Warm January Not Entirely Unusual

By Jason Meyers, Meteorologist
By Eric Dutkiewicz

January 30, 2013 Updated Jan 30, 2013 at 7:04 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Temperatures smashed record highs Wednesday, soaring to 64° in the early morning hours.

This may seem like a lot, but Jan. 30's previous high was a mere 55°. Other record highs for this month have been in the 60s, making them harder to surpass.

While this warm weather and yesterday's thunderstorms may seem out of the ordinary for January, it's no more different than most. The month will end with slightly above average temperatures.

But it's still not as warm as last January when temperatures were nearly 5° warmer than usual.

Two and three years ago, 2010 and '11 were colder than normal, but only by a little. But 2009 was truly one for the record books, the seventh coldest on record.

The average monthly temperature was only 16.6°, nearly 7° colder than normal. Even with the ups and downs 2013 has provided, this is fairly typical.

Bitter cold artic air usually sneaks into Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio once or twice during the month of January; and temperatures drop into the single digits. We saw that at the beginning of the month and again a little more than a week ago.

If something sticks out for this January, it's not the temperatures. We've been able to see the grass nearly every day this month, and it's because our snowfall totals are way under. On average, a typical January brings us around 10" of snow.

Since 2009, every January but 2010 surpassed that total. So far this month, we've only seen a little more than 2". We may add to that total tomorrow, but after that, we're into February. And right now, long term forecast models are showing above average temperatures and above average precipitation.

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