- Gary reports at his website: "
The average wind speed was 1.8 mph.
- Lowell reports: "
November was much warmer than average with a monthly mean
temperature of 51.3° a +4.5° departure; only three Novembers
in the last 23-years have been warmer. November was again
above average in rainfall for the month with a +1.63" departure.
In the last 24-years only seven Novembers have been wetter.
Only seven days had measurable rain. In the last 24-years
only five Novembers have had fewer days of measurable rain.
The record is 3 days in 1981. The 5.28" of rain for November
was the wettest since 1997. The 1.99" on the 19th was the
most in a calendar day in November since November 1997.
November had two 23-year precipitation records for the date
on the 6th and 19th. There has not been a more intense
rainfall than the 1.06" in a one hour period on the 19th
since November 1993 when 1.24" fell in one hour.
The 2003 year's total precipitation is now 60.65"; +2.30"
above the 23-year precipitation record total for the year.
We have also had 147 days with equal to or greater than .01"
precipitation this year the old record was 136 days in 1992.
Dulles has already broken their precipitation record total
for the year and Washington has already had the most
precipitation for the year since the year 1889.
The HIGHEST minimum temperature (warmest night) for
November was 66° on the 5th. This was a +10° departure
and a new 23 year HIGH minimum temperature record for
the month; the old record was only 62° in 1991. In the
last 23-years to find a minimum temperature record
this high one needs to look back to October 22, 1984 when 68°
The maximum temperature for November was 80° which was a +7.3° departure and
the highest maximum for November since 1993 when it was also 80°. Only
November of 1982 has had a higher maximum for the month which was 82° and
is the current record. The 80° maximum temperature on the 5th was also the
second latest 80° day ever recorded in the fall. The record is 11-15-1993
when it was 80°.
The 35° temperature range of November 21st tied the 23-year record
for the greatest temperature range in the month of November; the old
record was set in 1984.
The maximum wind gust of 56 mph from the west occurred on the
13th at 1156 associated with a low pressure passing to our
north. This was the highest wind ever recorded here in the
last 23 years in the month of November.
The highest barometer was 30.71" on the 9th which was
the highest barometer recorded in November since 1996.
(The record is 30.81"). Only four Novembers in the
last 43 years have been higher. Observations before
1977 used for comparison were recorded in Rockingham
There were 11 daily records set in November.
November DAILY Records Tied or Broken- (23-Years of records):
2 daily HIGH maximum temperature records: 4, 5;
4 daily HIGH minimum temperature records: 4, 5, 6, 19;
1 daily LOW minimum: 10;
1 daily HIGH range temperature record: 21;
1 daily LOW range temperature record: 6;
2 daily HIGH precipitation records: 6, 19.
The minimum wind chill of 22.6° was recorded on the 14th.
FALL RECORDS-- SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER---
Total 2003 seasonal precipitation 18.01" - Average is 11.32" /
The second wettest (23-Years of Data) - Maximum is 18.82" in 1995 - Minimum is 4.45" /
Total 2003 seasonal mean temp. 57.8° - Average is 56.87" - Departure +0.9° (23-Years of Data) - Maximum is 61.54° -
Minimum is 54.24°.
" [ + + ]
- NWS WBC reports:
ON THE 5TH...A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 81° TIED THE RECORD
OF 81 SET IN 1975.
ON THE 19TH...1.47" OF RAIN BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR THE
DAY OF 1.42 SET IN 1972. WASHINGTON HAD ITS FIRST DIP BELOW FREEZING BRIEFLY ON THE MORNING
OF THE 10TH. THAT WAS THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME BELOW FREEZING SO FAR
THIS SEASON THROUGH NOVEMBER. THIS AIDED BY A VERY WARM NOVEMBER THAT
FEATURED MORE DAYS IN THE 80S THAN DAYS BELOW FREEZING.
NOVEMBER 2003 ENDED UP TIED FOR THE SEVENTH WARMEST NOVEMBER ON
RECORD IN WASHINGTON. A FULL QUARTER OF THE MONTH HAD DAYTIME
TEMPERATURES OF 70 OR WARMER. THE WARMEST TWO DAYS REACHED 81
DEGREES. THAT FEAT AFTER NOT REACHING THE 80S ALL DURING OCTOBER.
