January precipitation near average
Temperatures were colder than normal.Even though flooding occurred, precipitation was near average. Snowfall was actually below average.
The new decade saw temperatures below freezing for the first two weeks. Twelve days followed with gradual snow melt.
The average high temperature was 29.7 degrees and the average low temperature was 15.7 degrees. The mean of 22.7 degrees was 2.8 degrees below normal.
The highest temperature was 53 degrees when flooding started on January 24.The lowest temperature was minus 4 degrees on January 11.
Precipitation was way below average until 2.04 inches of rain fell on January 24 and 25 at Bartow. Southern Pocahontas County had twice that amount with a 13.5' flood crest at Marlinton and a 7' crest at Bartow. That amount of rain normally does not cause flooding at Bartow and Durbin.
Precipitation of 3.44 inches was 0.21 inches above normal.
The snowfall total was 14 inches for the month. That is 3.2 inches below normal. For the season snowfall is 50 inches.
With early snowfall totals in February, I am now predicting more than 100 inches for the season.