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January 2017 ranks as top 5 warmest in more than a dozen states

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The number shown represents where January 2017 ranks in comparison to all years on record (Image: Southeast Climate Regional Center)

The number shown represents where January 2017 ranks in comparison to all years on record (Image: Southeast Climate Regional Center)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Many are asking, “Where is winter?”

We had a few very cold days in January in north Alabama: the stretch of days between January 6 and January 8 featured highs below freezing.

Despite that bitterly cold weather, warm weather stole the headlines.

Huntsville had at least seven days where the high temperature was at least 20 degrees above average last month. The warmest day of the month was January 14; the high was 76.

January 2017 was the third warmest January on record in Huntsville, according to climate data.

The numbers represent how much above average January 2017 was based on average temperature (Image: Southeast Regional Climate Center)

The numbers represent how much above average January 2017 was based on average temperature (Image: Southeast Regional Climate Center)

The unusually warm weather was not just happening where we live. At least a dozen states east of the Rocky Mountains logged a top-five warmest January last month. Even a few communities near the Canadian border experienced one of the warmest Januarys on record.

If the first of February is any indication of what is to come for the final full month of winter, expect more warm than cold.

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