by Kevin Shaw, Observer

January 2020 was warmer and a bit wetter than normal. My maximum
temperature average (46.9°) was 5.6° above normal but my minimum
temperature average (32.8°) was much more significantly above normal
(+ 8.3°), resulting in the mean temperature average of 39.9° to be 6.9°
above normal. My total precipitation of 3.17″ was 0.26” above the normal
January value for my station of 2.91”. There were 10 days with
measurable precipitation, almost all of which occurred between the 3rd and
25th. All 1.6 “of the monthly snow occurred on the 7th-8th period (1.6”
on the 7th and a trace on the 8th)

There was one small, moderately cold spell during the month, but there was
only one really cold day when the max temp stayed at or below freezing
(32.0° on the 20th). The low of 19.5° the next morning on the 20th was
the coldest reading of the month. This moderate cold spell fell between 17th
and 21st. One really notable high temperature period occurred during the
month, with the two highest max temperatures of the month occurred on
the 11th (69.6°) and the 12th (66.3°).

The monthly maximum daily precipitation of 1.52″ on the 25th was at the
end of measurable precipitation for the month. Another significant
occurrence took place earlier in the month. The highest (30.72” on the
9th) pressure reading of the month was preceded by the lowest pressure
of the month 5 days earlier on the 4th when 29.49” was recorded. 0.60”
of rain fell at this time (3rd and 4th) which was the 2nd wettest
precipitation event of February. The only other pattern involved with
these pressure extremes is that the warmest period of the month
followed the highest pressure of the month on the 9th, with 69.6°
reached on the 11th and 66.3° on the 12th. The pressures fell off some
during this warm spell but not very much.

The highest dew point temperature reached during the month was 63° on
the 11th and 12th during the aforementioned warm spell. With the colder
temperatures dew points continued much lower than previous months, and
never high enough to produce any discomfort. The lowest dew point
temperature value was reached on the 20th with a 9° reading, on the
coldest max day of the month.

January had 3 cloudy days, 12 partly cloudy days, and 16 clear/sunny days,
not based on my own personal daily observations for the most part but rather
the official F6 sky cover records for Dulles and BWI airports. There were
780 heating degree days and no cooling degree days during the month. There
were 9 foggy days, 12 windy days, and 2 days with snow. The peak wind gust
noted from across the street at the USG gauge during January was 46 MPH
from the NW on the 19th during the strongest cold front of the month.

My maximum temperature frequencies included 2 days between 60° and 69°,
9 days between 50° and 59°, 16 days between 40° and 49°, and 4 days
below 40°. On the minimum temperature frequency side of things, there were
11 days below 30°, 14 days between 30° and 39°, 5 days between 40° and
49°, and 1 day of 50° or above. The coldest daily max temperature day was
32.0° on the 20th while the warmest daily min temp day of 51.3° was
reached on the 11th.

The diurnal range daily monthly average was only 14.1° (- 2.7°).
Our greatest daily range of temperature was 25.4° on the 22nd
(45.3°-19.9°). Once again we only had a total of 4 days with daily ranges
above 20°. Our lowest range of temperature was 3.9° (46.6°-42.7°) on the
2nd. There were only 4 days with diurnal temperature ranges of less than
10° during the month, much less than the 12 recorded in December.

January 2020 was a bit wet and another mild month as we start on a new
year and decade. I barely got below the 20° mark, reaching only 19.5° on
the coldest day of the month. My meager seasonal snowfall of 3.0° was
quite depressing and probably about 20-25% of normal. There still has
been no real ice formation on local ponds. My new Davis Vantage Vue
console has yet to be made operational, but I have been using Marty’s
spare VP2 console to do the trick so far. Marty has resolved a possible
glitch in the Vue console, and we are waiting to get together to set that
up, along with my new Dell computer, which needs to get my Thunderbird
email program to be loaded onto. We still haven’t found the time to do all
this and much more.



Average high temperature 46.9° (+ 5.6°)
Average low temperature 32.8° (+ 8.3°)
Mean temperature 39.9° (+6.9°)

Precipitation 3.17″ (+0.26“)
Greatest daily amount (date) 1.52″ (25)
Greatest storm total (dates) 1.53” (24-25)
2020 year-to-date precipitation total 3.17″ (+0.26”)

Total monthly snowfall 1.6” (7-8)
Total seasonal snowfall 3.0”

High temperature for the month (date) 69.6° (11)
Low temperature for the month (date) 19.5° (21)

Highest barometric pressure (date) 30.72” (9)
Lowest barometric pressure (date) 29.49” (4)

Peak wind gust (date/direction): 46 (19/NW)
(USG data across the street)

Heating degree days for the month: 780
Cooling degree days for the month: 0

Greatest diurnal range (date): 25.4° (22)
Least diurnal range (date): 3.9° (14)

Number of days:

Fog 9
Windy 12 (PWG => 30 MPH)
Snow 2
Sleet/Glaze 0
Cloudy 16
Partly Cloudy 12
Sunny/Clear 3
Max temp ≥ 60° 2
Min temp <= 32° 16
Max temp <= 32° 1
Precip ≥ 0.01” 10

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