Weather as Recorded at the UMass Cranberry Station
Prepared by Peter Jeranyama
January was slightly colder than December (less than 1 degree) but was another above average temperature month. The average temperature was 29.9 degrees, 0.78 degrees above normal. The maximum temperature was 58.1 degrees on January 13th and this is 4 degrees above normal. A minimum temperature of 2.2 degrees below zero was recorded on the 7th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 37.7 degrees, 0.4 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 22.1 degrees, 1.2 degrees above the norm. Unseasonably warm daytime high temperatures of 50 degrees or greater were recorded on 5 days. Evening temperatures were 32 degrees or below for 25 nights. There were 5 nights with temperatures in the single digits.
Precipitation totaled 6.61 inches. This is 2.54 inches above normal. We had measurable precipitation on 9 days; 1 of those days had less than 0.10 inches. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 3.05 inches from the 13th. We had measurable snowfall of 0.1 inches or greater on 5 days, totaling 11.9 inches for the month, 1.1 inches above average. The largest snowfall came on the 31st of January, with 6.6 inches of snow.
Sunshine averaged 41% of the possible sunshine hours, 9.5 points above normal. There were 8 days with no sunshine and 7 days with 90% or better sunshine. Total sunshine for January 2018 was 28 points above that recorded in January 2017.
We had slightly above-average temperatures and above average sunshine hours with above average rainfall and slightly above average snowfall.