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Easier records to break?

29 Feb 2012 05:54 AM
Leap day presents an interesting aspect of climatology. In some cases, the date is ignored. In others, the date is given an average of Feb 28 and Mar 1. Some people think that since there have been fewer overall days since record keeping started, that the extremes on leap day would be some of the easiest to break. The featured chart presents these extremes along with the three days before and after. For temperature, values are not that much different than neighboring days. Precipitation tells a different story with the peak amount appearing to be easier to break (a much lower amount). Would you like to guess the reason for this?

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