Southern New England Weather History - November

From the NWS Archives
Significant Weather Events for Boston and Southern New England -
Nov 2 Warmest temperature, 83F, 1950
Warmest low temperature, 63F, 1929
Ben Franklin's eclipse hurricane, 1743
Nov 5 Severe coastal storm and Franklin County snow (see below), 2002
Nov 6 Severe northeast wind and rain create great coastal damage, 1953
Nov 8-9 Storm surge tides, coastal damage, wind damage and inland flooding, 1972
Nov 14 Greatest consecutive days with measurable precipitation (3-14), 12 days, 1969
Nov 15 Snowstorm in 1967 gave 1 foot of snow in north central and northeastern Massachusetts
Nov 16 Major ice storm, 2002 (see below)
Nov 18 Lowest pressure 28.73 inches, 1873
Nov 20-21 Greatest 24 hour precipitation, 5.43 inches, 1876
Nov 21 End of longest non-measurable precipitation streak, 44 days, 1924
Nov 25 Thanksgiving day storm, 10-20 inches of snow inland, coastal flooding and damage, 1971
Nov 25-26 Great easterly gale, $15 million damage, 1950
Nov 26 Strongest one minute average wind velocity, southeast 80 mph, 1950
Nov 26-27 Portland storm killed 400 people, 300 vessels lost, 1898
Nov 27-29 Severe 3 day ice storm, 1921
12 inches of snow, greatest in 24 hours, 1898
Nov 28 Highest pressure, 30.87 inches, 1932
Nov 29-30 Southerly storm creates high waves and abnormal storm surge tides, 1963
Nov 30 Greatest snow depth, 16 inches, 1898
-2F, coldest temperature ever in November, 1875
10F coldest high temperature, 1875

Thanksgiving Morning Snowfall Observations - 2005
Up to 4 inches of heavy wet snow caused unusual problems across northern Berkshire County. The snow clung to any foilage remaining on trees to bring down trees and limbs causing power outages, and traffic snarls. On November 22, low pressure moved northeast off the Atlantic coast while a cold front moved into western New England, cooling the air enough to change rain to snow in the higher elevations of Berkshire County.

Observations from the first widespread snowfall of the 2004-2005 season, Goesir200411121745utc November 12-13, 2004
The first widespread snowfall of the season occurred in southern New England from the afternoon of the 12th through midday on the 13th, as low pressure developed off the mid Atlantic coast and tracked southeast of New England. Many locations in Massachusetts outside of the south coast reported snowfall totals between 2 and 6 inches. Amounts were a little higher in Norfolk and northern Bristol Counties, however, where totals of 4 to 8 inches were widely observed. Despite this being the first widespread snowfall of the season, there was little significant impact, aside from several minor accidents throughout eastern Massachusetts. Official snowfall totals included 7.8 inches at Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, 6.7 inches at the National Weather Service office in Taunton, 3.9 inches at Logan International Airport in Boston, and 3.0 inches at Worcester Airport. Other snowfall totals, as reported by trained spotters, included 8 inches in Randolph; 7 inches in Easton, Norton, Rehoboth, and Franklin; and 6 inches in Braintree, Norwood, and Foxboro. See also Early Snow of 12 November 2004 by Richard H. Grumm and John Lacort of the NWS, State College, PA [image: GOES IR satellite image (1745 UTC), surface plots (1800 UTC) and ETA frontogenesis (00-hour forecasts) valid at 1800 UTC 12 November 2004.]

Ice Storm Observations from November 18, 2002

Snowfall Accumulations from November 27, 2002 (see below)

November 2, 2002
The combination of high astronomical tides and an intensifying coastal storm tracking south of New England caused some of the worst flooding along the eastern Massachusetts coast in over a decade. Salisbury in coastal Essex County was hardest hit, where about 30 homes were surrounded by flood waters. Widespread minor to moderate flooding was reported in coastal communities from Gloucester to Duxbury. The high tide caused flooding in many basements and forced temporary road closures in Hingham, Marshfield, Quincy, and Revere. Morrisey Boulevard in Boston was closed around high tide at noon. In Hull, firefighters used a boat to rescue two residents after their house was inundated by several feet of water. At least two cars were stranded in Cohasset. On Cape Cod, flood waters surrounded several homes in Eastham and Chatham. The storm also brought heavy, wet snow to western Franklin County, where amounts as high as 6 to 8 inches were reported. The weight of the snow brought down tree limbs, causing scattered power outages.

