If you liked January, you'll love February
CHAMPAIGN — As cold and snowy as January was in Champaign-Urbana, the month was far from a record-breaker.
It was the 10th-snowiest and 16th-coldest January on record, according to state climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey. Local temperature records go back to 1888, snowfall records to 1903.
And it appears the trend will continue in February, according to the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center.
Champaign-Urbana had 14.4 inches of snow in January — 7.6 more than normal but just about half of the January record. C-U's snowiest January was in 1979 (28.3 inches).
There was at least a trace of snowfall on 17 of January's 31 days in C-U, according to the water survey. The greatest snowfall was 5.9 inches on Jan. 6. That also was the date of the coldest temperature reading of the month — minus-14 degrees.
There were nine subzero readings last month. A normal January has three subzero days, according to Angel, although there were no subzero days in January 2012 or '13.
The average temperature in January was 19.2 degrees, which is 5.6 below the monthly normal of 24.8 but well above the record cold January. That was in 1977, when the average January temperature was 10.7 degrees.
Statewide, it was the eighth-coldest January on record, according to Angel. The average temperature was 18.2 degrees — 8.1 below the 1981-2010 average of 26.3.
In central Illinois, nearly every recording station already is past its winter snowfall average, the weather service says:
— Hoopeston already has received 30.7 inches, far above the winterlong average of 17.7.
— Danville has 26.6 inches, well above its winter normal of 17.9.
— Champaign-Urbana already has 24.4 inches. In a normal winter, it gets 23.2.