State Climatologist Harry Hillaker explains.
He says the statewide average temperature for the month was 41.7 degrees, 5.1 degrees warmer than normal. The warmest temperatures were recorded on November 2nd.
The first 10 days of November were extremely dry, but the remainder of the month involved a lot of rain and snow. The statewide average snowfall total for the month was 6.1 inches, more than double usual amount for November. Last month enters the record books as Iowa’s 13th snowiest November.
Rock Rapids, for example, received over 15 inches of snow in that storm, with other towns in our area reporting similar snowfall.. The other unusual weather event during the month involved 13 tornadoes touching down across south-central and southeast Iowa on Veteran’s Day.
December is starting off wet, with 6.3 inches of snow measured at 7 am Tuesday morning at the KIWA Studios in downtown Sheldon.