Despite Arctic Cold Blasts, January Averaged Warmer Than Normal

As we close the door on the month of January it is interesting to note that despite some spells of Arctic cold, most observers reported above normal January mean temperature values. The statewide mean January temperatures, Heating Degree Days (HDD), and departures from normal for the past two years are shown below:

January 2013 Mean Temp: 11.3 F, +2.7 F above normal

January 2012 Mean Temp: 18.5 F, +9.9 F above normal

January 2013 Mean HDD: 1647, -100 HDD below normal

January 2012 Mean HDD: 1438, -309 HDD below normal

Over the period January 24-25 Minnesota reported the coldest temperatures in the 48 contiguous states. Some were new record lows for the dates in selected communities. A few of the noteworthy values were:

-33 F at Warroad and Bigfork on January 24th

-34 F at Littlefork on January 24th

-35 F at Isabella on January 24th

-36 F at International Falls, Brimson, Crane Lake, and Cook on January 24th

-40 F at Babbitt on January 24th

-34 F at Tower and Kettle Falls on January 25th

-35 F at Gunflint Lake and Katbetogama on January 25th

-38 F at Orr on January 25th

-42 F at Embarrass on January 25th

Cold to start February will give way to moderating temperatures next week, but it looks like more frequent chances for snowfall are in store.

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