IT ALSO WAS YET ANOTHER WET MONTH IN A EXCEEDINGLY WET YEAR. SO FAR
2003 IS RUNNING SECOND TO 1889 FOR THE WETTEST YEAR EVER RECORDED IN
THROUGH NOVEMBER 30TH FOR ALL YEARS:
1889 61.14 INCHES,
2003 56.51 INCHES,
1878 55.15 INCHES.
THE RECORD FOR THE MOST PRECIPITATION IN A CALENDAR YEAR WAS 1889
WITH 61.33"... ONLY 4.82" FROM WHERE WE WERE AT THE END
OF NOVEMBER AND WELL WITHIN REACH.
ONE WEATHER EVENT OF NOTE WAS A STRONG MID MONTH WINDSTORM. A STRONG
GREAT PLAINS ANTICYCLONE PUSHING AGAINST AN AREA OF DEEPENING LOW
PRESSURE OVER THE CANADIAN MARITIMES CREATED DAMAGING WINDS ACROSS
THE REGION DURING THE DAY OF THE 13TH. A PEAK WIND GUST OF 41 MILES
AN HOUR WAS RECORDED AT REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT.
The monthly precipitation was 1.20" above normal while the average temperature was
4.3° above normal.
" [ + + ]
- NWS Blacksburg reports the monthly mean temp was a whopping 4.9° above normal
while rainfall was 0.91" above normal. The average wind speed was 5.3
MPH. [ + + ]
The temperature for the month was 5.8° above normal and the
rainfall was .33" above normal. There were snow flurries on the 11th,
the first of the season. The wind was very strong on the 11th. There was some damage in this
area, but not nearly as much as in some other places.
The precipitation for the year is now 50.09", which is 15.09"
above normal for this time of the year. What a contrast from last
" - report from Clayton [ + + ]
Just as I was preparing for tuning up the snow blower, November lays a
heat wave on me dashing any hope from last month of another ice age to
arrive soon. Nineteen days were above the 57.3° average daytime high;
eight came in at 70° or above with 83° being tops for the month on
November 5th. The overall monthly average temperature was 53.1°;
slightly over 9° warmer than the 43.9° normal. Nightly temperatures
exceeded the average monthly low of 33.3° by an even 10.0°. The hottest
low temperature was 68° on November 5th; the coldest low was 25° on the
10th. So, OK, the snow blower goes back in the garage, and the palms go
back out on the deck again.
As far as precipitation goes for November, no snow yet but it sure did
rain a lot a couple of times during the month. Our greatest amount
came during five hours on the evening of November 5th when 1.71" fell.
Sure seems like November 5th was a busy day! The following morning
a slow steady rainfall netted another 0.65" for a 24 hour total of 2.36".
This amount represented over 40% of our monthly total. Two weeks
later the rain gauge got another workout with 1.69" in just seven hours.
With these two events, 4.05" accumulated for nearly 71% of the 5.74" monthly
total. This amount exceeds a previous record set in 1993 of 4.61".
Happy holidays everyone!!!
(Editor's note 12/15/03: Paul didn't have long to wait
to get the snowblower going, did he?)
" - notes from Paul [ + + ]
- The monthly average temperature was 3.3° above normal while rainfall
was 2.52" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.6 mph. - from NWS WBC
[ + - ]
Many days with gusty winds.
" - Albert reports
- The average station sea-level pressure was 30.11"
- The mean temp was 4.8° above normal. The monthly rainfall was 1.89"
above normal. Average wind speed, 6.5 mph. - from NWS WBC [ + + ]
Falls Church -
November 2003 was a bit of a rollercoaster ride with periods of warmth
followed by strong cold fronts and brief cold snaps. The front on the
13th brought very strong winds and I clocked a gust of 45 mph.
This month continued the wetter than average pattern but only slightly.
I'd like to wish all the ACON Weather Observers a very happy and healthy holiday season!!!!!
" - report from Erica [ + M ]
- Dave reports: "Record rainfall continues to add up with over 66"!
