November 2013 was mostly average, except when it wasn't:
Above average: Nothing
Average or near: Temperature, wind, solar radiation
Below Average: Rainfall, snowfall
After a cooler than average October, temperatures got more average in November. In fact, almost exactly average. My station's average temperature of 41.8° was just slightly warmer than the long term November average of 41.5°, and even closer to the more recent (2001-2012) average of 41.6°. The official average temperature in Hood River, recorded at HOXO, was 41.1°.
The maximum temperature (at my station) was 64°, and the low temp was 19°. Official Hood River highs and lows (at HOXO) were 64° and 17°.
Solar radiation averaged 123 Ly/day, compared to an average November of 117 Ly/day.
The 24 hour average wind speed (for the month) at my weather station was 1.5 mph, compared to an average November wind speed of 1.6 mph. The peak wind gust was 32 mph on the 2nd. Wind speeds at other less sheltered locations (like the Waterfront) were, of course, higher.
Barometric pressure peaked at 30.83", and the low barometric was 29.38". The high barometric was tantalizingly close to a record, at least for my station. We get our highest pressure readings during massive winter season inversions, and this was no exception. The highest reading for my station was 30.84" back in January 2009, during another massive temperature inversion.
Regarding rainfall, my station received 3.74", while HOXO only managed 2.84" An average November receives 5.31", and our water-year-to-date precipitation started to slip even further behind than in October.
There was no measurable snowfall in November. An average November receives 2.7" of snow.
There were no local weather records set in November.
These monthly summaries use data from my weather station located near May and Rand Streets in Hood River. To view my weather station's data for November 2013, click here.
For official Hood River data, and historical averages/records, the data comes from both the manually read NOAA station at MCAREC, and HOXO, the automated station located right next to MCAREC.
What made this November really special was that Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah happened on the same day. This apparently hasn't happened since time immoral, or maybe not quite that long, but definitely quite a while.
So, I searched around for a video celebrating this blessed coincidence of celebrations, and came up with this one. Hopefully it will help bring people of all cultures and creeds together, or at least offend them equally.