George Isobar looks at November weather 12.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

You don’t need the white stuff to know that winter is here. After a morning low Saturday of 11° and Sunday of 12°, it’s an obvious fact that autumn has come to an end.

“The temperature stayed below freezing on both of those days,” said local weather observer George Isobar, “and was barely above on Monday.”

That’s when this area finally received its first coating of snow, although it didn’t amount to much. There was barely a trace to be seen Tuesday morning.

“Already December has shown a big contrast to November,” Isobar said. “We had several mornings in the upper 20s, but the daytime highs always made it into the 40s and usually 50s and 60s.”

According to the National Weather Service office in Toledo, the average temperature for the month came in at 4.5° above normal.

The high temperature of 69 was recorded Nov. 8 and the low of 23 came on the 28th. In between were a lot of comfortable fall days—many without a cloud in sight.

“The was one of the driest Novembers on record,” Isobar said. “We ended up with 1.16 inches.”

One of those rains—the storm on Nov. 10—was accompanied by a little thunder. Only a few flakes of snow were observed and no freezing rain occurred.

“It was just a really comfortable month, weatherwise,” Isobar said.

DECEMBER—That won’t be what people are saying Wednesday morning if predictions of snow and sleet come true. Locations to the west and north have had plenty of winter weather already, but the storm forecast for Tuesday night would be the first for this region.

The 30-year span for December shows an average of about nine inches of snow for the month, ranging from just a trace in 2001 to more than 28 inches in 2000.

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