Thursday, February 2, 2012

Where's the Cold?

That's the question I have been getting a lot lately. I have got an answer if you've been asking the same question. The cold air has been stuck up in Alaska.

Check out the information the National Weather Service in Fairbanks, Alaska put out.

"January 2012 was the coldest month in more than 40 years in Fairbanks. Not since January 1971 has the Fairbanks area endured a month as cold as this." This was also the 5th coldest January on record. (The coldest January on record was 1971 when the temperature was 31.7° below average per day.) Fairbanks finished January 2012 at 19° below average per day. Nome, Alaska was 21° below average per day.

Diving a little deeper in to the numbers... At the Fairbanks Airport, the average high temperature for January -18.2°. The average low temperature was -35°.

I haven't had too many complaints about not having the barbaric temperatures but it needs to feel like winter... Right?! The start of 2012 has been crazy warm across the Midwest. Here's a look at how temperatures fared compared to normal for January 2012.

Illinois:

  • Carbondale +4.9°
  • Chicago 6.4°
  • Moline +6.3°
Indiana:
  • Bloomington +4.7°
  • Evansville +4.9°
  • Indianapolis +5.6°
  • Lafayette +5.4°
  • Muncie +4.3°
  • Kentucky:
  • Paducah +5.5°
Missouri:
  • Cape Girardeau +6.1°
  • Chesterfield +5.1°
  • Columbia +5.7°
  • Poplar Bluff +5.9°
  • St. Charles +4.7°
  • St. Louis +6.3°
Looking at long term doesn't show any near-term changes. It appears that through the middle of February all of the cold air will stay bottled up over Alaska and Canada and the lower 48 should remain relatively warm. Having said that, we will still see shots of cooler air coming down, but it should only be short lived.

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