January’s weather had more than its fair share of highs and lows.
Despite some unusually cold and warm weather, the month ended with an average temperature of 29.3 degrees, 3.5 degrees higher than normal for January in the Mahoning Valley.
But the month was anything but normal.
“The weather in January was unseasonable in different ways,” said Jess Briganti, weather anchor for “WFMJ Today,” the morning show at The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.
For example, the temperature Wednesday ranged from a low of 38 degrees to a high of 64, a 26-degree fluctuation for one day.
An even greater change in temperature happened between late Sunday night and Tuesday afternoon when the temperature increased by 55 degrees — from 5 degrees to 60 — in less than 48 hours.
The National Weather Service records weather for the Mahoning Valley at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna. Its records date back to 1897.
Overall, there were four days last month with a high temperature of at least 60 degrees. Eight days had a low in the single digits.
“We had a week’s worth of weather that was very cold,” Briganti said. “Then it became unseasonably warm.”
Six of seven days between Jan. 21 and this past Sunday had single-digit lows, including 3 degrees on Jan. 23 and 24.
Then Tuesday, the high hit 60 degrees, and reached 64 degrees on Wednesday. The latter was a record high for Jan. 30. The old record for that day was 60 degrees, set in 1932.
That meant people were able to keep their winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves in the closet after a week of well-below average temperatures, and change into spring clothing for a couple of days.
For a month with such huge changes in temperature, the only record high was for Jan. 30.
There were no record lows for the month as every record low in January is a negative number.
The average temperature of 29.3 degrees last month is 3.5 degrees higher than normal for January.
Any month that is at least three degrees above or below normal is considered a “significant change in climate,” said Tom King, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland.