SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - With January drawing to a close, we can look back and say that it was a record-breaking warm and wet month.
For Biloxi, when you compare this January to over the last 100 Januarys, it was the second wettest. This is thanks mostly to our New Year's storm system. Since 1893, the only January that has had more rain the this year's was back in 1991 when an astounding over 19 inches of rain fell.
Temperatures were also much warmer than normal for much of the month. In fact, this year ranked in Biloxi's top 20 hottest Januarys. For 17 days of the month, Gulfport saw temperatures that were warmer than 70 degrees.
While 70 degrees isn't going to make anyone sweat, keep in mind that the normal high temperature for much of January is about 60 degrees. Gulfport's warmth was enough to set eight new record-high temperatures this month.
"The year is off to a remarkable start," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "With a warm pattern lingering into early February, it's only a matter of time before winter fights back with another brutal cool down."
"History tells us that freezing temperatures can occur on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as late in the season as late March," Williams said. "So, I wouldn't get too used to the springlike air."
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