Three weather records broken or tied

By Tom Joyce -

With lows in the teens expected tonight, it might be little consolation to know that Mount Airy has just experienced a warmer-than-usual November with three high-temperature records either broken or tied.

No loud cheers or breaking news alerts were noted on Nov. 19. But an 81-degree reading that day quietly shattered a 73-year-old record high for that date in the city, according to a monthly statistical breakdown from F.G. Doggett Water Plant, Mount Airy’s official weather-monitoring station.

The previous mark of 78 had been set in 1943 as World War II raged.

Earlier last month, the dates of Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 also took their place in the high-temperature record book locally, as 2016 became entwined with two other years that apparently have nothing in common except a weather distinction.

The high on Nov. 3 of 82 degrees not only took top honors for the month as a whole, but tied the local record for that date, which it now shares with both 1974 and 2003.

On Nov. 4, the mercury dipped a degree, but that 81-degree mark was good enough to tie the all-time high here — also set on Nov. 4 in both 1974 and 2003.

Weather records have been kept in Mount Airy since 1924.

Last month’s flirtations with all-time highs contributed to November 2016 being warmer than usual. The mercury averaged 49.1 degrees, eclipsing the local average for the 11th month of the year of 47.4.

That’s despite some cold days during November, when the monthly low of 20 degrees was noted on three straight days, Nov. 13-15.

Dryness prevails

A dry trend also prevailed last month, when rainfall totaled a meager 1.07 inches.

Measurable amounts were noted on only four days at the water plant, with the maximum for a single day occurring on Nov. 30 when a measurement of 0.80 inches occurred.

November’s average precipitation in Mount Airy is 3.02 inches, nearly 2 inches more than what was received last month.

Still, higher-than-usual annual precipitation has occurred locally as of Nov. 30, with a total of 42.37 inches, but by the thinnest of margins. That is 0.33 inches, or 0.78 percent, above the normal output for the first 11 months of the year, 42.04 inches.

Five days with frost and two with fog also were recorded last month.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

By Tom Joyce

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