November finishes near normal but was far from it

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In a bizarre twist, our month of November finished right at average.  That’s right, the combination of our exceedingly cool start and our comfortably mild end has led to a perfectly average month.  We all know that our month was anything but average though.  In fact, it contained one of the largest monthly temperature swings in history.  As seen in the image above, the last 10 days of the month was actually more than 10 degrees warmer than the first ten days.  That is the largest warm swing in temperature in November ever in the Twin Cities and one of the largest non-typical swings recorded in any month. 

The month of November averages a large swing in temperatures, but it’s usually the other way around.  The month starts with an average high right around 50 degrees, but we round out with a high near freezing.  On average, that’s the largest “normal” temperature swing for any month in the Twin Cities, just ahead of October which sees an average annual drop in temp of over 15 degrees from the upper 60s to the lower 50s.

Now we start meteorological winter, where there is very little difference in terms of average temperatures over the next 3 months.  We start December around freezing (for highs), bottom out in late January with highs in the low 20s, before rebounding back to the freeze mark by March 1st.

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