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Weatherwatch: November/December 2011


Mild weather covered the eastern half of the United States, while near- to below-normal temperatures affected the northern High Plains and much of the West. Meanwhile, precipitation amounts were highly variable. For example, mostly dry weather across the northern Plains and upper Mississippi Valley contrasted with wet conditions in the lower Midwest. Wet weather also dampened Oklahoma, Southern Kansas, and Southeastern Colorado, providing drought relief. Parts of Northern Texas also received beneficial moisture, but large sections of Western and Southern Texas remained mired in historic drought. In the Southeast, long stretches of warm, dry weather were ideal for outdoor activities, but allowed long-term rainfall deficits to persist. Elsewhere, generally below-normal precipitation accompanied cool weather in the Pacific Coast States, while several storms affected the Four Corners States and the Rockies.

Weatherwise Contributing Editor BRAD RIPPEY is the U.S. Editor of the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin of the Joint Agriculture NOAA Weather Facility.

Weatherwise Contributing Editor JEFFREY B. HALVERSON is an associate professor of geography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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