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November has gone from one extreme to another and December has that same potential as well. What an amazing 10 days we have seen here! Here's something AMAZING in my opinion, but I'm a weather geek. We had the 6th warmest November day on Sunday November the 17th in Little Rock weather history with 84 degrees. Exactly one week later, we had the 6th coldest November day in Little Rock weather history with 34 degrees. That's a difference of 50 degrees! By the way, we shattered the daily record high temperature on November 17th with that high of 84. It broke a record which dates back to 1921.
Here's something else extreme... The high temperature last Sunday of 34 degrees ties the previous coldest maximum for the day (34 in 1950)! Amazing stuff, eh!!!
We're heading for a low temperature Thanksgiving morning in the lower 20s. The record low is 19 set in 1887!!!!!! So we could challenge a record which has stood for more than 100 years. Are you shaking your head yet in disbelief? As they say in those commercials, but wait, there's more!
We're going to dig our way out of this hole we're in. Temperatures should go to average or even above for a time next weekend into next week. However, I'm already seeing signs of another big push of bitter arctic air. As I always preach, long range forecasting is extremely tricky. But when you see a big ridge of high pressure building over Alaska, LOOK OUT! So while we may get into the 60s again and MAYBE 70 for a little bit, it may not last and another deep freeze could grip the state. Here's the difference, we'll be into December and these air masses get colder and colder as we head into winter. Will this happen? Remember, long range forecasting is not a perfect science.
|The GFS in 10 days shows the chilly air over Canada with the leading edge in the northern Plains. This is similar to the Euro, but not as cold.|