Could January 2023 Be A Record Setting Year For Lack of Snow?
December 2022 was a wild month for weather. We had the big winter storm just before Christmas and all of that snow was gone within about 5 days. January 2023 is shaping up to be one of the "least snowy" months in history.
We have had minimal if any snow accumulation this month, the tempreratures have been higer than normal and this could pose a problem, most importantly for farmers.
According to Weatherspark:
The month with the most snow in Lansing is January, with an average snowfall of 5.6 inches. The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from April 9 to November 13. The least snow falls around July 27, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
WILX shared some statistics for January 2023:
Through the first 12 days of January, Lansing has only seen .2 inches. For comparison, the first 12 days of January 2022 had more than six inches and 2021 had five. In 2014, Lansing had more than 15 inches of snow in its first 12 days. This doesn’t happen often. Since 1864, Lansing has only had 12 years on record that have seen less snow than what we’ve seen in 2023 and only five years where no snow came down at all.
Don't get me wrong, I am enjoying the warmer temps and lack of snow. I'm also a realist and understand that sometimes Mother Nature takes her sweet time. Will this mean we will have a brutal February or will she wait until March to unleash the precipitation?
Below you can see the forecast thru the end of January. Despite the colder temps at the end of the month still no snow in the forecast.