Winter Plans an Early Debut

Old Man Winter is slowly coming out of his summer and fall slumber. Now he is planning an icy cold attack on our region in December. Tony has the frigid story.

Winter Planning Early Assault

It took a soaking rain on the last day, but November 2009 managed a healthy enough drink of water on its last gasp to escape the distinction of driest November on record.

Still, the general half inch that dampened our parched forests represented the first drenching all month long and assures us of one of the top 5 driest Novembers since the late 1880s.

Opening day buck hunters in Ohio braved the chilly morning rains in quest of their trophy 10 pointer. Crunchy leaves from the weekend dry, warm weather turned soggy this Monday knocking the stuffing’s out of the late season brush fire threat while providing hunters will a better surface to hunt on. (Footnote: hunters would rather have the woods covered with snow, but a damp forest with quiet leaves trumps a crunchy, noisy track every time).

Now we look ahead to a very active weather period the next 2 weeks as all signs point toward an early arrival of harsh winter weather and the likelihood of several early season snowfalls.

Details of the cold and snow are to be ironed out but odds favor a rain storm on Wednesday which ends with our first snow covering Thursday-Friday. Then another snowfall could end the buck season in WV with a tracking snow by Saturday.

So for Santa's busy schedule this week, tonight's parade in Ironton could feature a sprinkle with a temperature near 40. Tuesday's nights Santa sighting on 4th avenue in Huntington will be a cool and clear affair.

By the weekend, it figures to be biting cold and perhaps even snowy for Friday night in downtown Charleston and Saturday at Oakes Field where Jolly Saint Nick will be dropping in via helicopter.

I will add additional Christmas parade information as received.

If you are into longer range outlooks, a severe cold wave and potential heavier snowfall may be in the cards later next week with the arrival of a shot of bitter air from the North Pole.

By the way, the driest November in our region occurred in 1904 when Huntington had a mere .1” (that’s one good hour shower the whole month) and Charleston mustered a meager .45”.

Why bring 1904 up? Well, it was followed by a very cold winter. Food for thought as we head into December and the start of meteorological winter.

I will add some insight into this pattern after dinner!
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