January Temperature Records 1879-2012

January Cold

Top 20 Coldest January Means
1. 1977: 11.4
2. 1918: 15.9
3. 1940: 17.8
4. 1893: 18.9
5. 1978: 19.0
6. 1912: 19.2
7. 1884: 19.9
8. 1970: 20.6
9. 1982: 21.2
10. 1994: 21.3
11. 1948, 1979: 21.4
12. 1963, 1985: 21.7
13. 1920, 1966: 22.2
14. 2003, 2009: 22.6
15. 1904: 22.8
16. 1885: 22.9
17. 1981, 1984: 23.3
18. 1886: 23.4
19. 1961: 23.5
20. 1968: 23.6

Average January Mean By Decade
2010s*: 28.1
2000s: 29.8
1990s: 30.9
1980s: 26.7
1970s: 24.6
1960s: 27.0
1950s: 31.0
1940s: 29.5
1930s: 33.5
1920s: 28.7
1910s: 29.5
1900s: 30.0
1890s: 28.9
1880s: 28.2
1870s**: 25.6
*2010 to 2012
**1879 only

Top 10 Coldest Daily January Highs
1. 1985: -5
2. 1879, 1982: -4
3. 1893: -3
4. 1977: -2
5. 1884, 1970, 1994: -1
6. 1895, 1984: 0
7. 1886, 1940, 1962: 2
8. 1897, 1963: 3
9. 1924, 1936, 2009: 4
10. 1912, 1966: 5

Average Coldest January High By Decade
2010s*: 19.3
2000s: 18.3
1990s: 18.3
1980s: 10.7
1970s: 11.6
1960s: 11.7
1950s: 18.9
1940s: 16.5
1930s: 19.3
1920s: 14.7
1910s: 15.2
1900s: 15.6
1890s: 11.1
1880s: 14.9
1870s**: -4.0
*2010 to 2012
**1879 only

Top 10 Coldest Daily January Lows
1. 1994: -22
2. 1879, 1884: -20
3. 1977, 1985: -19
4. 1936, 1982, 1984: -16
5. 1963: -15
6. 1964: -14
7. 1918, 1948, 1961: -13
8. 1893, 1972: -12
9. 1886, 1940, 1965, 2009: -11
10. 1897: -10

Average Coldest January Low by Decade
2010s*: 3.3
2000s: 2.7
1990s: 3.2
1980s: -2.8
1970s: -3.5
1960s: -6.0
1950s: 2.2
1940s: 1.0
1930s: 6.0
1920s: 1.2
1910s: -0.7
1900s: 0.8
1890s: -1.6
1880s: -0.6
1870s**: -20.0
*2010 to 2012
**1879 only

Top 5 Januarys with Most 32 or Below Highs
1. 1977: 31
2. 1918, 1940: 24
3. 1978, 1985: 22
4. 1893, 1912, 1979, 2011: 21
5. 1966, 1970, 2003: 20

Average January 32 or Below Highs by Decade
2010s*: 15.3
2000s: 11.8
1990s: 8.9
1980s: 12.0
1970s: 16.2
1960s: 13.3
1950s: 9.4
1940s: 10.8
1930s: 6.7
1920s: 11.3
1910s: 10.9
1900s: 10.5
1890s: 11.1
1880s: 11.7
1870s**: 13.0
*2010 to 2012
**1879 only

Top 5 Januarys with Most 32 or Below Lows
1. 1902, 1918, 1920, 1945, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1979: 31
2. 1893, 1905, 1912, 1929, 1948, 1959, 1962, 1981, 2003, 2009, 2011: 30
3. 1881, 1884, 1892, 1915, 1922, 1925, 1940, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1978, 1982, 1987, 1991: 29
4. 1883, 1885, 1895, 1904, 1908, 1954, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1984, 1994, 2000, 2001: 28
5. 1886, 1887, 1888, 1903, 1917, 1923, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1996, 2004, 2010: 27

