69
8. 1891, 1918, 1922, 1938, 1945, 1972: 68
9. 1911, 1921, 1950, 1983, 1990: 67
10. 1890, 1898, 1900, 1906, 1917, 1927, 1985, 1989, 2001, 2009: 66

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Top 10 Warmest February Lows

1. 1891: 57
2. 1997: 56
3. 1880, 1930: 55
4. 1890, 2000, 2008: 54
5. 1932, 1954: 53
6. 1957: 52
7. 1883, 1988: 51
8. 1887, 1922, 1938: 50
9. 1925, 1975, 1981: 49
10. 1882, 1884, 1911, 1944, 1984, 1996: 48

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Top 5 Februarys with Most 70 or Above Highs

1. 2000: 2
2. 1883, 1930, 1932, 1937, 1939, 1944, 1957, 1961, 1976, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2012: 1

Top 10 Months with the Greatest Temperature Range in Degrees (Monthly Max to Minimum)

1. 1899: 80
2. 1918, 1951: 78
3. 1985: 76
4. 1948: 75
5. 1917, 1972, 1996: 74
6. 1900: 73
7. 1895, 1936: 72
8. 1898, 1944: 71
9. 1904: 70
10. 1906, 1961, 1965, 1976: 69

February 2010 Snowstorms x4 Part #2

February 2010’s second snowstorm came just 3 days after the major event on the 5th-6th. This second low pressure system tracked from Louisville, Kentucky and then up along I-71 to Cleveland. Even though the track was through the heart of the state, the majority of the precipitation in most areas was snowfall. This storm followed so closely on the heels of the February 5th storm that the cold air it had brought down was still in place on the 9th. This allowed for snow despite the far north track.

Snow began in Columbus in the early morning hours of the 5th and continued into the 6th. Snowfall rates reached their peak in the late morning hours of the 5th, falling at 1/2″ per hour at times, but never quite reached the intensities of Storm #1. While some parts of the state had 7-8″, the Columbus area had 5-6″, about half of what it got in Storm #1. Still, cleanup from the first storm was still ongoing, and this latest snowfall severely complicated the process. Traffic and airport delays were common, and many schools were cancelled. Snow depths in Franklin County reached 10-16″ after the storm.