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January 2013 Was Warmer Than Average, But ‘No Big Deal’

OSWEGO, NY – January 2013 goes into the record book a lot warmer than average.

That’s no big deal, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

In some places, outside the Port City, the temperatures really took a nosedive. At the weather station, the official low for the month was 'only' -3 degrees
In some places, outside the Port City, the temperatures really took a nosedive. At the weather station, the official low for the month was ‘only’ -3 degrees

The average temperature last month was 28.5 degrees. That is 4.9 degrees above average, Gregway said.

“Last January, we were 6.9 degrees above average. And that was only good for 13th warmest,” he pointed out. “So, 4.9 degrees, nah, that’s no big deal.”

The highest temperature was 61 degrees (a new record for the date) on Jan. 30. It was also the day when it was in the 60s.

The lowest was -3 degrees on the 24th.

There was 1 day when it was in the 50s (59 degrees on the 13th). It was in the 40s 4 times.

The low dipped to zero or below 2 times last month. The overnight low was in the teens 5 times and in the single digits 3 times.

It was 32 degrees or warmer on 5 nights, Gregway added.

Total precipitation for the month was 2.15 inches. That is 1.64 inches below average.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 0.50-inch on the 31st with 0.47-inch on the 30th right behind.

Total precipitation for the new year is also 2.15 inches and 1.64 inches below average.

Snowfall for January came in at 21.4 inches. That is 28.3 inches below normal.

Cindy Stone shared this photo of a snow-covered spider web.
Cindy Stone shared this photo of a snow-covered spider web.

For the winter season, snowfall stands at 56.3 inches at the end of January.

That is 36.4 inches below where it should be, Gregway noted, adding, “It’s not the Januarys we had during the winters back in the 1970s.”

January saw 17 days of measurable precipitation and 8 days with no precipitation. There was just a trace on the other 6 days.

There were no thunderstorms last month, which is average.

January saw 1 foggy day and that is 1 below normal.

We experienced snow pellets 3 times, ice pellets 3 times and freezing rain once last month.

The number of cloudy days, 27, was 3 above average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 4, was 1 below average.

The number of clear days, none, was 2 below average.

The area saw 16 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 3 percentages below average.

Dorine Hanevy shared this photo of wind swept Lake Ontario in late January.
Dorine Hanevy shared this photo of wind swept Lake Ontario in late January.

Damaging winds were recorded on the 20th and 31st.

The strongest winds were westerly on the 20th measured at the college at 61 mph, Gregway said.

“We also had west-northwesterly winds at 40 mph on the 31st,” he added.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.57 on the 10th and 30.55 on the 27th. The lowest was 20.09 on the 31st followed by 29.16 on the 30th.

January 2011 was rather close to last month’s figures, Gregway said.

“It was mild and dry with not much snow,” he said. “Overall, it was rather similar to last month.”

The warmest January is 1880 with an average temperature of 35.8 degrees. The coldest is 13.6 degrees in 1920.

The highest temperature in January is 69 degrees in 1906 as well as 1950. The coldest is 1904 when the temperature plunged to -22 degrees.

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

January 1978 also saw the most snow – 120.3 inches and 1921 had the least amount of snow (3.9 inches).