February 2018 ended up warmer and wetter than usual. Temperatures averaged about 4 degrees above the long-term average while precipitation was a third of an inch above average.
The first half of the month was mainly dry and warm with lots of sunny days and highs in the 50s. Starting around Feb. 14, a series of storms produced cooler readings and some decent moisture. Almost all of the precipitation for the month fell in two storms, one on Feb. 14-15, with another one on Feb. 21-22.
The warmest reading for the month was 59 degrees, reached on four days in the first 10 days of the month. The coldest low was 9 degrees on Feb. 23 and 26.
Daseler is a retired senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service who lives in Taos.