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February weather much better than last year in Lincoln
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February weather much better than last year in Lincoln

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A woman walks a dog at Oak Lake Park on Wednesday as temperatures reached into the 40s. 

What a difference a year makes.

Last year, Lincoln experienced one of the coldest and snowiest Februaries on record, with more than 23 inches of snow and an average temperature more than 10 degrees below average.

This February was warmer than normal, with snowfall that was well below average. The temperature was 2.3 degrees above average, and the 1.6 inches of snow were 4 inches below normal and the lowest amount for the month since 2006.

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The total precipitation of 0.13 inches also made it the driest February since 2006 and the 12th-driest February in recorded history.

March is starting off much better than last year, too.

March 2019 started off with five straight days of highs below freezing and 10 days in a row below 40 degrees.

If the current forecast is correct, counting Sunday, this March will start off with highs in the 60s on six of the first eight days.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for a high in the low 60s Tuesday and Wednesday, mid to upper 50s Thursday and Friday and upper 60s on both Saturday and Sunday. The extended forecast from Accuweather predicts highs in the 50s and 60s to continue through at least March 15.

Last March also started off with more than 6 inches of snow in the first week.

Though a few snow flurries fell Monday morning in Lincoln, there is no measurable snow in the forecast anytime soon. If no snow falls the rest of the season, 2019-2020 will tie 1921-22 for the fifth-lowest amount of snow.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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