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September 20, 2018

Mild November Was Very Warm, Dry


OSWEGO, NY – November 2015 seemed more like a spring month than late fall, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

A black squirrel tries to remember where he buried his nuts in a leaf-covered lawn on a balmy November day.

A black squirrel tries to remember where he buried his nuts in a leaf-covered lawn on a balmy November day.

The average temperature last month was 46.8 degrees. That is 6.2 degrees warmer than average, according to Gregway.

The highest temperature was 74 degrees on the 4th and the lowest was 24 degrees on the 30th.

“We set 2 new high temperature records. On the 4th and 5th we broke the old records and on the 6th we missed a tie by just 1 degree,” Gregway said. “It was a rather warm and dry month.”

Total precipitation for November came in at 1.55 inches. That is 2.92 inches below average.

Since the first of the year, precipitation stands at 34.22 inches, which is 4.91 inches below normal.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 0.40-inch on the 12th – 13th.

Snowfall for November came in at 2.7 inches. That is 6.4 inches below average.

The greatest snowfall in a 24-hour period was 2.7 inches on the 23rd. Areas to the south and west of the Port City received more snow, Gregway added.

For the winter, so far, snowfall is a mere 3.0 inches. Usually at he end of November the snowfall is 9.5 inches.

Last month saw some snow pellets twice and ice pellets once.

The number of cloudy days, 18, was 4 below average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 5 was 1 below average.

The number of clear days, 7, was 5 above average.

November saw 50 percent of the sunshine possible for the month. That’s 26 percentages above average, Gregway said.

There were no thunderstorms, which is average for November.

November had 2 foggy days and that is 2 above average.

“There was a lot of high pressure last month. It was way up there most of the month,” Gregway said.

The warmest November on record is 48.3 degrees in 2001.

Other recent warm Novembers include: 2006 – 44.7 degrees; 2009 – 46 degrees; and 2011 – 47.6 degrees.

The coldest November is 30.0 degrees in 1933.

The lowest temperature recorded in November is -1 on Nov. 30, 1875. The warmest is 78 on the 8th in 1938 and 1950.

November 1963 is the wettest (9.03 inches) and 1904 is the driest (0.45-inch).

The greatest precipitation for a 24-hour period in November is 3.25 inches on Nov. 30, 1963.

November 1976 holds the dubious honor of greatest snowfall – 36.9 inches. Some Novembers had zero snowfall.

1897 saw the most snow in a 24-hour period with 14.0 inches.

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