Twin Cities yearly precipitation tops 40” for just the 3rd time since 1872

It was the 10th day so far in November where measurable precipitation has fallen. This time, nearly a half inch of rain with a touch of snow at the tail end. But it was also the storm that pushed us over the edge. For just the third time in nearly a century and a half, the Twin Cities has recorded more than 40 inches of liquid precipitation (which includes melted snow). What might be even more amazing though is that this is the 2nd time in the last 5 years we’ve completed that feat, with the previous record coming in 1911.

Twin Cities starting winter season in snow hole

So far for the month of November, we have seen temperatures more reminiscent of January, more cloud cover than any of us want and some occasional snow. But, that snow has yet to total an inch or more of accumulation in any individual event in the Twin Cities, unlike many other spots across the Upper Midwest.

Areas east of the Rockies finally start warming after spending a few days in the freezer

Minnesota has yet to see an above average day in the month of November, but misery loves company right? Well, many areas east of the Rockies have been in the same shape over the last couple of weeks. But more so in the last couple of days. As a cold front pushed out of northern Canada late in the weekend, another shot of true November arctic air came with it. The leading edge pushed through Minnesota on Sunday and continue to move south and eastward all the way to the Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern Seaboard. Temperatures plummeted 20 to 50 degrees and have now broken more than 500 cold records in the last several days and a few more could fall before we are “officially” out of this very chilly pattern.

First half of November shaping up to be the coldest since 1991

After one of the colder Halloweens in recent years, our arctic feel hasn’t really given up. With a persistent northerly flow in much of the central and eastern U.S. over the last couple of weeks, consistently ushering in air straight from northern Canada, it’s been a pretty bone chilling end to October and start to November. And now it looks like it will easily be the coldest first half of the month since that fateful Halloween blizzard in 1991. The most amazing part about that feat is that it’s been done with very little, if any snow on the ground.