Warmest January on record, even with late arctic blast
This month will be recorded as the hottest January on record. Temperatures averaged MAX temperatures of 36.78° and averaged MIN temperature of 10.13° F. The historical average MAX is 22° F and MIN is 8° F. Our highest temperature was 54° F. We typically receive at least 5 inches of snow. This year we have received less than 1 inch of snow.
January gave us low soil-moisture, decreased frost depth, stronger-than-average winds, and wild swings in daily temperatures. Expect these patterns to continue into February.
January will close out with what we might consider as typical winter weather in most of the mid-west. Temperatures will max out in the mid 30s on Friday and Saturday with lots of fast-moving clouds.
Sunday will get freaky-warm with an expected high of 42° F as shifting winds will give us a nice break in the cloud cover that will last through Monday. Expect similar conditions through early Wednesday morning, when the north winds return.
There is a 32% chance of precipitation on Wednesday with possible snow/wintery mix increasing in the afternoon and into though the evening. Thursday will have less cloud cover, a fair chance of precipitation, and high winds are likely.
Caution, fire risk remains high. Please take care to do all you can to help prevent the next grass fire. As the great Smokey the Bear once said, “Only you can prevent wildfires.”
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