CLEVELAND -- The month of January was one of the warmest on record.
Two major warm spells January 12th through 13th and again January 29th through 30th helped propel Cleveland into the 5th warmest January slot according to the National Weather Service's monthly climate report.
Cleveland set a new record high on January 30th when the mercury rose to a balmy 63 degrees, making Clevelanders wonder if spring had arrived early this year. That question was quickly answered the following day when the high returned to a more realistic 36 degrees.
The coldest it got in January this year was 7 degrees at Hopkins International during the morning hours of January 22nd and 23rd. The last time Cleveland was colder occurred on January 20th in 2012.
The Weather Service says the average mean daily for January ended at 37.8 degrees or about five and half degrees above normal. That makes only the months of January in 1932, 1880, 2006 and 1933 warmer.
Snowfall wise, Cleveland received 15.2 inches of snow during the month or 1.1 inches more than we typically shovel. For the 2012-2013 winter season, the total snow stands at 15.5 inches or about three inches below normal.
The good news is the groundhog says spring is right around the corner. But it's hard to belive that when we are still digging out.