November has been colder than normal so far (as of the 13th) for most of the nation east of the Rockies including the local area.
Temperature Anomalies (Nov 1st - 14th In ºC).
New New Mexico Daily Record Low Temperature Records
(For November 2019).
For the second time thus far this fall we've set in daily low temperature records across New Mexico. Artesia recorded a new daily record low temperature of 14º on the 1st which surpassed the previous record low temperature of 18º set in 1991. That's pretty impressive since records in Artesia go back 114 years.
Carlsbad's Airport recorded a new daily record low temperature of 21º on the 1st which surpassed the previous record low temperature of 23º in 1991. That's equally as impressive since records at the Airport go back 89 years.
(Highlighted In Yellow - Single Digits & Colder).
November 15th through February 15th marks the date on the calendar when we historically enter our coldest stretch of the year here in Southeastern New Mexico. Which basically makes sense right as we are on the threshold of the beginning of winter as well as the back end of winter. Remember I use December 1st as the meteorological beginning of winter and March 1st as the meteorological beginning of spring. I've highlighted in yellow those temperatures for the month of November that have fallen into the single digit category or colder.
On November 29th, 1976 Artesia recorded their coldest all-time lowest temperature for November with a reading of -10º. Carlsbad fell to -1º. Roswell and Hobbs both recorded 4º. Not too many times do you see Roswell recording a warmer overnight low temperature than Carlsbad especially during the winter or colder months of the year.
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