The coldest stretch of the year

- Not that I’m giving anyone permission to complain about this winter (come on, it’s been awesome so far!) … but if you are, I have some good news for you: we are approaching the coldest stretch of the year and then it’s uphill from there! Well, historically at least.

The average high temperature from January 3-31 is 32 degrees. Therefore, finding the day that is, statistically, the “coldest” of the year is as simple as adding up the days between and dividing by 2. This gives us January 16.

Of course, saying one day is the coldest day of the year is kind of unfair. It’s probably better to give a range of days, say January 14-19. So, I took a look at the historical numbers and saw that some of the coldest days we’ve EVER seen happen in this stretch.  On January 19th, 1994 our low temperature was 20 BELOW ZERO! January 18, 1976 set a daily record low of -18. (For those curious, the coldest temp ever recorded in Detroit was January 21, 1984 when we fell to 21 below. Yikes!)

This year looks to follow history pretty well. January 17-20 looks to be the coldest stretch of the season so far. Winter lovers will finally get what they’ve been waiting for: a prolonged chilly run.

(and psssst…. for those winter haters, the end of January looks to be way milder than normal)

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