Weather Talk: January was warmer, drier than average
Despite a frigid start, January ended up being slightly warmer than average and considerably drier and less snowy than average.
For Fargo-Moorhead, the average January high temperature was 19.5 degrees and the average low was 2.9 degrees. This makes an average daily mean temperature of 11.2 degrees, which is two degrees warmer than average.
Daily low temperatures dropped into the minus 20s just once and into the minus 10s eight times. The high temperature was zero or colder on just four days, but was above freezing on 10 days. The warmest temperature of the month was 41 degrees on Jan. 19, and the coldest was minus 23 degrees on Jan. 5.
There was a mere 3.7 inches of snow containing 0.21 inches of moisture, well below the January averages of 11 inches and 0.71 inches, respectively. Snowfall for the season through January is just 15.3 inches, or about half of average.