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Warmest start ever to Twin Cities January?

Posted at 3:36 PM on January 9, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Weather

If the fair weather holds through Tuesday, this will be the warmest first ten days of January on record for the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Climatology Working Group says.

Records go back to 1873. The group also notes that four of the past 10 warmest starts to January have have happened since 2000.

Here's the entire entry:

January 1-10, 2012 may well be shaping up to be the warmest first ten days of January on record for the Twin Cities going back to 1873. Using the National Weather Service forecast for January 10th, the preliminary average temperature for the Twin Cities will be 31.4 degrees, beating January 1-10, 1880 with 31.2 degrees. It is interesting to note that four of the past ten warmest starts to January happened since 2000.

The average temperature for January 1-10 is about 15 degrees, so through the 10th the Twin Cities will be around 16 degrees above normal.

January 10 will continue the streak of at or above normal temperatures in the Twin Cities. The last time the average temperature was below normal was back on December 10, 2011.

Twin Cities Warmest January 1-10
Temperatures in Degrees F

Rank Avg T Jan 1-10
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1 31.4 2012
2 31.2 1880
3 29.9 1992
4 29.2 2007
29.2 2006
6 27.8 1889
7 27.6 1987
8 26.9 2003
26.9 1939
10 26.5 1933


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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.