- Russ notes:"
November was much warmer and wetter than average. The monthly temperature was
5.5° above average and precipitation was 1.71" above average. We had fog on
the 23rd and a thunderstorm on the 5th. The record high temperature of 81°
was tied on the 4th and we broke the record with a high of 80.2° on the 5th.
Record daily rainfall of 21.08" fell on the 19th.
" - [ + + ]
- Bob reports: "
My average MAX temp was 3.1° above the Dulles "normal"
and the average MIN was 7.5 above. Winds are tree affected.
Dulles is about 4 miles WSW and its normal is the 1971-2000 average.
Daily precip: 5th: 2.25, 6th: 0.33, 7th: 0.02, 11th: T, 12th: 0.48,
13th: 0.02, 15th: 0.01, 16th: 0.01, 19th: 1.80,
24th: 0.27, 28th: 0.73.
" - [ + M ]
Mean max for the month was exactly normal (58.2°) while mean min was 4°
above normal. No snowfall was recorded which is 0.60" below normal.
A few extreme notes from WREL: This was the wettest November since WREL
has kept stats (1996). The highest SLP ever recorded at this wx station
(also dating back to 1996) was 30.66" on November 9. Our highest wind speed
of the year (50 MPH) was recorded on November 13. A very interesting month!
WREL also set a new annual precipitation record for our wx station this month!
WREL has a new Virginia temperature map online featuring NWS stations and
several reliable Personal Weather Stations. This map updates every 10 minutes
and gives a great temperaure display for Virginia. Place your curson over any
temperature display and the local conditions "pop-up". I've found this map to
be a great tool for CAD events as well as following FROPA. Here's the address:
- report from Scott at WREL-AM Radio [ +/- + ]
- Temps average 5.4° above normal while rainfall was 3.07" above normal.
- report from Joe [ + + ]
- Rainfall for the month was 0.45" above normal while the mean temp was
4.8° above normal. The average wind speed was 4.7 MPH.
The average sea level pressure was 30.12".
- from NWS Blacksburg
[ + + ]
We are a couple degrees cooler than normal for the month and about ½ inch
short of average precip.
- [ - - ]
- NWS AKQ noted the average temperature in Norfolk was a whopping 5.8° above normal.
The month's rainfall was 0.53" below normal. The average wind speed was 8.7 mph.
The average relative humidity 65% and the average sky cover was 40%.
- [ + - ]
- The Fred Heutte Center, in Historic
Ghent, noted a mean barometer reading of 30.107". The mean relative humidity
was 75%. The average wind speed was 5 mph from a dominant WNW direction.
November saw temps which averaged 3.9° above normal and rainfall that ran 1.09" below
normal (or 66%). The wind speed average (4.1 mph) was not noteworthy but the month did see quite a few
wind gusts in excess of 30 mph. In fact, 5 days saw gusts above 30 mph while
10 days had gusts above 25 mph. More than half the days (16) had fog but only 1
with dense fog. The average sky cover was 34.5% and the average relative
humidity was 72%. A large number of station records were noted during November and
include: 4TH - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM 80° [PREVIOUS 79° 1982];
5TH - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM 83° [PREVIOUS 78° 1990];
5TH - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM MINIMUM 69° [PREVIOUS 64° 1977];
6TH - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM 84° [PREVIOUS 79° 1994];
6TH - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM MINIMUM TIED 65° [PREVIOUS 1977];
12TH - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM 79° [PREVIOUS 75° 1985];
12TH - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM MINIMUM 61° [PREVIOUS 60° 1985];
13TH - WIND - MAXIMUM GUST 40 MPH [PREVIOUS 30 MPH 1988];
14TH - WIND - MAXIMUM GUST 32 MPH [PREVIOUS 30 MPH 1999];
19TH - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM 77° [PREVIOUS 75° 1979];
19TH - WIND - MAXIMUM GUST 34 MPH [PREVIOUS 28 MPH 1995];
19TH - RAINFALL - 1.60" [PREVIOUS 0.82" 1984]. Whew!!
For the year-to-date, the temperature average was 0.4° below normal while rainfall
is running 14.45" above normal (132%). At the end of November, 2003 is currently the
3rd wettest year in the database behind 1999 and 1979.
