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November 7, 2013

Pleasant October leads to much-chillier November

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Another devastating storm was experienced in 1950. This was a warm storm accompanied by wind-driven torrential rain. Flooding was rampant, and coastal sections were inundated. LaGuardia Airport in New York City was completely underwater. It was an impressive storm of great size, accompanied by hurricane-force winds. In our area there were gusts to 86 mph — 100 mph at Hartford, Conn., and 110 mph at Concord, N.H.

Checking back on our records for the past 34 years, we experienced our highest November temperature of 80 degrees in 2001. Our lowest temperature was a midwinter-like 5 degrees above zero in 1989. Usually our rainfall for November is about 4 inches, but we have had as much as 10.34 inches in 1983. In contrast, we had a very dry November in 1995, when we received only 0.85 inches.

Snowfall averages about 1 inch, though we had as much as 12.7 inches in 1987. There have been many Novembers without any snowfall whatsoever.

It is time now to look forward to our joyous holiday season.

Arthur Francis is a Salem meteorologist.

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