Despite Very Mild Start, November 2022 Fails to Rank Among 10 Mildest Novembers
Never before has the month of November started with such a sustained string of unseasonably mild days. With an average high/low of 68°/55° the first twelve days were eleven degrees above average. This included five days in the 70s and three days with lows in the 60s. Ten of the days had highs of 66° or warmer (including three in a row with highs of 75°+).
The month’s warmest high and low of 77° and 66°, respectively, were warmer than October’s warmest (76° and 61°). The reading of 77° on 11/7 was the warmest in November in 19 years, while only Nov. 1, 1971 had a warmer low in November than this November's. Five days were fifteen degrees or more above average.
Despite this record-warm start, the month was denied a spot among the 10 mildest Novembers. This was due to an eight-day streak of unseasonably chilly conditions mid-month (11/14-11/21) that was seven degrees colder than average (high/low of 44°/34°). This included the fall’s first low of 32° or colder on 11/19 (31°). Overall, the month was 2.9 degrees above average and finished as the 13th mildest November on record (FYI, six of the top 10 are from this century).
The five days with highs in the 70s tied for fifth place for most in the month of November (November 1952 has the most - seven). The three days with lows in the 60s were the most in November since 1975, which had four (the most). However, November 2022 had five days with lows of 59° or milder - the most of any November.
Another streak worth noting was one of eight days featuring sunny skies from 11/17 to 11/24; the last day fell on Thanksgiving Day.
The month’s rainfall of 3.15” was slightly below average. This is the seventh time this amount has been reported as a monthly total. The occurrence before this one was also in November, in 2013. The month's rainiest day was 11/11, when 0.89" fell from the remnants of late-season hurricane Nicole.
The NYC Marathon on 11/6 had a high/low of 75°/66° making it the mildest of the races run in November (since 1986).
Although last November was 4.7 degrees colder than this November, this year's coldest reading was three degrees colder than November 2021 (27° vs. 30°). Additionally, while November 2021 had 14 days that were five degrees or more below average, this year November had 14 that were five or more above average.
Here are November recaps from previous years: