February going down as second snowiest on record

Thursday, February 28, 2013 | 9:43 a.m. CST; updated 4:04 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 28, 2013

COLUMBIA — This month will go in the record books as the second snowiest February in Columbia since 1890.

Ben Miller, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in St. Louis, said  Columbia Regional Airport measured a total of 20.5 inches of snow in February, behind the 23.3 inches the city received in February 2011. 

February snowfall was even higher at Sanborn Field at MU, Miller said, with a monthly total of 21.5 inches.

All of the snowfall came in the second half of the month, Miller said. 

"There was not even a trace of snow until that first big event," Miller said. "Not even a snowflake."

After 2011 and 2013, the other snowiest Februaries were: 20.2 inches in 1993; 20.1 inches in 1900 and 18.0 inches in 1905.

Miller also said this was the ninth wettest February on record with 3.86 inches of precipitation, 1.66 inches above the average. The wettest February was in 1982, and it would take an additional 3 inches of rain to break that record. 

That isn't going to happen, Miller said.


Thursday’s snowstorm brought more than 10 inches of snow, followed by Tuesday’s storm, which brought an additional 9 inches. The two storms made it the fourth snowiest February in Columbia’s history and the second snowiest this century.  Graphic by Malory Ensor

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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