Yep, November was unusually warm

NWS Albany warmest november autumn

These graphs are from the NWS Albany. (We added the green arrows highlighting 2015 and gif'ed them.)

So, about this past November... It was the fifth warmest November on record in Albany, according to the National Weather Service. Its average temperature of 45.5 was 5.8 degrees warmed than the 30-year normal for the month.

And this past autumn? The fourth warmest on record for Albany -- 4.1 degrees warmer than the 30-year normal.

In this case, "on record" means dating back to 1820.

Whenever something like this bubbles up now, there's always the question of global warming. And scientists repeatedly say it's difficult to draw a link between that overall trend and specific events. Weather and climate are very complicated.

But with that in mind, we did notice that four of the top 10 warmest Novembers on record in Albany have happened since 2001.

Earlier on AOA: Yeah, so, not a typical start for November


The warmer weather has been a blessing for my vegetable garden. I'm still picking fresh kale, spinach, arugula, carrots & parsnips for dinner nightly. I still haven't picked anything out of the cold frame yet - I'm saving that for now.

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