Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Climate: One of the warmest Januaries on Record

According to the National Weather Service in Philadelphia, this was the 9th warmest January on record in Philadelphia. The temperature averaged about 8 1/2 degrees above normal for the month at the airport, with temperatures as high as ten degrees above normal at Mount Pocono. The full discussion from the National Weather Service is below:


LOCATION JANUARY 1-31, 2006 AVERAGE TEMP. MONTHLY DEPARTURE
THROUGH 4 PM EST
-------- -------------------------------- -----------------
PHILADELPHIA 40.8 DEGREES F +8.5 DEGREES F
ALLENTOWN 36.5 DEGREES F +9.4 DEGREES F
WILMINGTON 39.8 DEGREES F +8.3 DEGREES F
ATLANTIC CITY 40.6 DEGREES F +8.5 DEGREES F
MOUNT POCONO 31.4 DEGREES F +10.1 DEGREES F
READING 38.1 DEGREES F +9.0 DEGREES F
TRENTON 38.8 DEGREES F +7.0 DEGREES F
GEORGETOWN 44.0 DEGREES F +9.7 DEGREES F


BELOW IS A LIST OF THE TOP 10 JANUARY MONTHLY TEMPERATURES FOR OUR
FOUR MAIN CLIMATE SITES, AND WHERE JANUARY 2006 RANKS. THIS MONTH,
SO FAR THROUGH 4 PM ON THE 31ST, ALL FOUR SITES ARE IN THE TOP
10 FOR THEIR WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD.

RANK PHILADELPHIA RANK ALLENTOWN RANK WILMINGTON
---- ------------ ---- --------- ---- ----------
1) 46.2 IN 1932 1) 40.6 IN 1932 1) 44.2 IN 1932
2) 43.2 IN 1950 2) 37.1 IN 1990 2) 43.3 IN 1913
3) 42.6 IN 1933 3) 36.8 IN 1950 3) 42.7 IN 1950
4) 42.2 IN 1913 4) 36.5 IN 1998 4) 41.0 IN 1937
5) 41.8 IN 1890 5) 36.5 IN 2006 5) 40.5 IN 1990
6) 41.4 IN 1937 6) 36.2 IN 1937 6) 40.4 IN 1933
7) 41.0 IN 1880 7) 35.6 IN 1933 7) 39.8 IN 1998
8) 41.0 IN 1998 8) 35.0 IN 1949 8) 39.8 IN 2006
9) 40.8 IN 2006 9) 34.3 IN 1995 9) 39.2 IN 1949
10) 40.3 IN 1990 10) 34.2 IN 2002 10) 38.2 IN 1916

RANK ATLANTIC CITY
---- -------------
1) 45.3 IN 1932
2) 44.3 IN 1950
3) 43.4 IN 1937
4) 42.5 IN 1933
5) 42.4 IN 1913
6) 41.7 IN 1949
7) 41.2 IN 1947
8) 40.6 IN 1990
9) 40.6 IN 2006
10) 40.5 IN 1953

SNOWFALL THIS MONTH WAS WELL BELOW NORMAL, EXCEPT FOR ATLANTIC
CITY. BELOW ARE THE SNOWFALL TOTALS FOR THIS MONTH FOR OUR FOUR
MAIN CLIMATE SITES, WITH THE NORMAL AMOUNTS LISTED TO THE RIGHT.
SOUTHEASTERN NEW JERSEY IS THE ONLY LOCATION THAT HAD ABOVE NORMAL
SNOWFALL FOR THIS MONTH.

JANUARY 2006 SNOWFALL NORMAL SNOWFALL FOR
LOCATION JANUARY
-------- --------------------- -------------------
PHILADELPHIA 0.4 INCHES 6.4 INCHES
ALLENTOWN 0.2 INCHES 11.1 INCHES
WILMINGTON TRACE (INCHES) 7.5 INCHES
ATLANTIC CITY 4.7 INCHES 4.6 INCHES

JUST FOR A COMPARISON REGARDING JANUARY SNOWFALL, TAKE PHILADELPHIA FOR
EXAMPLE FOR THE LEAST SNOWIEST JANUARY'S...

ONLY A TRACE OF SNOW FELL DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH IN 1913, 1933, 1934,
1973, AND 1995. THIS IS FOLLOWED BY 0.1 INCHES IN 1890 AND 1931, WITH
0.2 INCHES IN 1983. THEN, 0.5 INCHES IN 1919, 1924, AND 1998. THE
PHILADELPHIA JANUARY 2006 SNOWFALL TOTAL WILL BE 0.4 INCHES OF SNOW.