November 2016 Weather

A chilly and damp month with temperatures eventually concluding just shy of one degree Celsius below the long term average for central East Yorkshire. Indeed it would actually prove to be the second coldest November on our records dating back to 2003, and whilst the month lacked any wintry weather, at least down here on the lowlands, it nevertheless felt rather cold at times with the mercury thermometer only managing to rise into double figures on six days.

Rainfall wise the month saw 130% of what would usually be expected in a typical November, though 33.1 mm of the final monthly total of 81.8 mm would actually come on just one day alone, the 21st becoming the wettest November day since our records began. This drenching brought some localised flooding to the countryside with standing water in many of the fields, though the river Hull catchment area once more managed to contain the waters safely within the river and drainage system which protect this former flood-plain. The rain on the 21st was also accompanied by some thunder during the evening, a fairly uncommon phenomena at this time of year.

Given the below average temperatures and excessive rainfall it is perhaps surprising to see that November actually concluded with more sunshine than normal, the 85.9 hours recorded coming to around 114% of the 1981-2010 average. Less surprising was the predominance of westerly winds during the month, winds from the western quarter being recorded on no less than 21 days, though five days with easterly winds was notable for the fact that easterlies are perhaps at their least frequent at this time of year.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE : 5.6 C   (-0.9 C)
AVERAGE MAXIMUM : 8.6 C
AVERAGE MINIMUM : 2.6 C
HIGHEST MAXIMUM : 15.0 C, 14th
LOWEST MAXIMUM : 4.0 C, 29th
HIGHEST MINIMUM : 9.5 C, 15th
LOWEST MINIMUM : -2.8 C, 29th
GRASS FROSTS : 14
AIR FROSTS : 3
FROST DURATION : 12 hours

TOTAL RAINFALL : 81.8 mm   (130%)
MAXIMUM TOTAL : 33.1 mm, 21st*
DAYS =>0.2 mm : 17
DAYS =>1.0 mm : 12
DAYS =>10.0 mm : 1
TOTAL RAIN DURATION : 86 hours

TOTAL SUNSHINE : 85.9 hours   (114%)
AVERAGE PER DAY : 2.86 hours
SUNLESS DAYS : 4

AVERAGE WIND SPEED : 1.9 knots
MAXIMUM GUST : 34 knots, 16th
DAYS =>34 knots : 1

WIND DIRECTION FREQUENCY
N 3, NE 3, E 2, SE 0, S 1, SW 5, W 13, NW 3

AVERAGE PRESSURE : 1013.3 hPa
MAXIMUM PRESSURE : 1034.6 hPa, 29th
LOWEST PRESSURE : 982.7 hPa, 20th

DAYS WITH FOG : 0
DAYS WITH THUNDER : 1
DAYS WITH HAIL : 0
DAYS WITH SNOW FALLING : 0
DAYS WITH SNOW LYING : 0
MAXIMUM SNOW DEPTH : 0 cm
MONTHLY SNOW INDEX : 0 cm/days

*the 33.1 mm of rain measured on the 21st is a new November record for the wettest ever day at our weather station. It narrowly exceeded the former November record of 32.3 mm recorded back in 2012.

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November 2016 Logbook (click to enlarge)

1st November 2016, Tuesday
6.9 C to 10.7 C / 0.0 mm / 4.0 hours / W 3-4
An initially grey and dull start to November but brightening up as the morning progressed, indeed by midday some good spells of late autumn sunshine would develop. Remaining sunny and pleasant throughout the afternoon, the low November sun really bringing out the autumn colours, though it did feel cooler than recently, especially in the breeze. Remaining mostly clear in the evening & overnight with a touch of ground frost for a time, though a freshening breeze would raise temperatures later.

2nd November 2016, Wednesday
2.7 C to 8.8 C / 0.0 mm / 5.9 hours / W 3-4
A sunny and cool morning, the moderate north-westerly breeze making it feel particularly chilly in exposed locations, though in the afternoon this breeze would ease with a lovely, sunny and somewhat crisp end to another fine November day. Becoming cloudier in the evening and for a time overnight, but clear spells would return later with a touch of ground frost by the end of the night.

3rd November 2016, Thursday
1.8 C to 8.7 C / 1.1 mm / 0.1 hours / SW 2-3
An initially bright and chilly start but cloud would increase by mid-morning with the rest of the day seeing cloudy and grey skies. This cloud would be thick enough to produce some rain in late afternoon and early evening, but otherwise conditions would remain cloudy throughout the night.

