Columbus sets record November snowfall with 22.4 inches
November was a month in extremes.
What started out with summer like temperatures of 70 degrees on Nov. 1 ended with record snowfall and below average mercury readings.
In Columbus, snowfall totaled 22.4 inches, which was just shy of six times more than normal, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The majority of that snow fell in three separate storms -- 5.8 inches on Nov. 10 and 11, 7.8 inches on Nov. 26 and 5.9 inches on Nov. 29 and 30.
Sandwiched between the two most recent snowstorms was a record high temperature of 62 degrees on Nov. 28.
“That’s one roller coaster of a ride,” said NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Tom Frieders.
November was also the fourth wettest on record with 1.68 inches of moisture from rain and melted snow, said Frieders.
The daily average temperature was 30.3 inches, down from the normal reading of 33.8 degrees.
Seven days had subzero temperatures, the most recent coming Nov. 30 at 15 below zero -- making it the third coldest in history, said Frieders.
Three days had daily average temperatures below zero. November normally does not get subzero temperatures at all.
At Mystic Lake, the snowfall total of 38.5 inches was 18.4 inches above normal. Of that, 15 inches fell on Nov. 29 and 30 and 11 inches fell on Nov. 10 and 11, according to the NWS.
The daily average temperature at Mystic was 27.4 degrees -- down 5.6 degrees from normal. Five days were below zero, with the coldest coming on Nov. 12 at 13 below zero. Only one day had a daily average temperature below zero.
And in Rapelje, 13.3 inches of snow fell in November, marking an increase of six inches above normal. The bulk of that came on Nov. 26 when 5.6 inches fell.
The daily average temperature of 30.3 degrees was down from the normal reading of 34.6 degrees. Seven days recorded subzero temperatures and three days had daily average readings below zero, according to the NWS.