2 charts that will help you understand how little snow we’ve had in January

As unseasonably warm temperatures turn into more common January levels, the Dayton area has seen only two days of snow, totaling 1.2 inches of accumulation through Wednesday.

How abnormal is that? Here is the answer, in two charts (with six days left in the month):

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The total for January is on track to be among lowest since 2000

The 1.2 inches of accumulation so far this month is the lowest since 2000. In 2001, just 1.8 inches of snow fell on the region.

Only two other years in that period, 2006 (3.4) and 2002 (3.6) saw less than 4 inches total.

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Only 2 days have seen snow

Since 2000, the area has averaged 7.8 days each January with snow accumulation of at least 0.1 inches. So far this year, just two days have seen snow, Jan. 5 (1.1 inches) and Jan. 8 (0.1 inch).

There were few days of snow in both 2001 and 2002 (two each), but the lowest since has been three days in 2006.

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Remember, other Januaries have been awful

How bad? Do you remember ...

» 1977: Cold temperatures, wind and snow basically paralyzed the region

» 1978: Jan. 26, 1978 still holds the record for single-day snowfall, more than a foot

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