4th November 2016, Friday
5.0 C to 10.2 C / 1.1 mm / 5.9 hours / W 4
A dull start to the day but things would quickly improve with an abundance of sunshine developing by mid-morning, the remainder of the day continuing to enjoy good amounts of late autumn sunshine. Remaining clear into the evening and at first overnight, this allowing a touch of ground frost for a time, but cloud would increase later with showers arriving from the NW by dawn.

5th November 2016, Saturday
2.9 C to 9.0 C / 1.4 mm / 4.8 hours / NW 5-6
A bright and cool day with sunny spells and occasional showers, the showers being largely light and fleeting. However it was windy, especially in the afternoon, with gusts in excess of 30 knots for a time. However the breeze would ease by the evening, and with variable amounts of cloud, conditions were reasonable for bonfire night, much to the relief of the organisers of the annual display at nearby Beverley Westwood. Showers returning overnight and becoming frequent after midnight. Chilly.

6th November 2016, Sunday
2.9 C to 7.6 C / 3.3 mm / 0.7 hours / N 5
A chilly day with a brisk wind and frequent blustery showers coming down from the north, indeed in the morning the showers were slightly wintry with a bit of sleet mixed in during the heavier bursts. Remaining cold, breezy and showery in the evening though by midnight the showers would begin to die out to leave variable amounts of cloud for the rest of the night, some decent enough clear spells allowing temperatures to dip low enough for a light ground frost.

7th November 2016, Monday
2.7 C to 7.4 C / 0.2 mm / 3.7 hours / NW 4
Another chilly day with sunny spells and occasional showers drifting down from the north, though the showers were less frequent and less heavy than yesterday, and indeed would largely die out by mid-afternoon. Clear spells in the evening and overnight with a light frost.

8th November 2016, Tuesday
0.4 C to 5.1 C / 6.5 mm / 1.6 hours / W 1-2
A chilly but bright start with a light frost and ice on any cold surfaces, though this would soon melt in the late autumn/early winter sunshine. Remaining bright and chilly for much of the day with weak spells of sunshine, temperatures not rising much above 5 C all day, but in the second half of the afternoon cloud would begin to increase with mostly cloudy skies by nightfall. Remaining cloudy throughout the night with outbreaks of cold rain arriving by 3 am, this wintry rain continuing right through to dawn and beyond (snow meanwhile was reported up at nearby High Hunsley).

9th November 2016, Wednesday
1.9 C to 4.1 C / 5.6 mm / 0.0 hours / W 2-3
A wet, cold and miserable morning with overcast skies and little to commend it (at least down here on the lowlands!), this wintry rain continuing into the first half of the afternoon. However the rain would begin to clear by dusk and with skies clearing in the evening and overnight it became rather cold and misty with temperatures dipping below freezing for the first time this autumn/winter.

Snow was widely reported from the Dales, Moors and the higher parts of the Wolds this morning, my eldest sister reporting that High Hunsley was rather beautiful as she made her way to work on t’ other side of the Wolds this morning. Meanwhile the higher parts of Nidderdale reported 5 to 6 inches of the white stuff (at Greenhow), and whilst back here in the east of the county the totals were modest, coverings were noted at Chopgate and Sutton Bank via the North Yorkshire traffic cameras.

10th November 2016, Thursday
-1.2 C to 8.1 C / trace / 3.5 hours / W 3
A bright and chilly morning with the autumn sunshine soon melting the early frost, though as the morning wore on it would become cloudier with mostly cloudy skies for a time in early afternoon. However skies would become clearer again by the end of the afternoon with clear spells in the evening and overnight, this allowing temperatures to dip close to freezing with a ground frost.

11th November 2016, Friday
0.2 C to 8.9 C / 9.1 mm / 7.0 hours / SW 2-3
A clear and chilly start again with a touch of frost, skies remaining largely clear and sunny throughout the remainder of the day with an abundance of November sunshine bathing the East Yorkshire countryside. Feeling milder as well, with temperatures around average for the time of year. Thin cloud increasing and then thickening as the evening the night wore on, with persistent rain arriving after 3 am. The breeze would also freshen from the SE towards the end of the night.

12th November 2016, Saturday
1.6 C to 8.8 C / 0.8 mm / 0.0 hours / W 3-4
A wet and dreek morning with persistent rain and drizzle, the rain accompanied by a moderate southerly breeze, though by midday this rain would become lighter and more drizzly with the rain eventually petering out by mid-afternoon. Indeed by dusk some breaks would begin to develop with clear spells during the evening and overnight.

13th November 2016, Sunday
4.1 C to 9.8 C / 2.7 mm / 5.8 hours / SW 2-3
A sunny start to the day with an abundance of golden November sunshine in the morning, though in the afternoon cloud amounts would begin to increase with skies becoming mostly cloudy by 3 pm. In the evening this cloud would continue to thicken with outbreaks of rain arriving by mid-evening, these outbreaks of rain continuing on and off for much of the night. Milder.

