White Christmas? It isn’t likely to happen in Navarro County.

Cool Christmas? A better chance of cooler weather than wintery weather, according to the forecasts.

But the month of November, and the first week of December, has seen the thermometer take a couple of “roller coaster” rides, according to local weather statistics.

The National Weather Service maintains two sets of local weather records; one kept at C. David Campbell Field at the airport, and records maintained by KAND Radio on North Beaton Street. While located several miles apart, the readings at both locations track closely with each other.

November brought a 54 degree temperature swing between the highest and lowest temperatures recorded at the airport. Eighty-four degrees on Nov. 10 was the warmest day on record for the month, and a 30 degree reading the morning of Nov. 30 was the lowest. Records at KAND indicate 83 degree readings on Nov. 10 and 11 as the warmest days, and a 29 degree reading on Nov. 20 as the lowest recorded temperature.

Below-normal precipitation in November saw 2.20 inches of rain recorded at C. David Campbell Field, the majority of which fell on two days; nearly an inch (.99) on Nov. 1, and 1.09 inches on Nov. 6. KAND’s records show 1.38 inches of rain recorded in November, with rain recorded on Nov. 6, 7, 28 and 30. Normal precipitation for the month of November is 3.33 inches, according to National Weather Service data. The first week of December has seen decidedly cooler weather, according to airport records through Dec. 5, with 60 degrees being the warmest day recorded on Dec. 5, and a 23 degree low recorded twice, on Dec. 1 and Dec. 4.

Looking forward, the 30 day forecast from The Weather Channel’s Web site, www.weather.com, shows cooler weather today and Friday, and temperatures returning to the 60s for highs, and 40s and 50s for lows through Dec. 15. Rain is a possibility each day Dec. 10 through Dec. 13.

The long range forecast to include the week of Christmas calls for generally above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation in Texas. Highs are normally in the mid 50s, and lows in the mid 30s, according to the National Weather Service.


Bob Belcher may be reached via e-mail at belcher@corsicanadailysun.com

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