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Weather Talk: How winter begins is no harbinger of rest of season

November weather can cover such a wide range of extremes that might not even be indicative of the rest of the winter. For example, the record high today is 54 degrees set in 1899. No snow had fallen during the fall of 1899, and the bare, dry grou...

November weather can cover such a wide range of extremes that might not even be indicative of the rest of the winter.

For example, the record high today is 54 degrees set in 1899. No snow had fallen during the fall of 1899, and the bare, dry ground absorbed additional sunlight, which made warm days even warmer.

An inch of snow finally fell Dec. 3, and another 3 inches fell on the 16th, but it all melted and there was no snow for Christmas that year.

The record low is 24 below zero set in 1985. A series of snowstorms starting Nov. 18 had buried the region under 2 feet of snow. The temperature dropped below zero on Nov. 26, and it would not rise above zero, day or night, until Dec. 3.

Interestingly enough, both of the ensuing winters brought above- average temperatures and early springs. So you should never prejudge a winter by how it begins.

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