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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published January 06 2014

Weather Talk: Current harsh weather compares to January 2011

The last time temperatures were as cold as they have been the past couple of days was in January 2011. The winter of 2010-11 was our fourth straight colder-than-average winter, and the month of January that year was particularly harsh.

From Jan. 15-23, 2011, the temperature was well below zero each day, with many of those mornings in the minus 10s and minus 20s. The coldest day was on Jan. 21 when the low was minus 27 degrees, the coldest of that winter. The high that day recovered nicely to minus 2 in the afternoon, mainly because of the arrival of clouds and some extremely fluffy snow – 0.7 inches was measured that day, but it only contained 0.01 inches of liquid. The snow was so airy that you could see the pavement of your driveway through the snow that fell.

That month recorded numerous dustings (accumulations under 1 inches) and finished with an average temperature of just 2.3 degrees. Sound familiar?

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