14th November 2016, Monday
5.2 C to 15.0 C / 0.0 mm / 0.1 hours / W 4
A mostly cloudy, breezy and exceptionally mild day. temperatures reaching an unseasonable high of 15.0 C (59.0 F), making this one of the warmest November days on our records (the record itself belonging to the 10th last year when the mercury reached 17.8 C!). Remaining mostly cloudy in the evening and overnight with temperatures remaining in double figures for most of the night.

15th November 2016, Tuesday
9.5 C to 14.4 C / trace / 2.9 hours / W 3
A cloudy and very mild start to the day but as the morning wore on things would gradually brighten with sunny spells by midday. Remaining bright and mild into the afternoon, temperatures rising up to 14.4 C, though once the sun set in late afternoon the temperature would begin to fall beneath the largely clear skies, the so called ‘Super Moon’ illuminating the long darkness of the November night. Staying largely clear overnight apart from the odd light shower during the second half of the night.

16th November 2016, Wednesday
4.7 C to 11.9 C / 0.2 mm / 2.7 hours / W 4-5
A bright start to the day with sunny spells but by late morning blustery showers would drift over from the west, this producing the odd bright rainbow from time to time. Further blustery showers in the afternoon, all of which were rather fleeting affairs thanks to the breeze, and indeed by mid-afternoon they would begin to die out with clear spells developing by dusk. Remaining largely clear in the evening and overnight with temperatures dipping well into single figures.

17th November 2016, Thursday
3.4 C to 8.1 C / 6.6 mm / 3.0 hours / SW 4-5
A chilly and sunny morning for the most part, though as the morning wore on cloud would increase, the increasing cloud accompanied by a freshening breeze. A period of heavy rain would sweep through shortly after midday, the rain peaking at 13.2 mm/h, but with the strong wind it would clear by mid-afternoon with skies becoming clearer by dusk. Clear spells continuing in the evening and overnight, though the odd shower would also drift over from time to time as well, especially in mid-evening and again later during the second half of the night. Temps falling close to freezing with a ground frost by dawn (the eighth so far this month), though the breeze made it feel much colder.

18th November 2016, Friday
1.1 C to 5.2 C / 3.3 mm / 1.7 hours / SW 4
A cold and sunny start to the morning, the breeze making it feel particularly chilly, though as the morning wore conditions would become somewhat cloudier with occasional showers of cold rain drifting through. Feeling raw, especially in the showers, with temperatures barely rising above 5 C. Further showers in the evening but overnight some decent clear spells would develop, this allowing temperatures to dip close to freezing with lots of ice around by dawn.

With colder air once more sweeping across the country, it was unsurprising to see snow return to the higher parts of the North York Moors this morning, the traffic cameras at Chopgate (Bilsdale) and Sutton Bank revealing a light covering of the white stuff. Of course down here on the East Yorkshire lowlands we just had cold rain, this making things even muddier & more miserable than ever before.

19th November 2016, Saturday
0.8 C to 7.0 C / 5.5 mm / 4.4 hours / NE 3-4
A cold and icy start to the day, any cold surfaces covered with ice at dawn, including some beautiful fern frost on many of the unheated windows, though as the pale November sun rose higher in the sky it would soon melt. Remaining sunny and cool throughout most of the day, and under largely clear skies frost would soon begin to form after dusk, conditions becoming quite frosty by mid-evening. However cloud would increase thereafter, the cloud eventually bringing persistent rain in the second half of the night, the rain also being accompanied by a brisk breeze and rising temperatures.

20th November 2016, Sunday
0.5 C to 7.2 C / 0.5 mm / 0.0 hours / N 4-5
A wet and blustery start to the day with a fresh northerly breeze helping to strip those trees which have stubbornly held on to their colourful autumn cloaks, though by late morning the rain would become patchier and lighter, eventually dying out altogether by early afternoon. However it would remain cloudy for the rest of the afternoon, and in the breeze it would feel quite cold, especially out in the open. Remaining largely cloudy for much of the evening, though overnight some good clear spells would develop, this allowing temperatures to dip close to freezing with a ground frost forming for a time. However it wouldn’t last with cloudy and blustery conditions returning by dawn.

