A cool spell lies ahead of us

November 4, 2014 0 Comments

As we move through the first week of November, we’re experiencing quite a range of November style weather. So far, it’s been we’ve been essentially right on the money for this time of the year with typical 40s and 50s for highs, brisk winds, and both sun and rain. We’ll be adding a little late November flavor to our weather scene later this week as 30s look to replace the 50s and we’ll actually be rejoicing at the occasion 40-something day.

A side-by-side comparison of early versus late November 30 year climate statistics.

A side-by-side comparison of early November versus late November statistics based on the 30 year averages.

The upper level wind pattern in the coming days will tilt southward, allowing unseasonably cold air into the Upper Midwest for the weekend and most of next week. A series of storm systems will continue to affect us in this “active” pattern with a chance for precipitation from clipper systems about every other day. Each system will work to pull in colder air from Canada, so we’ll watch temperatures drop slightly below normal and then much below normal over the course of the next week. There will be chances for light snow or flurries Wednesday night and Friday night into Saturday morning on the back side of the next couple of systems and then over the weekend, cold winds and highs in the 30s will make it feel like a typical final weekend of November.

The Climate Prediction Center outlook through roughly the first half of November is looking colder than normal for our area and much of the eastern half of the United states.

The Climate Prediction Center outlook through roughly the first half of November is looking colder than normal for our area and pretty much the eastern half of the United States.

The preliminary data over the next couple of weeks shows cooler than normal to near normal temperatures in the area. In contrast to 30 day outlook covering November that was issued by the Climate Prediction Center in the last week of October that had our area on the brink of a warmer than normal outlook. Right now, that’s looking a bit questionable…but we’ll have to wait and see. It’s still a little early.

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