Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Recapping January 2012


January 2012 is in the books -- and with it another exceptionally warm month.  Temperatures averaged five degrees above average (37.9 degrees, average of 32.9) in the warmest January since 2007 locally.

At least we finished with more snow than January 2007 (2.5" this year, 2.2" then) or 2008 (1.0").   January's been a bit of a snow dearth, however, as the average snowfall between 2006 and 2010 was just 2.2".  It's hard to fathom that January had been relatively snowless of late given last January was one of the snowiest on record but that's the case of late.

Temperatures topped 60 on three occasions -- as many as we had in 2008 and the most since 2007 (five).  Needless to say, having such warmth in January, while not unusual, won't help the temperature departures.  We were below average on just nine of the 31 days in January and ten or more degrees above average on eight days.

Precipitation totaled 2.59" in Philadelphia -- about a half inch below average for the month  Nothing too unusual or out of the norm in a winter that, like the last two, hasn't been all that normal.  Just this time, it's opposite.