That’s right, we’re on our 12th day here in Lima with temperatures unable to reach 32 degrees or warmer for the daytime high! And the way it’s currently going, it looks as if that streak will easily exceed the two-week mark with highs all week-long expected to top out in the teens and 20’s. You have to go all the way back to December of 2010 to find a stretch of days longer than the one we’re currently in with temperatures below freezing, that stretch was the 13th through the 28th.
I can’t help but compare this winter’s cold to last Winter here in Lima and when I looked at the numbers I was honestly a bit surprised. Remember how cold it was in January of 2014? We had 10 days that month with low temperatures below zero. But the interesting thing is this, even though 1/3rd of the nights were below zero, the longest stretch of daily highs below freezing (32 degrees) was only 5 days! In February of 2014 we had a stretch of days with highs below 32 degrees that lasted 10 days (3rd through the 12th) but even that span doesn’t best the one we’re currently in.
We have had 6 total days this winter with lows that dropped below zero, compare that to last winter’s 15 days with lows below zero and you may be inclined to think last winter was colder. But as I mentioned above, this winter’s cold has had more staying power with more consecutive days below freezing. Which would you say is worse? I’m curious to know!
Another interesting fact is that while much of the Eastern United States is experiencing well below average temperatures, the rest of the world is actually mostly above average. Check this out! Here is a look at the global temperature departure from average for January of 2015. The Eastern US definitely sticks out as cold!
But the interesting fact is that while it’s cold here, the overall average temperature departure from average for January of 2015 was 1.39° above average. That’s the second warmest departure from average for January globally since records began in 1880. (The warmest was 2007) Here is much more on the Climate Summary from NOAA if you’re interested!