Dry November (3rd Driest Since 1887 at West Lafayette)

November 27th, 2012 at 12:17 am by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

It has been a dry November with 2012 increasing once again.  After totally ending the drought in October, our deficit for West Lafayette is back down to -2.08″ at WLFI as of today.  There are no signs of significant rainfall, per latest analysis, through December 11 in a pattern that has largely been zonal & split for November 2012.

TOP 5 DRIEST NOVEMBERS AT WEST LAFAYETTE 1887-PRESENT

(1887-1900 Purdue University………….1901-Present Purdue Agronomy Farm)

1.  0.04″  1904

2.  0.18″  1917

3.  0.77″ 2012 (Ag Farm)  0.73″ WLFI

4.  0.81″  1976

5.  0.89″  1939

SOME NOVEMBER 2012 TOTALS

0.37″  Kokomo

0.45″  Grissom Air Reserve Base

0.70″  Rochester

0.72″ Covington

0.72″  Rensselaer

0.73″  WLFI-TV

0.76″  Morocco

0.77″  Purdue Agronomy Farm

0.80″  Purdue University Airport

0.82″  Burlington

0.83″  Fowler

0.93″  Romney

0.97″  Attica

1.20″  Crawfordsville

DRIEST NOVEMBERS ON RECORD AT VARIOUS WEATHER STATION SITES IN VIEWING AREA

Winamac  0.00″  1904    (1897- )

Kokomo  0.02″  1917    (1901- )

Whitestown  0.08″  1904    (1901- )

Logansport  0.10″  1904    (1896- )

Frankfort  0.17″  1917    (1896- )

Wheatfield  0.18″  1987  (1900- )

Crawfordsville  0.21″  1917    (1901- )

Rensselaer  0.29″  1904    (1900-  )

Rochester  0.31″  1933    (1904- )

4 Responses to “Dry November (3rd Driest Since 1887 at West Lafayette)”

  1. Tom says:

    Well, there was a little bit of snow last night, but it was nothing like 1931, 1975 and 1980. November 1931 was the warmest Nov. on record in the Lafayette area. After 7 days above 70 degrees the cold and snow came. On Thursday evening Nov. 26 the snow started about 8pm and 4 inches fell by daylight Fri. morning Nov. 27. Every tree and bush had a thick white coating. It was 71 degrees on Nov. 23 but on the morning on Nov. 28 it was only 19 degrees. Even during the warmest Nov. on record in Lafayette, we still had 4 inches of snow that month.

  2. Tom says:

    1975- The year Lafayette had a white Thanksgiving and a White Christmas. The snow was falling Wed. night Nov. 26, the night before Thanksgiving. The streets were slick and there were numerous property damage accidents and fender benders, and one of Lafayette’s railroad crossings was blocked by a stalled train which couldn’t travel up a slight grade because of the slippery conditions. Three inches of snow was on the ground Thanksgiving morning in Lafayette. In parts of eastern Kansas and western Missouri 10 inches of snow fell.

  3. Tom says:

    In 1980 4 inches of snow fell between 8am Wed. Nov. 26 and 8am Thurs. Nov. 27 and another inch was recorded on Nov. 28 at West Lafayette. November 27 was Thanksgiving day. Snowfall ranged from 3-6 inches in the viewing area. There was a number of accidents but I think people were just glad that the snow was wet because Lafayette was really dry at that time. Only 2.70 inches of rain fell in Sept. 1980, 1.95 in Oct. and only 0.99 in Nov. The snow added 0.46 of an inch of moisture to the parched fields.

  4. Tom says:

    I don’t know what it means but the dry November’s of 1904, 1917, 1939 and 1976 were followed by cold and snow winters. In 1905 18 inches of snow fell in Feb. and it was 22 below on Feb. 14, 1905. The winter of 1917 and 1918 was really bad. The blizzard of 1918 was the worst until 1978. The winter of 1939-1940 saw 10 inches of snow fall in Jan. and 2.4 inches of snow in April. The winter of 1976-1977 was almost as bad as 1977-1978. Anybody that was living in Indiana during the winters of the 1970s will never forget them. The snow is coming Crista.

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