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NATIONAL STORM SUMMARY
1-7: Heavy rain soaked the Southeast, bringing flooding only a month after parts of the Carolinas were inundated. In addition, a new round of rain arrived across the Southeast at week’s end.
Heavy rain fell in the Southeast as the week began. On November 1, Columbus, GA, received a daily-record sum of 1.87 inches. The following day, record setting totals for November 2 reached 3.28 inches in Greenville-Spartanburg, SC, and 3.08 inches in
Charlotte, NC. Columbus collected another daily record amount (2.37 inches) on November 2, boosting its 2-day total to 4.24 inches. Downpours lingered along the southern Atlantic coast through November 3, when Charleston, SC, measured a daily record sum of 3.48 inches. Meanwhile, the most significant storm of the season arrived in the West. Totals for November 2 were the highest on record for that date in locations such as Reno, NV (1.04 inches); Merced, CA (1.04 inches); and Paso Robles, CA (0.38 inch). In Jerome, ID, precipitation totaled 1.67 inches from November 1-3. Daily-record snowfall totals were set in several Western locations, Including Flagstaff, AZ (9.9 inches on November 4), and Elko, NV (4.0 inches on November 3). By November 5, heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms developed across the nation’s midsection and returned to the South; daily-record amounts for that date reached 2.52 inches in Longview, TX, and 1.13 inches in
Dubuque, IA. The following day, record-breaking totals for November 6 included 3.64 inches in Jackson, MS; 3.45 inches in New Iberia, LA; and 1.80 inches in Cincinnati, OH. New Iberia collected another daily-record sum (2.99 inches) on November 7, lifting its 2-day total to 6.44 inches. Other daily-record amounts for November 7 reached 3.30 inches in Anniston, AL; 3.08 inches in Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX; and 2.95 inches in Alexandria, LA.
8-14: Early in the week, heavy rain lingered across the Southeast. In Florida, record setting amounts for November 8 totaled 7.31 inches in Apalachicola; 2.55 inches in Tallahassee; and 2.35 inches in Jacksonville. Apalachicola netted another record setting rainfall (2.66 inches) on November 9, boosting its 2-day total to 9.97 inches. Elsewhere, November 8-9 rainfall reached 4.31 inches in Tallahassee and 4.09 inches on St. Simons Island GA. Farther north, daily-record precipitation amounts for November 10 climbed to 1.88 inches in Georgetown, DE, and 1.65 inches in Binghamton, NY. Meanwhile, stormy weather arrived in the West, where daily-record totals for November 9 included 0.59 inch in Pullman, WA; 0.47 inch in Ely, NV; and 0.40 inch in Missoula, MT. Ely’s precipitation fell in the form of 12.3 inches of snow. At mid-week, showers and thunderstorms erupted across the nation’s mid-section, accompanied and trailed by high winds. Snow fell on the central High Plains, where
Goodland, KS, received 2.7 inches of snow on November 11, along with a wind gust to 49 mph. Record-setting precipitation amounts for November 11 included 1.65 inches in Sioux City, IA, and 1.38 inches in Eau Claire, WI. On the same day, wind gusts were clocked to 70 mph in Peoria, IL; 65 mph in Burlington, IA; and 62 mph in Lee’s Summit, MO. By November 12, high winds swept into the Great Lakes States, resulting in gusts to 57 mph in
Buffalo, NY, and 53 mph in Toledo, OH. At week’s end, significant precipitation was mostly limited to the Pacific Northwest and the southern tip of Florida. Daily-record amounts for November 14 totaled 3.37 inches in Miami, FL, and 2.78 inches in Astoria, OR. Weekly rainfall totaled 6.79 inches in Quillayute, WA, aided by a daily-record sum of 4.09 inches on
15-21: Early in the week snow across the central Plains briefly resulted in blizzard conditions. On the central and southern High Plains, a late season tornado outbreak on November 16 immediately preceded the wind-driven snow. Elsewhere, widespread rain and snow showers dotted the West, with the heaviest precipitation falling in western sections of Oregon and Washington. High winds raked the Northwest on November 17-18, downing trees and causing power outages. Most other areas of the Far West received beneficial precipitation, but remained in drought.
Weekly temperatures averaged close to normal in most areas from the Pacific Coast to the High Plains. The snow storm struck on November 20-21, resulting in the greatest November accumulation in Chicago, IL, since 1895. Chicago’s 2-day snowfall reached 11.2 inches, compared to 12.0 inches on November 25-26, 1895. The only other times Chicago experienced a November storm total in excess of 8 inches were November 6-7, 1951, when 9.3 inches fell, and November 26-27, 1975, when snowfall totaled 8.6 inches. Elsewhere in Illinois, Rockford netted 8.8 inches on November 20-21, marking its second-greatest November snow storm behind 9.5 inches on November 6-7, 1951. Farther west, storm-total snowfall topped the 10-inch mark in Iowa locations such as Waterloo (12.7 inches) and Dubuque (11.7 inches). Meanwhile, late-week downpours soaked parts of Florida, including Daytona Beach, where 4.69 inches fell on November 21. Earlier, stormy weather had also affected many other parts of the U.S. On November 16, as many as four dozen tornadoes were noted, according to preliminary reports, from western Kansas to the northern panhandle of Texas. Smaller tornado outbreaks were noted in Mississippi on November 17 and Georgia and western Florida on November 18. At the same time, heavy rain soaked parts of the South and Midwest. Daily record rainfall totals for November 17 included 5.11
inches in Vichy-Rolla, MO; 4.23 inches in Columbia, MO; 3.63 inches in Batesville, AR; 3.53 inches in Monroe, LA; and 2.13 inches in Moline, IL. On November, daily-record amounts topped 3 inches in locations such as Huntsville, AL (3.87 inches), and Hattiesburg, MS
(3.74 inches). In North Carolina on November 19, daily-record amounts climbed to 8.40 inches in Beaufort and 3.16 inches on Cape Hatteras.
Farther west, Goodland, KS, received 4.0 inches of snow on November 17, accompanied by a northerly wind gust to 53 mph. Denver, CO, also netted 4.0 inches of snow (on November 16-17), along with a wind gust to 57 mph. Elsewhere, a high-wind event raked the nation’s northern tier, starting on November 17. In Washington, peak gusts on the 17th were clocked to 71 mph in Spokane and 69 mph in Pullman. In the Washington Cascades, the Northwest Avalanche Center recorded wind gusts to 119 mph at White Pass, elevation 5,970 feet, and 107 mph at Crystal Mountain, elevation 6,870 feet. In Montana, daily-record winds gusts for November 17 included 76 mph in Cut Bank and 61 mph in Great Falls. Farther east, peak gusts for November 18 were clocked to 75 mph in Chadron, NE; 74 mph in Buffalo, WY; and 71 mph in Hettinger, ND.
22-28: Mid- to late-week rain, freezing rain, and snow fell from the southern Plains into the Great Lakes region. Storm total precipitation topped 4 inches in parts of the mid-South and southeastern Plains, leading to another round of flooding. Farther north, the previous week’s Midwestern snow melted away, only to be replaced by new snow from portions of the
southern and central Plains into the western Midwest and upper Great Lakes region.
Jim G. Munley, jr.
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