Mild, late-autumn weather across Florida's peninsula and much of the West contrasted with persistently chilly conditions across the majority of the Midwest, South, and East. The Western warmth, accompanied by a dearth of storminess, led to a sluggish start to the snow-accumulation season from the Cascades and the Sierra Nevada to the Intermountain West. However, mid- to late-month storminess in the Southwest produced heavy mountain snowfall and provided some relief from long-term drought.
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 Professor of Geography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.