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November one of the driest

| Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, 12:02 a.m.
Eric Felack, Valley News Dispatch
Enjoying an unseasonably warm Friday afternoon, Connor To, 3, of Cheswick, goes headfirst down the sliding board at the playground in Harrison Hills Park in Harrison. Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch

November 2012 was historically dry.

“We had just 0.38-inch of precipitation for the whole month,” said Brad Rehak, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Pittsburgh. “Normally we see 3.23 inches of precipitation in November.”

Rehak said the low amount of precipitation — rain or snow — places the month third all-time.

“The driest November ever recorded was November of 1904 when the area only saw 0.22-inch of precipitation,” he said.

Rehak said November 2012 was also the 11th driest month ever recorded.

“October of 1874 was the driest month ever recorded,” he said. “There was only .006-inch of precipitation that month.”

Rehak said only 0.08-inch of the month's precipitation came from snow. In November 2011, it didn't snow at all, according to the National Weather Service.

A normal November sees about 2 inches of snowfall.

Despite November's historic low, the area is still above normal precipitation levels for the year.

“We're at 36.21 inches this year,” he said. “Normal is 35.34.”

In terms of temperatures, the month was unusually cold, Rehak said.

“Our average temperature was 39.6 degrees,” he said. “That's about 2.3 degrees lower than the normal average temperature of 42.9.”

Some folks may remember the coldest November ever, which was set in 1976, with an average temperature of 33.1 degrees.

Rehak said folks should enjoy the warm front that's moving in this weekend, because it won't last long.

“We probably won't get back to seasonable temperatures until the middle of next week,” he said. “Even at that point, it doesn't look like it will be very cold for the next few weeks.

“But, we're still predicting a normal winter,” he said. “Normal precipitation and temperatures.”

R.A. Monti is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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