The best November ever?

blue skyWe heard someone say recently that this past November was "the best ever." And we would agree it was pretty great -- warm, sunny, snow-free. Downright autumnal.

So we were curious about the stats for this November. According to the National Weather Service...

+ The average temperature was 43.3 -- a little more than four degrees warmer than an average November.

+ The high temps were about five degrees warmer than usual.

+ There were 128 fewer heating degree days than normal.

+ It only rained on eight days (about four fewer than usual) -- and only two of the days got more than half an inch of rain.

The big difference this year was snowfall -- or, rather, the lack of snowfall. The NWS didn't record any snow last month. A typical November has about five inches.

By the way: We thought the first snowfall of the season hadn't occurred yet, but we were wrong. According to the NWS, the first flakes of the season -- just a trace -- fell on October 16.

People have been tweeting today about seeing snow. And this week's forecast includes a few days with a chance of snow.

Hello, December.


It sunk in on Thanksgiving. I climbed into roomie's car, headed for her dad's place just outside of Amsterdam. It was in the 50's, and the sun jumped out at us a couple of times on the drive. Last year, when we made the same trip, it took an hour to get a family friend's BMW up the driveway in the blistering cold, snow, and ice.

You could say we were thankful.

Well that makes up a bit for the rotten October we had, but really throws off the feeling of impending holidays. I just freaked out a bit when I realized it was only 3.5 weeks til Christmas.

I happened to be out in the snow waiting for the school bus on October 16th - I may have misled one or two of my less careful readers though.

The ticks also enjoyed the mild weather. I got bit twice in November.

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