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January: By the numbers

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    It's come to the point where temperatures in the lower 20s seem like a January thaw.  All of the active weather got us wondering if we're even breaking a record number of records for January.

We'll start the records off the way we started the year off: with snow.  
The first of the year had 6.8 inches of snow, leading off an all-time mark of 39.5 inches.  the second place year goes back to 1978.  That January we picked up a total of 30.8 inches. The gap between these the first and second place is the same as between the second place and 18th.  

We've dipped below zero 12 times this month. Surprisingly, that's a record we won't own this year.  that's only good enough for third.  
Still, we've dropped to ten below or worse six separate days.  That easily claims the record.  
If you're under the age of 34 or newer to the area, chances are you've never felt a colder month.  Our average temperature this month has been 15.8 degrees, and we should close out the month in the top five coldest Januarys.  That's still a distant mark from the start of 1977.  The average reading from that January was a bitter 9.6 degrees.

We've broken at least four record low temperatures this month.  Toledo has also seen snow of more than two inches seven different times this month.  

We can generally expect a total of ten inches of snow on the ground once January day out of every three years.  we've had that at least five times this month alone, though the number is likely much higher.

Get this: it's almost two months until the start of spring, the vernal equinox.  But if spring magically began today, we'd already be among the top 20 worst winters on Toledo's lengthy record.

 

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