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January 2016 - Report and Summary

by Robert K. Peters, Ph.D. - National Weather Service Cooperating Observer

The month of January 2016 was slightly warmer and drier than normal. The thirty-day outlook had called for below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. Probabilities of both were increased when the final outlook was issued on December 31. Compared with January 2015, the month was 2.5 deg. Warmer, and 3.43 inches drier.

January began cool. A storm system crossing on the 7th brought widespread rain and a couple of days of warmer temperatures, followed by another sharp cool-down.

A brief warm-up on the 15th punctuated otherwise near to below normal temperatures which continued through the 23rd. Disturbances on the 9th, 16th, 20th, and 21st brought rain to the area. None of these rains were heavy, though that of the 21st brought between one-fourth inch and an inch.

Cool air behind that storm brought slightly below normal temperatures on the 23rd and 24th, followed by a sharp and brief warm-up on the 25th, and then another cool-down between the 26th and 28th with near normal temperatures. Sharp warming commenced on the 29th, with windy conditions on the 30th and 31st.

The reporting period for temperatures, precipitation, and phenomenon on each day is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight hours GMT--6 p.m. CST and 7 p.m. CDT. All times are given using the twenty-four hour clock, and are expressed in Greenwich Mean Time. Effective April 1, 2012, the term "day" in the Records and Summary section refers to the clock day beginning at 0000 GMT, and ending at 2359 GMT. Observations are from NWS Station 41/9207/4 in Tyler, Texas. The term "normal" refers to averages from the standard climatic period 1981-2010.

January 2016



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