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December Climate Summaries

 and January Outlook

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January Climate Outlook

Temperature Outlook Precipitation Outlook

Normal highs for Duluth, MN begin in the teens at the beginning of the month and remain in the upper teens by the end of January. Normal lows for the month begin in the low single digits above zero and remain there by the end of the month.. Normal precipitation for January is 0.96 inches. Normal snowfall for January is 19.4 inches.

Normal highs for International Falls, MN begin the month in the low teens and warm to the mid teens by the end of January. Normal lows begin the month in the single digits below zero and remain there by the end of the month. Normal precipitation for January is 0.62 inches. Normal snowfall for January is 15.0 inches. 

Normal highs for Brainerd, MN begin the month in the upper teens and warm to the low 20s by the end of January. Normal lows begin in the single digits below zero and remain there by the end of the month. Normal precipitation for January is 0.33 inches. 

Normal highs for Hibbing, MN begin the month in the mid teens and warm to the upper teens by the end of January. Normal lows begin in the single digits below zero and remain there by the end of the month. 

Normal highs for Ashland, WI begin the month in the low 20s and remain there by the end of January. Normal lows begin in the single digits above zero and remain there by the end of the month. 

The latest Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook indicates that odds are tilted toward below normal temperatures and precipitation across northeast Minnesota, and northwest Wisconsin for January. 

 

Duluth, MN

Normals for the Month of January
(The monthly climate normals are from a 30 year period defined by the Climate Prediction Center as 1981-2010)

  The Normal, Monthly Average Temperature (degrees F)

10.2

  The Normal, Monthly High Temperature (degrees F)

18.9

  The Normal, Monthly Low Temperature (degrees F)

1.5

 

 

  Normal Monthly Precipitation (inches)

0.96

  Normal Monthly Snowfall (inches)

17.7

 

 

  Normal number of days with Measurable Precipitation

10

  Normal number of days with snow depth of 1 inch or greater

31

 

 

  Normal Heating Degree Days

1771

  Normal Cooling Degree Days

0

 

Records for the Month of January

  Warmest Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

23.7 in 2006

  Coldest  Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

-7.2 in 1912

  Highest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

55 on the 22nd and 23rd in 1942

  Lowest Observed High Temperature (degrees F)

-22 on the 5th in 1912 and on the 9th in 1982

  Lowest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

-41 on January 2nd in 1885

  Highest Observed Low Temperature (degrees F)

35 on the 25th in 1944 and on the 31st in 1993

 

 

  Greatest Monthly Precipitation (inches)

4.70 in 1969

  Least Monthly  Precipitation (inches)

0.13 in 2008

  Greatest Daily Precipitation (inches)

1.18 on the 23rd in 1969

 

 

  Greatest Monthly Snowfall (inches)

46.8 in 1969

  Least Monthly Snowfall (inches)

2.0 in 1921

  Greatest Daily Snowfall (inches)

18.2 on the 26th in 2004

  Greatest Measured Snow Depth (inches)

42 on the 5th in 1997 and on the 30th in 1969


International Falls, MN

Normals for the Month of January
(The monthly climate normals are from a 30 year period defined by the Climate Prediction Center as 1981-2010)

  The Normal, Monthly Average Temperature (degrees F)

4.9

  The Normal, Monthly High Temperature (degrees F)

15.5

  The Normal, Monthly Low Temperature (degrees F)

-5.6

 

 

  Normal Monthly Precipitation (inches)

0.62

  Normal Monthly Snowfall (inches)

12.9

 

 

  Normal number of days with Measurable Precipitation

9

  Normal number of days with snow depth of 1 inch or greater

31

 

 

  Normal Heating Degree Days

1946

  Normal Cooling Degree Days

0

 

Records for the Month of January

  Warmest Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

18.8 in 2006

  Coldest  Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

-10.5 in 1982

  Highest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

49 on the 20th in 1921

  Lowest Observed High Temperature (degrees F)

-29 on the 6th in 1909

  Lowest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

-55 on the 6th in 1909

  Highest Observed Low Temperature (degrees F)

34 on the 9th in 2002

 

 

  Greatest Monthly Precipitation (inches)

3.03 in 1975

  Least Monthly  Precipitation (inches)

0.02 in 1908 

  Greatest Daily Precipitation (inches)

0.95 on the 10th in 1975

 

 

  Greatest Monthly Snowfall (inches)

43.0 in 1975

  Least Monthly Snowfall (inches)

0.2 in 1908

  Greatest Daily Snowfall (inches)

14.1 on the 10th in 1975

  Greatest Measured Snow Depth (inches)

38 on the 24th through 27th in 1982

Brainerd, MN

Normals for the Month of January
(The monthly climate normals are from a 30 year period defined by the Climate Prediction Center as 1981-2010)

  The Normal, Monthly Average Temperature (degrees F)

9.4

  The Normal, Monthly High Temperature (degrees F)

20.8

  The Normal, Monthly Low Temperature (degrees F)

-2.0

 

 

  Normal Monthly Precipitation (inches)

0.80

 

 

  Normal Heating Degree Days

1846

  Normal Cooling Degree Days

0

 

 

Records for the Month of January

 Warmest Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

40.5 in 2002 and 1944

 Coldest  Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

12 in 1966

 Highest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

56 on the 25th in 1981

 Lowest Observed High Temperature (degrees F)

-23 on the 25th in 1904

 Lowest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

-48 on the 15th in 1972

 Highest Observed Low Temperature (degrees F)

36 on the 9th in 2002

 

 

  Greatest Monthly Precipitation (inches)

2.31 in 1969

  Least Monthly  Precipitation (inches)

0.00 in 1908

  Greatest Daily Precipitation (inches)

0.97 on the 5th in 1997

 

 

Hibbing, MN

Normals for the Month of January
(The monthly climate normals are from a 30 year period defined by the Climate Prediction Center as 1981-2010)

  The Normal, Monthly Average Temperature (degrees F)

7.4

  The Normal, Monthly High Temperature (degrees F)

17.9

  The Normal, Monthly Low Temperature (degrees F)

-3.2

 

 

  Normal Heating Degree Days

1853

  Normal Cooling Degree Days

0

 

 

Records for the Month of January 

  Warmest Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

39.0 in 1993 and 1942

  Coldest  Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

11.5 in 1966

  Highest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

51 on the 23rd in 1942

  Lowest Observed High Temperature (degrees F)

-25 on the 14th in 1972

  Lowest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

-50 on the 20th in 1996

 Highest Observed Low Temperature (degrees F)

35 on the 9th in 2002

 

 

Ashland , WI

Normals for the Month of January
(The monthly climate normals are from a 30 year period defined by the Climate Prediction Center as 1981-2010)

  The Normal, Monthly Average Temperature (degrees F)

13.7

  The Normal, Monthly High Temperature (degrees F)

23.4

  The Normal, Monthly Low Temperature (degrees F)

4.0

 

 

  Normal Heating Degree Days

1715

  Normal Cooling Degree Days

0

 

 

Records for the Month of January

  Warmest Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

25.9 in 2006

  Coldest  Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

-3.7 in 1912

  Highest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

58 on the 23rd in 1909

  Lowest Observed High Temperature (degrees F)

-16 on the 23rd in 1935

  Lowest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

-41 on the 17th in 1982

 Highest Observed Low Temperature (degrees F)

37 on the 9th in 2002