21st November 2016, Monday
0.4 C to 10.4 C / 33.1 mm / 0.0 hours / NE 4-5
A chilly and blustery start with outbreaks of rain arriving shortly after dawn, this rain becoming persistent by mid-morning and continuing for the rest of the day. The rain would be very heavy at times, especially in the afternoon (peak rate of 36.2 mm/h), with a bright flash of lightning and loud rumble of thunder also being recorded shortly prior to 5 pm. Things would become drier in the evening, though the main feature of the weather by this time was the mildness of the air, and it would remain largely dry, cloudy and mild for much of the night. However outbreaks of heavy rain would return after 3 am, the rain peaking at 44.0 mm/h at one point, and all in all it brought an end to what had been an exceptionally wet November day.

33.1 mm (1.30 inches) of rain were recorded today (0900-0900), making this the wettest November day since records began at Woldgarth in 2003. It was also the wettest day at the weather station since the 10th of August 2014. At the moment the monthly total is standing at 81.0 mm (3.19 inches) and it remains to be seen if will pass the magic 100 mm mark, something which hasn’t occurred here for now well over two years. Meanwhile flooding was recorded in many parts of the country, which given the rainfall is hardly unexpected, though other than extensive standing water and some rather full and muddy field drains, we seem to have escaped the worst of it yet again here in East Yorkshire.

22nd November 2016, Tuesday
6.5 C to 8.0 C / 0.8 mm / 0.5 hours / NW 2-3
A dull and damp start, large areas of standing water and extensive mud making for unpleasant conditions after all of yesterday’s rain, though on the plus side it was largely dry, bar the odd spot of rain from time to time. Remaining mostly cloudy for the rest of the day, though the odd brighter spell would break through from time to time, especially around the middle of the day, with even some weak spells of November sunshine also managing to break through as well. However it would become mostly cloudy again by dusk, the cloud thick enough to produce the odd shower during the evening, though these would die out overnight with largely cloudy skies for the remainder of the night.

23rd November 2016, Wednesday
5.1 C to 9.0 C / trace / 3.0 hours / NE 2-3
A mostly cloudy start to the day, the cloud thick enough to produce some light rain &/or drizzle at times, though by late morning things would brighten up with some good spells of welcome sunshine in the afternoon. Feeling milder too. Clear spells in the evening but becoming mostly cloudy during the night.

24th November 2016, Thursday
4.2 C to 8.8 C / 0.0 mm / 0.3 hours / E 2
A cloudy day for the most part, though there was the odd brighter period from time to time as well, especially around the middle of the day. Still feeling mild. Remaining cloudy overnight with temperatures dipping no lower than 6.7 C.

25th November 2016, Friday
6.7 C to 9.3 C / 0.0 mm / 3.5 hours / E 1-2
A cloudy morning for the most part, though by midday things would begin to quickly brighten up with some good spells of early winter sunshine throughout the rest of the afternoon. Feeling mild as well with temperatures climbing up towards double figures. Variable amounts of cloud in the evening and overnight with some longer clear spells later, this allowing temperatures to dip close to freezing by dawn.

26th November 2016, Saturday
0.6 C to 7.5 C / trace / 4.4 hours / W 2
A bright and crisp day with plenty of late November sunshine, though it was somewhat cloudier around the middle of the day as fog from the other side of the Wolds rolled over on the light westerly breeze. Clear at first in the evening but cloud would increase later with mostly cloudy skies throughout the night, the cloud even thick enough to produce some drizzle by the end of the night.

27th November 2016, Sunday
0.8 C to 8.8 C / 0.0 mm / 1.7 hours / N 2
A cloudy morning, the cloud thick enough for some drizzly rain at times, though by the end of the morning things would begin to brighten up with some good spells of sunshine in the afternoon.Becoming cloudier again by the evening however, with skies remaining mostly cloudy throughout most of the night.

28th November 2016, Monday
2.8 C to 8.7 C / 0.0 mm / 4.7 hours / S 0-1
A sunny and still day with temperatures around average for the time of the year. Becoming cloudier for a time in the evening but overnight skies would clear with temperatures soon dipping below freezing, eventually reaching a minimum of -2.8 C (26.9 F).

29th November 2016, Tuesday
-2.8 C to 4.0 C / 0.0 mm / 6.6 hours / W 2
A lovely frosty and cold start to the day, the frigid air like champagne, and it would remain cold and clear for the rest of the day, the frost persisting all day in the shade despite the abundance of early winter sunshine. Mostly clear skies in the evening and overnight with another frost, though a light breeze prevented temperatures from falling as low as last night.

30th November 2016, Wednesday
-2.3 C to 7.9 C / 0.0 mm / 3.4 hours / W 2
Another cold and frosty start to the day, the ground rather white after two nights of accumulated frost, but this would soon melt to leave a mostly bright and clement day with some good spells of sunshine, a fine way to conclude November. Feeling milder as well. Cloud increasing in late afternoon (this providing a very fiery sunset indeed), with mostly cloudy skies for the rest of the evening and the night.