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2/13/12 January Weather Summary

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West Virginia Climate Summary, January 2012:
                 Still Mild, But Turning Drier

During January, the "year without winter" continued both in West Virginia and nearly nationwide.  Mountain
State monthly temperatures averaged 4 to 6 degrees F above normal at the major observation sites; West
Virginia last experienced a colder-than-normal month in October 2011.  Meanwhile, West Virginia's monthly
precipitation slipped into the dry half of the historical distribution for the first time since August 2011,
although a few southern and western locations (e.g. Beckley, Morgantown, and Parkersburg) noted wetter-than-
normal January weather.

The month's coldest blast -- fairly tame by historical standards -- occurred early in the month, sending
temperatures below 20 degrees F statewide and to near 0 degrees F in the highlands.  Elkins noted a minimum
temperature of 2 degrees F on January 4, compared to the 1919 daily-record low of -8 degrees F.  On the same
date, Morgantown's low of 8 degrees F was not even close to its daily mark of -2 degrees F, established on
January 4, 1981.  Elsewhere, both Charleston and Huntington enjoyed 7 January days with readings of 60
degrees F or greater; both cities peaked at 67 degrees F on January 23.  Martinsburg reached 68 degrees F
on January 31, falling just short of its 1974 daily-record high of 70 degrees F.

Nearly all of the month's snow was focused around the two most significant cold outbreaks.  For example,
Elkins received 8.7 inches of snow from January 1-4 and 2.9 inches from January 13-15.  During the same
periods, Beckley's snowfall totaled 7.5 and 3.5 inches, respectively -- accounting for its entire monthly
sum.  Huntington's first measurable snow of the season, 0.3 inch, fell on January 2.  Similarly, Charleston's
first snow of the season, 4.0 inches, fell on January 2-3.  Later, a wintry event unfolded across northeastern
West Virginia from January 20-23, when light snow, sleet, and freezing rain/drizzle caused a variety of travel
disruptions.  The same storm brought 1.14 inches, all rain, to Beckley on January 20-21.  In some places,
monthly precipitation totals were significantly boosted by a late-month rainy spell; January 25-29
precipitation amounts reached 1.52 inches in Parkersburg and 1.15 inches in Morgantown.


            Preliminary Station Data, January 2012*
Temperatures (Degrees F), Precipitation (Inches), and Departures from Normal

WV Station      Avg   Dep   Hi / Lo Temp (Dates)                    Pcpn  Dep.      % Nml     Snow
Beckley           36.6  +5.5  62 (23rd, 31st) / 10 (4th)              3.35  +0.54     119       11.0
Bluefield         38.8  +4.6  66 (26th) / 12 (3rd, 4th)                2.70  -0.20      93        5.4
Charleston     38.7  +4.3  67 (23rd) / 12 (4th)                       2.11  -0.89      70        5.4
Elkins             34.1  +4.9  63 (31st) / 2 (4th)                          1.79  -1.44      55       13.4
Huntington     38.6  +4.9  67 (23rd) / 16 (4th)                       2.16  -0.81      73        0.3
Martinsburg    36.2  +5.3  68 (31st) / 11 (4th)                       2.07  -0.37      85       N/A
Morgantown   36.3  +5.0  66 (23rd) / 8 (4th)                         3.22  +0.41     115       N/A
Parkersburg    36.3  +4.7  65 (23rd) / 12 (15th)                    4.21  +1.26     143       N/A

Nearby Stns         Avg   Dep   Hi / Lo Temp (Dates)                    Pcpn  Dep.      % Nml     Snow 
Blacksburg, VA   35.4  +4.0  60 (26th) / 13 (4th, 19th)              2.09  -0.89      70        1.7
Hagerstown, MD   35.5  +4.7  67 (31st) / 11 (4th)                    2.36  -0.32      88       N/A
Jackson, KY     39.8  +4.9  67 (31st) / 17 (3rd, 4th, 13th)         4.86  +1.25     135        3.8
Pittsburgh, PA  32.8  +4.4  61 (23rd) / 3 (20th)                        3.85  +1.15     143       15.8
Zanesville, OH  33.0  +4.2  63 (31st) / 3 (20th)                         2.73  +0.07     103       N/A

* Preliminary station data were supplied by National Weather Service offices in Blacksburg, VA, Charleston,
WV, Pittsburgh, PA, Sterling, VA, and Jackson, KY.  Compiled by Brad Rippey, Agricultural Meteorologist,
U.S. Department of Agriculture.