November Weather Report Card

December 1, 2008

NOVEMBER REPORT CARD
November 2008 continued the trend since September of much below normal precipitation, while temperatures were somewhat above average, compared to October and September. These two months were quite cool compared to average. Of course the big story is the persistent extremely dry condition.
A list of November rainfalls as a percent of average by location:

Ada
16%

Antlers
6% (Driest in Texoma)

Ardmore
14%

Atoka
46%

Bonham
58% (tied for wettest measured location)

Durant
53%

Gainesville
21%

Hugo
58% (tied for wettest measured location)

Madill
20%

Marietta
15%

Paris
34%

Sherman-Denison
38%

Sulphur
17%

Tishomingo
18%

Note: Average November rainfall ranges from 3.5” over western areas to about 4.25 towards Paris and Hugo.

In my Winter Outlook for 2008-2009 which I posted in mid-November, I called for below normal rain/snowfall this winter. The December pattern of the next two weeks supports a very dry start to the winter.

Take Care,
Steve LaNore
Chief Meteorologist
KXII-TV

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  • by Steve LaNore Location: KXII-TV on Dec 3, 2008 at 03:31 PM
    In answer to Craig’s question, the National Weather Service database is incomplete for Sherman-Denison precipitation this year. Safe to say we are at least 30% below normal (about 13”) for the year. I don’t generally show the yearly rainfall compared to “normal” because this statistic is almost always misinterpreted. For example, let’s say we were “20 inches behind our yearly rainfall”. We could not benefit from a 20” rainfall event as most of it would run off and cause terrible floods (as in the summer of 2007). So, a more accurate estimate of the drought status is soil moisture. Our area is classified as in a slight to moderate drought by the National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). Here’s the link: http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html Take Care, Steve
  • by Craig Location: Grayson County on Dec 3, 2008 at 04:52 AM
    Steve: Could you please post our current status on annual rainfall? How far below average are we for the year. Does this current drought extend some number of months back into 2007 (i.e. back to August, 2007 or so)? Thanks, Craig
  • by leith Location: denison on Dec 1, 2008 at 08:51 PM
    wow snow flurries in Sherman this morning thats cool Steve. I wish we would get some like last year. Or more.
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