January in Minot: Cold, wind, less snow

The month of January in Minot was colder than last year and there was a lot of wind but less snow, said Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Extention Center, south of Minot.

“This past month of January we had a monthly average temp of 8.0 degrees, which was 2.0 degrees below last year’s average temps for the same month,” Tarasenko said. He said it was “0.7 degrees above the 108-year long-term average of 7.3 degrees.”

Tarasenko records the weather data himself every day.

“We had 0.34 inch of moisture for the month and this compares with 0.63 inch for the same period one year ago, and the 108-year long-term average of 0.56 inch,” he said.

The snowfall for the month of January was 4.6 inches verses 6.2 inches one year ago and the long-term average of 7.2 inches, he said.

“That brings our total snowfall for this winter up to 26.4 inches (October 2013 through January 2014),” he said.

He said the coldest day of the month was minus 23 degrees on Jan. 6.

“January had a lot of winds. We had wind gusts up to 48.0 mph on the 15th of January,” he said.

The weather forecast through Thursday calls for cold temps but no snow, according to the National Weather Service.

For Super Bowl fans, Sunday will be mostly sunny with a daytime high of 11 degrees.