I just wanted to give a quick update on the group here since I jumped the gun and formed it. It has been brought to my attention that the intended purpose was to have Kevin run the Philly group. I have emailed Kevin and Rob to see if we can just add Kevin as an admin here so we don’t have to reform this group again now that we have a good amount of members. So we’ll see how that plays out.
In the meantime here’s some fun and useful weather links for everyone who’s looking to gain some knowledge and historical perspective.
Here is a link to a great resource site where you can download Excel databases of daily, monthly and yearly temperature data in Philly for every year from the 1870’s on. It makes parsing data a lot of fun. If you’re a stat/history geek like me you can spend hours on here, lol.
Now, looking at our current weather, this November will go down as between the 10th and 13th warmest November in Philly history depending on what happens tonight and tomorrow. We are at +3.3 degrees right now. That’s impressive on its own but when you consider that as of November 13th we were BELOW normal, you get a feel for how historic this month has been.Since the 20th of November we are over +8.4 degrees above normal. That is almost unparalleled. I have trees re-budding and grass growing on my lawn a month after our first snowfall (where I got 4 inches out in Montco). This is our third November ever where temps won’t drop below freezing. The prior two were 1931 and 1985. In the winter of 85-86 we had a near average winter both temps wise and snow wise.In 31-32 we had a very warm and not very snowy winter, but I wouldn’t put too much stock in an 80 year old analog.
We a get a return to normalcy probably by the end of next week followed by what looks to be some uncertainty in December with bouts of cold and warmth moving in and out but so far nothing looking extreme or overly persistent. That’s a pretty common December pattern around here.