February 2015 was one for the record books in the Northeast — the coldest month ever for multiple upstate New York cities and the snowiest month ever for Boston.
The National Weather Service reported that the average temperature of 10.8 degrees and the average maximum temperature of 19.8 degrees in Auburn during February both set new low marks since records began to be tracked in 1897. The normal high average in the city is 34.1 degrees and the average temperature is 24.3 degrees.
That cold also translated into a record low for heating degree days, which at 1509 was well above the normal of 1140. Heating degree days are a daily measure of how many degrees the average temperature was below 65.
Auburn also broke its February snowfall record, which topped out for the month at 62.3 inches, compared with a normal February of 23.1 inches.
Art DeGaetano, director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, says Buffalo, Syracuse and Ithaca shivered through their coldest month on record. February's average temperature was 10.9 degrees in Buffalo, beating the 1934 record of 11.4. The monthly average was 9.0 in Syracuse and 10.2 in Ithaca.
Boston's 64.8 inches of snow easily beat the city's 2003 record February snowfall of 41.6 inches. DeGaetano says if Boston gets 5.6 more inches before the end of May, it'll be the snowiest winter on record.
DeGaetano says February temperatures in the Northeast were the farthest below normal of anywhere on Earth.