U.S. January 2012 Climate Summary
This monthly analysis is based on records dating back to 1895.
The average contiguous U.S. temperature in January was 36.3 degrees F, 5.5 degrees F above the 1901-2000 long-term average — the fourth warmest January on record, and the warmest since 2006.Warmer-than-average temperatures were widespread across the contiguous United States during January. Nine states — AZ, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, OK, SD, and WY — had January temperatures ranking among their ten warmest. FL and WS were the only states with temperatures near average, and no state was cooler than average. Many locations across the Northern Plains exceeded all-time warm January maximum temperature records during the month, including Minot, North Dakota, which reached 61 degrees F on January 5th. This surpassed the previous record of 59 degrees F for the city, set on January 28th, 1906.In contrast to the contiguous United States being much warmer than average, several towns across Alaska had their coldest average January temperatures on record — Nome (-16.6 degrees F), Bethel (-17.3 degrees F) McGrath (-28.5 degrees F), and Bettles (-35.6 degrees F).