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2,805 Record Highs Across US in February

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Blake Wolf, of Grand Rapids, watches his tee shot at Quail Ridge Golf Club in Ada, Mich., golfing in unseasonably warm winter temperatures. (AP Photo/Allison Farrand)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 09:43 PM

Winter is on a spring break.

There have been 2,805 record high temperatures set across the country in February, compared with just 27 record lows, according to The Washington Post.

The starkest change has been in the Midwest, where the Great Lakes are practically ice-free, and in Chicago, record high temperatures were set on four consecutive days between Friday and Monday, the Post reported.

The temperature could reach 70 degrees Wednesday as well in the Windy City, the Post reported.

"The NORMAL high in Chicago does not reach 70 degrees until May 15th, which underscores how unusual this warmth truly is," a WGN weather blog explained.

Other Midwestern cities are also basking in the unusual warmth, including Milwaukee and Madison, Wis., which have both broke records over the past several days.

"Only twice in 130 years in Green Bay have we seen Feb temps reach 60º. The forecast calls for 2 this week," tweeted Jeff Last, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Green Bay, Wis.

According to the Post, some of the records already set have occurred in:

  • La Crosse, Wis., tied its all-time February record high of 65 on Sunday.
  • Moline, Ill., set its all-time February record high of 74 on Sunday.
  • Omaha set daily record highs Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • St. Cloud, Minn., tied its all-time February record high of 59 on Saturday.
  • Milwaukee and Detroit just missed, by one degree, tying all-time February record highs Saturday.

The warm temperatures have meant snow and ice levels are near historic lows, the Post reported.

Snow covered a mere 16.5 percent of the Lower 48 states Tuesday morning, the second lowest amount since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began keeping records in 2004. Only last year's 16.1 percent, on this date, was lower, the Post reported.

Chicago will log its 67th straight calendar day Wednesday without receiving one inch of snow, its longest such snow drought on record.

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