The start of 2015 was exactly what many of us have grown accustomed to; unbearably cold with some snow thrown in. But it finished on a much higher note than in years past. Every single day in the second half of the month was above average with 40's overspreading the area on a couple different occasions. While this isn't all that unusual, many (including myself) forget that Januarys aren't always dreadfully cold. Just think back to January 2012, only 3 years ago, when we set daily record highs in the 50's (numerous times) and could barely scrape together a subzero temperature. But we quickly forget those years and hastily remember the dreadful ones. And when you get 2 in a row (2013 and 2014), it's very easy to forget the good ones.
Departure from average temperatures
January 2015 finished well above average in many parts of the state, 3.5° above average for the metro, and quite dry. The metro recorded just over 5" of snow, less than half of what is considered normal. Western portions of the state were even dryer, with some areas only picking up a couple of inches for the whole month.
Departure from average precipitation
Here are the final snow totals for January and the previous months and average totals for the season…