Cool, very cloudy January 2012

The daily weather logWeather log January 2012.

As in December, nearly all the days and nights of January were cooler than normal. Normally, about twelve days are warmer than 35°, but this time only three were. Sunday the 15th reached only 23°, which is 11° below normal. There were eleven rain days, but the highest rainfall reading, on the 25th, was only 11.2 mm.
The month ended with eleven cloudy mornings in a row. Seven mornings in the month were overcast.

Comparing January monthsClimate January 2012.

All mean temperatures and the Dew Point were lower than in other Januaries shown on the second graph. They were also the lowest on the 13-year record, except that January 2000 had a lower mean minimum of 15.5° and Dew Point of 12.4°. This month’s mean maximum was 3.7° below normal. This extremely low value does not match December’s, which was 4.6° below normal.
Subsoil temperature was not low, but normal. This made the subsoil more than 2° warmer than the air, which is unusual in January.
Fifty-five percent cloudy mornings is a new record for January, and twice as cloudy as usual. Due to that, the mean daily temperature range (13.8°) is near the January record narrow value: 13.7° in 2008.
The rainfall of 60.7 mm is in the 40th percentile for January, well below the long-term average of 86.7 mm. Due to the November deluge, rain totals for groups of months from 3 months up to 24 months remain very high indeed: above the 80th percentile.

Data. Rainfall data is from Manilla Post Office, courtesy of Phil Pinch. Temperatures, including subsoil at 750 mm, and other data are from 3 Monash Street, Manilla.

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