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February 2015 is third-coldest February on record

The Bryant Park Fountain was frozen on Feb.

The Bryant Park Fountain was frozen on Feb. 20, 2015. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary

When the haters say "why do you complain about February weather every year, it's always cold," 2015 provides you with the best response: This was the coldest February since 1934.

That's right: February 2015 is the third-coldest February on record, according to the National Weather Service. With an average temperature of 24.1 degrees (brr), February 2015 came up just 3 degrees short of the record, 19.9 degrees, set in 1934. We've compiled a list of the coldest Februarys on record in Central Park:


Coldest Februaries on record:


February 1934, 19.9 degrees:

The coldest day in the history of NYC was Feb. 9, 1934. Temperatures dipped to 15 degrees below zero at Central Park, according to the National Weather Service, 8 degrees below what the temperature had been the day before (the fourth coldest day in the history of the city). What's more, the temperature never even topped 7 degrees. Six people died, dozens were treated for carbon monoxide poisioning after trying to heat up their cars and more than 40 policemen were treated for frostbite, according to The New York Times.

What must have made a miserably cold month even worse, taxi drivers went on strike on Feb. 5, 1934, leading to riots that shut down the city and injured dozens, according to the city.

February 1885, 22.7 degrees:

1885 was a record-breaking year across the East Coast. Washington D.C. had record-cold temperatures and it was one of the snowiest winters in Albany. Although no individual day broke any records in NYC, the recorded average temperature for the month was just 22.7 degrees.

What made a bad situation probably worse, March 1885 stayed cold, with an average temperature of just 30.6 degress, the third-coldest March on record. Please don't let that happen this year, Mother Nature.

February 2015: 24.1 degrees:

Oh February 2015. What can be said other than brr? Even The New York Times used the famous Samuel Beckett quote "I can't go on, I'll go on" to describe this month.

Hey, at least NYC isn't Boston, right? Boston had a record 94.4 inches of snow in the month, topping the all-time record of 58.8 inches. And March really is just around corner--and Staten Island Chuck says there will be an early spring. Please be right, Chuck, please. For all of us.

February 1895: 24.5 degrees:

February 1895 was so cold that The New York Times wrote the headline "Geologists Think the World May Be Frozen Again."

At least the summer of 1895 was pleassant. The sixth-coldest July on record was in 1895, with an average temperature recorded as a lovely 72.6 degrees.

February 1905: 24.8 degrees:

Record cold temperatures were record in the Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas (we're not printing them because they make our temperatures look not so bad) in what was known as the Ice Gorge, when the Mississippi River froze "solid," according to reports. But the East Coast was not immune to the cold snap, with February becoming the third-coldest Feburary on record at the time.


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