National Overview - January 2014
December and January Cold Air

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December and January Cold Air

December 2013 and January 2014, like most winter months, featured several cold air outbreaks, with relatively mild conditions in the interim. Most of these were confined to the eastern half of the contiguous United States, while the western CONUS and Alaska were persistently warm. The graphics in the following table depict two ways of looking at these cold-versus-warm scenarios.

The first link for each station shows the day-by-day temperature for the Dec-Jan period, in a bar format. Each day's high temperature and low temperature define the size and placement of that day's bar. The 1981-2010 normal values, taken from the official Normals data, is displayed as a backdrop for context.

The second link for each station shows how the coldest air of Winter 2013-14 (through January) compares with cold outbreaks from the station's deeper history, by comparing the number of days with temperatures as cold or colder than the threshold occurred each year. The threshold was derived objectively by taking the coldest observation of the 2013-14 period and rounding up to the next warmest 5°F value.

Year-to-Date (Jan-Jan) Average Temperature for selected locations
Location ST Coldest Temperature of 2013-14 2013-14 Bar Chart Historical Chart
NORTH PLATTE RGNL AP NE -15°F, Jan 6 link link
EUREKA WFO WOODLEY ISLAND CA 24°F, Dec 8 link link
SOUTH BEND MICHIANA RGNL AP IN -14°F, Jan 28 link link
CHATTANOOGA LOVELL AP TN 5°F, Jan 30 link link
BILLINGS LOGAN INTL AP MT -21°F, Dec 7 link link
SIOUX FALLS SD -19°F, Dec 7 link link
FT MYERS PAGE FLD AP FL 37°F, Jan 19 link link
EUGENE MAHLON SWEET AP OR -7°F, Dec 7 link link
NEW YORK JFK INTL AP NY 3°F, Jan 4 link link
AMARILLO TX 3°F, Dec 7 link link
BARRE MONTPELIER AP VT -23°F, Jan 4 link link
CHICAGO OHARE INTL AP IL -16°F, Jan 6 link link
MADISON DANE RGNL AP WI -18°F, Jan 6 link link
MOLINE QUAD CITY INTL AP IL -15°F, Jan 6 link link
BARROW POST ROGERS AP AK -38°F, Jan 16 link link
MUSKEGON CO AP MI -1°F, Jan 23 link link
FAIRBANKS INTL AP AK -41°F, Jan 13 link link
CONCORD MUNI AP NH -17°F, Jan 4 link link
BETHEL AP AK -11°F, Dec 27 link link
EL PASO INTL AP TX 19°F, Jan 7 link link
SAN ANTONIO INTL AP TX 22°F, Jan 7 link link
GREEN BAY WI -21°F, Jan 9 link link
INTL FALLS INTL AP MN -43°F, Jan 2 link link
WILLISTON SLOULIN INTL AP ND -30°F, Dec 23 link link
BRIDGEPORT SIKORSKY MEM AP CT 2°F, Jan 22 link link
WILLIAMSPORT PA -5°F, Jan 7 link link
SHERIDAN CO AP WY -28°F, Dec 7 link link
MEMPHIS INTL AP TN 8°F, Jan 7 link link
DEL RIO INTL AP TX 21°F, Jan 29 link link
NEW YORK CNTRL PK TWR NY 4°F, Jan 7 link link
SAN DIEGO LINDBERGH FLD CA 44°F, Dec 9 link link
AKRON CANTON RGNL AP OH -11°F, Jan 7 link link
HOUSTON HOBBY AP TX 25°F, Jan 7 link link
FLAGSTAFF PULLIAM AP AZ -10°F, Dec 10 link link
NEW YORK LAGUARDIA AP NY 4°F, Jan 7 link link
MIAMI INTL AP FL 46°F, Jan 19 link link
FT WAYNE INTL AP IN -16°F, Jan 28 link link
LIHUE WSO AP 1020.1 HI 56°F, Jan 23 link link
KNOXVILLE MCGHEE TYSON AP TN -1°F, Jan 29 link link
DUBUQUE RGNL AP IA -22°F, Jan 6 link link
ST LOUIS LAMBERT INTL AP MO -8°F, Jan 6 link link
CINCINNATI NORTHERN KY AP KY -8°F, Jan 22 link link
SPOKANE INTL AP WA -2°F, Dec 8 link link
