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Local Weather Data

A resident of the Bryant Creek watershed contributes local weather data, gathered using a LaCrosse Model WS-2310-11 wireless weather station, from the wooded ridgetop near Brixey, MO where she lives. Statistics are given for both the Brixey area and National Weather Service (NWS) data for comparison. The NWS historical data is from West Plains Municipal Airport, West Plains, MO. Temperature is measured in degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall is measured in inches.

Geographic coordinates:
Our ridgetop in Brixey, MO: 36 degrees 44" 4' North, 92° 19" 7' West, elevation 1050 feet.
West Plains, MO: 36 degrees 52" 45' North, 91° 54" 18' West, elevation 1004 feet.
Springfield, MO: 37 degrees 14" 23' North, 93° 23" 23' West, elevation 1300 feet.

February 2003 Weather Data

Average high temp. for Feb 2003: 44.08 deg NWS historical avg. high temp. for Feb: 49.3 deg
Average low temp. for Feb 2003: 23.76 deg NWS historical avg. low temp. for Feb: 24.4 deg
Total precipation for Feb 2003: 4.42 in. (13.25 in. snow) NWS avg. total precipitation for Feb: 3.00 inches

Our mean (high/low average): 33.92 degrees.
Our average February precipitation over the last 12 years: 3.87 inches.

The historical February mean for West Plains is 36.9 degrees; this February's mean was 34.3 degrees; total precipitation for February was 3.58 inches, including 15.7 inches of snow.
The historical February mean for Springfield is 37.1 degrees; this February's mean was 33.7 degrees, with total precipitation of 3.73 inches, including 14.1 inches of snow (normal precipitation is 2.28 inches).
West Plains set a new record daily high temperature for February 3rd with 71 degrees; the old record of 65 degrees was recorded in 1953.
On February 24 and 25 both Springfield and West Plains set new records for the lowest daily high temperature, Springfield with 20 and 21 degrees, and West Plains with 28 and 23 degrees.
And at the end of February the winter of 2002-2003 had become the 4th snowiest season on record for this part of Missouri.

Daily stats for February 2003:

 DATE  NWS AVG. TEMPS. OUR HIGH TEMP. OUR LOW TEMP. OUR PRECIP. 
1 45/21 63.7 24.4 None
2 46/22 72.1 37 None
3 46/22 71.2 *33.3 None
4 46/22 41.5 21.7 None
5 46/22 40.1 15.8 None
6 47/22 35.1 *21.0 .55 inch (5.0 inches snow)
7 47/23 21 5.9 None
8 47/23 40.8 -1.7 None
9 48/23 33.4 23.4 .15 inch (2.5 inches snow)
10 48/23 43 *25.5 None
11 48/23 53.2 25.7 None
12 49/24 52 27 None
13 49/24 58.8 23.7 .2 inch rain
14 49/24 56.7 44.6 1.0 inch rain
15 49/24 58.8 *25.7 None
16 50/25 24.8 21 .15 inch (.3 inch frozen prec.)
17 50/25 37.9 22.2 None
18 50/25 54.5 18.8 .19 inch rain
19 51/25 48 *32.6 .87 inch rain
20 51/26 39.3 25.8 None
21 51/26 48.5 36.5 .3 inch rain
22 52/26 44.7 *33.2 .54 inch rain
23 52/26 33.4 *25.7 .38 inch (5.5 inches snow)
24 52/27 29.1 *12.5 None
25 52/27 25.7 9.6 0.01 inch (.25 inch snow)
26 53/27 33.9 18.5 None
27 53/28 34.7 26 0.08 inch mixed frozen precip.
28 53/28 38.4 29.8 None

*Low temperature recorded at 11:59 p.m.

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