No records, but warmth repeats: January 2012 in review

January 2012 is the 10th month in a row where temperatures have been above normal to well above normal for Syracuse. March 2011 is the last time temperatures were just about normal (-0.3°). Read ahead and then leave a comment at the bottom of this web page and your opinion on our Facebook page here. The official weather data regarding Octoberâ??s temperatures and precipitation is in the books. Letâ??s break down the numbers from Syracuse Hancock International Airport for the month of January.

If you averaged all of the high and low temperatures and compared them to normal, then January 2012 was well above normal. The mean temperature, which is the average of all of the high temperatures and low temperatures from the month, was 31.1°. That was 7.5° warmer than normal. The average high temperature was 39.4°. The average low temperature was 22.9°.

The warmest weather occurred in spurts with 50° or higher on 7 different days (January 1, 6, 7, 17, 23, 24, 31). The warmest day was January 31st at 56°.

The coldest stretch of weather occurred on January 14th, 15th, and 16th when minimum temperature reached 3°, -5° and -1° respectively and daytime highs were 27° and 15° for the 14th and 15th.

Other temperature notes for January:

â?¢ There were only 4 days where average temperature was 5° below normal.

â?¢ Conversly, there were 21 days where the average temperature was 5° above normal.

â?¢ There were 16 days where the average temperature was 10° above normal.

â?¢ There were 10 days where the average temperature was 15° above normal.

â?¢ There were 4 days where the average temperature was 20° above normal.

January precipitation was above normal for liquid precipitation, but below normal for snowfall. A look at the raw numbers shows that Syracuse received 3.88â?? of rain and melted snow. This was only 1.38â?? above normal. Snowfall for Syracuse was 24.6â??. Normal snowfall for Hancock Airport for every January is 34.0â??. There was only 1 day where Syracuse received more than 5â?? of snow.

How does February look? The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an equal chance for temperatures to be below or above normal next 6 to 10 days to up to 14 days. Their forecast, as a whole for the month, describes â??equal chancesâ?? to slightly better than even chance for above average temperatures and above average precipitation.

My 7 day forecast calls for somewhat above average temperatures compared to normal, but not as mild as today was. Looking further down the road, there are some indications that show a potential for some arctic air trying to move into central New York by the middle of the month. However, it is not a slam dunk that this occurs since our long-term previous persisting above normal weather pattern has been tough to break. I will continue to monitor this potential for a much colder middle of February for you.

There are some interesting statistics regarding this whole winter. You can find them on my Facebook page here. They are courtesy of fellow meteorologist Phil Spevak.

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