10 Feb January was warmer and drier than average for contiguous U.S.
The January contiguous U.S. average temperature was 32.2°F, 2.1°F above the 20th century average, ranking as the 34th warmest January on record. The January precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 2.03 inches, 0.28 inch below the 20th century average, the 36th driest January on record. Precipitation in the West slightly improved long-term drought conditions.
This analysis of U.S. temperature and precipitation is based on data back to January 1895, resulting in 122 years of data.
Link to Article: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/summary-info/national/201601