NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY
1-7: Cool air accompanied and trailed a surge of Pacific moisture across the western U.S., helping to establish high elevation snowpack and boosting topsoil moisture. Some of the most significant rain and snow fell in the Pacific Northwest and from northern and central California to the northern Rockies. Weekly temperatures averaged more than 5F below normal in parts of California. In contrast, mild weather preceded generally light rain showers across the Plains, Midwest, and Northeast. Late season warmth dominating the central and eastern U.S. for much of the week, temperatures averaged at least 10 to 15F above normal in many Midwestern and eastern locations. Persistent southeastern warmth resulted in several monthly record highs. In Florida, Jacksonville posted a monthly record high of 89F on November 1, followed by another high of 89F on November 3. Similarly, Tallahassee, FL, logged monthly record highs of 89F on November 2 and 4. Elsewhere in Florida, monthly record highs included 92F (on November 4) in Naples; 92F (on November 4) in Tampa; 91F (on November 3) in Gainesville; and 90F (on November 2) in Daytona Beach. Early in the week, warm weather also lingered across the West. On November 1, daily record highs reached 91F in Barstow-Daggett, CA, and 81F in Pueblo, CO. The following day, record-setting highs for November 2 included 86F in Las Vegas, NV, and 73F in Salt Lake City, UT. Meanwhile, warmth also reached the western Corn Belt, where record breaking highs for November 2 climbed to 8°F in Lincoln, NE, and 79F in Des Moines, IA. In Kansas, daily record highs for November 3 rose to 81F in Hill City and Garden City. With a November 1-5 average temperature of 57.6F (14.8F above normal), La Crosse, WI, experienced its warmest 5-day period in November since November 1-5, 2008. During the mid to late week period, dozens of daily record highs were set in the Great Lakes and Northeastern States, as well as the South. From November 3-5, Detroit, MI (76, 77, and 74F), and Mansfield, OH (76, 77, and 76F) registered a trio of daily record highs. Similarly, Rochester, NY, achieved three consecutive daily record highs (78, 75, and 72F) from November 4-6. On November 6-7, the week ended with consecutive daily record highs in Portland, ME (67 and 65F); New York’s LaGuardia Airport (75 and 72F); and New Bern, NC (82 and 84F). Consecutive daily-record highs occurred on November 5-6 in Louisiana locations such as Lafayette (86 and 89F) and New Iberia (86 and 88F). In contrast, November 7 featured daily record lows in Cedar City, UT (16F), and Bishop, CA (20F). On
November 4, Bishop had reported its fourth-latest first freeze on record; the station record for the latest first freeze remains November 9, 1988.
8-14: Mild, mostly dry weather prevailed across the nation’s midsection, with the notable exception of a brief, mid-week period of wind driven snow on the central Plains. Later, rain changed to late week snow showers in portions of the Great Lakes and Northeastern States. Elsewhere, varying amounts of precipitation fell across the northern two-thirds of the West. The highest totals occurred in the Pacific Northwest, but meaningful precipitation fell as far south as the Sierra Nevada, helping to establish high-elevation snowpack. Cool conditions prevailed from California into the Four Corners States, with weekly temperatures averaging more than 5F below normal in several locations. In contrast, mild weather covered the central and eastern U.S., as well as the Pacific Northwest, for much of the week. Temperatures averaged at least 10F in portions of the upper Midwest. With a low of 28F, Chicago, IL, reported its first freeze of the autumn on November 8 nearly 4 weeks later than the October 13 average. It was Chicago’s latest first freeze since November 10, 2011. Similarly, Lubbock, TX, reported its first freeze of the season with a low of 31°F on November 12, ending its longest growing season since 1963 at 241 days (March 16 –
November 11). Through week’s end, Great Falls, MT, had not yet experienced an autumn temperature below the 20-degree mark (the lowest reading was 20F on November 6). As a result, Great Falls’ 255-day (March 5 – November 14) stretch without a reading below 20F approached an all-time record originally set from February 26 – November 16, 1910. However, there was some cold weather in the West. On November 11, for example, Ely, NV, posted a daily-record low of 2°F. Other Western daily records included 20°F (on November 12) in Douglas, AZ, and 26°F (on November 11) in Campo, CA. In contrast, record setting warmth lingered for much of the week across Florida, where daily-record highs included 91F (on November 9) in Orlando; 90F (on November 8) in Lakeland; and 90F (on November 10) in West Palm Beach. Late in the week, warmth spread from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Plains. Wenatchee, WA, logged a daily-record high of 67F on November 13. The following day, record setting highs in South Dakota for November 14 reached 70F in Mobridge and 68F in Aberdeen.
