January Was Cold, But Not As Cold As You Might Think

Monday, February 04, 2013 - by Brian Edwards, AccuWeather

AccuWeather reports for many residents of the North, it felt like a frigid month of January, but when you actually look at the numbers compared to average, the result might surprise you.

Everyone remembers that the Winter 2011-2012 season was very mild with above-average temperatures across nearly the entire country outside of the Northwest.

Winter 2012-2013 has felt much colder from the West Coast to the northern Plains all the way into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Here at AccuWeather.com, we compared the temperature departures from January 2012 and January 2013 to find out exactly how different the two months were for selected cities across the country.

January 2012 vs. January 2013 Temperature Departures in Degrees Fahrenheit

Boston: +5.1 vs. +2.5

New York City: +4.6 vs. +2.5

Pittsburgh: +4.4 vs. +3.1

Detroit: +5.1 vs. +3.3

Chicago: +6.5 vs. +2.8

Minneapolis: +7.7 vs. +1.3

Fargo: +10.3 vs. +1.5

Atlanta: +5.8 vs. +6.6

New Orleans: +7.4 vs. +3.2

Dallas: +4.4 vs. +3.1

Phoenix: +2.3 vs. -2.8

Sacramento: +1.5 vs. -2.2

Seattle: -2.3 vs. -3.8

What we found was that by and large, temperature departures for this past month were still above normal from the northern Plains into the Northeast. However, they were not nearly as extreme as last January.

You may think, "How in the world was it above normal when it's been frigid in my location?"

Well, the answer lies in the 30-year averages which we're comparing these numbers against, and how the first part of the month turned out. Don't forget that the first week of January turned out close to normal for the mid-Atlantic and New England with the second week running between 10-15 degrees above normal.

Even across the northern Plains, temperatures were well above normal in the second week of the month before crashing down during the middle and later part.

When you get a stretch of 7-9 days above normal it becomes very hard to counteract the initial departure, even with a few days of arctic temperatures mixed in.

The only real zone of below-normal temperatures that we found was across the Intermountain West and the Pacific Northwest where shots of cold air were common in during the month.

The cold air was even trapped at the surface, leading to widespread bouts of freezing fog in the interior valleys, which caused temperatures to remain well below average.

So, the moral of the story is that January has been quite a bit colder than last year across the country; however, still above average over the eastern two-thirds.



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AKHTAB, MALACHI SHAHADA     102 WAYSIDE DR FORT OGLETHORPE, 30741     22     Hamilton County          FUGITIVE (ARREST FOR CRIME IN ANOTHER STATE) ASHLEY, SHAWN CHARLES     10 CRABTREE CIRCLE ROSSVILLE, 30741    ... (click for more)

Woman Described As Large-Scale Ice Meth Dealer Facing Charges In Chattanooga

A woman described as a large-scale ice methamphetamine dealer is facing federal charges. Hilda Trujillo-Rojas has been ordered to be detained pending the outcome of her case. Two men who were with her at the time of her arrest were also taken into custody. Authorities said during the week of March 24, law enforcement identified a cooperating source in the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Use The Current Rail System Already In Place - And Response

Why spend $20 million or more on an unproven system to run from the Southside of Chattanooga when we already have the beginnings of a system?  The question apparently has surfaced of why the Choo Choo City doesn't have a rail line. We do have a rail line with the Tennessee Valley RR Museum and their hardware. And they already make runs from the Southside to close to Enterprise ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UAW Voices In Detroit

Today we are going to eavesdrop on somewhat of an open conversation that was held far to the north after the United Auto Workers surprisingly dropped a legal challenge with the National Labor Relations Board in Chattanooga the first thing on Monday morning. The NLRB judge certified the VW workers’ February vote to turn away the UAW at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen manufacturing plant ... (click for more)

East Hamilton Beats McMinn, 10-4, For 5-AAA Tourney's Top Seed

East Hamilton put the finishing touches on the seedings for next week’s District 5-AAA baseball tournament at Ooltewah High with a 10-4 victory over McMinn County on Wednesday at Chattanooga State. The win gives the Hurricanes (19-13, 9-3) the No. 1 seed for the tournament, meaning Bradley Central (17-11, 9-3) will be the second seed. With East Hamilton’s win, Walker Valley got ... (click for more)

Taylor Hall's Late Night Basketball Call

It was the midnight call that could change her life. It was the Seattle Storm of the WNBA calling to invite soon-to-graduate UTC senior basketball player Taylor Hall to the Emerald City for a tryout and a possible spot with the pro team. “I have never been one to show a lot of emotion, so I was pretty calm when the call did come in, “said Hall. “But my roommate ... (click for more)