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Nick Diller weather summary: January 2019 warmer and wetter than usual

By Friday, Feb 1, 2019 Life In the Berkshires

Great Barrington — Would you believe the first month of 2019 was wetter and warmer than the now 55-year average?

Well, it was to continue a trend that has been the rule for nearly a year.

The January temps were 35/16 for a mean temp of 25.5, which was the 11th warmest. This despite the really cold last day of the month when the thermometer hit 15 below zero, which was the first to hit minus 15 since the record cold of Valentine’s Day 2016 when the temp dropped to 13 below.

We average five below-zero days in January and generally about seven a year, though in the winter of 2001–02 I recorded none at my station.

The precipitation results were 3.08 inches of rain, coupled with 1.47 inches of the 17 inches of melted snow brought the total to 4.55 inches, which was just below last year’s mark.

The 17 inches of snow is about average for the month.

With the new year will come a new look to the monthly weather letter.

As you can see, I have added a new column to make it easier for you to read how much water content is in the snow I measure at every storm. I’m doing this at the behest of the hydrologist at the National Weather Service. But in doing so, I am taking out the comments column due to space limits. If that is a problem, please let me know. In the next few months, we are switching to a whole new database for weather keeping.

DATE             HI TEMP LO TEMP             SKY                 RAIN             SNOW    MELT

1-Jan-19                51            30            CHANGING           0.1

2-Jan-19                34            23            FAIR

3-Jan-19                38            30            CHANGING                             0.2           0.01

4-Jan-19                43            25            CHANGING

5-Jan-19                40            30            CHANGING           0.42

6-Jan-19                41            22            CHANGING           0.01

7-Jan-19                27            14            CHANGING

8-Jan-19                41            27            CHANGING           0.23        0.3           0.01

9-Jan-19                40            30            CHANGING           0.41        0.5           0.14

10-Jan-19             30            23            CLOUDY                                    1               0.08

11-Jan-19             24            11            CHANGING

12-Jan-19             26            11            FAIR

13-Jan-19             28            11            FAIR

14-Jan-19             30            7               FAIR

15-Jan-19             31            15            CHANGING

16-Jan-19             37            23            CHANGING

17-Jan-19             26            12            CHANGING

18-Jan-19             35            22            CLOUDY                                    0.3           0.02

19-Jan-19             32            26            CHANGING                             2               0.11

20-Jan-19             29            1               CHANGING           0.1           6               0.71

21-Jan-19             5               -7              FAIR

22-Jan-19             22            -1              FAIR

23-Jan-19             40            10            CHANGING           0.02

24-Jan-19             54            31            CLOUDY                  1.89        0.1           0.01

25-Jan-19             36            18            CHANGING

26-Jan-19             28            15            FAIR

27-Jan-19             39            13            CHANGING                             0.1           0.01

28-Jan-19             26            15            FAIR

29-Jan-19             29            11            CHANGING                             5.2           0.31

30-Jan-19             28            -3              CHANGING                             1.3           0.06

31-Jan-19             12            -15           FAIR

35            16                              3.08        17            1.47

TOTAL                      4.55


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