INDIANAPOLIS IN -15°F, Jan 6 link link
MONTGOMERY AP AL 11°F, Jan 30 link link
SALEM MCNARY FLD OR 8°F, Dec 8 link link
GLASGOW INTL AP MT -34°F, Dec 7 link link
MEDFORD ROGUE VLY AP OR 2°F, Dec 8 link link
TUCSON INTL AP AZ 31°F, Dec 10 link link
RENO TAHOE INTL AP NV -2°F, Dec 9 link link
LAS VEGAS MCCARRAN AP NV 26°F, Dec 10 link link
HELENA RGNL AP MT -17°F, Dec 7 link link
GRAND FORKS INTL AP ND -33°F, Jan 2 link link
POCATELLO RGNL AP ID -11°F, Dec 9 link link
ALBANY AP NY -12°F, Jan 4 link link
NOME MUNI AP AK -20°F, Dec 29 link link
BOSTON LOGAN INTL AP MA 2°F, Jan 4 link link
PEORIA GTR PEORIA AP IL -14°F, Jan 6 link link
LITTLE ROCK AP ADAMS FLD AR 9°F, Jan 7 link link
LUBBOCK TX 6°F, Jan 28 link link
GOODLAND KS -9°F, Jan 6 link link
EVANSVILLE REGIONAL AP IN -4°F, Jan 7 link link
ROCKFORD GTR ROCKFORD AP IL -18°F, Jan 28 link link
BROWNSVILLE TX 32°F, Jan 29 link link
NASHVILLE INTL AP TN 2°F, Jan 29 link link
WASHINGTON DC DULLES AP VA -2°F, Jan 23 link link
BURLINGTON INTL AP VT -15°F, Jan 23 link link
LANDER HUNT FLD AP WY -19°F, Dec 5 link link
LEXINGTON BLUEGRASS AP KY -6°F, Jan 22 link link
MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL AP MN -23°F, Jan 6 link link
OKLAHOMA CITY WILL ROGERS AP OK 4°F, Jan 24 link link
GRAND ISLAND AP NE -9°F, Jan 6 link link
OMAHA EPPLEY AIRFIELD NE -11°F, Jan 6 link link
ALBUQUERQUE INTL AP NM 11°F, Dec 6 link link
HONOLULU INTL AP HI 61°F, Jan 24 link link
BATON ROUGE RYAN AP LA 17°F, Jan 30 link link
DETROIT METRO AP MI -14°F, Jan 7 link link
RAPID CITY RGNL AP SD -16°F, Jan 6 link link
BISMARCK ND -31°F, Dec 23 link link
PORTLAND INTL AP OR 12°F, Dec 8 link link
PORTLAND INTL JETPORT ME -14°F, Jan 4 link link
ORLANDO INTL AP FL 30°F, Jan 19 link link
KEY WEST INTL AP FL 55°F, Jan 7 link link
HUNTINGTON TRI STATE AP WV -4°F, Jan 29 link link
MINOT INTL AP ND -27°F, Dec 23 link link
COLUMBUS PORT COLUMBUS INTL AP OH -11°F, Jan 28 link link
CLEVELAND OH -11°F, Jan 7 link link
ELKO RGNL AP NV -12°F, Dec 9 link link
WILMINGTON INTL AP NC 14°F, Jan 25 link link
CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS AP NC 5°F, Jan 30 link link
TAMPA INTL AP FL 33°F, Jan 7 link link
BANGOR INTL AP ME -20°F, Jan 4 link link
DULUTH MN -28°F, Jan 6 link link
MISSOULA INTL AP MT -14°F, Dec 8 link link
SAULT STE MARIE SANDERSON FLD MI -18°F, Jan 21 link link
AUGUSTA BUSH FLD AP GA 11°F, Jan 25 link link
MILWAUKEE MITCHELL AP WI -14°F, Jan 7 link link
PUEBLO MEM AP CO -12°F, Jan 28 link link
BECKLEY RALEIGH CO AP WV -9°F, Jan 7 link link
SAVANNAH INTL AP GA 19°F, Jan 7 link link
DES MOINES INTL AP IA -14°F, Dec 24 link link
MIDLAND ODESSA TX 14°F, Jan 24 link link
HARRISBURG CPTL CY AP PA -1°F, Jan 7 link link
MOBILE AL 14°F, Jan 7 link link
ALAMOSA SAN LUIS AP CO -23°F, Dec 10 link link
ELKINS RANDOLPH CO AP WV -12°F, Jan 29 link link
LOS ANGELES INTL AP CA 39°F, Dec 9 link link
CORPUS CHRISTI TX 29°F, Jan 25 link link
SIOUX CITY GATEWAY AP IA -15°F, Jan 28 link link
WILKES-BARRE INTL AP PA -5°F, Jan 22 link link
ASTORIA RGNL AP OR 13°F, Dec 8 link link
CAPE HATTERAS AP NC 13°F, Jan 24 link link
SPRINGFIELD CAPITAL AP IL -13°F, Jan 6 link link
WATERLOO MUNI AP IA -21°F, Jan 3 link link
RICHMOND INTL AP VA 4°F, Jan 30 link link
PROVIDENCE T F GREEN AP RI -3°F, Jan 4 link link
LA CROSSE MUNI AP WI -20°F, Jan 6 link link
