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January temps tie record

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Posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 5:39 pm

As Valley residents look toward warmer weather this month, temperatures were pretty warm last month overall.

With average temperatures at 58.7 degrees, this past month tied for the fourth warmest January on record, matching the one set in 2009, according to Paul Iniguez, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Iniguez said that La Niña conditions that have been in place for two months consisting of cooler-than-normal temperatures in the Pacific Ocean along the equator impacted the energy in the atmosphere and redistributed it. The pattern keeps cold air or storm track systems to the north, keeping Valley residents warm.

The coldest day of the month was 38 degrees on Jan. 13, but some parts of the East Valley dropped to temperatures slightly lower than that.

Dating back to 1896, the warmest January on record remains the one set in 2003 with average temperatures of 62 degrees, Iniguez said.

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