Mild, wet January continues in Fulton County

Staff Report

Fulton County residents have enjoyed a relatively warm January, culminating with a pair of days over the weekend with highs near 60 degrees. At the Fulton County Airport the high reached 59 degrees each day but at Toledo Express Airport in the Swanton area, the mercury climbed to 62 degrees on Sunday.

The temperature has also not dropped to freezing since Jan. 16. There were a few days late last week that fell to 33 degrees.

The forecast does not call for below freezing temperatures until Thursday, which would be a string of 9 days with above freezing temperatures in what is normally the dead of winter.

With the warm weather has also come an abundance of rain. The amount has climbed so high it is nearing inclusion in the record books at Toledo Express Airport.

Before yesterday’s rain, 3.73 inches of rain had fallen at the airport. The 10th wettest January on record is 3.76 inches of precipitation that fell in 1910. Yesterday’s rain almost certainly puts January 2017 in the top 10 all time.

The next wettest January was in 1959 when 3.89 inches of precipitation fell on the area.

This month is still a long way from the wettest January of all time, however. In January of 1913, 6.63 inches of precipitation fell.

A flood warning has been extended for the Tiffin River until Wednesday afternoon. As of 9 a.m. Monday it was at 11.7 feet and steady with minor flooding. The flood stage is 11 feet and at 12 feet portions of State Route 66 flood.

The warm and rainy weather has led many to think of spring. With that in mind, SkyWarn training will be offered in Fulton County in March (See story inside).

The warmer weather has also led to a lack of snowfall, which surely makes some people in the area happy. Only around an inch of snow has fallen for the entire month.

Cooler weather is forecast to return for the end of January, but nothing like the bitter cold of mid December is expected at this time.

Staff Report