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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published February 03 2014

Weather Talk: January not severely cold from historical perspective

Last month was the 59th-coldest January on record. Most people will be surprised by this statistic. The average temperature last month was 4.4 degrees, which is only 4.9 degrees below average.

Since records started in 1881, the average temperature in January has been below zero on 32 occasions, which is nearly one year in four. For some additional perspective, the recent Januaries of 2011, 2009 and 2004 all finished colder than this year. Although it was a noticeably cold January, it was not severely cold from a historical perspective.

Precipitation in January was right at the average. Total snowfall in January was 9.7 inches, very close to the current average of 11.2 inches.

Perhaps more important is the liquid equivalency contained in that snow. Last month, 0.77 inch of liquid was melted from the 9.7 inches of snowm which is right near the January average of 0.70 inch.

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