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Monthly Review January 2022

The high winter month of January was clearly too mild in our region
Little sunshine (very cloudy) and relatively humid.

The month was compared to the 1961-1990 climate reference period with a
Average temperature of 2.7 °C by 3.4 degrees too warm. There were just below average
Frost days (minimum air temperature below 0 °C) and not a single ice day
(Daily maximum air temperature below 0 °C). Fig.1 illustrates the course of the
both temperature sizes.

The sun only shone for a total of 34 hours. This corresponds to a minus of 21 hours.
The sum of all individual measurements of precipitation reached 54.4 in Coswig in January
mm. The monthly total thus corresponded to 142% of the normal value for January. we
thus registered a relatively wet winter month. The annual precipitation balance for 2022
starts with a plus of 16 mm.

weather conditions:

Western weather conditions and high-pressure areas over Western and Central Europe with high fog-like clouds and a tendency to drizzle characterized the weather in our region.

Only one clear day (on January 19th) was registered, on which we were in connection with a
Southwest flow from the Lee effect (foehn) of the Ore Mountains with 7 hours of sunshine
benefited. Stable high-pressure weather conditions in connection with inversions (temperature reversal at high altitude) in winter often mean bad weather, especially in the lowlands. It is then gray in gray and as an encore there is often even drizzle. This was also the case in the high winter month of January. Sunshine was plentiful only in the higher elevations of the low mountain ranges above the inversion.


Fig.1: Temperature profile in January 2022 at the DWD station in Garsebach near Meissen

Author: Wilfried Küchler

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