North America is awash in warmth and there are no immediate signs of significant winterlike weather on the horizon.
The United States experienced its third-warmest October on record, and warmth has continued through the first third of November.
Areas in red indicate those which normally have snow on Nov. 9 but do not this year. (Rutgers University Global Snow Lab)
North America’s most astonishing warmth this week has focused in Canada, where temperatures have been up to 30 degrees warmer than normal.
“On Wednesday, Winnipeg blasted through a 93-year-old weather record,” reported the Winnipeg Free Press. “Environment Canada recorded 25 other places in Manitoba that basked in warmth, toppling records like dominoes.”
In McCreary, about 150 miles northwest of Winnipeg, the mercury rose to 72 degrees (22 Celsius), obliterating the previous record of 52 (11 Celsius), the Winnipeg Free Press added.
Vancouver set a record high just two days before CBC News reported, and said much of British Columbia had been “extraordinarily warm” in November.
Areas in red indicate those which normally have snow on Nov. 9 but do not this year. (Rutgers University Global Snow Lab) Areas in red indicate those which normally have snow on Nov. 9 but do not this year. (Rutgers University Global Snow Lab)
Many areas of Canada which normally have snow at this time of year have bare ground.
As Canada is the source region for cold air over the Lower 48, it’s no surprise snow is lacking there as well.
Snow covers a mere 0.4 percent of the Lower 48 states — the smallest area on record for Nov. 10 (dating to 2003). On average, about 10 percent of the nation has snow on the ground as of this date.
~ An opinion from Peter Lev of Mountain Weather Masters ~
“Most of our Oct and Nov maps, so far, are pretty good (or bad news – no snow). Looks like something in the way of snow about 16th Nov. Starting about Thanksgiving is when I think the snow will really begin for both the San Juans and much of the mountain west. Then comes Dec, which should have all the Intermountain and Continental Snowpack avalanche forecasters scrambling.
These maps; Oct, Nov, and Dec were created in Aug 2016.
The long-range weather model I have worked on all these years clearly has not accounted for the worldwide impact of Mr.Trump becoming Pres of the US. Not sure how to incorporate that into the model…….”