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Unusually Warm January About To Wrap Up

By Jeff Jamison, CBS11 News
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The most popular question asked of meteorologists today is “will we see any REAL winter weather this year?”  Of course, we still have February to navigate through, but if January is any indication (which it’s not necessarily), the answer is “no”.

With two days left in the month, the average temperature of January 2012 is 49.7°, which is 3.8° above average.  We will finish in the top 20 warmest Januarys on record at DFW.

jj text Unusually Warm January About To Wrap Up

It’s always been a sunnier than normal month.  Usually, January is the cloudiest month (along with December) with only 52% of possible sunshine during January days.  We’ve only seen 4 cloudy days this month compared to the normal number of 16 cloudy days.

Another sign of our mild January has been the number of days temperatures have fallen below 32°.  Typically we see freezing temps 14 days in January, but this month we’ve only dipped below the freezing mark 7 times!

And of course, we’ve not seen any snow this month.  The average monthly snowfall in DFW during the month of January is 1.1″.

We did see quite a bit of rainfall however.  This is the second wettest January on record at DFW with 6.18″ of rain falling.  That’s over 4 inches above normal for the month and has helped soil moisture return and fill up lakes and reservoirs.

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