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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published January 04 2013

Weather Talk: Year ago today, record of 55 degrees was set

A year ago today, it was a Thursday for the record book. After recording a high of 41 degrees the previous day – which tied the record for Jan. 4 last set in 2001 – even warmer air moved into the area.

With the lack of snow cover, abundant sunshine and a favorable west wind, the temperature soared into the 50s. The official high that day at Hector International was 55 degrees. Not only did that shatter the record for the day, which was previously just 40 degrees, it also surpassed the record for the warmest temperature in the month of January since 1881.

On Jan. 20, 1908, the temperature reached 54 degrees locally, and that high stood untouched for more than 100 years before it was broken a year ago today.

Another record was broken the following day, when the high reached 44 degrees. Then two more records were broken on Jan. 9 and 10, making for five record highs or ties in a week.

January 2012 finished tied as the fourth-warmest on record.

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