January 2010: Rain and temps

 

You may be surprised to know that January 2010, as a whole, came in with temperatures very near normal. The monthly average temperature was only 0.4 degrees below the 30-year climate norms.
 
A bitterly cold arctic blast the first 10 days of the New Year caused most ponds and smaller lakes (less than 50 acres) to freeze over, and brought the longest sustained cold wave in 20 years.
 
By mid-month, however, the upper level pattern radically changed and we experienced daily highs of 15-20 degrees above average for almost two weeks.
 
This was followed by the ice and snow event of Jan 28-30 along with chilly winter temperatures to round out the month.
 
Heavy rainfall during the last week of January brought most areas to “above normal” precipitation values for the month. The table below shows January rainfall and comparison to the 30-year normal:
 
January 2010 Observed vs. "Normal" Rainfall
Location Jan 2010 Precip. Percent of "Normal" value
Ada 1.71 95%
Antlers 4.33 154%
Ardmore 1.68 100%
Atoka 2.93 128%
Bonham 3.61 144%
Coalgate 1.86 92%
Durant 2.57 117%
Gainesville 1.56 88%
Hugo 4.99 178%
Madill 1.91 101%
Marietta 1.81 108%
Paris 2.72 97%
Ringling 1.59 118%
Sherman 2.07 98%
Sulphur 1.90 107%
Tishomingo 1.74 97%
 
 
  
 
Given an active “El Nino” pattern, it’s likely we’ll see above normal precipitation through the spring.
 
Take Care,
 
Steve LaNore
Chief Meteorologist
KXII-TV
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