A Warm, Dry January
January average temperatures ranged from near normal to more than 9°F above normal.
The Northeast experienced a warmer-than-normal January with average temperatures ranging from near normal to more than 9°F above normal. The greatest departures were found in Maine. All 35 major climate sites were warmer than normal with average temperatures ranging from 0.4°F above normal in Charleston, WV, to 9.4°F above normal in Caribou, ME. In fact, this January ranked among the 20 warmest on record at six major climate sites.
January temperatures were as much as 9.4°F above normal at the major climate sites, with six of them ranking this January among their 20 warmest on record.
January precipitation ranged from 25% to 150% of normal.
Most of the Northeast wrapped up January on the dry side of normal, with the driest locations seeing only 25% to 50% of their normal January precipitation. However, there were a few areas that were wetter, seeing up to 150% of normal precipitation. Thirty-two major climate sites were drier than normal, with seven of them ranking this January among their 20 driest on record. Overall, precipitation at the major climate sites ranged from 45% of normal in Bridgeport, CT, to 124% of normal in Beckley, WV.
Seven of the 32 drier-than-normal major climate sites ranked this January among their 20 driest on record.
January snowfall ranged from more than 12 inches below normal to 9 inches above normal.
A majority of the Northeast saw below-normal snowfall, with the largest deficits exceeding 12 inches. However, a few locations saw a snowfall surplus of up to 9 inches. Snowfall at the major climate sites ranged from 15.1 inches below normal in Buffalo, NY, to 2.5 inches above normal in Burlington, VT. Eight of the 33 sites that saw below-normal snowfall ranked this January among their 20 least snowy on record.
Eight of the 33 sites that saw below-normal snowfall ranked this January among their 20 least snowy on record.
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center favors above-normal precipitation for much of the region in February. Many areas fall into the equal chances category for temperatures. Click to enlarge.
There’s a tilt toward above-normal precipitation for much of the Northeast for February, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Equal chances of below-, near-, or above-normal precipitation was predicted for the rest of the region, including northern New York and much of northern New England. As for temperatures, western parts of the region have an increased likelihood of below-normal temperatures for February, while parts of northern New England have increased odds of above-normal temperatures. The majority of the Northeast falls into the equal chances category.