Sunday, 1 February 2015
Mild And Lack of Snow in January 2015
Despite a frigid start to the month, an extended January thaw mid and late month made sure January finished well above normal. In fact, with an average of -13.7°C we tied with 2010 for 19th warmest January since 1873. 6 days exceeded the freezing mark at the airport, above the normal of 3 days. The maximum was 3.7°C on the 22nd. However, even warmer temperatures occurred in other parts of the city on the 23rd when abundant sunshine helped to warm things up. Locally, highs of 5 or 6°C occurred. Significant melting of what little snow we had resulted.
With the warmth came an unusual amount of days with light rain or freezing drizzle. 5 days of liquid precipitation occurred at my place in South St Vital. The 28th saw the greatest accumulation of freezing drizzle. Generally, 0.2 mm to 0.5 mm of freezing drizzle was recorded in the city. The airport received 0.2 mm, enough to tie with 1995 for a daily rainfall record.
As for snow depth, the average depth of 15 cm was just 3 cm below normal. However, we finished January with a depth of about 12 cm, tied 12th thinnest snow pack on January 31 since 1941.