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Isobar's report for November 2011.12.07

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

As if 7.76 inches of rain weren’t enough for the month of November, December has produced another inch of precipitation in the first five days.

“We just keep getting drenched,” said George Isobar, the National Weather Service climate observer in Morenci. “We’re supposed to get a break this week so maybe the wet spell has ended for a while.”

The biggest problem with last month’s record-setting precipitation is that it came in such a short period of time.

“At noon Nov. 22, we had only had about an inch of rain for the month,” Isobar said. “Then it started in a little later in the afternoon and we had more than two inches by midnight.”

After eight tenths of an inch on Nov. 26-27, another storm dumped 2.15 additional inches, and still that wasn’t the end. More rain in the 29th produced 1.33 inches.

“That’s way too much in that short of a time,” Isobar said. “I don’t remember seeing the water that high at Wakefield Park since sometime back in the late 1980s, maybe.”

Roads throughout the area flooded and water remains high in areas of Fulton County. Farmers who still have corn and beans in the field are in for a wait.

The National Weather Service (NWS) office at Toledo Express Airport declared the past November the wettest on record at 7.14 inches, topping the previous mark of 6.86 from 1982.

“That was the same for us, although we received 7.40 in 1982 and 7.36 in 1985,” Isobar said.

The NWS office also said the 2011 is only 2.46 inches away from setting a new full-year record.

“We’re well on our way to a new record there,” Isobar said, “and most long-term forecasts are calling for a wet winter.”

November brought a range of temperatures, with a high of 67° on Nov. 8 to the low of 21° on Nov. 18. The average for the month in Toledo was 3.7° above normal.

Despite the extra warm weather overall, Isobar said, snow fell on four days. There was a trace of snow on the ground as early as Nov. 11, but nothing measurable until the last day of the month when an inch fell.

DECEMBER—As Isobar mentioned earlier, December is off to a wet start—and a white start—but precipitation should average out by the end of the week.

“On the average, we get eight or nine inches of snow in December,” Isobar said, “and we often get our first single-digit temperature reading.”

Unless it’s like 1989. That was a double-digit year, but at -20°.

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