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Monthly Review February 2021


The month of February was compared to the 1961-1990 climate reference period despite a
pronounced cold spell in the first half of the month, it was still 0.2 degrees too warm.
The cause was an abnormal period of warm weather in the second half of the month.
The sun shone for a total of 98 hours. This corresponds to a clear increase of 24

The sum of all individual precipitation measurements reached 31.2 in Coswig in February
mm. The monthly total thus corresponded to 94% of the normal value for February. we
thus registered a winter month that roughly corresponded to the normal value.
At this point, it would not go far enough just to look at the rather average mean values
the air temperature or total precipitation and sunshine duration
to point out. This winter month comes along as a new record month, what the
Extremes, but especially when it comes to temperature contrasts. At the DWD weather station
Garsebach near Meissen, the air temperatures rose from -21.6 °C within a few days
+20.5 °C on February 24 – there has been an increase of no less than 42 degrees Celsius since
The start of weather recordings in our region has never been given (Fig. 1).

The snow depths were also considerable and for many children this was a real challenge
new phenomenon. Added to this is that "blood snow" to everyone's astonishment
(orange coloring due to Sahara dust). Even during the extremely warm period after
For a few days after February 20, the sky was decidedly "hazy", although again
Sahara dust was the cause (Fig.2). Incidentally, the Amazonas also lives from this dust
rainforest; the dust contains important nutrients such as iron and phosphorus. Our
Garden lovers can look forward to this rare and special gift from above.
As in January, the topsoil* remained sufficiently moist. the thawing
Snow water was very good at penetrating the unfrozen ground, the deeper layers
however still not reached. In our region remains the extraordinary
Drought of the entire soil* (due to the still severely dried out deeper
soil layers) remain unchanged.


Fig.1: Temperature curve in February 2021 at the DWD station in Garsebach near Meissen


Fig.2: Sahara dust clouds the sun on February 24, 2021 also in Steinhausen/Baden-
Württemberg (Photo: Martin Küchler)

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