John Malan's Weather Article for 1/15/13

Above-normal temps this winter

CREATED Jan 15, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The seasonably cold air sticks around today with high temperatures in the mid to upper-twenties across southeast Wisconsin.

There should be plenty of sunshine as high pressure takes over through mid-week.

Small pieces of cold, arctic air breaking off in Canada and passing through the state this week which will make for a roller coaster temperature pattern in Milwaukee.

We are at the mid-point of the winter season and so far this season has been above normal for temperatures and well below normal for snowfall in Milwaukee.

The month of December came in at more than seven degrees above normal for average monthly temperatures and so far this month is around five degrees above normal.

While some parts of southeast Wisconsin north and northwest of Milwaukee have seen normal snowfall, that hasn’t been the case for the Milwaukee area and south.

There has been only two-tenths of an inch of snow in Milwaukee for January and 7.1 inches for the season.

That puts the deficit for January at around seven inches and for the whole winter season at more than ten inches below normal through this date.

Madison has also been very mild with an average monthly temperature running nearly six degrees above normal, but the difference is that they have received normal snowfall at 23.5 inches this season.