January 2016 Weather Recap

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January 2016 will be remembered for about average temperatures and the lack of precipitation.

With an average temperature of 27.7  for Boone it became the 7th coldest January between 1980-2016. 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- April 2016.

The average minimum temperature of 17.8 degrees is the 5th coldest for January.

As the temperature tumbled to 8 degrees in Boone on January 7, it put that date into the record books tying for fourth coldest with 1940.

Graphic from from State Climate Office

January 7 temps

Precipitation wise it was the 17th driest since 1980 with only 3.02 inches recorded.

For the month from the Watauga Medical Center reporting station:

Highest temperature: 58.46 Sunday Jan 31
Lowest temperature: 5.72 Tuesday Jan 19
Peak Wind Gusts: 52 mph Friday Jan 29 1:55pm

Other items of note:

There were three days with low temperatures in the single digits – 8.96 Jan 18, 5.72 Jan 19, 9.5 Jan 20

Greatest one day temperature swing – Thursday Jan 7 from 18.86 to 52.7 difference of 33.84 degrees

Number of days with highs in the 10s – 1 , 20s – 3 , 30s – 9 , 40s – 15 , 50s – 3

*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*

January 2016 observed precipitation
January 2016 observed precipitation

Snow Depth Images from National Weather Service:

January 11

Snow depth January 11 2016

January 18

Snow depth January 18 2016

January 19

Snow depth January 19 2016

January 20

Snow depth January 20 2016

January 21

Snow depth January 21 2016

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