George Isobar reviews November weather 12.08.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The dry times are over.

After three months with only four inches of rain, conditions changed in November with above-average precipitation recorded.

“It took a while to get going,” said George Isobar, National Weather Service climate observer for Morenci. “The month was half over before we got much to talk about, but then it started coming.”

Two-thirds of an inch fell Nov. 16 and more than an inch came down a week later. Another inch was recorded a couple of days later.

“We ended with 3.59 inches which is about a quarter inch above average,” Isobar said.

2010 proved to be one of those years with nothing more than a trace of November snow.

“We had a few flakes early in the month, on Nov. 4, and there were ice pellets before a rainstorm began Nov. 24,” Isobar said. “But that was it. Now we’re still waiting for the real thing in December.”

The average from the past 36 years is 2.4 inches.

The average temperature for November came in one degree above the long-term normal in Toledo. The high temperature for the month was recorded Nov. 13 at 69°.

“Toledo recorded 72° that day, which tied a 1989 record,” Isobar said. “But the most unusual day was on the 22nd. Toledo recorded a high of 66 and a low of only 57. With that warm night, the average  temperature of the day was 24° above normal.”

In Toledo, Isobar said, the sky was sunnier than normal and the wind speed averaged 7.6 miles an hour. The highest gust was recorded on Thanksgiving at 41 miles an hour.

DECEMBER—“You probably don’t want to talk about this unless you’re a winter weather enthusiast,” Isobar said.

Who knows what’s coming, he said, but here’s a little of what’s been in the past.

The average snowfall since 1975 is about nine inches. Many years we don’t get much to talk about, Isobar said, maybe two or three inches. Other years, like in 2000, we end up with more than two feet to bump up the average.

Look for some single-digit cold weather, too, he said, but hopefully not single-digit below zero.

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