Ithaca Climate Summary for January 2002
- With an average temperature of 31.0 degrees, the month averaged an impressive 8.4 degrees warmer than normal.
- This was the 7th warmest January on record, the warmest since 1990 and the 2nd warmest since 1950.
- This was the third consecutive month with a positive temperature departure of more than 5 degrees.
- The warmest temperature of the month was 59 degrees on the 27th.
- The coldest temperature of the month was 6 degrees on the 20th.
- The last ten days of the month averaged 17 degrees warmer than normal.
- January precipitation totalled 1.70 inches, which represented 80% of normal.
- This January had more precipitation last January, but less than the previous three (1998-2000).
- More than half the monthly total (0.87 inches) was recorded on the month's last two days.
- Precipitation for the last four months was 3.06 inches below normal.
[All normals are for the years 1971-2000.]
- January snowfall amounted to 9.9 inches. This was 8 inches below normal.
- This was the least snowiest January since 1993.
- There were only 8 days this month with measurable snow cover -- the least for a January since 1980.
- There have only been 11 days all winter with an inch or more of snow on the ground -- 2nd on record to the winter of 1931-32.
- Seasonal snowfall through January was 12 inches, which was 26.2 inches below normal.
- This was the lowest October-January total since at least the winter of 1933-34.
Keith L. Eggleston (KLE1@cornell.edu)
Northeast Regional Climate Center