November 2006 Climate Report


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
830 AM CST MON DEC 4 2006

...NOVEMBER 2006 MONTHLY SUMMARY...

THE DROUGHT CONTINUES ACROSS ALL AREAS. FIRST SNOWFALL OF THE SEASON
AFFECTS LARGE PARTS OF OKLAHOMA AND WESTERN NORTH TEXAS.

FOR OKLAHOMA CITY:

IT WAS MONTH OF ROLLER COASTER TEMPERATURES. MUCH OF THE MONTH
RECORDED WELL ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THE TEMPERATURE REACHED AT
LEAST 80 DEGREES TWICE AND 70 DEGREES TWELVE TIMES. THE WARMEST
TEMPERATURE OCCURRED ON THE EIGHTH WITH A TEMPERATURE OF 86 DEGREES.
ON THE 24TH THE TEMPERATURE WAS 76 DEGREES...WHICH WAS A RECORD FOR
THE WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THIS DATE. WITH SO MANY WARM
TEMPERATURES DURING MOST OF THE MONTH... ONE WOULD THINK THAT THE
MONTH WOULD AT LEAST BREAK INTO THE TOP TEN FOR WARMEST NOVEMBER
TEMPERATURES. THAT WAS UNTIL THE LAST DAY AND A HALF OF THE MONTH.
SHORTS AND T-SHIRTS WERE QUICKLY EXCHANGED FOR A PARKA AND LONG
JOHNS. A VERY STRONG ARCTIC COLD FRONT MOVED THROUGH THE REGION ON
THE MORNING OF THE 29TH DROPPING TEMPERATURES OVER 30 DEGREES IN
ONLY A FEW HOURS. THE TEMPERATURE IN OKLAHOMA CITY WENT FROM THE
MIDDLE 60S AT 6 AM... TO BELOW FREEZING BY AFTERNOON. THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE ON THE 30TH WAS ONLY 29 DEGREES / THIS WAS AN EARLY
MORNING HIGH TEMPERATURE - AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES WERE IN THE LOW TO
MID 20S /. TWO DAYS PRIOR ON THE 28TH THE TEMPERATURE WAS A BALMY 75
DEGREES. THE 29 DEGREES BROKE A RECORD FOR THE COLDEST HIGH
TEMPERATURE FOR THAT DATE. THIS IS IN CONTRAST TO ALL OF THE RECENT
RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES THAT HAVE BEEN REACHED.

NOVEMBER WAS NOT A VERY WET MONTH. IN FACT... IT WAS THIRD DRIEST
MONTH OF THE YEAR. BELOW IS A TABLE OF THE 2006 MONTHLY
PRECIPITATION RANKING:

RANK MONTH TOTAL PRECIPITATION
1 AUGUST 4.01
2 SEPTEMBER 3.76
3 JULY 3.42
4 APRIL 3.18
5 MAY 3.01
6 MARCH 2.78
7 JUNE 2.32
8 OCTOBER 1.56
9 NOVEMBER 1.43
10 JANUARY 0.27
11 FEBRUARY 0.08

EVEN THOUGH IT WAS RELATIVELY DRY... THE MONTH WILL PROBABLY BE
REMEMBERED FOR THE SNOWSTORM THAT STRUCK ON THE 30TH. UP TO THIS
POINT... PRECIPITATION HAD OCCURRED ON SEVEN DAYS... TWO OF WHICH
ONLY ACCUMULATED A TRACE. THE HIGHEST TOTAL OCCURRED ON THE FIFTH
WHEN 0.49 INCHES FELL. THE MIDDLE PART OF THE MONTH SAW ELEVEN
STRAIGHT DAYS WITHOUT ANY PRECIPITATION. HOWEVER... A STRONG COLD
MOVED ACROSS THE AREA ON THE 29TH... WITH AREAS OF FREEZING RAIN AND
SLEET DEVELOPING BEHIND IT. AMOUNTS WITH THIS WERE LIGHT OVER
OKLAHOMA CITY... BUT AREAS JUST A FEW MILES TO THE SOUTH RECEIVED
SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. ON THE 30TH... A STRONG SNOW STORM
BROUGHT HEAVY SNOW AND HIGH WINDS. OKLAHOMA CITY RECEIVED 4.6 INCHES
OF SNOW... WITH DRIFTING SNOW OVER TWO FEET HIGH IN SOME PLACES. THE
SNOWFALL TOTAL WAS A RECORD FOR THE DATE... THE 2ND MOST IN ONE
DAY.. AND THE THIRD HIGHEST MONTHLY TOTAL IN NOVEMBER HISTORY. BELOW
IS A TABLE OF THE TOP-TEN HIGHEST NOVEMBER SNOWFALL TOTALS.

RANK YEAR TOTAL SNOWFALL
1 1972 7.5
2 2001 5.2
3 2006 4.6
4 1980 4.0
5 1958 2.6
6 1895 2.5
7 1918 2.3
8 1906 2.1
9 1987 2.0
10 1938 1.9

THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR IS NOW 25.82 INCHES... WHICH IS
8.14 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

THE CLIMATOLOGICAL AUTUMN /SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER/ ENDED THIS
MONTH. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DURING THIS PERIOD WAS 62.3 DEGREES...
WHICH IS ABOUT A DEGREE ABOVE NORMAL. SEPTEMBER WAS ONLY ONE OF THE
THREE MONTHS THAT HAD BELOW AVERAGE TEMPERATURES. THE PRECIPITATION
TOTAL WAS 6.75 INCHES. THIS TOTAL WAS NEARLY THREE INCHES BELOW THE
SEASONAL AVERAGE. NONE OF THE THREE MONTHS REACHED THE AVERAGE WITH
SEPTEMBER COMING THE CLOSEST. ALL IN ALL... AUTUMN TURNED OUT MUCH
LIKE THE REST OF THE YEAR WITH ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AND BELOW
AVERAGE RAINFALL.
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  1. Anonymous says:

    You do an amazing job!

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