It’s no longer looking like 2017 can beat 2012 as “warmest year on record” for Central Texas. Even after a record-breaking November, 2012 is still half a degree ahead AND finished with a record-breaking December. December would have to be impossibly warm. But it does look like we’ll beat 2016, which was the second-warmest year on record.
The white dots in the image above represent monthly HLAs since January 2010. The orange-brown line connects only November’s dots.
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November 2017 pulled out of a three-month slump and was the warmest November on record for Killeen, narrowly beating last year’s November, which in turn had beaten 2012. The high-low average (HLA) for November was 65.3833°F. This is the third month in 2017 to be the all-time warmest, and the sixth to be above the 8-year average.
We had one 90-degree day this November, the latest 90-degree day ever recorded. Since we began our 90-degree days in February this year, it means 2017 had the longest-ever span from first to last 90-degree day, at 253 days. Oddly, though, there were only 114 90-degree days this year, which is the fewest of the past eight years.
The high for the month was 91°F, which ties the mark set in 1988 as the warmest November temperature ever recorded in Killeen. We set four daily record highs in the first week of the month, and zero record lows for the month.
37°F was our low, tying last year for the warmest low in November. It’s not getting as cool as it used to.
We received only 0.45 inches of rainfall in November, which is well below average. (The past three years saw above-average rainfall in November.) All of that rain fell on one day. Year-to-date, we’re already over 30 inches. Even if we get no rain in December, we’re still above average for the past eight years.
Three days saw saw precipitation (two weren’t enough to measure), which is below average for November.
Rainwise, we have already received more rain than four entire years (2011 and 2014), and if current trends continue we’ll likely tie 2016 for second place (2015 still being the wettest recent year). More than any of the past seven years, 2017 has seen the rain spread evenly throughout most months, with few long dry spells.