November 16 and 17, 2002:
Nov 16 - 20021116surfaceanalysis A major ice storm caused significant damage from the Connecticut River Valley into Worcester County and the Merrimack Valley. There were numerous reports of downed trees, limbs, and power lines as a result of one-half inch of icing. An estimated 18,000 customers were left without power because of the storm, some for as much as four days. Damage was especially severe in central Massachusetts. This included, but was not limited to, communities such as Princeton, Paxton, Charlton, Spencer, Grafton, Millbury, Oxford, and the city of Worcester, where there were many reports of downed trees and limbs that smashed onto cars and houses, and blocked roads. The historic 220-year-old Crocker maple tree at Wachusett Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary fell victim to the ice storm. The damage from the ice storm was compounded by high winds one day later. Gusts as high as 50 mph were reported in eastern Hampden and northern Worcester Counties, and hampered the cleanup effort, downing more trees and branches which were weighted down by ice.
Nov 17 - 20021117surfaceanalysis A strong nor'easter developed off Cape Hatteras on November 16. The low pressure center then slowly moved north along the coast, reaching Cape Cod by late November 17. At the same time, a shallow layer of arctic air bled south from eastern Canada. This air was cold enough to produce a significant mix of wintry precipitation during a good portion of the storm across the Berkshires. Initially the precipitation fell primarily as snow across the county, with 1-3 inches of accumulation reported. As warmer air moved in overhead, the precipitation changed to sleet, then freezing rain. Freezing rain produced a coating of ice less than half an inch thick on most surfaces. The combination of the snow, sleet and ice, winds gusting over 30 mph, and the fact that some trees still had leaves on them, resulted in some downed trees and powerlines. There were spotty power outages and poor travel conditions associated with the storm as well. Temperatures finally rose above freezing later on Sunday morning, putting an end to the winter storm. Some minor snowfall accumulations were noted on the back side of the storm late on Sunday into early Monday.

November 27, 2002:
A winter storm passing southeast of New England brought heavy snow to south central Massachusetts. On average, storm totals ranged from 5 to 10 inches. The storm occurred on the day before Thanksgiving, but impact on travel was minimal since most people traveled the day before, in anticipation of the storm. Still, several minor accidents were reported throughout the region, but no injuries were directly attributable to the storm. Totals across the rest of Massachusetts averaged between 3 and 6 inches, with lesser amounts from coastal Plymouth County to Cape Cod and the Islands. Some specific snowfall totals include 9.5 inches in Sturbridge; 8 inches in Springfield, Southwick and Longmeadow; 7 inches in Chicopee, Agawam, Monson, and Douglas; and 6 inches in Holyoke, downtown Worcester, and Westboro. Officially, the storm total at Worcester Airport was 6.0 inches.

November 13-14, 1997
On November 13 and 14, a winter storm tracked from the southeast coast north to the coast of southern New England and then out to sea. In Berkshire County, heavy accumulations of sleet and freezing rain occurred after several inches of snow. The freezing rain produced scattered power outages especially in the southern portion of the county. Some specific snowfall totals included: 5 inches at Adams and 4 inches at Lee.
A low pressure system developed off the mid-Atlantic coast and moved over the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Cape Cod. This weather system produced the first important nor'easter of the season for much of the state. Snow changed to rain along the coast, especially from Boston southward and over southeastern Massachusetts, but elsewhere there was an accumulation of several inches of snow before a change to rain. Boston had 3.7 inches and Worcester had 5.0 inches. The heaviest snowfalls occurred over parts of Middlesex and Essex Counties. Newburyport, E. Woburn, and N. Woburn all reported 6 inches. The snowfall caused numerous fender-bender accidents and several tie-ups on interstate highways.

November 28, 1997
A sudden heavy snow squall reduced visibilities to near zero and resulted in a major multi-vehicle pileup on Interstate 91 in Deerfield. At least 21 people were injured. Several accidents also occurred in Greenfield. Route 2 from Greenfield to Shelburne was closed briefly.

November 1, 1993
Wet snow fell on elevations above 1,500 feet east of Pittsfield. Five inches were reported at Winstead.

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