January 22, 2008 in City

Weather Extremes

Harris-Mann Climatology The Spokesman-Review
 

For the week of Jan. 13-19, there were only 70 weather records tied or broken, compared with 360 records the previous week, when there were 312 warm records. Last week, only seven warm extremes were observed.

Rare snowfalls were seen in the Southeast. On Saturday, Meridian, Miss., picked up a record 2 inches of snow. Jackson, Miss., observed a half-inch, while Atlanta reported slightly less than an inch.

The most impressive snowfall records were found in New England. On Jan. 14, 10.5 inches was measured in Portland, Maine. Bangor, Maine, observed a record 12.3 inches of snow. In the central U.S., nearly 6 inches was measured at Appleton, Wis., on Thursday. Marquette, Mich., observed a record 5.7 inches on Thursday as well.

Florida reported record rainfall last week. On Saturday, 1.79 inches was gauged at Gainesville with 1.98 inches at Pensacola. On Wednesday, Galveston, Texas, reported a record 2.12 inches of moisture.

Frigid air moved across portions of Utah and Colorado. At Brighton, Utah, the mercury plunged to a record 18 degrees below zero on Thursday. On that same date, Alamosa, Colo., reported a frigid 32 degrees below zero.

In addition to record rains, Florida also observed a few high temperature extremes. On Friday, Miami soared to a record 84 degrees. New high temperature extremes were also felt in Alaska on Friday and Saturday as several stations observed readings in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

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