January 2013 had two “January thaws,” giving us a month with above normal temperatures and below normal melted precipitation and snowfall. It was a difficult month for Winter sports enthusiasts as the two thaws greatly reduced the amount of snow on the ground.
The average high temperature was 28.6 degrees and the average low was 11.9 degrees giving us an average of 20.3 degrees, 1.8 degrees above normal. The highest temperature, 28.6 degrees, was recorded on the 30th and the lowest, -18 degrees, was recorded on the 24th. There were 1433.5 degree days bringing our seasonal total to 4279.0. There were 7 days with below zero readings which is average for this location.
Melted precipitation for the month was 1.70 inches, 1.31 inches below normal. Precipitation fell on 14 days, with the greatest amount, 0.62 inches, falling on the 31st.
Snowfall was also below normal as only 10.8 inches fell, 8.6 inches below normal. This brings our seasonal total to 36.1 inches, only 6.5 inches below normal.
The river reached its highest level, 4.56 feet, on the 16th and its lowest level, 3.40 feet, on the 16th.