National Weather Summary: Precipitation Misses Drought Areas On High Plains

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Highlights: Highly beneficial precipitation (rain and wet snow) aided winter wheat across parts of the central and southern Plains. Weekly totals exceeded 2 inches in many locations from the northern panhandle of Texas to southeastern Nebraska. However, precipitation largely bypassed drought-stressed wheat on the central High Plains, including much of eastern Colorado and westernmost Kansas. Meanwhile, the season's first significant snowfall blanketed the upper Midwest at week's end. Snowfall locally reached a foot in parts of Minnesota, although summer crop harvesting was largely finished in the storm-affected area. Farther east, however, drought continued to adversely affect pastures and winter wheat in the eastern Corn Belt, particularly in the lower Ohio Valley. In contrast, Southeastern pastures and winter grains continued to benefit from recent soil moisture improvements, although pockets of severe to extreme drought persisted. A Southern warming trend promoted late-season fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton and peanut harvesting. Elsewhere, cool, unsettled weather prevailed in the West. Precipitation was heaviest across northern California and the Northwest. California's early-week rainfall caused some temporary delays in cotton harvesting and other autumn fieldwork. Weekly temperatures averaged at least 5 degrees Fahrenheit below normal in parts of the West and the southern Atlantic region, but were more than 10 degrees Fahrenheit above normal in much of the western Corn Belt.

Early in the week, chilly weather in the Southeast contrasted with late-season warmth across the Nation's midsection. On November 7, daily-record lows dipped to 26 degrees Fahrenheit in Charlotte, North Carolina, and 41 degrees Fahrenheit in Lakeland, Florida. In contrast, highs soared to daily-record levels in Hill City, Kansas (83 degrees Fahrenheit), and Havre, Montana (75 degrees Fahrenheit). The following day, records for November 8 included a low of 34 degrees Fahrenheit in Gainesville, Florida, and a high of 82 degrees Fahrenheit in Garden City, Kansas. By midweek, warmth expanded across the Midwest in advance of an approaching storm.

International Falls, Minnesota (64 degrees Fahrenheit), posted consecutive daily-record highs on November 9-10. Additional daily-record highs on the latter date included 72 degrees Fahrenheit in Ottumwa, Iowa; 70 degrees Fahrenheit in Rockford, Illinois; and 68 degrees Fahrenheit in Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), Minnesota. MSP's warm spell, which included a high of 69 degrees Fahrenheit on November 9, was followed by an 8.0-inch snowfall on November 13-14. Other official snowfall totals in Minnesota included 10.9 inches in Duluth and 10.4 inches in Chanhassen. Farther west, cold air trailed the winter-like storm. Boise, Idaho (28 degrees Fahrenheit on November 9), experienced its second-latest first autumn freeze on record, behind only November 11, 1944. The following day in southern California, daily-record lows for November 10 included 27 degrees Fahrenheit in Campo and 32 degrees Fahrenheit in Ramona. Later, Douglas, Arizona (23 degrees Fahrenheit), notched a daily-record low for November 13.

Early-week precipitation was heaviest across the West, although some light snow dusted the Northeast. Daily-record snowfall totals for November 8 included 0.4 inch in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and 0.1 inch in Providence, Rhode Island. Meanwhile, 5.9 inches of snow blanketed Ely, Nevada, from November 8-10. Elsewhere in the West, daily-record precipitation totals reached 1.92 inches (on November 7) in Crescent City, California, and 0.88 inch (on November 8) in Salt Lake City, Utah. By November 11, impressive rainfall reached the central and southern Plains. On November 11-12, Concordia, Kansas, received consecutive daily-record amounts, totaling 2.61 inches. Medicine Lodge, Kansas, netted 2.75 inches, including a daily-record sum (2.60 inches) on November 12. Rain briefly changed to snow across Texas' northern panhandle, resulting in a November 12 accumulation of 3.0 inches in Amarillo. Toward week's end, heavy precipitation shifted into the upper Midwest, where Iowa locations such as Des Moines (1.96 inches) and Mason City (1.56 inches) collected daily-record precipitation totals for November 12. Mason City's 2-day (November 12-13) rainfall reached 2.41 inches. The aforementioned heavy snow fell northwest of the storm's track, primarily from western Iowa into the upper Great Lakes region.

Mild weather across the majority of Alaska contrasted with chilly conditions in the southwestern part of the State. Meanwhile, mostly dry weather prevailed in western Alaska, while wet conditions affected southeastern areas. During the first 13 days of November, precipitation totaled 6.19 inches (241 percent of normal) in Juneau, while 15.74 inches soaked Pelican. Farther south, mostly dry weather returned to Hawaii, following recent, drought-easing rainfall. On the Big Island, Hilo's month-to-date rainfall of 3.43 inches (52 percent of normal) left its January 1 - November 13 total at 48.77 inches (46 percent).



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