January 2014 one of the coldest on record

South Bend, Ind. This January is shaping up to be one of the coldest on record for Michiana.

“For the month of January, the average temperature is over 7 degrees below normal,” said Courtney Obergsell, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, Northern Indiana. “As it stands now, that ranks in the top fifteen coldest Januarys on record.”

Severe weather experts like David Call of Ball State University say this winter seems even colder because the last two had been so mild.

“This is more than a typical cold outbreak,” Call said. “The jet stream this year has been bringing a lot of storm systems over us and with all the stormy weather around we've seen more wind than normal too.”

The high for Tuesday is forecasted to be just 0 degrees, which is also significant in the record books – dating back to the year 1897.

“If you go back on record there are only 12 days where high temperatures failed to reach 0 degrees,” said Obergsell. “It's pretty rare when you don’t get to zero degrees during the day.”

Unfortunately a big thaw doesn’t appear to be on the horizon, although temperatures could warm up a bit.

“At least in the next few weeks we don't see any major thaws or changes,” Call said. “It looks like the coldest air on the globe is going to stay over Northeast Canada… and pieces of that will continue to affect us.”


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