Ithaca Climate Summary for January 2000
- With a monthly average temperature of 20.7 degrees, the first month of the new year averaged 0.8 degrees cooler than normal.
- This was the coolest January since 1994 and the second coolest in the last twelve years.
- This was the first cooler-than-normal winter month (Dec, Jan, Feb) since February 1996.
- The first thirteen days of the month averaged 13.2 degrees warmer than normal, but the last eighteen days of the month averaged 10.8 degrees cooler than normal.
- The first two weeks of the year were the 2nd warmest in the last fifty years, while the next two weeks were in the 3rd coolest during that same period.
- There were 13 consecutive days when the temperature never got above freezing (17th-29th). This tied as the longest such string since 23 days in December 1989.
- There were 8 sub-zero days the most in a month since February 1995.
- The warmest temperature of the month was 61 degrees on the 4th.
- The coldest temperature of the month was -11 degree on the 29th.
- New daily maximum temperature records were set for the 2nd with 56 degrees (old record 53 degrees in 1891) and 3rd with 60 degrees (old record 58 degrees in 1950).
- January precipitation totalled 2.91 inches, which represented 160% of normal.
- This January, however, had less precipitation than the previous two Januarys.
- This was only the 4th out of the last eighteen months with above normal precipitation.
- January snowfall more than made up the the lack of snow during the first part of the 1999-2000 snow season. The monthly snowfall total of 31 inches was 14.1 inches greater than normal.
- This was the snowiest January since 1994 and the 9th snowiest on record.
- The heaviest snowfall was measured on the 26th-27th. A significant portion of the two-day total of 13 inches was attributed to Cayuga Lake-effect snow.
- A snow cover that was established on the 13th persisted through the end of the month, reaching a maximum depth of 16 inches on the 27th.
- The seasonal snowfall total at monthıs end stood at 41.2 inches, 3.1 inches greater than normal.
Keith L. Eggleston (email@example.com)
Northeast Regional Climate Center