BOISE AIR TERMINAL ID -7°F, Dec 9 link link
WILMINGTON NEW CASTLE CO AP DE 3°F, Jan 30 link link
SYRACUSE HANCOCK INTL AP NY -12°F, Jan 22 link link
RALEIGH DURHAM INTL AP NC 7°F, Jan 30 link link
TOPEKA MUNI AP KS -8°F, Jan 6 link link
BUFFALO NY -5°F, Jan 7 link link
COLORADO SPRINGS MUNI AP CO -10°F, Jan 6 link link
CHARLESTON YEAGER AP WV -5°F, Jan 29 link link
COLUMBIA SC 11°F, Jan 25 link link
YAKIMA AIR TERMINAL WA -2°F, Dec 8 link link
TOLEDO EXPRESS AP OH -15°F, Jan 6 link link
PIERRE RGNL AP SD -21°F, Dec 23 link link
DAYTONA BEACH INTL AP FL 31°F, Jan 7 link link
ELY YELLAND FLD AP NV -23°F, Dec 5 link link
PHILADELPHIA INTL AP PA 4°F, Jan 22 link link
CHEYENNE WY -19°F, Dec 5 link link
BRISTOL TRI CITY AP TN -3°F, Jan 30 link link
ROANOKE RGNL AP VA 1°F, Jan 7 link link
COLUMBUS METRO AP GA 11°F, Jan 7 link link
PIEDMONT TRIAD INTL AP NC 5°F, Jan 7 link link
SHREVEPORT LA 15°F, Jan 7 link link
BALTIMORE WASH INTL AP MD 3°F, Jan 23 link link
NORFOLK INTL AP VA 6°F, Jan 30 link link
PITTSBURGH INTL AP PA -9°F, Jan 7 link link
PENDLETON OR -6°F, Dec 8 link link
FRESNO YOSEMITE INTL AP CA 27°F, Dec 9 link link
OLYMPIA AP WA 11°F, Dec 8 link link
FT SMITH RGNL AP AR 8°F, Jan 24 link link
SCOTTSBLUFF HEILIG AP NE -17°F, Dec 5 link link
BIRMINGHAM AP AL 7°F, Jan 7 link link
HUNTSVILLE INTL AP AL 4°F, Jan 7 link link
SALT LAKE CITY INTL AP UT 4°F, Dec 9 link link
MACON MIDDLE GA RGNL AP GA 11°F, Jan 30 link link
NEW ORLEANS INTL AP LA 24°F, Jan 7 link link
NORFOLK KARL STEFAN AP NE -13°F, Jan 6 link link
ROCHESTER INTL AP MN -23°F, Jan 6 link link
CARIBOU MUNI AP ME -28°F, Jan 2 link link
KANSAS CITY INTL AP MO -11°F, Jan 6 link link
GREAT FALLS INTL AP MT -33°F, Dec 7 link link
GRAND JUNCTION WALKER FLD CO -11°F, Dec 10 link link
KAHULUI AP HI 55°F, Jan 24 link link
DALLAS LOVE FLD TX 15°F, Jan 6 link link
PHOENIX SKY HARBOR INTL AP AZ 36°F, Dec 9 link link
ALLENTOWN INTL AP PA -4°F, Jan 4 link link
WORCESTER RGNL AP MA -4°F, Jan 4 link link
SPRINGFIELD MO -10°F, Jan 6 link link
ATLANTIC CITY INTL AP NJ -3°F, Jan 30 link link
ABERDEEN SD -27°F, Jan 2 link link
ABILENE RGNL AP TX 10°F, Jan 28 link link
JUNEAU INTL AP AK 5°F, Dec 18 link link
JACKSON INTL AP MS 14°F, Jan 30 link link
YOUNGSTOWN RGNL AP OH -12°F, Jan 28 link link
SACRAMENTO EXECUTIVE AP CA 22°F, Dec 9 link link
JACKSONVILLE FL 22°F, Jan 7 link link
HARTFORD BRADLEY INTL AP CT -9°F, Jan 4 link link
ROSWELL IND AIR PK NM 8°F, Jan 6 link link
CASPER NATRONA CO AP WY -24°F, Jan 5 link link
COLUMBIA RGNL AP MO -11°F, Jan 7 link link
WICHITA FALLS MUNI AP TX 8°F, Jan 24 link link
TALLAHASSEE FL 22°F, Jan 7 link link
FARGO HECTOR INTL AP ND -25°F, Jan 2 link link
TULSA INTL AP OK -2°F, Jan 6 link link
GREER SC 5°F, Jan 7 link link
PADUCAH KY 2°F, Jan 29 link link
ERIE INTL AP PA -10°F, Jan 7 link link
ATLANTA HARTSFIELD INTL AP GA 6°F, Jan 7 link link
ASHEVILLE RGNL AP NC -1°F, Jan 7 link link
GRAND RAPIDS MI -9°F, Jan 28 link link
SEATTLE TACOMA INTL AP WA 19°F, Dec 7 link link
HILO INTL AP HI 58°F, Jan 23 link link
DODGE CITY KS -11°F, Jan 6 link link
SAN JUAN L M MARIN AP PR 69°F, Dec 5 link link
BINGHAMTON NY -11°F, Jan 22 link link
WICHITA KS -5°F, Jan 6 link link
WASHINGTON REAGAN AP VA 6°F, Jan 7 link link
AUSTIN-CAMP MABRY TX 22°F, Jan 7 link link
SAN FRANCISCO INTL AP CA 34°F, Dec 10 link link