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January 2012 Was Rather Mild, But Wet

OSWEGO, NY – January 2012 goes into the record books as a walk on the mild side, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

The average temperature last month was 30.5 degrees. That is 6.9 degrees warmer than average, according to Gregway.

snowplow on east albany street
Except for a couple big spurts last month, there wasn't really that much snow for a snowplow to plow.

“That’s not really a big deal,” he said. “It’s not even in the top 5. Maybe it’s in the top 10, but we’ve had a lot warmer.”

The warmest January on record is 35.8 degrees in 1880.

That’s followed by 35.7 degrees in 1932, 33.9 degrees in 1933, 33.4 degrees in 2006, 33.2 degrees in 2002, and 32.7 degrees in 1950.

The highest temperature for January 2012 was 50 degrees on the 1st.  The coldest was zero on the 15th.

That was the only zero, Gregway said, adding there were no new records set last month. There were no temperatures below zero.

“We had 1 day of 50 degrees or higher and 15 days where it was 40 degrees or above with a streak of 5 days in a row (9th to 13th),” Gregway said. “There were 8 times when the high was 32 degrees or below; only 8 – in January! That included a run of 4 days in a row from the 19th to the 22nd.”

The overnight lows fell into the single digits only 3 times in January.

“It was not a cold month,” Gregway said. “Definitely, not a cold month.”

Total precipitation for the month came in at 4.87 inches. That is 1.08 inches higher than average.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 1.09 inches on the 27th.

“That 1 day took us above average,” Gregway observed. “We did have some biggies – all rain and not snow. We had 0.80-inch on the 12th, 0.75-inch on the 13th and 0.38-inch on the 30th.”

Total precipitation for the year is also 4.87 inches, which is 1.0 inch above average.

Snowfall last month was 36.8 inches. That is 12.9 inches below where it usually is.

The greatest snowfall in a 24-hour period was 10.0 inches on the 13th. On the 20th we received 6.0 inches and on the 30th we received 7.2 inches.

For the winter, total snowfall stands at 46.3 inches. That is 46.4 inches below average.

The area received measurable precipitation on 22 days with a pair of 9 days in a row streaks.

A trace fell on 5 days and no precipitation fell on 4 day, 2 were consecutive.

There were no thunderstorms or foggy days.

Snow pellets fell 6 times and ice pellets 3 times. There was no glaze or freezing rain.

The area received 28 percent of the possible amount of sunshine in January. That is 9 percentages above average.

The number of cloudy days, 26, was 2 above average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 3, was 2 below average.

The number of clear days, 2, was average.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.60 on the 15th and the lowest was 29.20 on the 13th.

There were 9 days when the wind speeds were greater than 20 mph and 2 when it was greater than 50 mph. The highest winds were west-northwesterly at greater than 55 mph on the 17th and west-southwesterly at greater than 50 mph on the 28th.

The warmest January on record is 35.8 degrees in 1880. The coldest is 13.6 degrees in 1920.

The highest temperature in January is 69 degrees in 1906 and 1950. The lowest is -22 degrees in 1904.

January 1978 is the wettest (8.43 inches) and 1921 is the driest (0.60-inch).

The most snow ever in January is 120.3 inches in 1978. The least is 3.9 inches in 1921. “You can see how those dates couple with the dates for the wettest and driest,” Gregway pointed out.

January 2011 had an average temperature of 22.7 degrees with a high of 52 and a low of -11.

The total sunshine was 18 percent.

Precipitation last year was 0.48-inch below average. Snowfall was 32.8 inches above average; and 119.7 inches for the winter at that point.

It was the 5th snowiest since 1899.

There were 2 readings of below zero temperatures and only 1 in the 50s.