Mercury charts new record low

January blew in some wacky weather mid-month, starting with a new record low temperature.

  • Feb. 11, 2011 8:00 a.m.

January blew in some wacky weather mid-month, starting with a new record low temperature.

On the morning of the 11th, temperatures dropped to -19.5 C, beating out the previous daily minimum temperature of -18.3 C set in 1975.

Following that chilly morning, 13.2 centimetres of snow – representing 22 per cent of the total monthly snowfall – fell as a large Pacific frontal system passed over the area.

The weather switched tracks days later when the precipitation turned to rain, with up to 13.2 millimetres falling on the evening of the 15th and 16th – which made up 64 per cent of the monthly total.

Following the warming trend, the warmest day of the month of 5.6 C was recorded on the 17th.

Despite being in a moderate to strong La Nina phase, the mean monthly temperature was slightly milder than average and the total amount of precipitation was close to normal.