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Daily Historical Weather for January 1

The beginning of 2009 brought no signs of relief as Oklahoma continued to be in a moderate drought from 2008. Impacts of the drought included wildfires and extremely low creek levels. Several streams across southern Oklahoma, such as Buffalo and Antelope Springs, were completely dry to start the year.

Both New Years Day 2005 and 2006 set warm temperature records in Oklahoma City. On January 1, 2006, a record high of 77 degrees occurred. One year earlier, the temperature only fell to 56 degrees, which set a record for the warmest low.

On January 1st and 2nd of 1993, an intense storm system brought accumulations of sleet and freezing rain to much of the region. The icy weather caused numerous traffic accidents, including a 35 car pile up in Oklahoma City shortly after midnight. The ice also caused havoc with area airport operations. Two passenger jets slid off icy runways at Will Rogers World Airport.


Daily Historical Weather for January 2

January 2, 2004, was a warm day across western north Texas as the mercury soared to 80 degrees at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls. This high temperature broke a 17-year record by 1 degree for the warmest temperature for that date.

In 1996, the new year was brought in on a snowy note. On the 1st and 2nd, a strong storm system dumped up to 6 inches of snow over a large part of southern, through northeast Oklahoma. The hardest hit areas extended from near Durant and Ada, northeast toward Tulsa. Over central Oklahoma, down into western north Texas, a glaze of ice was seen, with several accidents reported in the Oklahoma City area.


Daily Historical Weather for January 3

The oldest known weather records in Oklahoma began at Fort Gibson in January 1824, in what is now Muskogee County. The records included data on temperatures and rainy days, but not on precipitation amounts. True rainfall records did not begin until July 1836. The earliest records were kept not by any type of weather organization, but by the U.S. Army Medical Department. After the start of weather record keeping by Fort Gibson, other forts soon began keeping their own records. Fort Towson, now in Choctaw County in January 1833, Fort Arbuckle in 1850, Fort Sill in 1870, Fort Supply in 1873, and Fort Reno in 1883.


Daily Historical Weather for January 4

Wichita Falls recorded one of their coldest weeks in history during the first week of January in 1947. In fact, the morning low temperatures of January second through fifth, remain record low temperatures for the dates. The cold spell climaxed on the 4th, when Wichita Falls plunged to its all time record low temperature of 12 degrees below zero. The remaining three days were little better with low temperatures of 7, minus 6, and minus 7 degrees, respectively.


Daily Historical Weather for January 5

A series of storm systems brought heavy snow and bitterly cold arctic air to the southern plains during the week of January 4th through 11th, in 1988. A large portion of Oklahoma received at least 10 inches of snow, with North Texas receiving up to 3 inches. Some locations across western Oklahoma measured 16 to 18 inch total amounts over the period, with snow drifts reaching 4 feet. Oklahoma City totaled 12.1 inches of snow over a three day period, from the 5th to the 7th, which is Oklahoma City's second highest storm total accumulation. Accompanying the heavy snow were record breaking cold temperatures. The mercury dropped below the freezing mark on the 4th in Oklahoma City, and stayed there until the afternoon of the 11th. The lowest temperature in Oklahoma City during the period came on the morning of the 8th, when a low of 4 below zero was reached.


Daily Historical Weather for January 6

Ice, snow, and cold temperatures covered much of the area from January 4th through 7th, back in 1973. A layer of ice was covered by as much as 9 inches of snow. Even walking became dangerous, as several hundred injuries throughout the area were attributed to traffic accidents and slips on the ice. Over central Oklahoma, temperatures stayed below freezing for as much as 10 consecutive days. Due to the extreme length of below freezing temperatures, some locations kept at least 1 inch of snow on the ground for 14 days.


Daily Historical Weather for January 7

On January 7, 2008, a series of powerful storms tracked across the area during the late afternoon and evening hours. The storms were triggered by a powerful cold front ahead of a unseasonably moist and unstable airmass. Numerous hail reports occurred, with the largest being 1-inch in diameter. Storm wind gusts reached 70 mph and two F0 tornadoes were reported across eastern Oklahoma. Fortunately, no injuries or significant damages were reported.

January 7th, 1944, marks the third-greatest calendar day snowfall at Oklahoma City. The 9 inches that accumulated are surpassed only by the 13.5 inches that occurred on December 24th of 2009, and 11.3 inches that occurred on March 19th of 1924.


Daily Historical Weather for January 8

A severe two-day ice and snow storm began in northern Texas on this day in 1977. A layer of ice was quickly covered by several inches of snow. Areas around Wichita Falls reported snow drifts of up to 2 feet.


Daily Historical Weather for January 9

Record high temperatures were set today in 2009 when the mercury reached 75 degrees in Oklahoma City. This temperature broke the previous record of 73 degrees set in 2002. High winds also occurred on this day in Comanche and Tillman counties when a strong cold front pushed through the area. Wind gusts were measured up to 59 mph, but fortunately no damage was reported.

