And the map above is a week from now (11/9) which brings up the third notable item about this cold wave - it's endurance! The polar plunge is slated to push into Southeast Lower Michigan by Tuesday night (below) and then, hang around to get reinforcements into the following week (11/16-22)!
Two other things come to my mind this early on; One- I'll be damn surprised if we don't place in or near the top 10 coldest Novembers - barring any extreme warm-up the last week. The last time we placed in the top 20 record coldest November's list was back 1997, in the 20th position with 37.1 degrees. A colder and much better placement occurred just the year before in 1996 with a 34.2 - which placed 3rd! Ironically, the year before that /1995/ we again placed in coldest Novembers list, with 35.5 degrees - 9th spot.
|Rank||Detroit Area*||Flint Bishop**||Saginaw Area***|
Two - It will be interesting to see if we can challenge the resilient stretch of record low temperatures for mid November that I wrote about here, previously as SE_Mich Weather Historian (and earlier with the NWS). This record cold stretch occurred /1880/ way back near the dawn /1874/ of official records at Detroit and still hold up till this day! Both the intensity of the cold that we experience and timing may be an issue, we'll see. Something to keep in mind, especially if we have snow on the ground at the time. By the way, the last time we had a record low temperature in November is back in 1991 - and we had four during that cold snap.
DETROIT - NOVEMBER RECORD LOW MAXS AND LOWS IN BLUE
Again, if you'd like to read about the November 1880 stretch of record cold, click here.
And if you missed the upcoming winter's outlook, click here.
Bill Deedler -SEMI_WeatherHistorian