Unseasonably warm temperatures break record in Columbia

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | 1:39 p.m. CST; updated 5:40 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Erica Toti, 24 (Left) sips coffee to keep warm while Jill Hicks, 27 (Right) holds tightly to her hood while walking up 9th Street in downtown Columbia on Tuesday. Residents were reminded of the winter months ahead after temperatures dropped from record-breaking highs the day before to a very cold 27 degrees.

COLUMBIA — A new high temperature record was set in Columbia on Monday, but the winter season has dropped in rank from the 8th warmest on record to the 9th, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

The new high temperature measured early Monday afternoon was 70 degrees, up one degree from the previous record set on the same day in 1990. 

Despite the record-breaking temperature, the variability of weather during the past week led to this winter's drop in the ranks of warmest winters on record, Kris Sanders of the National Weather Service said.

Coupled with remembrance ceremonies during the Martin Luther King holiday and a successful evening for MU men’s basketball, Columbia residents had ample reason to enjoy the warm weather, however brief it was.

Contrary to the sunny reception on Monday for students returning for the start of spring semester at MU, the first day of classes welcomed them with stiff gusts of winter reality as temperatures dropped into the 20s Tuesday morning.

Temperatures were projected to stay in a similar range before rising again during the weekend, with a high of about 56 degrees expected for Sunday.


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Derrick Fogle January 17, 2012 | 3:32 p.m.

Luvz me som Global Wamin' I duz! Took an awesome bike ride on concrete Rock Bridge and County Branch Creek trails (gravel trails are still nasty). New record high, but... dropped from 8th to 9th warmest overall? Dang. Now I'm all disappointed.

And, where did it go?!? I'm freezing my buns off on my bicycle today!

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Louis Schneebaum January 17, 2012 | 4:09 p.m.

Luvs me a person who points at two days of WEATHER and confuses them with CLIMATE, all the while failing to recognize that this article specifically tells us that AT LEAST 2 of the 9 warmest weather years on record occurred in the last 12 years.

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