Thanksgiving is over. The weather is beginning to quiet down. The snow cover has finally melted. What a better time than now to look back at how November stacked up versus last November and other Novembers of the past. Was it colder than last year? How cold/warm was it? Did we see an abnormal amount of snow? The graphics below should shed some light on this.
The overall pattern has featured a trough across the Great Lakes with the ridge out west. This allowed bursts of colder air to drain into Ohio. Notice that last year, the trough was out over the eastern seaboard. The western ridge was stronger and further east.
First the temperatures: Over the last 4 years, much of the US had above normal temperatures with the exception of the east coast. This year, most locations east of the continental divide were well below average.
Yet here in northern Ohio, the average temperature this year was not much colder than last November. The November temperatures over the last two years were below the 30 year running average. November 2013 was the coldest November since 2000.