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  1. February Northern Ireland's wettest month ever... and more rain's on way

    Walkers battle with wind and rain in Belfast during Storm Ciara

    Walkers battle with wind and rain in Belfast during Storm Ciara



    It's not over just yet, but February is the wettest month ever in Northern Ireland since records began, according to weather experts.

    Met Office figures show that the total rainfall between February 1 and 25 was 195.1mm.

    With an average monthly total of 83.5mm at the Met Office's 20 measuring points across the country, this was 234% of the typical average February rainfall.

    Northern Ireland's previous wettest February was in 1990, when an average of 194.4mm of rain fell.

    Prior to that the record dated back as far as 1923, when an average of 178.3mm was recorded.

    Rainfall in some western areas of Northern Ireland in February was approximately 160% of the monthly average.

    Counties Fermanagh and Tyrone were the wettest parts of the province, with Co Down seeing the least amount of rainfall.

    Despite the heavy deluges, temperature-wise Northern Ireland enjoyed a fairly mild month, with an average daily maximum reading of 7.8C.

    The average monthly maximum temperature for the province is 7.4C.

    The Department for Infrastructure said "significant" rainfall in recent weeks left water levels higher than normal in lakes and watercourses.

    Water levels in Lough Neagh are currently at the highest since the south shore flooded four years ago, causing extensive damage.

    Business owners voiced anger at "poor management" of the lough after more flooding this week. They said the Department for Infrastructure should be lowering the lough in late October or early November ahead of storms and heavy rainfall.

    The latest weather data comes as forecasters warn of more bad weather set to hit Northern Ireland this weekend.

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  2. As snow blankets Juárez, commuters cheer clear U.S.-Mexico border crossings

    Lauren Villagran
    Published 1:07 PM EST Feb 5, 2020

    The borderland woke up to a rare snowfall and a minor miracle on Wednesday: nearly empty international bridges at rush hour. 

    Juárez residents posted photos of snowy car hoods and clear customs lanes in a Facebook group dedicated to the bridge report. Commuters were exuberant, posting messages like:

    "One car to cross!"

    "Santa Teresa, 0 line to cross, the road is in good shape!"

    "Free bridge, 8 a.m., just one car in line"

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 10-minute wait times through 8 a.m. at the downtown Santa Fe bridge, Bridge of the Americas, Zaragoza bridge and Santa Teresa crossing — instead of the usual one- to two-hour waits.

    Juárez roadways were wet and icy. The city's El Diario newspaper reported that authorities closed a highway — the Panamerican that runs to Chihuahua City — due to icy conditions and reported a seven-car crash with only minor injuries.

    Juárez residents woke up to snowfall on Wednesday morning, Feb. 5, 2020.
    courtesy Gerardo Becerra

    Snow dusted the city's iconic red X, a monument along the border highway made by scultper Enrique Carbajal González, better known as "Sebastián."

    El Diario reported that public schools would remain open, but it was left to the discretion of parents whether to bring their children. 

    Juarez residents woke up to snow on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
    courtesy Natalia De La Cruz

    Lauren Villagran can be reached at lvillagran@elpasotimes.com.

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    El Paso, Juarez weather:

    Seven car accident shuts down part of I-10, other crashes reported as snow hits El Paso

    More snow in the Sun City? Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for El Paso, borderland area

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