Four temperature records broken in the past week

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After a bitter stretch of cold weather that dominated the first two weeks of January the temperatures have dramatically turned around. Between Thursday and Sunday four record high low temperatures were set.

A warm southerly flow of air and cloudy skies the past week helped keep temperatures steady at or above the freezing mark for four consecutive days.

Those lows were 12 to 15 degrees above the average high temperatures for mid-January, which are 19 to 20 degrees. They were 32 to 35 degrees above the average lows of 0 to 1 degree above zero for the Jan. 19 to 22 period.

The warmest January low on record is 37 degrees set Jan. 27, 1989. It came during a six-day stretch from Jan. 24 to Jan. 29 when lows ranged from 31 to 37 degrees. The 35-degree lows recorded Jan. 19, 20 and 21 this year tie for second place for the highest low temperature in January. The low was also 35 degrees Jan. 9, 2002.

With the high temperature above 32 degrees for six straight days in the past week, the area has “officially” been experiencing a January thaw. A January thaw is defined as two or more consecutive days with the daily temperature above 32 degrees.
The warm stretch of days is particularly welcome because they came during what are statistically the coldest days of winter. The 13-day stretch of days between Jan. 8 and Jan. 20 see the high average temperature fall to 19 degrees and the low average to zero. But it can get much colder....


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