Temperatures during the first 10 days of November averaged a cool 6.6 degrees below normal, according to official readings taken at the Lawrence Airport. Precipitation has been limited to a bit of light drizzle recorded at some manual city sites during the first few days of the month.
A low overcast deck that prevailed from the 1st through the 4th of the month finally cleared out during the afternoon of Sunday, November 5th, after a dry cold front pushed in. Clear skies and cool temperatures prevailed behind the front on the 6th. On the 7th, a fast, westerly jet stream flow aloft brought mid and high level cloudiness. Wednesday, the 8th, brought clear skies and light winds. The 9th was mostly sunny but with some thin high clouds. The 10th had a broken high stratus deck at around 5000 feet most of the day.
The average high temperature during the first 10 days of November at the Lawrence Airport was 51 and the average low 32 (rounded to the nearest whole degree). At my residence, near Clinton Parkway and Inverness, the average high was 50 (one degree cooler than the airport) and the average low 35 (three degrees warmer than the airport), ranging from a high of 57 on the 2nd to a low of 26 on the 10th. Normal for the 10-day period as a whole is 61 and 36, though average temperatures drop about a half a degree daily this time of year.
As the numbers show, the deviation below normal so far in November has been determined more by the cool high temperatures than the overnight low readings. However, lows have averaged about 4 degrees below normal, with half of the days during the period dipping into 20s at the official Lawrence climate site on the Kansas River floodplain.
The warmest temperature during the period at the airport was 57 on November 5th and the coolest was 23 on the morning of the 8th.
Only the second day of the month has had a mean temperature above normal, and it was only one degree above normal, at that. This was also the warmest average day with a high of 56 and low of 45. The coolest day was the 10th with a high of 41 and low of 25. The 10th also recorded the greatest negative daily deviation with a mean temperature of 13 degrees below normal.
No precipitation has been recorded at the airport during the month. Two of our manual rainfall sites across town recorded one hundredth of an inch from light drizzle on the 2nd, with other sites recording a trace. Trace amounts were also recorded at some city sites on the 1st, 3rd and 4th of the month as light drizzle and mist drifted down at times from the persistent low overcast.
The airport site recorded ‘mist’ at times during this period, a non-precipitation aviation weather condition which occurs when the humidity is high and the visibility is recorded at 6 miles or less. When the visibility drops to a half mile or less with high humidity, the aviation weather condition is recorded as ‘fog,’ which also occurred on a few mornings early in the month.