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November weather summary: Chilly end to autumn

Despite the warm days at the end of the month, overall November was cooler than average statewide. The Southeastern Division had the greatest departure from average. The Northwest Division came closest to normal. The state-wide average temperature was 40.9 degrees F, which was 1.6 degrees below normal. This ranks as the 39th coldest of 119 years, which places it in the bottom third of the range.

Statewide moisture averaged only 0.94 inches, which was 70 percent of normal. Only the Southwestern Division had above-average precipitation. The divisional average was 0.81 inches which was 130 percent of normal. Much of that came as part of a winter storm on the 22nd of November. The Northwest Division had the lowest average precipitation at 0.42 inches, which was 50 percent of normal. The East Central Division had the lowest percent of normal at 39 percent, which is equal to 0.90 inches

The dry conditions resulted in deterioration in the state drought conditions. Abnormally dry conditions expanded in the eastern third of the state, which had been drought-free at the end of October. In the western third of the state, where moderate to extreme drought conditions persist, there was little change. The cooler-than-average temperatures somewhat reduced the negative impacts of the low precipitation. Both the Seasonal Drought Outlook and the Monthly Drought Outlook suggest continued improvement on the eastern edges of the drought region. The Seasonal Drought Outlook and the monthly outlook for December call for continuing drought in the western third of the state.  Given the fact that we are moving into the drier part of the year, even normal precipitation will have minimal impact on the long term deficits in the region. 

The El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is expected to remain neutral through the winter. For December, the temperature outlook is neutral. 

Figure 1. Precipitation in inches for November 2013.

Figure 2. Precipitation as percent or normal for November 2013.

 

Table1.

 

November 2013

Kansas Climate Division Summary

 

Precipitation (inches)

Temperature (oF)

 

Nov. 2013

Jan. through Nov. 2013

 

 

Monthly Extremes

Division

Total

Dep. 1

% Normal

Total

Dep. 1

% Normal

Ave

Dep. 1

Max

Min

Northwest

0.42

-0.40

50

14.60

-6.19

70

38.5

-0.5

77

9

West Central

0.47

-0.32

54

16.10

-4.04

79

39.7

-0.8

82

1

Southwest

0.81

0.15

130

15.07

-4.16

77

41.7

-1.1

79

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Central

0.96

-0.27

79

23.00

-4.13

83

39.4

-1.8

71

7

Central

0.80

-0.44

71

30.20

1.84

105

41.5

-1.4

76

6

South Central

0.89

-0.60

57

35.07

4.87

115

42.6

-1.9

79

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northeast

0.82

-0.95

47

28.46

-5.32

84

40.1

-2.1

74

10

East Central

0.90

-1.27

39

29.22

-7.30

79

41.4

-2.2

75

10

Southeast

2.13

-0.46

80

44.56

4.88

111

43.2

-2.6

76

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATE

0.94

-0.48

70

26.62

-1.73

90

40.9

-1.6

82

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Departure from 1981-2010 normal value

2. Highest temperature: 82 oF at Tribune on the 9th.

3. Lowest temperature: 1 oF at Leoti on the 14th.

4. Greatest rainfall:  2.08 inches on the 8th at Colony, Anderson County; 2.00 inches at Arkansas City 2.0; and  Eureka 0.9 on the 6th.

Source: KSU Weather Data Library

 

Mary Knapp, Agronomy, Weather Data Library
mknapp@ksu.edu