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Medford sees warmest January on record

With nearly four weeks of clear skies and warm temperatures in Medford, January is one for the record books.

Twenty-seven days in January saw temperatures of at least 50 degrees at the Medford airport weather station, making it the warmest January since records began in 1911, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Sven Nelaimischkies.

Between Jan. 5 and Jan. 30, the Medford weather station recorded temperatures of at least 50 degrees, according to Nelaimischkies, kicking off a streak that lasted 26 of 27 days.

Monday broke the streak when the high reached only 49 degrees. The high Jan. 4 was 45 degrees. The 26-day streak shattered a January 1986 record of 16 days in a row of 50 degrees or warmer.

Temperatures reached 60 degrees Jan. 19, 23 and 25 and hit 61 degrees Jan. 27 and 28.

In contrast, January 2021 saw 16 days of 50-degree days, tying it for the 12th warmest January in Medford with 2019, 1985 and 1970.

The prior record holder for warmest January was 2010 with 26 days. The third-warmest January was 1995 with 25 days.

Last week, a Medford weather balloon recorded the weather station’s driest reading for Jan. 26 since readings began in 1948 with 0.16 inches of precipitable water, according to an earlier news report.

Meteorologists recorded “just a trace” of precipitation at the Medford airport Sunday, Nelaimischkies said.

Behind the weeks of warm afternoons, clear skies, cold nights and dry conditions is a high pressure system that started Jan. 12, and has shown few signs of letting up.

“It’s looking like we might have some weak front in the middle of next week, but that’s not looking really good either,” Nelaimischkies said.

The forecast shows winds ranging from “light” to “calm” Wednesday and Thursday, with a high of 47 Wednesday and a high of 53 Thursday. The extended forecast calls for the same mix of patchy freezing fog at night and sunny, warm afternoons through Monday.

Reach web editor Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTwebeditor.