It's hard to believe October is over and there are only two months left in 2013. October experienced very warm temperatures (remember the 90 degree days early in the month?) as well as very heavy rainfall (over 6" recorded for the month). November continues the downward spiral in temperatures with an additional 10 degrees being lost as far as average temperatures are concerned. The average high tomorrow is 63 degrees, and by November 30th it's down to 52 degrees.November Normals and Interesting Tidbits
November 2012 featured very cold temperatures as the month ended up 3 degrees below average and the region saw a trace of snow on the 7th and 8th, though I'm pretty sure those were just reports of flurries or graupel. The first day below freezing at Reagan National typically happens in November, with the average being November 18th. Last year Reagan National hit 32 degrees on the 26th, but 30s were common for low temperatures as they bottomed out in the 30s 19 times out of the 30 days in the month.
Related: 1987 Veterans Day Snowstorm
Snow hasn't been a big issue in the month over the past 5 years but it does occur during the month. The biggest snowstorm in November was the Veterans Day storm in 1987 which brought 11.5" of snow to Reagan National. There have also been 3 other snows of 6" or more recorded in the month in 1953, 1938 and 1967. Needless to say, heavy snow hasn't happened in over 25 years in D.C. during the month.November temperature normals and extremes for Washington.
Looking ahead, the first few weeks of November this year appear like they will be rather mild. A few brief cold spells will occur (for instance this Sunday and Monday) but otherwise temperatures look to be at or above normal by the middle of the month. Changes are possible in the longer range forecast and the region may experience a swing in temperatures to more seasonal values towards the end of the month.
Here is one big thing to put on your calendars... Doug Hill's Winter Weather Outlook is planned to be televised on Friday the 15th during the 5pm show. We'll remind you about it, don't worry! Surely we'll have more snow than the 3.1" Reagan saw last winter right? Guess you'll have to wait and find out!