Statistically January is the coldest month of the year. The average high on the first is forty three with an average low of twenty eight. The averages do not fluctuate much over the course of the month. The average high and low on the thirty first is forty three and twenty seven. We average a little over six inches of snow Downtown and seven and a half inches in the northern and western suburbs. Technically, for Downtown anyway, February is the snowiest month. There has never been a recorded high temperature in the eighties this month. National did record a record high of seventy nine on the twenty sixth of the month back in 1950. In fact the only two months without any recorded highs in the eighties is December and January.
Mars and Venus are getting out of the way for Jupiter. During the entire month Jupiter will be the main attraction rising in the east at nightfall. On the twenty first the moon and Jupiter will appear to be aligned thanks to a 'close passing' from our perspective. Yet another January celestial treat. The full moon is on the twenty sixth of the month and is known as the full Wolf Moon; named because the cold and heavy snow would force hungry wolf packs out of the mountains.