Average January 32 or Below Lows By Decade
2010s*: 27.3
2000s: 24.6
1990s: 24.5
1980s: 27.5
1970s: 28.3
1960s: 26.1
1950s: 26.6
1940s: 24.9
1930s: 22.5
1920s: 26.5
1910s: 25.6
1900s: 25.3
1890s: 24.1
1880s: 24.8
1870s**: 26.0
*2010 to 2012
**1879 only

January Heat

Top 20 Warmest January Means
1. 1880: 43.9
2. 2006: 40.7
3. 1932: 40.3
4. 1950: 39.9
5. 1933: 38.6
6. 1937: 37.8
7. 1990: 37.7
8. 1998: 37.6
9. 1949: 37.0
10. 1913: 36.9
11. 1906, 1989: 36.6
12. 1916: 36.0
13. 1947: 35.9
14. 2002: 35.6
15. 1939, 1953: 35.3
16. 1952: 35.1
17. 1967: 34.8
18. 1894: 34.7
19. 2007: 34.4
20. 1993: 34.3

Top 10 Warmest January Highs
1. 1950: 74
2. 1906: 72
3. 1932, 1998: 70
4. 2005: 69
5. 1916, 1946, 1967, 1996, 2008: 68
6. 1890, 1907, 1929, 1933, 1952, 1995, 1997: 67
7. 1887, 1898, 1909, 1914, 1937, 2002: 66
8. 1975, 1985, 1998: 65
9. 1897, 1947, 1949: 64
10. 1928, 1938, 1944, 1959, 1960: 63

Average January Warmest High By Decade
2010s*: 56.3
2000s: 59.7
1990s: 61.4
1980s: 55.7
1970s: 55.1
1960s: 57.8
1950s: 60.8
1940s: 57.9
1930s: 61.2
1920s: 56.1
1910s: 56.7
1900s: 60.4
1890s: 58.8
1880s: 55.6
1870s**: 56.0
*2010 to 2012
**1879 only

Top 10 Warmest January Lows
1. 1950: 58
2. 1890, 1967, 1997, 2008: 57
3. 1906, 1907: 56
4. 1998, 2005: 55
5. 1880, 1937, 1946, 1965, 1995: 54
6. 1909, 1916, 1930, 1993: 53
7. 2000, 2002, 2007: 52
8. 1932: 51
9. 1913, 1933, 1935, 1951: 50
10. 1894, 1952, 1988: 49

Average January Warmest Low By Decade
2010s*: 40.0
2000s: 46.3
1990s: 46.1
1980s: 39.1
1970s: 34.6
1960s: 43.6
1950s: 43.3
1940s: 41.2
1930s: 46.2
1920s: 40.0
1910s: 42.2
1900s: 44.3
1890s: 43.6
1880s: 40.9
1870s**: 42.0
*2010 to 2012
**1879 only

Top 5 Januarys with Most 60 or Above Highs
1. 1916, 1950: 7
2. 1890: 6
3. 1932: 5
4. 1880, 1949, 1952, 1967: 4
5. 1897, 1906, 1907, 1909, 1914, 1937, 1939, 1946, 1947, 1951, 1989, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2008: 3

Average January Highs 60 or Above By Decade
2010s*: 0.7
2000s: 1.2
1990s: 0.5
1980s: 0.6
1970s: 0.9
1960s: 1.6
1950s: 1.6
1940s: 1.3
1930s: 1.5
1920s: 0.2
1910s: 1.3
1900s: 1.1
1890s: 1.1
1880s: 0.5
1870s**: 0.0
*2010 to 2012
**1879 only

Top 10 Months with the Greatest Temperature Range in Degrees (Monthly Max to Minimum)
1. 1985: 84
2. 1879: 76
3, 1897: 74
4. 1982, 1999: 73
5. 1916, 1964, 1965, 1972, 1994: 72
6. 1887: 71
7. 1904, 2005: 70
8. 1930, 1948, 1959, 2000: 69
9. 1884, 1906, 1907, 1997: 68
10. 1886, 1929: 67