January of 2014 was cold…real cold. Chicago had 1,479 HDD’s, when the 10 year average was 1,249 and the 30 year average 1,279. So yeah, that was cold.
What about this year? Some folks have said there won’t be a winter this year based on the mild temps in January. They fail to remember some of the most frigid winters of the 1970’s as well as 2009-2010 that saw a mild December fade into the frigid Arctic-like nights in January and February.
A weather service we subscribe to is predicting 1,414 HDD’s for Chicago THIS month.
Don’t give up on this winter yet…it’s only just begun…and this current shot of cold has NOTHING to do with the Polar Vortex, which is at present over top of the north pole. This is all about a massive high pressure system bringing down Arctic air.