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January 2014 Was Colder, Snowier But Drier Than Average

OSWEGO, NY – January 2014’s temperature was down. But, even though the snowfall was above average, the total precipitation was below average overall.

The average temperature last month was 20.8 degrees. That is 2.8 degrees below average, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

With snow you also get icicles from the rooftops in Oswego. Photo courtesy of Beth Clark Photography.
With snow you also get icicles from the rooftops in Oswego. Photo courtesy of Beth Clark Photography.

“It was a down month, temperature-wise,” he said. “But we didn’t set any records.”

The highest temperature of the month was 50 degrees on the 11th and the lowest was -5 degrees on the 23rd.

There was just a single day when the temperature was in the 50s (on the 11th) and 5 days when it was in the 40s and 5 when it was 33 degrees or above.

There were 20 days when it was 32 degrees or colder and 6 when it was zero or below – including 3 days in a row.

The overnight low was 32 or below 28 times in January.

Total precipitation for the first month of 2014 came in at 2.76 inches.

That’s 1.03 inches below normal, Gregway said.

“There wasn’t a lot of moisture in the snow we received,” he explained. “It was very dry.”

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 0.41-inch (all rain) on the 6th.

“We also had 0.40-inch on the 11th. Again, all rain” he added.

For the year, precipitation stands at 2.76 inches – 1.03 inches below average.

There were 25 days of measurable precipitation, with streaks of 12 and 7 days in a row.

There were no days with just a trace and 6 days with no precipitation, including a 3-day consecutive streak.

Total snowfall for January came in at 52.5 inches. That is 2.8 inches above average.

The greatest snowfall in a 24-hour period was 10.5 inches on the 2nd.

A squirrel finds a treat in the deep snow last month
A squirrel finds a treat in the deep snow last month

At the end of January, total snowfall for the winters is 91.8 inches. That is just 0.9-inch below average.

There was 1 thunderstorm day, which is 1 above average.

January had no foggy days. That is average.

Snow pellets were recorded once, as was ice pellets and freezing rain (early on the 15th).

The area received 20 percent of the possible amount of sunshine in January. That is 1 percentage above normal.

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

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

The number of clear days, 1, was 1 below average.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.65 on the 9th and the lowest was 29.22 on the 11th.

“We had a lot of windy days last month,” Gregway observed. “We had 10 days where it was 20 mph or more.”

The strongest was west-southwesterly on the 6th at greater than 40 mph.

It was westerly at 40 mph on the 27th and in the 30 mph range on a few other days, Gregway said.

The mainly west-southwesterly winds resulted in a bit less snow, he added.

“The roughest day we had was the 27th when the artic cold front went through. It was near blizzard conditions with aero visibility at times,” Gregway said.

The temperature for January 2013 was 28.5 degrees and in 2012 it was 30.5 degrees.

This January was the coldest since 2009 when it was 19.9 degrees, Gregway pointed out.

January 2013 was 4.9 degrees warmer than average.

There were only 2 below zero lows and 1 day (the 30th) when it was 61 degrees.

Total precipitation was 2.15 inches and the snowfall was 21.4 inches. For the winter, snowfall was 56.3 inches, which is 36.4 inches below average.

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

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

January 1978 holds the honor of being the wettest – 8.43 inches. That is thanks in large part to that year also holding the dubious honor of snowiest – 123.0 inches.

The driest January is 1920 with 0.60-inch.

The January with the least snow is 1921 with 3.9 inches.