15-21: Active weather continued across the South, from eastern Texas to the Carolinas.
Heavy rain also reached northward into the middle Mississippi Valley, erasing previously dry conditions in Missouri and environs. At week’s end, a new storm system produced a band of heavy Midwestern snow, extending eastward from southern South Dakota and northern Nebraska, causing some livestock stress and travel disruptions.
Temperatures averaged as much as 10F above normal across northern Florida and the Great Lakes region. With colder air arriving in the western U.S., Great Falls, MT, reported its first reading below the 20-degree mark (17F on November 18) since March 4. The 258-day stretch marked Great Falls’ longest such streak since 1910, when there were 264 consecutive days (February 26 – November 16) with temperatures remaining at 20F or higher. Elsewhere in the West, Ramona, CA, notched a daily record low (28F) on November 17. Farther east, however, warmth lingered for much of the week. In southern Texas, Brownsville posted a daily-record high (91F) on November 17. The following day in Florida, record-setting highs for November 18 reached 89F in Tampa and Sarasota-Bradenton. Meanwhile in Ohio, daily record highs for the 18th included 71F in Cleveland and 70F in Akron-Canton. Toward week’s end, record setting warmth returned to coastal southern California, where record setting highs for November 21 soared to 91F in Santa Ana and 90F in Long Beach. In contrast, cold weather in the wake of an early season snow storm led to daily record lows for November 21 in Big Piney, WY (-10F); Waterloo, IA (-5F); and Challis, ID (-3F).
22-28: Most dry weather prevailed from the Southwest to the north-central U.S., although snow fell on the northern Plains. Snow also blanketed much of the Northwest, with a chilly rain falling at lower elevations. With the surge of cold air into the western U.S., weekly temperatures averaged at least 10 to 15F below normal in several Northwestern locations. Starting on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, sub-zero temperatures covered the northern Plains and northern Intermountain West. Transitional temperatures occurred across the eastern half of the U.S., where a period of cold weather preceded a late-week warm spell.
Western warmth lingered early in the week in advance of an approaching storm. In southern California, daily-record highs for November 22 reached 90F in Camarillo and 88F in Long Beach. Farther inland, Bakersfield, CA, posted a daily-record high (82F) for November 23. Farther east, frigid weather prevailed in the wake of a departing Midwestern snow storm. November 22 featured daily-record lows in Moline, IL (1F, with an 8-inch snow cover), and Dubuque, IA (2F, with a 9-inch snow cover). Cold air also settled across Texas, where record-setting lows for November 22 included 21F in San Angelo and 31F in Del Rio. By mid-week, however, warmth returned to the nation’s mid-section. Daily record highs for November 25 climbed to 78F in Dalhart, TX, and 56F in Muskegon, MI. In the eastern U.S., daily record highs included 67°F (on November 26) in Zanesville, OH, and 67F (on November 27) in Hartford, CT. In stark contrast, very cold air overspread the West, starting on Thanksgiving Day. From November 26-30, the month ended with five consecutive daily record lows (13, 13, 9, 8, and 10°F, respectively) in Montague, CA. November ended with five sub-zero readings in a row in locations such as Burns, OR (-9, -15, -15, -15, and -14F), and Big Piney, WY (-19, -22, -16, -16, and -10F). In California’s Central Valley, consecutive daily-record lows were noted on November 28-29 in Stockton (28 and 25F) and Sacramento (27°F both days).
Jim G. Munley, jr.
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