November to end warmest in 5 years; December follows suit
Warm temperatures around southeast Nebraska Monday. Seems like I have been saying that a lot lately. Temperatures topped out in the lower 70°s. Lincoln reached 71°. That ties for the 2nd warmest temperature on November 29 since 1887! November will go in the weather books roughly 5° above normal per day and it will be the warmest November in five years. There is more of that coming over the next week as December is set to open warm.
The latest 8-14 Day Outlook from NWS’ Weather Prediction Center suggests above normal temperatures for nearly all of the Continental United States. This matches up well with my 10 Day Outlook. The normal high/low for Monday, November 29 is 47°/24°. We will stay much over that through the next 10 days. The one exception, potentially this Saturday, but that day should go in the books a couple degrees above normal.
Long range data is hinting at warm temperatures for the central and eastern U.S. through at least mid-December. The Climate Prediction Center suggests that could continue through all of December per their latest 30-day Outlook. I don’t see any reason to think that won’t be the case.
Cold air has moved across the Arctic Ocean and in to northern Canada and Alaska. Temperatures in Alaska Monday afternoon ranged from 36° in Kodiak to -41° in For Yukon. I won’t even mention the wind chills. Brrr! It appears the cold air will remain bottled up in that region for a while.
Those wanting it to feel like winter will have to wait a while longer.
– Chief Meteorologist John Dissauer