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January 2016 in Buffalo: warmer than normal with average snowfall

The warmest temperature in January - 57 degrees - was recorded in its waning moments.

It didn't set the daily record for Jan. 31. There was a 62 degree day in 1988.

But, it helped boost the month's overall temperature to 2.0 degrees above-normal for the month as a whole, making January the sixth straight month in Buffalo with above-average warmth.

There was one record set during the month during a mid-month spate of lake-effect snow spurred by mostly wide-open waters on Lake Erie.

The daily snowfall mark for Jan. 13 was set when 7.4 inches fell at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, breaking the mark of 6.4 inches set in 2012.

There were 15 days with measurable snowfall.


Here's a look back at January 2016 in Buffalo:

Warmest: 57 degrees, 11:59 p.m., Jan. 31.

Coldest: 6 degrees, 7:30 a.m., Jan. 5

Snowiest: 7.4 inches, Jan. 13 [*Record*]

Windiest: 64 mph from the west, Jan. 12


Average High: 33.9° (2.7° above/normal)

Average Low: 19.9° (1.4° above/normal)

Average Monthly Temp: 26.9° (2.0° above/normal)


Total Snowfall: 25.6 inches (0.3 inches above/normal)

Total seasonal snowfall for 2015-16: 26.6 inches (34.9 inches below/normal)



Lake Erie:

Temperature - Jan. 1: 41 degrees Jan. 31: 34 degrees

The lake was at its warmest - 41 degrees - for the first three days of the year, and coolest - 32 degrees - from Jan. 20-22.

Ice Cover - Jan. 1: 0.0 percent Jan. 31: 12.63 percent

The lake didn't pick up more than 1 percent of ice until Jan. 12. Its most was 32.26 percent on Jan. 22.


Data source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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