January 2012 continued our stretch of months with above average temperatures. Last month was our 8th straight month with temperatures above the 30 year average with most of that stretch finishing well above average. The average temperature in January was 19.6 degrees which tied 1931 for the 4th warmest January on record. That is 10.3 degrees above average for the first month of the year.
Last month was the first January that finished with an above average temperature since 2007. In fact, 7 out of the past 9 Januaries finished below normal perhaps adding to the overall pleasant feel of the month. When compared to January 2011 the difference is striking. Last year the month recorded an average temperature of just 3.2 degrees, which means, on average, each day of January this year was over 16 degrees warmer than what we recorded last year.
The warmest temperature in January was a 55 degree high on January 5 which was also the warmest temperature on record for the month.