From January 2014 to the fourth Wednesday of February 2014, the effects of the extreme cold weather started to fade away as temperatures in all four observed cities increased. The monthly average temperature rose in Chicago by five degrees Celsius (C) to -11C, in Raleigh by four degrees to 6C, in New York by 3 degrees to -1C, and in Sacramento by 1 degree to 13C. The city of Chicago stayed frozen for almost all of February.
In all observed cities except for Sacramento, February 2014 was colder than the two-year average. Comparing the past two-year average of February temperatures to this year’s February 2014, this year’s February felt colder than the two-year average in Chicago by 6 degrees, in Raleigh by 1 degree, and in New York by 2 degrees. On the other hand, Sacramento city continued to experience a milder winter, as the past two-year temperature average in this city for February was 2 degrees lower than that of February 2014.