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Weather Watch 2-19-11

January 2011 saw the beginning of snow season as it finally covered the ground with an insulating blanket and also made those in the winter sports industry smile. The month was a very typical month for winter in the north country.

The average high temperature was 25.7 degrees and the average low was 10.5, giving an average temperature of 18.1 degrees - only 0.2 degrees below normal. The highest temperature of 42 degrees, was recorded on the 1st and the lowest temperature of -20 was recorded on the 24th. There were seven days with below zero readings, which is the average. There were four days with readings above 32 degrees and the degree day total is now 4596.5.

Melted precipitation for the month was 1.97 inches, which is 1.08 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation fell on 12 days with the greatest amount of 0.51 inches measured on the 18th.

Snowfall was the greatest departure from normal with 28.1 inches measured - 8.1 inches above normal. The snow total is now 33.1 inches - 9.5 inches below the seasonal normal of 42.6 inches. Much of the snow that fell had a very low moisture content, similar to the snow that falls in some of the ski areas in the western mountains.

The river reached its highest level of 3.55 feet on the 4th and its lowest level of 3.03 feet on the 24th and 25th. The river is almost frozen completely across in Riparius. It has frozen completely across only three times there in the last 40 years. To completely freeze across requires consistently cold temperatures with no long lasting thaw.

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