November warmer, wetter than normal
November was warmer and wetter than normal in Champaign-Urbana, according to statistics from the Illinois State Water Survey.
The average temperature for the month was 45.7 degrees, which was 4.4 degrees above normal. The average high was 54.4 degrees, greater than the normal of 50.6 degrees. The average low was 36.5 degrees, 4.5 degrees greater than the average low.
The highest temperature in November was 73 degrees on Nov. 14 (one of four 70-degree days last month), the lowest was 23 degrees on Nov. 30. There were just nine days last month when the temperature dropped below 32 degrees, far below the November normal of 15 days.
It was the 12th warmest November in local weather history, said Jim Angel, state climatologist.
Through the first 11 months of 2011, seven months had above average temperatures. Only January, February, May and October did not.
For the first time since May, precipitation in Champaign-Urbana was above average. The water survey reported 4.72 inches of rain, about an inch greater than the November average of 3.68 inches, and the 15th wettest November on record, according to Angel.
No measurable snowfall was reported, but there was a trace of snow on three days. The November normal for snowfall locally is 0.9 inch.