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Topper's Blog: November Almanac, Solar Eclipse

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November Almanac

November is largely a month of transition as we continue to get closer to the chill of winter with the memory of the warmth of summer and fall becoming more distant.  The Metro Area has had a few large November snowstorms with perhaps the most famous on record occurring on Veterans' Day in 1987.  Over eleven inches of snow fell at National Airport - the largest November snow on record for Washington. There was even thunder snow reported in our eastern suburbs where fourteen inches fell.

The average high and low in the beginning of the month is 64 and 45. Those averages drop to 53 and 36 as we close out the month. The last recorded eighty degree temperature occurs on the eighteenth. Our warmest November on record was back in 2001 when temperatures were five degrees higher than the average. We average an inch of snow Downtown and a bit over an inch in the suburbs. In terms of liquid precipitation we average a bit over three inches for the month.

 

November can be a great month to star gaze. There will be a new moon on Sunday the third and a full moon on Sunday the seventeenth. This full moon is called the full Beaver Moon, named that because it's time to set beaver traps before the swamps freeze over.

 

There is a partial solar eclipse on Sunday, the third. In our area nearly fifty percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon. Do not look directly at the sun even though the eclipse occurs shortly after sunrise. The sun rises at 6:37 AM and will be at peak eclipse by 7:15 AM. The weather should cooperate with clear skies. Saturn is gone but Venus returns as November unfolds.