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Thanksgiving storm makes November in Casper second wettest on record

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — November tended to be colder and wetter than average in a variety of Wyoming communities.

Casper saw the second wettest November on record, with the National Weather Service relying on data that dates back to 1939.

“November was a mix of warm days and very cold days with the odd snow thrown in,” the NWS in Riverton says. “Nothing too exciting for the month, until the last week…which was filled with snowstorms and cold temperatures. Most of our climate sites had below normal temperatures for the month, though not too far below.”

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“Two snowstorms hit during Thanksgiving week and dropped quite a bit of snow across the state, and making for some very hazardous holiday travel. Casper, Riverton Town, and Riverton Airport all had record snowfall on the 30th with that second storm.”

Casper saw a total of 1.86 inches of precipitation in November “which was 245% of normal.”

“Snowfall for November was 18.8 inches, which is 8.5 inches above normal,” the NWS adds. “This made it the fifth snowiest November on record.”

Several individual days saw record precipitation totals in Casper:

  • Nov. 30: 0.73 inches (broke 2005 record of 0.15 inches)
  • Nov. 25: 0.33 inches (tied 1984 record)
  • Nov. 29: 0.19 inches (tied 1996 record)

The strongest wind gust recorded in the month in Casper was 49 mph on Nov. 24.

“The average temperature for Casper in November was 31 degrees,” the NWS adds. “This was 2.2 degrees below normal. The warmest reading of the month was 64 degrees on Nov. 9 and the coldest was 9 below zero on the 27th.”

With November gone, the NWS also provided a preview of what the average December looks like.

“The average high by the end of the month is 35 degrees and the average low temperature is 14 [degrees],” the NWS says. “The average monthly precipitation is 0.49 inches. The average snowfall is 11.0 inches.”

(National Weather Service in Riverton)