January Weather And Records

Posted at 4:04 PM, Dec 31, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-31 16:04:49-05

WEST MICHIGAN — (FOX 17) — Another month is starting, so here is a look at the normal weather conditions and some of the records that exist for January.

TEMPERATURES: Normal highs are pretty consistent this month. We start out on the 1st with a normal high of 31 degrees, drop to 30 from the 14th through the 25th, then rise back to 31 for the remainder of the month. Normal lows fall from 20 to 18. The record high for January is 68 degrees, set on the 22nd in 1894. The record low was set 100 years later, when it dropped to 22 below on the 19th in 1994.

PRECIPITATION: There is normally 2.09″ of precipitation in January. There has been as much as 4.88″ in 1897 and as little as 0.29″ in 1965.

SNOWFALL: January is typically the snowiest month of the year, with an average of 20.8″. The snowiest January on record was in 1999, when 46.8″ fell for the month. The total last year in 2012 was 27.0″

LENGTH OF DAYLIGHT: On the 1st, the sunrise is at 8:14am, and the sunset is at 5:19pm. This gives a length of daylight of 9 hours and 5 minutes. By the end of the month, the sunrise is at 7:58am, and the sunset is at 5:54pm. This results in a length of daylight of 9 hours and 56 minutes. We gain 51 minutes of daylight in the month of January.

FORECAST: Rarely is West Michigan weather “normal.” To keep up with the changes, join us on FOX 17 or visit