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February snowfall lowest on record

Warren Cameron, 8, of Mars, swings at Adams Township Community Park on Monday afternoon. Shane Potter/Butler Eagle

February in the Pittsburgh region set a record for the lowest snowfall in more than 150 years — but more could be on the way, according David Shallenberger, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.

“February did set a record for snowfall,” Shallenberger said. “We ended up with 0.2 inches of snowfall for the month of February — that is 11.5 inches below normal, and it is the least-snowy February on record.”

The records, Shallenberger said, trace back to 1870, even though the location in which they are recorded has changed during the last 153 years. Since 1952, he said, they have been recorded at Pittsburgh International Airport.

“Then it was at the Allegheny County Airport from ’32’ to ’52,” Shallenberger said. “And then, before that, it was downtown. The downtown records start all the way back from 1870.”

While the location of the recordings could affect measurement, Shallenberger said this winter, so far, ranks as the “12th least-snowy winter” on record.

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