Last month was the 59th coldest January on record. If you are like most people, you may be surprised by that statistic. The average temperature last month was 4.4 degrees, which is only 4.9 degrees below average. Since records started in 1881, the average temperature in January has been below zero on 32 occasions, which is nearly one year in four.
For some additional perspective, the recent Januaries of 2011, 2009 and 2004 all finished colder than this year. It was clearly a noticeably cold January, just from a historical perspective, not severely cold. Although the temperature finished below average last month, the recorded precipitation was right at the average. Total snowfall in January was 9.7 inches, very close to the current average of 11.2 inches. Perhaps more important is the liquid equivalency contained in that snow.
Last month 0.77 inches of liquid was melted from that 9.7 inches of snow which is right near the January average of 0.70 inches.