January 2014 Weather Recap

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*recorded Saturday Feb 8,2014*

January 2014 will be remembered by the bitter cold that many felt would never end, struggles with frozen water pipes, the constant battle to keep homes warm, and setting new weather records.

With an average temperature of 23.7 for Boone it became the coldest January between 1980-2014.

As cold as it was temperatures still did not dip down far enough to break the all time records. The coldest January belongs to 1977 with an average temperature of 20.19, followed by 1940 with 22.81. January 1977 also stands as the coldest overall month on record from 1929-January 2014.

The average minimum temperature of 11.8 degrees for January 2014 now ties January 1977 for lowest/coldest average minimum temperature.

Watauga Roads Screen Shot069 *Graphic from Southeast Regional Climate Center

As the temperature tumbled to -6 in Boone on Thursday morning January 30, it put that date into the record books. Surpassing the -5 mark set in 1934 it became the fourth coldest since 1893.

Watauga Roads Screen Shot070 *Graphic from from State Climate Office

As Boone dropped below zero Friday morning January 24 it became the third coldest on record with -3 recorded as the official mark.

Watauga Roads Screen Shot071*Graphic from from State Climate Office

For the month from the Watauga Medical Center reporting station:

Highest temperature: 51.08 Monday Jan 20
Lowest temperature: -7.6 Tuesday Jan 7
Peak Wind Gusts: 62 mph at 2:35am Tuesday Jan 7

Other items of note:

There were four days with low temperatures below zero: -4.9 Monday Jan 6, -7.6 Tuesday Jan 7, -2.38 Friday Jan 24, -6.16 Thursday Jan 30.

There were seven days with low temperatures in the single digits above zero: Friday Jan 3 8.24, Saturday Jan 4 7.88, Wednesday Jan 8 7.34, Wednesday Jan 22 5.9, Thursday Jan 23 3.02, Saturday Jan 25 3.38, Wednesday Jan 29 1.58

Greatest one day temperature swing – Monday Jan 6 from -4.9 to 45.5 difference of 50.4 degrees

Number of days with highs in the 10s – 5 , 20s – 3 , 30s – 8 , 40s – 13 , 50s – 2

*In keeping track of weather records (temperatures, rainfall, snowfall, wind) it’s important to note that the records for Boone relies on three different sources. Boone COOP station 310977 from 1929-1980, Boone 1Se 310982 from June 1980-present and Watauga Medical Center reporting station KTNB*

Snow Depth Images from National Weather Service:

 

January 7

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January 8

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January 9

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January 10

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January 16

 

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January 17

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January 18

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January 19

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January 20

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January 21

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January 22

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January 23

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January 24

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January 25

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January 26

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January 27

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January 28

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January 29

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January 30

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January 31

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