Temperatures in January averaged a couple of degrees above normal for all of southeast Texas during the month of January. Rainfall totals ended up close to normal across the area.
January started on a wet and cool note. High temperatures only topped out in the 40s four times in the first half of the month, and we picked up two to six inches of rain (depending on location) during that same time period.
For many, it was a welcome shift from the warm and dry finish to 2012. Unfortunately, it didn't last long.
Highs in the 40s quickly turned into highs in the upper 70s and low 80s for the second half of the month. Rainfall became a scarce commodity once again. At most we picked up one or two-tenths of an inch of rain on the back half of the month.
Averaging the cool, wet start with the warm, dry finish, January turned out to be slightly warmer than normal, and the dry finish essentially canceled out any benefit the early rain provided.
Given the fact that 2012 was the warmest year on record for southeast Texas, it probably doesn't surprise many people that 2013 started off on a similar trajectory.
As we begin February, we can expect January's warmth to linger. Highs will hold in the mid 70s, about 10 degrees warmer than normal. Rain chances, however, will pick up slightly from the past three weeks. We'll see elevated chances for rain between Wednesday and Thursday, and again early next week.