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January 2020 Climate Summaries for the Northland

January 2020 featured warmer than average temperatures and above normal precipitation in the Northland. Snowfall totals for the month were near to above normal in most of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, but Duluth recorded below normal snowfall for the month of January, making it the 15th consecutive January to have below normal snowfall in Duluth. Note: The last time we had above normal snowfall in Duluth for the month of January was in 2005!

Duluth, Minnesota

Average temperature: 16.1 degrees
Normal: 10.2 degrees
Departure: +5.9 degrees above normal

Highest temperature: 32 degrees on the 25th and 22nd

Lowest temperature: -16 degrees on the 16th

8 days with a subzero low temperature; mean for January is 15 days.

2 days with a high temperature of 32 degrees; mean is 5 days.

Total precipitation: 1.37″
Normal: 0.96″
Departure: +0.41″ above normal

Greatest daily precipitation total: 0.41″ on the 17th

Number of days with at least 0.01″ of precipitation: 13
Number of days with at least 0.10″ of precipitation: 5

Total snowfall: 17.7″
Normal: 19.4″
Departure: -1.7″ below normal

Greatest daily snowfall total: 3.7″ on the 18th

Number of days with at least 0.1″ snowfall: 15; mean is 12 days.

Number of days with at least 1.0″ snowfall: 7; mean is 4 days.

Note: January 2020 was the 21st warmest January on record in station history dating back to 1875.
International Falls, Minnesota

Average temperature: 11.3 degrees
Departure: +6.9 degrees above normal

Total precipitation: 1.21″
Departure: +0.59″ above normal

Total snowfall: 19.4″
Departure: +4.4″ above normal

Note: January 2020 was the 11th warmest January on record in station history, the 14th snowiest and 19th wettest January on record in station history.
Brainerd, Minnesota

Average temperature: 15.6 degrees
Departure: +4.4 degrees above normal

Total precipitation: 1.10″
Departure: +0.33″ above normal

Total snowfall: 14.5″
Departure: +4.9″ above normal

Note: January 2020 was the 15th warmest January in station history, 16th wettest and 18th snowiest January in station history.
Hibbing, Minnesota

Average temperature: 11.9 degrees
Departure: +5.2 degrees above normal

Note: January 2020 was the 13th warmest January in station history.
Ashland, Wisconsin

Average temperature: 19.6 degrees
Departure: +6.3 degrees above normal

Note: January 2020 was the 13th warmest January on record in station history.
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Average temperature, departure from mean for January 2020. Source: https://mrcc.illinois.edu/

Accumulated snowfall for January 2020.

Accumulated snowfall, departure from mean for January 2020.

Accumulated precipitation, departure from mean for January 2020.

Thanks for reading!

Tim

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