2009-11-19 18:28:31.000 – Brian Clark,  Observer and Meteorologist

Sunny and warm.

Both are relative terms, one more than the other. Both are things that aren’t always good in my opinion, again, one more than the other. Both are things that if I wanted all the time, I would move to southern California with my dad.

These terms could also be used to describe the weather on the mountain so far this month. As far as sunshine goes, counting today we have seen four days with 100% of our possible sunshine minutes (minutes when a shadow is being cast) and 11 days with greater than 50% of our possible sunshine. Unfortunately I don’t have an average value to compare that to, but trust me, that’s a lot of sunshine for this mountain. When it comes to temperatures, as of yesterday our average temperature for the month is a significant 6.6 degrees above average for the month. We have seen 11 days with an average daily temperature above average with 5 of those days more than 10 degrees above average. We have also broken one daily record high and tied another. Today we came within a degree or so of tying another.

This pattern will likely continue into at least early next week with some hope of more seasonable weather on the horizon around the Thanksgiving holiday next week. With that outlook, I’m pretty much ready to call November a ‘loss’ in terms of being anywhere close to normal. The good news is that it is very early in the winter season. December could see a complete turnaround and that is most certainly what I will be hoping for!


Brian Clark,  Observer and Meteorologist

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