January 9th, 1977, was a cold day for the region, especially for northern Texas. At Wichita Falls, the high temperature of 12 degrees occurred at midnight, making this the third lowest high temperature ever in Wichita Falls. To make matters worse, two inches of snow fell to bring a two-day storm total to 5 inches.


Daily Historical Weather for January 10

An ice storm on January 8th through the 10th, back in 1968, covered much of southeast Oklahoma with a thick layer of ice. As much as 1/2 inch accumulated on many roadways in parts of McCurtain, Atoka, Pittsburg, and Coal counties. Traffic problems were numerous, including a 40-car pile up on highway 69 between Atoka and Kiowa.


Daily Historical Weather for January 11

After an early morning low temperature of 7 below zero, the afternoon high on January 11th, back in 1918, warmed to just 2 above zero, giving Oklahoma City its coldest high temperature ever recorded.


Daily Historical Weather for January 12

Back in 1963, bitter cold and high winds swept through Oklahoma and northern Texas on January 10th through 14th. Subzero temperatures would eventually cover the northwestern three-quarters of Oklahoma, with much of northern Texas only slightly above zero. In the Oklahoma Panhandle, Boise City plummeted to a low temperature of 17 below zero. Wind chill readings dropped to between twenty and forty degrees below zero.


Daily Historical Weather for January 13

On January 13th and 14th back in 1989, a storm system dropped a narrow band of heavy snow across southwest and central Oklahoma. The heaviest snow band was located from Lawton, to Norman, to Chandler. The highest snowfall total was in Norman, where 8.5 inches was measured.


Daily Historical Weather for January 14

On this date in 1960, it seemed more like April than January, when an intense line of thunderstorms raced through the region. Winds up to 75 mph brought widespread damage to roofs and utilities. A funnel cloud was followed for 3.5 miles over the western edge of Oklahoma City, while a tornado damaged three farmsteads southeast of Fitzhugh, in Pontotoc County. The winds were not finished however, as an intense low pressure system roared through later in the day. Again, winds of 75 mph blew out plate glass windows in Lawton, Purcell, Yukon, and Oklahoma City.


Daily Historical Weather for January 15

On January 15th and 16th back in 1964, a strong winter storm system dumped 5 to 9 inches of snow along the Red River Valley of south-central and southeast Oklahoma. The heaviest total was in Choctaw County, where Boswell reported 9 inches.


Daily Historical Weather for January 16

On this day in 1996, widespread freezing drizzle and freezing rain occurred over much of southeast Oklahoma. Numerous car accidents, including one fatality wreck near Fittstown, were reported.


Daily Historical Weather for January 17

On January 16th through 18th back in 1987, a winter storm brought heavy snow to much of western and northwest Oklahoma. Accumulations as high as 14 inches were reported. Southwest Oklahoma and western north Texas experienced a significant ice storm, where as much as 2 inches of ice combined with several inches of snow to cause numerous traffic accidents and downed power lines.


Daily Historical Weather for January 18

On this date back in 1925, Wichita Falls reported 9.8 inches of snow, making it their snowiest calendar day ever.


Daily Historical Weather for January 19

The record for Oklahoma City's coldest January temperature is now over 100 years old. On January 19th back in 1892, the morning low temperature dropped to 11 degrees below zero.


Daily Historical Weather for January 20

The coldest month on record in Oklahoma City, and much of Oklahoma for that matter, dates back to January, 1930. The month started fairly mild with highs in the 50s and 60s. Then, the bottom dropped out as an arctic front blasted through the area on the 6th. The bitterly cold air was then reinforced by even colder air several times throughout the month. In fact, the low temperatures in Oklahoma City would dip below zero five times over a two week span during the middle of the month. The coldest temperatures over the area were seen on the mornings of the 17th and 18th, when the mercury in Oklahoma City plunged to 9 degrees below zero. This is warm compared to the incredibly cold readings in northeast Oklahoma, where Watts would tie the all-time 2nd coldest temperature ever recorded in the state on the morning of the 18th, with a reading of 27 degrees below zero.


Daily Historical Weather for January 21

On January 21, 2005, Oklahomans and North-Texans kept their coats in the closet, as an unseasonably warm airmass allowed afternoon temperatures to climb into the 70s. A 37-year old record was broken at Oklahoma City, as the temperature soared to 77 degrees, breaking the 1967 record by 6 degrees.

On this date in 1966, much of southwest and south-central Oklahoma was hit with heavy snow for the second time in two days. Snowfall totals on this day were in the 4 to 6 inch range along the Red River, from near Hollis, to Altus, to Waurika. Similar totals occurred in these areas two days earlier, on the 19th. Snow totals for both storms included 11 inches at Waurika and 10.4 inches at Altus.

