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Mother Nature Shows Off, All-Time Records Broken

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Another astonishingly warm day across the Upper Midwest with temperatures ranging from the 40’s in places like the Twin Cities and Des Moines (which in itself is 20 degrees above average) to 70° in Winner and Rapid City.  In fact, both cities were actually warmer for a couple hours this afternoon then Havana, Cuba!! It has been several years since 50’s have been found in South Dakota, but more then a decade since temperatures have been this warm in January.  In some cases, like Aberdeen, Huron, & Mitchell, the thermometer has never climbed this high in the month of January.  Now, a brief January thaw is actually common place nearly every year with temperatures typically jumping to the 40’s for a couple of days, but that usually happens toward the end of the month, and not the beginning.  What makes this year even more strange is we have seen almost no frigid readings yet, not to mention, little if any snow so far this season.  The beginning of January is typically the coldest time of the year across the country with highs around here struggling to get into the 20’s and lows near zero.  But Thursday was certainly different.  In fact, this is the earliest in the year that Sioux Falls has ever hit 60 degrees and the first time in history that any part of Minnesota has experienced 60-degree weather in the first week of January. 

Check out some of the records from Thursday.  I decided not to even include the daily record highs just because EVERYONE broke those, and in some cases by 15 degrees.  But what was far more interesting was that many of us would get so close to all time January record highs.  These records display the highest temperatures that each city has ever seen in the month of January since records began in the 1880’s.

Thursday would represent the third straight day with records falling, but by far the most fell on our last day.  This surge of warmer air wasn’t just felt in our neck of the woods, but 115 daily record highs were broken across the country with 12 all time January records going down.  Here's a review of the records that were broken Wednesday and Tuesday.

Wednesday's Highs VS. the Daily Records (Notice almost everyone broke their daily records)

Tuesday's High Temperatures VS. the daily records (Three records were crushed on Tuesday, in pink)

But we all know that this heat can’t last forever and it will begin to get cooler Friday with the passage of a cold front.  The good news though is it will stay relatively mild through the early part of next week.  After that, all bets are off because it looks like we could a pretty good surge of Arctic air by the Wednesday/Thursday timeframe.

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