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September 23, 2018

January Weather Was Below Average


OSWEGO, NY – January 2015 was a “below average month,” according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

The average temperature last month was a brisk 20.2 degrees.

A squirrel hunkers down in a small maple tree on a sunny but freezing January afternoon.

A squirrel hunkers down in a small maple tree on a sunny but freezing January afternoon.

That is 3.4 degrees colder than average, but Gregway said, “I thought it’d a bit lower than that. We had 2 below zero readings.”

The highest temperature was 51 degrees on the 4th and the lowest was -5 degrees on the 14th.

The high temperature hit 51 degrees once and 40 degrees once.

The overnight low was 32 degrees or warmer 6 times.

The mercury dipped to zero or colder 4 times.

There were no records broken.

January’s precipitation wound up at 2.32 inches. That is 1.47 inches below average. And, so far, for the year, the figures are the same.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 1.12 inches on the 3rd and 4th.

Snowfall, rather surprisingly, came in way below average, Gregway noted.

January’s total snowfall was 29.9 inches. That is 19.8 inches below where it should be.

The greatest snowfall in a 24-hour period was 7.1 inches on the 8th and 9th.

For the winter, at the end of January, total snowfall was 72.2 inches. That is 20.5 inches below normal.

During January, there was snow pellets on 2 occasions, ice pellets on 2 occasions and freezing rain on 2 occasions, Gregway said.

There were 16 days of measurable precipitation, with 9 of them in a row – the 1st through the 9th.

There were 4 days of a trace.

And, there were 11 days with no measurable precipitation. Three of them were consecutive.

The area received 30 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 11 percentages above average.

The number of cloudy days, 25, was 1 above average.

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

The number of clear days, 2, was average.

There were no thunderstorm days, which is average.

There were 2 foggy days and that is 2 above average.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.79 on the 13th and the lowest was 29.45 on the 24th.

January was quite the windy month, Gregway said.

“We had winds over 20 mph on 10 days,” he said. “It was windy and that made things feel a lot colder at times.”

The strongest winds were west-northwesterly greater than 40 mph on the 5th.

There were west-northwesterly winds around 40 mph on the 16th and greater than 30 mph on the 7th, he added.

January 2014 was 2.8 degrees colder than average. And, no records were broken.

Total precipitation was 2.72 inches.

Snowfall stood at 52.5 inches; and for the winter it was 91.8 inches.

There was one thunderstorm and no foggy days.

January 2014 had 1 occasion each of snow pellets, ice pellets and freezing rain.

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

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

January 1978 is the wettest – 8.43 inches. The driest is 1921 – 0.60-inch.

The most snowfall in January is 120.3 inches in 1978. The least is 3.9 inches in 1921.

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