Our dreary February is perking up as we have had the sunniest stretch of the month. Five of the past seven days have offered more sun than clouds. The month still has produced only half the normal sunshine, and only one month in the past 12 had a surplus in sunshine — last November.
You can feel it! The February sun is getting stronger! We are on our way to spring in 23 days, while it may be a few more weeks out, the sun strength is two times stronger in late February than it was on December 21. Stronger sun is hanging on longer too. By the time the weekend ends, we will have gained one hour and four minutes of daylight since February 1.
We will start Friday frosty and cold, but more sunshine is in the forecast Friday! Skies will be brightest early afternoon before an onset of high clouds late day and evening.
The clouds that stream into the state later Friday afternoon and evening may produce some patchy light rain overnight and pre-dawn Saturday. The rain coverage looks light, and sunshine will emerge for a fine Saturday afternoon. Showers are expected to be more area-wide come Sunday, but the story will be the temperatures.
In a month that spent 14 consecutive days below freezing, we close February with afternoon temperatures a full 10-degrees above normal. With projected highs in the mid-to-upper 50s, this will be the warmest weekend in central Indiana since mid-November.