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Mild start of December – driest November 14 on record


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Have a good first meteorological winter day in the Tennessee Valley! The start of December will be mild and these conditions appear to continue for most of the month. We start the first days of December with near record heat, with high temperatures on Thursday and Friday expected in the 1970s.

Above, you’ll find the Climate Prediction Center’s monthly temperature and precipitation forecast for the month of December. The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above-average temperatures for the month! In addition to above-average temperatures, they predict drier-than-average conditions in the southeast.

Preview for the next two weeks of December

Over the next two weeks, the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above-average temperatures for our region. In the photo above, the red and orange areas represent the potential for above-average temperatures; the darker the shadow, the higher the chances.

The mean high temperature during the 6-10 day outlook (Dec 6-10) is 56.6 degrees and the mean high temperature during the 8-14 day outlook (Dec 8-14) is 55.8 degrees. Over the 6-10 day outlook, that doesn’t mean we’ll see above average temperatures every day, but there’s a 50-60% chance we can.

Over the next two weeks, the Climate Prediction Center forecasts rainfall near or just above average for our region. In the photo above, the green areas represent the potential for precipitation; the darker the shadow, the higher the chances.

There is an average of 1.81 ″ of rain between December 6 and 14. The above information, provided by the Climate Prediction Center, indicates that there is a 40% chance of seeing above average precipitation during this time period. This does not mean that every day we will see precipitation, it just shows that in every period there is this potential to see more than 0.2 ″ of rain.

November weather summary

During the month of November we have seen the coldest temperatures of the season so far and the first frost of the season! Above you’ll find a temperature breakdown and total precipitation for Huntsville and Muscle Shoals. The main thing to keep in mind for the month is that the entire Tennessee Valley has experienced very little rainfall. Compared to Huntsville, Muscle Shoals was slightly warmer, but Huntsville saw about a tenth of an inch more rain.

For the city of Huntsville, the hottest maximum temperature in November was 76 degrees and the coldest minimum temperature during the night was 25 degrees. Looking at all the high temperatures during the month, 73 percent of the days were below average and 27 percent were above average. The average temperature, combining both highs and lows, was 48.7 degrees, 3.8 degrees cooler than normal, 52.5 degrees. It would be the 33rd coolest November on record, the coldest on record dating back to 1924.

There were only five days of measurable precipitation for Huntsville, leading to a total precipitation for the month of 1.62 inches. With a rain deficit of 2.63 inches, this November was the 14th driest month on record, the driest occurred in 1924 when Huntsville saw 0.49 inches. Even if it was nice to see the sun, any rain during the month would have been very beneficial for the area.


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