All graphics courtesy of USDA, NOAA, Department of Commerce
An active but disorganized weather pattern led to widespread, generally light precipitation until week’s end, when merging systems contributed to a major Northeastern winter storm. The Feb. 8-9 storm struck hardest across southern New England, where impacts of the blizzard included power outages and severe travel disruptions. Even as the Northeastern storm was still winding down across New England, a second major storm began to unfold across the nation’s mid-section. The latter system brought some drought relief but also increased livestock stress and brought travel disruptions from the central Rockies into the Upper Midwest.
Across the remainder of the country, precipitation was mostly light. Scattered weekly totals in excess of 2 in. were confined to the South and East, primarily from the central Gulf Coast into parts of the Carolinas, and in southern New England. Little or no precipitation was observed on the High Plains, in large sections of the West, and across Florida’s peninsula. Warmth accompanied the dryness on the High Plains, where weekly temperatures commonly averaged more than 10°F above normal. Meanwhile, cold conditions lingered from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast, and gradually returned to the West.