Now that November is over, I thought we take a look back at how it compared to other years.


A large portion of the country dealt with above-average temperatures overall. This included regions like the Southwest, intermountain West, and the South. There were some areas that were on the cooler side, however. The Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, and the Pacific Northwest regions all felt below normal temperatures.

November Temperature Anomaly

Compared to November of 2016, this year’s month was chillier, especially for the north-central U.S.

November 2016 Temperature Anomaly


Precipitation was pretty scare for the majority of the country. In fact, portions of the nation entered various stages of drought. The worst area of drought has been in the South, specifically southwestern Arkansas. In the graphic below, the darker colors show a more severe drought. Notice how southeast Texas, which dealt with up to 60 inches of rainfall from Hurricane Harvey in late August, is actually experiencing a drought.

Drought Monitor

It wasn’t just the South that was dry in November. The Southwest, northern Plains, Midwest, and New England were on the dry side as well relative when comparing them to their respective averages. Where is wasn’t dry: the Northwest and eastern Great Lakes.

November Precipitation Anomaly

Jackson is COO and Head of Content and Strategy of WeatherOptics. He also designed his own website and created the local company, Jackson's Weather. He has been forecasting the weather for southwestern Connecticut since March of 2015. He will major in Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Miami in Fall 2018.

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