What a difference a year makes. From 4 record highs in December to multiple record lows in January, the commonly used phrase "roller coaster ride" certainly pertains to this year's winter. Rather than muddy things up with a lot of discussion, here are the stats for this winter so far. For reference, I've also included some graphics and a comparison to last year in parentheses.
Of note, remember when we talked about the possibility of January being a cold month? This was posted in December Matt's World Of Weather: Colder January Than Last Year?
The previous year is in parentheses
Last January was the 12th warmest on record. Only 11 years were warmer. This year? 46 years were warmer.
*December 2012 was the 6th warmest on record*
Winter Season (December through January):
Just looking at the record book, we've easily experienced more extreme temperature changes than in years past. Through January, 7 temperature records have been broken, 4 in December and 3 in January. So far, this winter has been 1.6° warmer than average, but was helped significantly by our warm December.
This Year's Rank: 37th coldest on record with an average temperature of 46.5° (1.6° above average)
Last Year's Rank: Of the 63, only 6 winters were warmer that last year. It had an impressive average temperatures of 50.5° (9.9° above average!).