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Preliminary Climate Summary for January 2022

Preliminary Climate Summary for January 2022: Most climate stations will report a mean monthly temperature that is 3 to 7 degrees F colder than normal this month, marking this the coldest January in the state since 2014. Minnesota reported the coldest temperature in the 48 contiguous states 8 times during the month, with many readings of -30°F or colder. Extremes for the month ranged from -44°F at Baudette (Lake of the Woods County) on the 1st and at Warren (Marshall County) on the 3rd, to a maximum temperature of 48°F at Albert Lea (Freeborn County) on the 13th. Within the statewide climate observation network there were 45 daily record low minimum temperatures tied or broken and 48 daily cold maximum temperature records tied or broken, including a high temperature of only -20°F at Red Lake Falls on the 2nd. Several Wind Chill Advisories were issued by the National Weather Service during the month, and some areas reported Wind Chill Values from the -40s to low -50s F. Most areas o

Large fluctuations in temperature continue

Large fluctuations in temperature continue: January 18-20 (Tue-Thu) this week brought yet again some wide swings in temperature to the state. On January 18th many southern and southwestern communities reported afternoon temperatures from the low to mid 40s F. By Thursday morning most stations in Minnesota were registering subzero temperatures, including minus 30s F in northeastern counties. On January 20th a reading of -34°F at Celina 2E (St Louis County) was the coldest in the 48 contiguous states, and on January 21st a reading of -34°F at Embarrass and Kabetogama was the coldest as well. Minnesota has now reported the coldest daily temperatures in the 48 contiguous states 8 times this month. Daily fluctuations in temperature for January 19th were unusually large as well with Pipestone reporting a maximum temperature of 46°F and a minimum of -3°F and Kimball (Stearns County) reporting a maximum of 42°F and a minimum of -7°F. This time of year, the average daily range in temperat

January thaw for some, but still colder than normal

January thaw for some, but still colder than normal: Despite 3-days of a January Thaw (Jan 11-13) for much of the state this week with daytime temperatures as high as the mid to upper 40s F in southern Minnesota communities, the first two weeks of January are generally showing an average temperature that is 4°F to 8°F colder than normal. Minnesota has reported the coldest temperature in the 48 contiguous states four times already this month. Climate observers in Hubbard, St Louis, Marshall, and Lake of the Woods Counties have already reported low temperatures in the minus 40s this month, with observers in 20 other counties reported minimum temperatures of -30°F or colder. With readings of -44°F at Baudette and Warren this first week of the month and 48°F at Albert Lea the second week of the month we have already seen a 92-degree temperature variation across the state. With the medium range models suggesting that most of the rest of January will bring below normal temperatures it is