FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — It’s safe to say that it has been an absolutely frigid February.
The last time the thermometer at the Fort Wayne International Airport rose above 32 degrees Fahrenheit was on February 4, 2021.
The high that day was 35 degrees Fahrenheit.
Do you remember how warm that feels?
The high temperature in Fort Wayne has been at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit for 13 days straight.
Impressive yes, but it isn’t a record by any means.
That record goes to a frigid stretch that lasted 37 consecutive days.
The cold blast started on December 28, 1976 and it lasted until February 2, 1977.
In that stretch, the coldest high temperature was 2 below zero which was registered on January 16, 1977.
The coldest low temperature was a brutal 16 below zero on January 17, 1977.
The temperature will remain at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit in Fort Wayne for at least 3 more days.
That would make this a 16 day stretch.
Depending on how you slice it, you can consider it the 9th longest stretch with multiple dates tying or it is the 23rd longest stretch if each date had its own rank.
Needless to say, February 2021 has had 14 days of below average temperatures registered at the airport.
With a monthly average temperatures of 16.3 degrees Fahrenheit, it is ranked as the 5th coldest February on record.
The top spots go to 1978 (11.8°), 1979 (14.8°), 15.7° (2015) and 16.1° (2007).
Things will start to improve in the temperature department once Sunday rolls around.
We will likely drop from the 5th spot as highs are expected to finally “warm” above the freezing mark and remain that way to round out the month of February.