While January 1930 was the coldest on record in Oklahoma City, the warmest January on record occurred in 1923. Every day in the month had above normal temperatures. Overall, 16 of the 31 days had afternoon high temperatures at or above 60 degrees, with three days topping 70. The warmest temperature of the month came on the 13th, when the mercury soared to a balmy 72, after a morning low of 47. The coldest temperature all month was only 24 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for January 22

On this date in 1919, Wichita Falls recorded its wettest January day ever, as a total of 2.25 inches of precipitation fell.


Daily Historical Weather for January 23

The lowest temperature recorded in the state of Oklahoma for the year of 1906 was recorded on this date at Okmulgee, as the mercury dropped to minus 15 degrees. Despite being cold, the temperature was not a record.


Daily Historical Weather for January 24

It did not feel like January on the 23rd and 24th back in 1943. On both days the afternoon high temperature in Wichita Falls climbed to 89 degrees, marking the warmest temperatures ever felt in the city during the month of January.


Daily Historical Weather for January 25

The coldest month ever in Wichita Falls, and the fifth coldest January in Oklahoma City, was January 1978. An arctic front swept through Oklahoma and north Texas during the day on the 7th. Surges of even colder air would continue to plunge southward well into February. In fact, in Oklahoma City, the average daily temperatures would stay below normal until the 24th of February, one of the longer such periods in Oklahoma City history.

"A severe dust storm swept across the southern High Plains into Oklahoma on this date in 1965. Visibility dropped to near zero in parts of west Texas and western Oklahoma. Winds gusted to 55 mph in Oklahoma


Daily Historical Weather for January 26

The snowiest January in Oklahoma City was back in 1949, when a record 17.3 inches fell. The snowiest January ever in Wichita Falls was in 1966, when 11.9 inches was recorded for the month.


Daily Historical Weather for January 27

On January 27th and 28th back in 2009, a significant sleet storm tracked over western north Texas, up through southern and central Oklahoma. Most of this sleet affected areas near and southeast of Interstate-44, from near Wichita Falls, Texas, up through Duncan, Chickasha, Purcell, Shawnee, Seminole, and Holdenville. Up to 4 inches of sleet accumulated on top of a quarter-inch of ice.


Daily Historical Weather for January 28

A powerful winter storm struck Oklahoma and northern Texas on January 28th and 29th of 2010. Much of Oklahoma and western north Texas saw heavy amounts of snow, ice, sleet, or a combination of the three. Although snow totals of 6 inches to a foot were seen over the Oklahoma Panhandle and northern portions of Oklahoma, the greatest impact was the severe ice accumulations. The greatest amounts of ice were seen from the Red River Valley of southwest Oklahoma, up into central Oklahoma. This had significant impacts from Quanah and Altus, up through Lawton, Hobart, and Fort Cobb, where over an inch of ice accumulation was seen. In addition to widespread tree devastation, damage and recovery costs easily exceeded $15 million.

It was mild and dry across the region in January 2013. A reminder of the warm weather is the record temperatures at Wichita Falls on January 28th. Wichita Falls set a record warm-minimum temperature for the day at 58 degrees and a record maximum temperature of 81 degrees. The average low and high for Wichita Falls on January 28th are 30 degrees and 55 degrees, respectively.

One of the coldest Januaries on record in the southern plains came during the year 1977. In Oklahoma City, the temperature plunged to 9 degrees by midnight on the 9th, and was well on its way to a record 2 below zero later that morning. In fact, record low temperatures were set in both Wichita Falls and Oklahoma City on the mornings of the 9th and 10th. On the 10th, Oklahoma City bottomed out at minus 3. At Wichita Falls, the mercury dropped to 4 degrees on the 9th, and minus 1 on the 10th.


Daily Historical Weather for January 29

January 1986 marks the driest January in the recorded weather history of Oklahoma City. Not even a trace of precipitation fell during the entire month. The dry spell lasted longer than just the one month, as no measurable precipitation fell in Oklahoma City from the 13th of December until the 2nd of February. There is only one other month on record at Oklahoma City in which not even a trace of precipitation fell. That month is August, back in the year 2000.


Daily Historical Weather for January 30

A significant ice storm commenced on this date in 2002, resulting in over $300 million in damages, and widespread power outages. The hardest hit areas extended from near Ponca City, Perry, and Stillwater, south and west through Enid, Kingfisher, Guthrie, Binger, and Weatherford. Some of the smaller towns and rural residents were without power for weeks.


Daily Historical Weather for January 31

The warmest temperature ever felt in the month of January in Oklahoma occurred on January 31st 1911. On that afternoon, temperatures over the area soared into the 80s at many locations. Oklahoma City set its all time January high with a reading of 83. Temperatures were even warmer in western Oklahoma, where Weatherford and Cloud Chief topped out at 89 degrees.


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