- [ + - ]
- NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at RIC was normal. Rainfall
was 0.33" above normal. The average wind speed was 7.4 mph. The average relative
humidity was 73% while the average sky cover was 40%. [ +/- + ]
- Danny notes: "November got off to a warm start here, and temperatures for the
most part stayed above normal throughout the month. Old man winter must be
waiting until December to make an appearance! Rain events of over 1 inch occurred
twice during the month- on the 6th and 19th - helping to make
precip during November above normal as well. It's great to be back and contributing
to ACON again!" - [ + + ]
- Wendell sends these notes:"
November was much warmer than normal by 4.4°. Rainfall was 0.94" below normal.
A lot of wind was the highlight of the month.
" - [ + - ]
- NWS Blacksburg reports that the Roanoke airport monthly mean temp was 4.9° above normal.
Rainfall was 0.93" above normal. The average
wind speed was 6.6 mph. The average sea-level pressure was 30.12"."
[ + + ]
Warm (4th of 18 years) and wet (5 of 18). Snow spits on the 14th
and 30th, a little sleet on the 24th.
" - notes from Lauck [ + + ]
- from NWS GSP: The monthly mean temp was 5.0° above and the
rainfall was 0.07" above normal. The average wind speed was 6.9 mph.
[ + + ]
- NWS GSP reports the mean temp here was 1.7° below normal and precip
was 6.63" above normal. The average wind speed was 3.9 mph.
- [ - + ]
City - The Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station [ECG] reported an average
wind speed of 8.5 mph. The mean temp was 3.7° above normal while rainfall
was 1.38" below normal. The average relative humidity was 74% and the average
sky cover was 40%. - from NWS AKQ [ + - ]
- NWS RDU reports the average wind speed was 6.3 mph. The average sky cover was 40%.
Cape Hatteras -
The average temperature in November 2003 was 62.2°. This was 4.8° warmer
than the 1895-2003 average, the 5th warmest November on record (1895-2003).
3.31" of precipitation fell in November. This was 0.64" less than the 1895-2003 average, the 52nd driest such month on record (1895-2003)."
- from NCDC [ + - ]
The average relative humidity and sky cover were 66% and 30% respectively.
- from NWS RAH
- NWS RDU notes a mean temp here that was 5.1° above normal. Rainfall was
1.32" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.0 mph. The monthly sky cover
average was 30%. The average relative humidity was 67%.
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 74° ON THE 22ND TIED THE RECORD
SET IN 1979 AND 1931.
THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 65° ON THE 5TH SET THE RECORD
FOR THE HIGHEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 64
DEGREES SET IN 1977.
NOVEMBER 2003 WAS THE THIRD WARMEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD
FOR THE PIEDMONT TRIAD INTL AIRPORT (RECORDS DATE BACK TO 1928).
A NEW RECORD OF 59.58" OF RAIN HAS BEEN SET THIS MONTH
FOR THE YEAR-TO-DATE RAINFALL AT THE PIEDMONT TRIAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE
OLD RECORD WAS 56.51" IN 1975. THIS ALSO SET A NEW RECORD
FOR THE GREENSBORO AREA. THE OLD RECORD WAS 57.95" OF RAIN
SET IN 1901.
- [ + - ]
- The average wind speed was 3.9 mph. The average monthly temperature was 3.8°
above normal while rainfall was 0.36" below normal - from NWS GSP [ + - ]
- The average wind speed was 5.9 mph. The average monthly temperature was 5.8°
above normal while rainfall was 1.31" below normal - from NWS ILM [ + - ]
NWS RDU reports the average daily temperatures were a whopping 5.5° above normal while
precipitation was 1.16" below normal. The average wind speed
was 5.9 mph. The average sky cover was 50%. The average relative humidity
was 68%. Lots of records here in November 2003:
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 85° ON THE 5TH SET THE RECORD
HIGH FOR THE DATE. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 82 SET IN 1948.
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 83° ON THE 6TH SET THE RECORD HIGH FOR
THE DATE. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 81 SET IN 1961.
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 80° ON THE 12TH SET THE RECORD HIGH FOR
THE DATE. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 79 SET IN 1989.
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 78° ON THE 21ST SET THE RECORD HIGH FOR
THE DATE. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 76 SET IN 1953.
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 76° ON THE 22ND SET THE RECORD HIGH FOR
THE DATE. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 75 SET IN 1999 AND 1983.
THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 65° ON THE 6TH SET THE RECORD
HIGH MINIMUM FOR THE DATE. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 60 SET IN
1994 AND 1986.
THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 61° ON THE 7TH SET THE RECORD HIGH
MINIMUM FOR THE DATE. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 56 SET IN 1986.
NOVEMBER 2003 WAS THE SECOND WARMEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD
FOR THE RDU AIRPORT (RECORDS DATE BACK TO 1944).
" - [ + - ]
- Bob reports: "
November was a very mild month. There were 7 days on which the max temperature
equaled or exceeded 80°! There were at least three record high temperatures
recorded at the NWS office in Raleigh. Rainfall was below normal and no
thunderstorms were observed during the month. Quite windy on the 28th
with a peak gust of 36 mph recorded at 5:06 pm .
" - [ + - ]
- Merriell notes : "
November was warmer and drier than normal. The month was also windy from time to time
as frontal systems passed through the area. producing strong gusty winds.
" - [ + - ]
- From NWS ILM: The average temp was 3.3° above normal while rainfall
was 1.31" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.0 mph. A record high
temperature was tied on the 5th (83°) previously set in 1977. Record high
temperature was set on the 6th with 83°, surpassing the previous record high
set in 1994. Another record high temperature was set on the 7th with 73°, surpassing
the previous record high set in 1994.
- [ + - ]
- NWS GSP reports the monthly mean temp was 3.8° above normal.
Rainfall was 0.09" above normal. The average wind speed was 4.9 mph. -
[ + + ]
- NWS CHS reports the monthly mean temp was 4.1° above normal. Rainfall
was 1.84" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.1 mph. - [ + - ]
- NWS CAE reports that the mean temp here was 4.1° above normal. Rainfall
was a 1.66" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.4 mph. -
[ + - ]
- The mean temp here was 3.4° above normal while rainfall totals were
1.14" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.8 mph.
- from NWS ILM
[ + - ]
- The monthly mean temperature was 4.9° above normal while rainfall
was 0.15" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.2 mph. - from NWS
GSP [ + - ]
Myrtle Beach - The mean temp was 4.8° above normal while rainfall
was 1.39" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.0 mph.
A record high temp was set on the 3rd (82°) with the
previous record set in 1955. A record high temp was tied on the 4th (80°) with
the record first set in 1950. A record high temp was set on the 5th (80°) with the
previous record set in 1988. A record high temp was set on the 6th (80°) with the
previous record wet in 1990. And on the 14th, the record low temp was tied (33°) with
the previous record set in 1956.
" - data from NWS ILM [ + - ]
- NWS CAE reports the average wind speed here was 4.5 mph.
Tri-Cities received 6.74 inches of precipitation during November, which
was 3.66" above normal. It was the wettest November on record at Tri-Cities.
Measurable precipitation occurred on 13 days, with two of those days having
more than an inch. The heaviest rain fell on the 19th when 2.27" was recorded.
The previous wettest November at Tri-Cities was back in 1948, when 5.90"
fell. The average monthly temperature at Tri-Cities was 50.6°, which was
5.1° above normal. It ranked as the 7th warmest November on record at
Tri-Cities. Record highs were tied on the 2nd and 3rd, when highs reached
80° and 81°, respectively. A record high was broken on the 4th when
the high reached 81°, exceeding the previous record of 78° set in 1974.
The warmest November at Tri-Cities was back in 1985, when the average
temperature was 55.3°. Tri-Cities received 13.58" of precipitation
this fall, which was 5.12" above normal. It was the 2nd
wettest fall on record at Tri-Cities. Despite a relatively
dry October, the much above normal rainfall received in September and
November resulted in the excess. The wettest fall at Tri-Cities was
back in 1972, when 14.51" fell.
The average seasonal temp at Tri-Cities
was 57.4°, which was 1.7° above normal. It tied with 1942 as the 28th
warmest fall on record at Tri-Cities. Three record highs were tied or
broken, all in November. The warmest fall at Tri-Cities was back in 1985,
when the average temperature was 60.9°.
- from NWS MRX [ + + ]