Remembering the coldest, snowiest November on record

The 10" snowfall from Nov. 11, 2014

If the forecast for the upcoming week holds true, it looks pretty clear that El Nino is already making its presence felt. After last November, 2014, this is going to be a welcome relief for residents of the Northwoods.

Here are some of the statistics (from Weather Underground for Rhinelander) from November 2014 that will send a shiver up your spine. The most chilling numbers come in the number of days the area recorded temperatures at zero and below. There were eight days beginning on November 15, when a low of -4 was recorded.

The coldest day for that month was -11 on Thanksgiving,  Thursday, November 27. The warmest day was on November 3 at 49 degrees. There were 18 days when the temperature was at freezing and below with seven days where temps never rose above the teens.

According to the Weather Channel, this was the coldest November on record for Rhinelander.

November 2014 set a record for the snowiest November in history, with a total of 32.4 inches smashing the old record of 21.5 inches in 1957. Snow began falling on Nov. 5 with the heaviest total on November 11, (according to US Climate Data website) with a total of 10 inches of snow.

This was also the month when Buffalo, NY received a mind-boggling 88 inches (more than 7 feet) of snow between November 17-21.

Contrast this with next week’s forecast with highs expected to reach between 43 to 63 degrees and lows ranging from 29 to 43 degrees for the period starting Sunday, Nov. 2 until Saturday, November 7. This is according to Intellicast.

Those who live for winter sports may be a bit on edge with forecasts of a warmer than average winter. However, most of the sporting activities don’t begin until the middle of December, though hunters love a light snow covering for tracking during the deer gun season.

There is plenty of time for snow dancing and prayers for the upcoming season. A warmer than average winter still can produce a lot of snow with less misery. However, we can enjoy lower heating costs this month as compared to last year.

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