November extreme, says weather watcher

  • Nov. 27, 2006 2:00 p.m.

Rain and snow fell on the islands in record amounts this November, says Tlell weather watcher John Davies. By Monday (Nov. 27), with three days left to go, we had already received 194.6 mm of rain, Mr. Davies said. The previous record for rain in November was 147 mm. “It’s been the wettest November ever, and possibly the wettest month ever,” Mr. Davies said. We received 46.8 mm of that rainfall in a single 24-hour period, which is very close to the 24-hour record of 47.2 mm, set in 1986, he said. But rain wasn’t the only form of precipitation that fell in record amounts this month. By Monday, we had also received 31.4 cm of snow. Mr. Davies looked through his weather books and says it hasn’t snowed at all in November since at least 1998. “It’s a long, long time since we’ve had snow in November here,” he said. “We haven’t had this much snow before… It’s an extreme November.” The temperature has also been much lower than normal in the past week. The low hit minus 8 degrees in the early morning hours of Nov. 27, after dipping to minus 7.5 degrees the night before and minus 5 degrees the night before that. “it’s colder than it has been for many years,” he said, adding that he went out to the beach Monday morning and held up a device which measured a wind chill factor of minus 23 degrees. The November low is around minus 1 degree most years, Mr. Davies said, occasionally a few degrees lower. The record low for November is minus 14.5 degrees, set on Nov. 27, 1985. The lowest temperature ever recorded at Tlell is minus 16.7 degrees, a record set in December 1970, he said.

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