Average Weather in January in Saint Cloud Minnesota, United States
Daily high temperatures are around 22°F, rarely falling below 2°F or exceeding 39°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 21°F on January 14.
Daily low temperatures are around 6°F, rarely falling below -18°F or exceeding 26°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is 5°F on January 22.
For reference, on July 18, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Saint Cloud typically range from 61°F to 82°F, while on January 21, the coldest day of the year, they range from 5°F to 22°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in January
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on January. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in January
The month of January in Saint Cloud experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 59% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is January 15, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 42% of the time.
For reference, on February 6, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 61%, while on August 1, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 72%.
Cloud Cover Categories in January
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Saint Cloud, the chance of a wet day over the course of January is essentially constant, remaining around 7% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 41% on June 20, and its lowest chance is 7% on January 28.
Over the course of January in Saint Cloud, the chance of a day with only rain remains an essentially constant 0% throughout, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 1% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 6% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in January
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during January in Saint Cloud is essentially constant, remaining about 0.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.5 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 0.1 inches on January 25.
Average Monthly Rainfall in January
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. As with rainfall, we consider the liquid-equivalent snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall during January in Saint Cloud is essentially constant, remaining about 0.3 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 1.0 inches or falling to 0.0 inches.
The lowest average 31-day liquid-equivalent accumulation is 0.3 inches on January 29.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in January
Over the course of January in Saint Cloud, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 56 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 52 seconds, and weekly increase of 13 minutes, 5 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is January 1, with 8 hours, 47 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 31, with 9 hours, 43 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January
The latest sunrise of the month in Saint Cloud is 7:56 AM on January 1 and the earliest sunrise is 18 minutes earlier at 7:38 AM on January 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:43 PM on January 1 and the latest sunset is 38 minutes later at 5:21 PM on January 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Saint Cloud during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during January, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:27 AM and sets 15 hours, 42 minutes later, at 9:09 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:53 AM and sets 8 hours, 42 minutes later, at 4:35 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Saint Cloud is essentially constant during January, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 20, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 27% of the time, while on November 15, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in January
The average hourly wind speed in Saint Cloud is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 12.0 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 2, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 12.5 miles per hour, while on August 1, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.7 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during January is 12.2 miles per hour on January 15.
Average Wind Speed in January
Wind Direction in January
The growing season in Saint Cloud typically lasts for 4.8 months (147 days), from around May 5 to around September 29, rarely starting before April 15 or after May 24, and rarely ending before September 13 or after October 17.
The month of January in Saint Cloud is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in January
The average accumulated growing degree days in Saint Cloud are essentially constant during January, remaining around 0°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in January
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Saint Cloud is gradually increasing during January, rising by 0.7 kWh, from 1.5 kWh to 2.2 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Saint Cloud are 45.561 deg latitude, -94.162 deg longitude, and 1,037 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Saint Cloud contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 180 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,030 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (299 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (696 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Saint Cloud is covered by artificial surfaces (81%), within 10 miles by cropland (74%) and trees (12%), and within 50 miles by cropland (70%) and trees (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Saint Cloud year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Saint Cloud.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Saint Cloud according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Saint Cloud is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Saint Cloud and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: St. Cloud Regional Airport (81%, 9 kilometers, east); Little Falls, Little Falls/Morrison County Airport-Lindbergh Field (7%, 46 kilometers, north); Paynesville Municipal Airport (6%, 50 kilometers, southwest); and Litchfield Municipal Airport (6%, 53 kilometers, southwest).
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .