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Coldest Month On Record In Westport Freezes Sherwood Island's Landscape

The evergreens near the coastline at Sherwood Island State Park are in sharp contrast to the bright sky, white snow and Sound waters.
The evergreens near the coastline at Sherwood Island State Park are in sharp contrast to the bright sky, white snow and Sound waters. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A bare tree is stark against the background of the setting sun at Sherwood Island.
A bare tree is stark against the background of the setting sun at Sherwood Island. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A few reeds blow in the wind at the state park in Westport.
A few reeds blow in the wind at the state park in Westport. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The waters of Long Island Sound are crisp but cold. Water temperatures are approaching freezing.
The waters of Long Island Sound are crisp but cold. Water temperatures are approaching freezing. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Sunset at Sherwood Island State Park
Sunset at Sherwood Island State Park Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The picnic tables won't get much use in the winter.
The picnic tables won't get much use in the winter. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Sherwood Island State Park, the oldest state park in Connecticut, is open year round.
Sherwood Island State Park, the oldest state park in Connecticut, is open year round. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Footprints show that visitors have been at Sherwood Island State Park despite the cold temperatures and snow.
Footprints show that visitors have been at Sherwood Island State Park despite the cold temperatures and snow. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Sunset at Sherwood Island
Sunset at Sherwood Island Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Snow fences do their job.
Snow fences do their job. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Sunset at Sherwood Island
Sunset at Sherwood Island Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The path is clear near the pavilion.
The path is clear near the pavilion. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Sunset at Sherwood Island
Sunset at Sherwood Island Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Sunset at Sherwood Island
Sunset at Sherwood Island Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Are you feeling frigid from the bone-chilling temperatures experienced in the past few weeks across Fairfield County?

There's a a good reason for that. It wasn't just cold, and it wasn't just cold for February. The big chill across the area set a new record for the coldest average monthly temperature at the official record-keeping spot in Bridgeport, according to the National Weather Service.

The average temperature for February 2015 at Bridgeport was 19.9 degrees. This broke the old record for the coldest average monthly temperature for February, set in 1978 with an average temperature of 24.1 degrees.

This also broke the record for the all-time coldest average monthly temperature of 21.9 degrees set in January 2004.

The frigid temperatures across Fairfield County, combined with heavy snowfall, left behind a frozen landscape. You may be sick of the snow in your driveway, but the pictures at Westport's Sherwood Island State Park makes a spectacular scene.

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