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Washington only state with below average temps in February

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Did February feel wetter and colder than usual?

It wasn’t your imagination.

The National Centers for Environmental Information released data Wednesday showing that last month was the second-warmest February in the United States, but Washington got below-average temperatures and was wetter than usual.

Here’s what you should know:

▪ 39 states had warmer-than-usual temps and 16 had record warm temps. Washington is the only state with lower-than-normal temps.

▪ 11,743 daily high temperature records were set or tied, compared with 418 daily low records.

▪ Five states were much wetter than usual — Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

▪ The warmest February in 123 years of keeping records was 1954 at 41.4 degrees. Last month’s average temp in the contiguous United States was 41.2.

A full report is expected to be released Monday.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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