January 2022 Climate Summaries for the Northland — A top 5 driest January on record at Ashland and Brainerd

4:36 PM Tuesday, February 1, 2022

January 2022 was colder than average in the Northland with average monthly temperatures coming in 5 to 7 degrees below average.

20 subzero nights at Duluth during January 2022, normal for January is 14 subzero nights.

Much of the Northland had below average precipitation for January 2022, with Ashland and Brainerd recording a top 5 driest January on record.

Snowfall for January 2022 ranged from slightly above average at Duluth to below average at International Falls.

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The Duluth, Minnesota Climate Summary for the month of January 2022

Average monthly temperature: 4.7 degrees
Normal: 11.2 degrees
Departure: -6.9 degrees below average

Highest temperature: 33 degrees on the 18th
Lowest temperature: -23 degrees on 1st

1 day had a high temperature of at least 32 degrees, normal is 5 days
20 subzero nights, normal is 14 subzero nights

Total precipitation: 0.56″
Normal: 0.95″
Departure: -0.39″ below normal

Greatest calendar day precipitation total: 0.11″ on the 18th and 5th

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

Total snowfall: 17.1″
Normal: 16.8″
Departure: +0.3″ above normal

Greatest calendar day snowfall total: 6.3″ on the 14th

12 days had at least 0.1″ of snowfall, normal is 13 days
5 days had at least 1.0″ of snowfall, normal is 5 days
The International Falls, Minnesota Climate Summary for the month of January 2022

Average monthly temperature: -2.1 degrees
Departure: -7.1 degrees below average

Total precipitation: 0.95″
Departure: +0.16″ above average

Total snowfall: 10.1″
Departure: -5.6″ below average
The Brainerd, Minnesota Climate Summary for the month of January 2022

Average monthly temperature: 5.0 degrees
Departure: -5.6 degrees below average

Total precipitation: 0.03″
Departure: -0.44″ below average

Note: January 2022 was the 5th driest January on record in station history. The driest January on record was in 2003 and 2002 with a trace of precipitation.
The Hibbing, Minnesota Climate Summary for the month of January 2022

Average monthly temperature: -0.9 degrees
Departure: -7.1 degrees below average

Total precipitation: 0.28″
Departure: -0.23″ below average
The Ashland, Wisconsin Climate Summary for the month of January 2022

Average monthly temperature: 8.3 degrees
Departure: -5.7 degrees below average

Total precipitation: 0.06″
Departure: -0.58″ below average

Note: January 2022 was the 4th driest January on record in station history. The driest January on record was in 2003 and 1981 with a trace of precipitation.

A cold January in the Northland, but not quite cold enough to break into the top 10 list of coldest Januaries on record at any of the 5 climate locations.

A very dry January in much of the Northland with precipitation totals for the month ranging from just 0.03″ at Brainerd to 0.06″ at Ashland, while areas farther north fared quite a bit better, with Hibbing picking up a little more than a quarter inch of precipitation, while Duluth picked up 0.56″ of precipitation while International Falls had 0.95″ of precipitation last month.

Percent of Normal Precipitation for January 2022

International Falls: 120% of normal
Duluth: 59% of normal
Hibbing: 55% of normal
Ashland: 9% of normal
Brainerd: 6% of normal

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By Climate District January 2022 was the 4th coldest January on record in northeast Minnesota (darker blue color on map)

Parts of southern Arizona had a top 5 warmest January on record last month (darker red colors on map)

Bone dry in much of California and Nevada with January 2022 ranking as the driest January on record (dark brown colors on map) or a top 5 driest January on record.

Parts of southeast Kansas, northeast Nebraska and eastern Lower Michigan had a top 5 driest January on record in 2022.

Tim

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