SHIPPENSBURG — As the Midstate continues to recover from this week’s snow and ice storms, a Shippensburg University professor says this winter has proven to be one of the coldest in years.
Timothy W. Hawkins, professor and graduate program coordinator in Shippensburg University’s geography-earth science department, said this past January was the fifth coldest since record-keeping began in 1932. January’s average daily temperature was 22.6 degrees, Hawkins said.
“We’ve had an extended period this winter where the jet stream has dipped relatively far to the south over the eastern United States,” he said in a news release. “This has allowed for below-average temperature air to move into the eastern United States from Canada, causing the relatively cold month we just had.”
Hawkins said there were three record lows set in January. Record low temperatures were set on Jan. 4 of 4 degrees, Jan. 6 of zero degrees and Jan. 7 of minus 4 degrees.
The coldest day ever recorded in January in Shippensburg was minus 16 degrees on Jan. 19, 1994, Hawkins said. The coldest January was 1977, with an average daily temperature of 17 degrees.
Hawkins also noted this past January was the 14th driest, with monthly precipitation totaling just 1.63 inches. Monthly snowfall, however, was 8 inches, which was the 39th snowiest year.
The geography-earth science department maintains weather readings and data at http://webspace.ship.edu/weather.