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Mild, wet despite extreme conditions

Record warmth and mid-winter chill. Heavy rains and lake effect snow. High winds and thunderstorms.

November's weather contained all of the above, but overall, the month averaged out mild and wet and seasonally overcast, with above-normal snowfall.

Temperatures started warm, dipped dramatically into the teens to provide the coldest Thanksgiving in 100 years, then rebounded into the high 60s at the end of the month. Overall, the average temperature was 43.3, three degrees above normal.

Six to ten inches of snow fell on the Buffalo metro area on the 25th, helping boost the monthly total at the airport to 17.9 inches, the second highest total in 15 years.

One interesting quirk: early on the 16th, a record high temperature of 69 degrees was tied, but temperatures dropped enough during the day to bring snow that evening.

NOVEMBER WEATHER SUMMARY

  .    Character      Temperatures   Percent Lake Date of day        High Low  Avg. of sun  temp.  Prec.  Snow  1   Damp           59   44   52     8 53     .15  2   Sunshine       52   37   45    66     52  3   Windy 62   45   54    77     53  4   Nice           64   48   56    51     52  5 Decent         65   53   59     8     53  6   Gusty          70   48   59 26     53     .08  7   Mostly sunny   54   45   50    79     52  8   Pleasant 54   42   48    32     53  9   Stormy         65   40   53     0     53 1.61 10   Chilly         46   39   43     7     53 11   Seasonal       46   37 42    15     53 12   Great          62   35   49    99     53 13   Balmy 63   50   57    14     53     .01 14   Fine           50   41   46    70 51 15   Nasty          65   41   53     0     51    1.08 16   Wild 69   31   50     0     52     .36     1.3 17   Brisk          34   28   31 11     50 18   Light snow     32   24   28     0     48     .10     1.2 19 Decent         44   31   38    73     46 20   Nice           49   36   43 100     46 21   Cloudy         47   38   43     2     46     .01 22   Cold 39   22   31    14     48     .01 23   Sharp          29   19   24    54 47     .02     0.3 24   Wintry         34   14   24     9     46     .13 2.5 25   Lake snows     29   17   23    39     46     .60    10.2 26   Dismal 30   21   26     0     44     .02     0.6 27   Overcast       47   22   35 0     41     .07 28   Springlike     66   42   54     9     41     .01 29 Drenching      67   40   54     0     41    1.00 30   Raw            41   32 37     0     43     .44     1.8

Average/totals 51.1 35.4 43.3 29 53-41 5.70 17.9 Normals 46.7 33.7 40.2 29 54-44 3.92 11.0

All data official -- Compiled from National Weather Service Records.

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