From the ABC 7 Weather team

Roller coaster ride in temperatures continues this month

January 18, 2012 - 08:55 PM
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With the northwest winds driving in chilly weather this midweek, some might want to think warm thoughts... Of course with the winter we’ve had, you might think we’re bound to get back into the 50s and 60s again soon. That brings me to another thought…. With all the 60-degree weather so far this month, how do we rank against other warm January months in the past?

The temperature difference in the last 24 hours has been crazy; it was in the upper 50s last night at this time and now it’s 2 degrees above freezing. Our roller coaster ride in temperatures continues this mid-winter (by the way, we are now JUST over half way past the mid-point in Meteorological Winter!).

It seems as though as soon as we get a cold blast, 3 or 4 days later, we’re back in the 50s and 60s. The high temperature has reached or exceeded 60 degrees so far on the 1st, 6th, 7th and 17th! How does this stack up against the record for 60-degree days in January? Take a look!

14 days 1950
12 days 1913
10 days 1932
9 days 1890, 1916, 1974, 2006
8 days 1998
4 days 2012

It’s easy to see we’ve done the drill with warm patterns in January before… but we’re providing some competition for past years as well! While the chill will get reinforced by another cold front overnight Thursday into Friday followed by another storm early this weekend that promises mainly rain, a brief warm up will bring temperatures back into the 50s, perhaps to 60 degrees by next Monday. If it hits 60 degrees, that would make 5 days, but time is running out this month.

The pattern for the remainder of the month heading into early February looks more seasonable for temperatures. Warm ups would be brief but it’s not out of the question to see one or two more 60 degree days in this progressive pattern. Incidentally, we are at the climatologically coldest part of the year right now with the average high being 43 and average low at 28 degrees. The average highs begin to slowly increase Monday and average lows begin an upward trend on Tuesday as the days continue to get longer as well!



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