January’s Weather Was ‘Pretty Close To Average’

OSWEGO, NY – January’s weather was “pretty close to average, all things considered.”

The average temperature last month was 25.0 degrees. That’s 1.4 degrees above normal, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

The highest temperature was 51 degrees on the 25th and the lowest was -6 degrees on the 30th.

There were no new records set, Gregway added. But, the -6 reading was the coldest it has been since it hit -9 degrees on Jan. 28, 2005. It also reached -14 degrees on the 22nd of that month.

There were 2 days when the temperature slipped below zero; the other being -1 degrees on the 10th.

The mercury stuck in the single digits on 2 days also.

“Since Jan. 2 through Jan. 14, the high was below freezing,” Gregway said.

Only once did it get higher than 50 degrees and it was 40 degrees or above 2 times.

The overnight low was above 32 degrees 4 times.

Precipitation last month was 3.51 inches, which is just 0.38-inch below normal.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 1.25 inches on the 25th.

For the year, the precipitation stands at 3.51 inches, which is just 0.38-inch below normal.

There were 20 days of measurable precipitation, with streaks of 4 and 6 days in a row, Gregway said.

There was a trace on 4 days and 7 days saw no precipitation, with 3 being consecutive.

January’s snowfall was also pretty close to average, Gregway said. The month had 50.5 inches. That’s 0.8-inch above average.

The greatest amount of snow in a 24-hour period was 9.5 inches on the 3rd.

For the winter season the snowfall total at the end of January was 78.4 inches.

That is 14.7 inches below where it should be.

“There were 10 consecutive days (Dec. 28 – Jan. 6) of snowfall,” Gregway said. “From 10 p.m. Jan. 1 to 10 p.m. Jan. 3, we received 17 inches of snow. And, in 6 consecutive days (Jan. 1-6) of snowfall, we received 30.7 inches.”

The area saw 18 percent of the possible amount of sunshine last month. That’s 1 percentage below average.

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

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

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

There were no thunderstorms, which is normal.

January did see 2 foggy days, which is 2 above normal.

There were snow pellets on 2 days, freezing rain on 1 day and 1 day with frozen fog, Gregway pointed out.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.38 on the 30th and the lowest was 29.08 on the 25th.

The strongest winds were west-northwesterly at greater than 40 mph on the 28th. There were 6 other days where the winds got up to the 20-25 mph range, Gregway said.

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

The highest temperature recorded in January is 69 degrees (in 1906 and 1950); the lowest is -22 degrees in 1904.

The wettest January on record is 8.43 inches in 1978. The driest is 0.60-inch in 1921.

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

“This January was pretty close to average, all things considered,” Gregway said. “January 2009 was 3.7 degrees colder than average.”

The precipitation in 2009 was 0.03-inch below average, but the snowfall for the winter was 141.1 inches at the end of January (48.4 inches above average), he added.