The January weather story for Hannibal consists of below normal precipitation and bitter cold.

For the third month in a row, Hannibal came up short in precip, with the Filter Plant measuring just over an inch-and-a-half of moisture for the month, about a quarter-inch dryer than average.

The bitter cold spell actually began right after Christmas and continued through the first week of January, with the low temperature dropping below zero for the first six days of the new year. A record low was set when the thermometer bottomed out at minus-fourteen on New Year’s Day, breaking the old record of minus-eleven set in 1974.

Hannibal also saw a record high for the month, with a brief warm spell resulting in a high of 65 on the 21st, breaking the old record of 64 set in 1933.