January 2012 – Rollercoaster ride continues

Icy downtown sidewalks Moncton, 31 Jan 2012 (Dearing photo)

The cycles of freezing and thawing which began in December, continued in Greater Moncton during the first month of 2012.

The up and down temperatures led to 13 days with at or above freezing daytime highs but also ten frigid overnights dropping to -15 C or lower, bottoming out at -20.1 C.

Overall precipitation was below normal for January, with slightly less rain and half as much snow, based on the 30-year average.

JANUARY 2012 ALMANAC

Average HIGH  -1.4 C

Average LOW  -11.1 C

AVERAGE  -6.3 C (about 2.6 degrees C above normal)

Extreme HIGH  10.7 C (on the 24th)

Extreme LOW  -20.1 C (on the 22nd)

Snowfall  44.8 cm (about 45% below normal) 

Rainfall  29.0 mm (about 30% below normal)

(Stats courtesy Environment Canada)

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