By ROBERT S. MERRILL
January in Franklin County was in the top 10 coldest months on record. But no daily temperature records were broken.
“We just had a long streak of cold weather. Some 17 of the nights last month were below zero and we had 18 days where the high didn’t get above 20 degrees,” said King Smith, Preston resident who keeps official records for the National Weather Service.
“With all that you get an average high of 21.2 and normal is 27.3. The average low was 4.2 degrees and normal is 9.5. Thank goodness for global warming or else we might have been colder.”
The coldest night was on Jan. 14 at -14 degrees. Some of the lower parts of the valley got readings of -25. The warmest days were Jan. 10 and 26 at 41 degrees, he said.
“The precipitation was surprising. With all the snow the last week you would think we had a wet month. But we received only 1.15 of an inch and normal is 1.36 inches.
“That leaves us 0.38 of an inch behind for the water year in Preston, but a lot better than last year at this time. We need much more to make up for last year’s dry summer and early fall. We are coming up on our wettest months, so we will see what happens.”
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