Was January Really that Cold? - KMSP-TV

Was January Really that Cold?

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Meteorologist Cody Matz Meteorologist Cody Matz

If I were to walk up and ask almost any Minnesotan what they thought of January, the responses would likely be something like these; frigid, cold, miserable, ridiculous, the coldest month ever, horrible, mind numbing, stupid… etc. I'm sure the list would go on for a while, but after all of that, was it really that cold? The fact is, it wasn't. Yes, it was below average statewide, and we did start one of the longest stretches of subzero lows we have ever seen. But the reality of the situation is, no daily records were broken, and it was only in the 80th percentile when it comes to cold Januarys, meaning that a fifth of all January's to this point were colder… that's 1 in 5! How can that be? Well, we have had such great luck with warm winters that we have forgotten just how brutal a Minnesota winter can be. It has been 5 years since we have experienced anything remotely close to this and 18 years since we have seen a similar year. So here are the numbers nationwide that shows the eastern half of the country experiencing cold weather and the western half basking in the warmth.


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