When the temperature stats and snowfall were added up, both were very close to normal. But nothing was normal in January. Precipitation was way above normal breaking the drought of 2023. Six named storms came rolling through.
The temperature for the first 12 days was in the normal range. Then the 11 days from January 13 to 23, the temperatures never got above freezing. That cold spell was 10 degrees below normal. The eight days at the end of the of the month were 13 degrees above normal.
The average high temperature was 35.3 degrees and that is exactly the normal high temperature for January. The average low was 17.5 degrees and that is 0.4 degrees above normal. The mean of 26.4 was 0.2 degrees above normal.
The lowest temperature was minus 2 degrees on January 22, and the highest temperature was a balmy 61 degrees on January 26. That swing in a four-day period is really amazing.
The Super El Nino low pressure systems from the Pacific Ocean really showed up. There were six named storms from January 4 to 24. They included Ember, Finn, Gerri, Heather, Indigo and Jarvis. I have never seen that many storms back to back.
Also some damaging tornadoes hit the Southeast U.S. in January. I do not recall of that ever happening.
I am glad to announce that the Bartow Weather Station measured 5.49 inches of precipitation Normal precipitation for January is 3.33 inches.
That is my third wettest January in 33 years of records. January has the wettest record at 7.50 inches. Also there was 6.01 inches in January 1999.
My records show 21 days of measurable precipitation. This El Nino system should last for awhile. Future precipitation should be bountiful and beautiful.
At Bartow last year my records show only 13.6 inches for the whole winter. This January produced 15.1 inches of snow. Normal January snowfall is 15.7 inches. There were 18 days with measurable snow.
Normal temperatures for February are easy to remember. The normal high temperature is 38 degrees, the normal low is 18 and the mean is 28.
Much warmer temperatures are predicted for the start of February.