Monday, January 30, 2012 | 5:19 p.m. CST;
updated 5:26 p.m. CST, Monday, January 30, 2012
COLUMBIA — The temperature reached 66.7 degrees Monday, according to the Sanborne Field Weather Station, falling just short of the record high set in 1890.
The 122-year-old record for the maximum temperature on this day, according to a climate summary from the National Weather Service Office in St. Louis, was set at 68 degrees.
This winter differs in the amount of snowfall, too. Average snowfall values are 9.9 inches since Dec. 1 and 5.1 inches since Jan. 1. This winter's snowfall values are 2.9 inches and 1.6 inches, respectively.
Although Columbia temperatures did not beat the record, the warm weather brought many Columbia residents outside.
Brome Gamble, 3, climbs up the sledding hill at Stephens Lake Park on Monday. The unseasonably warm weather melted away the last bit of snow and brought out Columbia residents of all ages.
Tom and Vivian Dowler walk with their great-grandson Aften, 2, at Stephens Lake Park on Monday. The family spent more than 3 hours at the park soaking in the warm weather.
Brian Weiss reads at Stephens Lake Park on his hammock on Monday. Weiss is studying to get a master's degree in health administration at MU. He said the warm weather made his readings a little less painful.
Brian Zuleger stretches after his run at Bear Creek Trail on Monday. Zuleger, a doctorate student in sports psychology at MU, is training for an Olympic distance triathlon. "This weather is awesome, I love it," said Zuleger. "This winter has been mild compared to winters in Wisconsin."
A robin enjoys the warm weather Monday at Bear Creek Trail. The forecast high of 67 degrees nears the 1890 record of 68 degrees.