Tuesday, December 5, 2023

November 2023 Climate Report for Memphis, TN

November Climate Recap

The month of November was generally warm and averaged more than a two degrees above normal. The start of the month was below freezing the morning of the 1st, with temps only making it to the low 50's during the afternoon. Temperatures warmed to the low 70's by the 4th, and into the low 80's on the 6th through 8th, but fell to the 60's by the 10th. High temperatures generally remained in the 60's to near 70 degrees through mid-month, dropping back to the 50's by the 21st. On Thanksgiving, we were near 60 degrees, with highs back in the upper 40's to near 50 to finish out the month.

Departure from normal temperatures for November for the Lower 48 states

Below normal precipitation trends continued in November. The ongoing drought improved somewhat in Tennessee, but much of north Mississippi continues to experience severe to extreme drought, with exceptional drought further south.  The image below highlights the drought conditions as of November 28th, and the second one shows the improvement (green) or worsening (yellow) drought conditions. There was no severe weather during the month, although thunderstorms with heavy rain affected the metro on the 20th.
Current drought conditions as of November 28th, 2023

Change in drought conditions from October 31st to November 28th

Memphis International Airport, Memphis, TN

Average temperature: 55.0 degrees (2.3 degrees above average) 
Average high temperature: 65.4 degrees (2.8 degrees above average) 
Average low temperature: 44.6 degrees (1.7 degrees above average) 
Warmest temperature: 84 degrees (8th) 
Coolest temperature: 29 degrees (27th) 
Heating Degrees Days: 313 (66 below average)
Cooling Degree Days: 22 (10 above average) 
Records set or tied: Record highs on the 6th (81) and 8th (84); record high tied on the 7th (83)
Comments: None

Monthly total: 3.02" (1.67" below average) 
Days with measurable precipitation: 6 (3.0 days below average) 
Wettest 24-hour period: 1.54" (20th) 
Snowfall: None
Records set or tied: None
Comments: None

Peak wind: Southwest/40 mph (8th) 
Average wind: 6.3 mph 
Average relative humidity: 62%
Average sky cover: 47%

 Click here for a daily statistical recap for Memphis International Airport.

MemphisWeather.net Headquarters, Bartlett, TN

Average temperature: 51.5 degrees 
Average high temperature: 64.0 degrees 
Average low temperature: 40.7 degrees 
Warmest temperature: 82.6 degrees (8th) 
Coolest temperature: 26.6 degrees (27th) 
Comments: The high of 80.4 degrees on the 6th broke the previous record high of 78.1 for that day in 2005.

Monthly total: 2.51" (automated rain gauge), 2.62" (CoCoRaHS rain gauge) 
Days with measurable precipitation: 4
Wettest date: 1.41" (20th) (via automated gauge) 
Snowfall: None
Comments: None

Peak wind: South/26 mph (8th)
Average relative humidity: 72% 
Average barometric pressure: 30.15 in.
Comments: None

Click here for a daily statistical recap for Bartlett, TN.

MWN Forecast Accuracy

MWN average temperature error: 2.15 degrees 
MWN forecast temperatures within 2 degrees of actual: 59% 
MWN average dewpoint error: 2.39 degrees 
MWN forecast dewpoints within 2 degrees of actual: 69% 

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