Springfield just ended its third warmest January since such things began being tracked in 1879. According to the National Weather Service, Springield’s January temperatures were 13.9 degrees warmer that the historical average. Nearly 14 degrees. That’s huge.
Stranger yet, the temperature never got below 21 degrees at any time during the month. Forget sub-zero or single digits, we never even got down into the teens. The was the second highest absolute low for the month on record. January of 1880 saw temps not go below 24 degrees.
Statewide, it was the second warmest January on record. Only January of 1933 was warmer.