Disappointing January

Weather in the Lake Almanor basin during January was definitely not typical. We had temperatures that averaged several degrees warmer than the long-term figures, and our precipitation was clearly less than usual.

January low temperatures measured at the automated site across the highway from the Chester airport averaged 3.7 degrees warmer than the long-term figure, while afternoon highs were 2.7 degrees warmer. It was almost like we were running a month ahead of schedule.

West shore snowfall measured 24.5 inches for the month, which is about a foot less than usual. Again, the snowfall total was more like February than January, and it was relatively dry as well.

Our seasonal accumulation at the end of January stood at 56.5 inches or 78 percent of the long-term average for this point in the season.

We did get some welcome rain during the month, which boosted our added total precipitation to 3.25 inches of water equivalent. That brings our season-accumulated total to 12 inches, or 67 percent of the long-term average.

Major water-producing storms were not in the forecast for early February, but we still have the rest of February and all of March as characteristic “wet” months. Hopefully we’ll see a return to some wet storm tracks through our area, sufficient to give our vegetation (and the lake) a boost.