January Goes into the Record Books

Record Setting Warmth Across the Northland
2012

January 10th

  • A new daily high record was set at the Duluth Airport with an afternoon temperature of 47 F. This breaks the old record of 42 F set in 1928.
  • A new daily high record was set today at International Falls, MN with an afternoon temperature of 41 F. This breaks the old record of 39 F set in 1990.
  • The high temperature today at Brainerd, MN was 52 F, breaking the old record of is 47 F set in 1958.
  • The high temperature today at Siren, WI was 50 F.  The old record high temperature for this date at Solon Springs, WI is 44 F set in 2002.

Greatest number of January days with temperatrues 45 F or higher at Duluth

A new record high temperature of 47 F set at Duluth on January 10th marks the 4th day of the month to see a reading of at least 45 F. This is the greatest number of dates of 45 F or higher temperatures observed in Duluth since temperature records began. The old record was 3 days set in 1877.

Did You Know?

As of January 10th,

  • The coldest temperature recorded at the Duluth Airport so far this winter has been -3 F, on January 2nd.   (International Falls, MN had a temperature of -15 on Dec 6th, 2011)
  • This is the 3rd longest stretch of days in Duluth warmer than -4 F since temperature records began in 1874.
  • The warmest January temperature ever recorded in Duluth was 55 F on January 22nd, 1942.
  • There has been 360 days since the Duluth Airport received 4 inches of snowfall in a single day.
  • The Duluth Airport has measured only 12.0 inches of snow this winter.
  • The least snowiest winter ever in Duluth was 1900 with only 26.8 inches of snow measured.
Snow Depth on January 1st compared to January 10th
 

January 9th
  • The high temperature for January 9th at the Duluth Airport was 45 F. This breaks the old record high of 42 F set in 2002.
January 5th & 6th
  • The high temperature for January 5th at the Duluth Airport was 48 F. This breaks the old record high of 40 F set in 1984. This temperature ties as the 5th warmest for the month of January in recorded history at Duluth, MN. A new record was also set for January 6th at Duluth when the temperature remained 45 degrees 12:03 am. This breaks the old record for the date of January 6th of 40 degrees sent in 1961. 

  • The International Falls Airport recorded a high temperature for January 5th of 46 F, breaking the old record of 36 F set in 1984. This temperature ties as the 4th warmest reading for the month of January in recorded history at International Falls, MN.

  • Brainerd, MN saw a high temperature today of 51 F, breaking the old record of 42 F set in 2001. This temperature is the 7th warmest reading for the month of January in recorded history at Brainerd, MN. A new record was also set 6th at Brainerd when the temperature remained 47 degrees jsut after midnight on the 6th. This breaks the old record for the date of January 6th of 45 degrees sent in 1984. 
High Temperatures
Jan 5th, 2012
 
Minnesota Wisconsin
  • Duluth Airport...48 F
  • Intern'l Falls.......46 F
  • Roseau...............46 F
  • Detroit Lakes.....50 F
  • Pine River..........54 F
  • Cass Lake..........56 F
  • Big Fork.............50 F
  • Grand Rapids.....52 F
  • Hinckley.............45 F
  • Cloquet..............50 F
  • Moose Lake......52 F
  • Cook...................45 F
  • Orr......................46 F
  • Ely......................43 F
  • Hibbing..............46 F
  • Duluth Harbor...45 F
  • Two Harbors.....39 F
  • Twin Cities........52 F
  • St. Cloud...........53 F
  • Superior........46 F
  • Ashland........45 F
  • Hayward........43 F
  • Siren..............44 F
  • Phillips..........45 F
  • Ladysmith....40 F
Warmest Temperatures Observed in the Month of January
Duluth, MN   International Falls, MN
  • 55 F on 22nd 1942 & 23rd 1942
  • 51 F on 14th 1894 & 28th 1877
  • 48 F on 5th 2012 & 13th 1894 & 31st 1892 & 22nd 1900 & 8th 2003
  • 47 F on 8th 1882 & 25th 1973 & 26th 1877
 
  • 49 F on 20th 1921
  • 48 F on 21st 1908 & 9th 1958 & 24th 1973
  • 47 F on 24th 1981
  • 46 F on 5th 2012, 7th 2003
Barinerd, MN   Solon Springs, WI
  • 56 F on 25th 1981
  • 55 F on 23rd 1942
  • 54 F on 26th 1973
  • 53 F on 9th 2003 & 22nd 1942
  • 52 F on 14th 1987
  • 51 F on 5th 2012
  • 50 F on 26th 2002 & 19th 1981 & 20th 1944
 
  • 57 F on 23rd 1942
  • 53 F on 25th 1981 & 24th 1981
  • 52 F on 9th 2003 & 25th 1973 & 22nd 1942
  • 49 F on 8th 2003 & 9th 1990 & 18th 1981 & 26th 1973

Lack of Snow Pack Continues for Region
As of January 6th, 2012 snowfall at the Duluth Airport for the winter season has been 11.9 inches. This is 25.9 inches below the 30-year climatological normal. International Falls, MN has recorded near 22 inches of snow as of January 6th; about 12 inches below normal.
 
Weekly Snow Depth and Ranking Maps from the MN Climatology Working Group.
The Below images depict the departing snow pack during the warm spell of the first week of January.
 January 1st
 January 4th
 January 5th
 January 6th
Images coutesy NOHRSC Snow Remote Sensing Center      http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/interactive/html/map.html
 
 


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