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SNOWIEST JANUARY EVER!

The following is taken from the NWS WFO DTX

 

Comparing the Cold and Snowy January 2014 and '13-'14 Winter Season to the Records

SNOW

Boosted by a pair of significant snow storms in the first week of January, much of Southeast Michigan is on track to experience its snowiest January on record.  The Detroit area received 10.8" total during the January 1st - 2nd period before receiving another 10.6" during the major storm that impacted the entire area on January 4-5th.  Hitting the jackpot on the 4th and 5th was Flint, where a whopping 17.1" was measured.  Meanwhile, Saginaw has missed most of the action compared with Detroit and Flint.

  January Snowfall Stats

Location

January Normal

January 2014, through 7:00am on the 31st

Record (Year)

Needed to reach January record

All-Time Monthly Record

Detroit Area

12.5"

39.1"

29.6" (1978 - Old Record)

*New Record

*New Record

Old record: 38.4" (Feb. 1908)

Flint Area

13.1"

32.9"

28.5" (1976 - Old Record)

*New Record

35.3" (Dec. 2000)

Saginaw

11.9"

15.6"

30.9" (1973)

15.3"

40.2 (Dec. 2000)

Of course there are several ways to look at snowy periods in our records.  Where will January 2014 rank for all time snowiest months?  Those records indicate that through 7:00 am on January 31st, Detroit broke their all-time monthly record and Flint had their 2nd snowiest month of all-time.

Yet another way would be to look at the snowiest 30 day span in our climate records.  Recall that there was another significant snowfall on December 14th and 15th.  That put the 30 day span ending on 1/6/2014 into the top five all-time 30 day span of snowiest periods in Southeast Michigan records. Also, Detroit saw 8.8" of snow from January 25-27, which also put the 30-day span ending 1/28/2014 into the top five.

Snowiest 30-Day Periods (Amount and Date Ending)

 

Detroit Area

Flint Area

1

45.7" 3/5/1900*

38.7" 2/24/1967

2

44.0" 3/23/1900*

36.8" 1/6/2014

3

40.6" 2/25/1908

35.6" 1/3/2001

4

39.9" 1/28/2014*

34.7" 2/12/2008

5

37.3" 1/6/2014*

34.4" 2/26/2011

*While both of these 30 day spans include some of the same snowfall events, they are both included since the ending dates are more than 15 days apart.

How about for the entire 2013-2014 snow season through the end of January?  At Detroit, this has been the snowiest start to a winter on record through January 31.  This year is in the top 5 for Flint.

Snowiest Starts to a Snow Season Through January

 

Detroit Area

Flint Area

1

55.8" (2013-14)*

60.1" (1975-76)

2

53.6" (1977-78)

55.4" (2008-09)

3

48.8" (2008-09)

52.6" (1951-52)

4

47.5" (1974-75)

51.5" (1966-67)

5

45.3" (1929-30)

51.4" (2013-14)*

*Through 7 am Jan 31

How about snow depth?  There has been at least 2" of snow depth every day this month at Detroit, Flint, and Saginaw.  2014 is the 18th time this has occurred in Saginaw and the 9th time in Flint, but just the 3rd time in Detroit.  Also, Detroit has had 24 days this month with at least 6" snow depth, which is a new record.

 COLD

January 2014 is also on pace to easily place in the top 10 coldest Januarys and potentially into the top 10 all-time coldest months for Detroit and Flint.

January Temperature Stats

Location

January Normal

January 2014 (through 30th)

Coldest January Since (Year)

January 2014 Ranking

Coldest Month Since (Year)

All-Time Coldest Month Ranking

Detroit Area

25.6

15.9

12.8 (1977)

6th

12.8 (Jan. 1977)

8th

Flint Area

22.4

15.3

14.5 (2009)

7th

14.5 (Jan. 2009)

10th

Saginaw

22.2

15.7

14.9 (2009)

13th

14.9 (Jan. 2009)

20th

This winter has also experienced a number of low temperatures below zero.  Below is another table to gain additional perspective on the cold by looking at the number of times we have fallen below zero this winter.

Below-Zero Days          

 

Location

Number of Days Below Zero this Winter Through the 29th

Most Days Below Zero Since (Season and Number of Days)

Number of Winter Seasons to Have 10 or More Days Below Zero

Average Number of Days Below Zero in a Season

Record (Season)

Detroit Area

10

12 (1993-94)

13

3.6

21 (1884-85)

Flint Area

13

14 (2003-04)

26

7.4

28 (1962-63)

Saginaw

8

9 (2008-09)

23

6.7

25 (1962-63)

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