January 2021 Climate Summaries for the Northland

January 2021 was a very warm month in the Northland, with average temperatures for the month finishing around 5 to over 10 degrees above normal, with International Falls, Brainerd and Hibbing having an average monthly temperature in January 2021 which ranked in the top 10 warmest on record for January.

Precipitation for the month varied from slightly above normal along the Borderland to generally below normal across the rest of the Northland.

Snowfall for the month was below to well below normal across the entire Northland.

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Note: 77% of days in January 2021 had an above average temperature (red) at Duluth, Minnesota, with only 23% of days being below average (blue).

Source: https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/

Temperature data for Duluth, Minnesota for January 2021.

Source: https://w2.weather.gov/

Accumulated Snowfall for Duluth, Minnesota for January 2021.

Accumulated Precipitation for Duluth, Minnesota for January 2021.

Duluth, Minnesota Climate Summary for January 2021

Average temperature: 17.9 degrees
Normal: 10.2 degrees
Departure: +7.7 degrees above normal

Highest temperature: 38 degrees on the 13th
Lowest temperature: -14 degrees on the 28th

7 days had a maximum temperature of 32 F or higher (normal is 5 days)
7 days had a subzero minimum temperature (normal is 15 days)

Total precipitation: 0.61″
Normal: 0.96″
Departure: -0.35″ below normal

Greatest calendar day precipitation total: 0.16″ on the 30th

8 days had at least 0.01″ of precipitation
3 days had at least 0.10″ of precipitation

Total snowfall: 9.1″
Normal: 19.4″
Departure: -10.3″ below normal

Greatest calendar day snowfall total: 2.9″ on the 30th

10 days had at least 0.1″ snowfall (normal is 12 days)
3 days had at least 1.0″ snowfall (normal is 4 days)
International Falls, Minnesota Climate Summary for January 2021

Average temperature: 15.0 degrees
Departure: +10.6 degrees above normal

Total precipitation: 0.68″
Departure: +0.06″ above normal

Total snowfall: 11.0″
Departure: -4.0″ below normal

Note: January 2021 was the 2nd warmest January on record in station history. The warmest January on record was in 2006 with an average temperature of 18.8 degrees.
Brainerd, Minnesota Climate Summary for January 2021

Average temperature: 18.4 degrees
Departure: +7.2 degrees above normal

Note: January 2021 was the 7th warmest January on record in station history. The warmest January on record was in 2006 with an average temperature of 25.2 degrees.
Hibbing, Minnesota Climate Summary for January 2021

Average temperature: 14.1 degrees
Departure: +7.4 degrees above normal

Note: January 2021 was the 8th warmest January on record in station history. The warmest January on record was in 2006 with an average temperature of 21.0 degrees.
Ashland, Wisconsin Climate Summary for January 2021

Average temperature: 18.6 degrees
Departure: +5.3 degrees above normal
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Source: https://mrcc.illinois.edu/

Snowfall totals for January 2021 ranged from 79% of normal at International Falls to only 47% of normal at Duluth.

Total precipitation for January 2021 ranged from 110% of normal at International Falls to 64% of normal at Duluth.

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