November: A Look Ahead With Historical Context

By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON
By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON

Happy November everyone! We're now less than three weeks from Thanksgiving, and less than two months from 2013! It's amazing how time has flown this year! What a year it's been weatherwise here in the Stateline, and November has been known to feature quite a few fireworks and notable events over the years!

November, historically, is the month that cools faster than any month on the calendar! Normal high temperatures go from 56° on the 1st of the month all the way down to 39° at month's end, while normal lows retreat from 39° on the 1st down to a chilly 24° on the 30th of the month!

In terms of precipitation, November is in the middle of the pack compared to other months on the calendar. A typical November produces 2.58" of precipitation, which ranks as the 5th driest month of the year here. Novembers can be and have been wet, with November of 1934 the wettest, registering 7.88" of precip! Of course, Novembers can occasionally host severe weather, with the most recent evidence of such being November, 2010's Caledonia Tornado!

Of course, not all of that precipitation comes down as rainfall in the month of November. A typical November sees 1.7" of snowfall accumulation in Rockford, but there have been some doozies in the past! November, 1947 holds the benchmark for snowfall here, having produced 14.8" of the white stuff. That record was nearly breached just four Novembers later. November, 1951 fell just a tenth of an inch shy with 14.7" of accumulation! Conversely, 31 Novembers have failed to produce measurable snowfall in the Forest City!

What will this November bring? Stay tuned, time will tell!


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