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Insider Blog: Some perspective on “seasonal” as we approach the end of November

With some nice stretches of days in the 60's and 70's this month, some have asked if the cold will ever come. As you may know, these stretches of warmth are just a part of a process we call fall.

Average temperatures for the month of November range from nearly 60 degrees at the beginning of the month, to roughly 50 by the end.

Our temperatures, so far this month, have been one wild rollercoaster ride with afternoon highs bouncing between 40's and 70's twice in the last 30 days.

There certainly have been some days warmer than average, but also some cooler as well. This is a key characteristic of fall, a season of transitions, even if they are rough ones.

Overall, the trend for fall has been a warming one, with average fall temperatures nearly 2 degrees warmer than they were 50 years ago.

That also means there are now more afternoons above normal during these months, by a little over three days.

With that said, we still expect to see some winter like weather in November on occasion, and we have recently.

So far this month, we've been fairly mild with a lowest recorded temperature of 27 degrees and only a trace of snow.

Our most recent cold spell during November came in 2019, when we also measure a little over an inch of snow.

But all of this came during meteorological fall -- as meteorological winter doesn't start until December 1st.

If you're hoping for true winter like weather, you'll have to wait until then, as our coldest days of the year don't typically come until halfway through the season. Until then, we'll be dealing with a few more temperature swings.

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John Ross

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