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February 2005 Weather Summary

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February 2005 was a month of two halves, although by weather type it was more like a month of three thirds.The first third was dry and mild throughout. A much-anticipated northerly fizzled out by the time of its anticipated arrival on the 6th, and there was a mix of dull dry days and sunny dry days.The middle third of the month featured a northerly which many of Net-weather's membership were pinning their hopes on, hoping for snow. Indeed, the northerly produced a remarkable amount of shower activity, but the Arctic was unseasonably warm, and the northerly brought just near average temperatures. Surprising was the fact that sleet and snow fell widely at temperatures of 5-7C. There was another, more potent cold snap around the 19th/20th, but it snowed only in the east. Sunshine was in good supply in the Lancaster area during the middle third of the month.I largely missed the snow during the last week, although there were a couple of tiny dustings. The 21st-24th were dominated by sunshine and wintry showers, but then the rest of the month was rather dull.The month averaged 58% according to my percentage system- not spectacular, but it was the highest score for any month since September 2004.

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