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Warm November

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It’s no secret that this November has been a warm and pleasant one, so far. We are only a week in so there is plenty of time for it to turn cold.  In fact, by this weekend, we are looking at highs only reaching the 40s so enjoy the above normal warmth while we have it.

Breaking Records?

We started the first of November with highs in the 70s! Now that didn’t break any records, but it certainly was nice to be able to wear shorts in November. Since then we haven’t been able to reach the 70s again, but we have gotten close. Just today we reached the upper 60s. 

In contrast the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Michigan broke multiple records today, including places like Traverse City, Sault Ste. Marie, and Pellston. Houghton Lake also broke their old record of 64° set in 1924. They reach 65° for the high today setting a new record.  Alpena tied their previous record high. 

What is normal/ average?

Even though we haven’t broken any records in central Michigan today we are still well above normal. Average highs for November 7 are 51 degrees in Flint and 50 degrees in Saginaw. Today we reached a high of about 66 degrees in Flint and 68 degrees in Saginaw. Both are nearly 20 degrees above seasonal average. Saginaw tied the previous high temp of 68 degrees set in 1938.

The average for the entire month of November is 45.9 degrees in Saginaw and 46.7 degrees in Flint. We are only 7 days in, but so far we have yet to fall below 50 degrees this month.

How does this year stack up to past Novembers?

Last year was also a warm November thanks to the influence of El Nino.  Even so, last year was the 5th snowiest November on record for Flint. In 2010 Saginaw saw their 14th snowiest November. 

We can also be thankful for warmer temperatures because on this day in 1951 a big snow storm dropped 12.7” of snow in Saginaw and 13.4” in Flint. That made for the 5th largest snow storm on record for Flint and the 14th heaviest snow storm in Saginaw.

Now if you are hoping for snow we may not have to wait too much longer.  The average first measurable snowfall arrives around November 15 and 16. If you’re hoping for more than just a dusting you may have to wait a little longer. The first snowfall of an inch or more usually comes around November 26 in Saginaw and around November 29 in Flint.

For now we can enjoy the sunshine and the warmth because before we know it many of us will be wishing for warmer days. 

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