Storms increasingly walk a fine line between rain and snow in November, due in part to a storm track which progresses south from southern Canada to the Ohio Valley and the east coast by the end of the month. Some years if the progress is slow, mild rains add dampness to the darkness as the days shorten. Should the storm track more quickly develop along the coast, early snows will make skiers happy, and challenge others to brush up on their rusty winter driving skills. Even so, only 2 out of 10 Novembers mark the beginning of snow cover for valleys. The higher terrain frequently sees the last views of bare ground by the last week of the month.
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees
No fruit, no flowers, no leaves, no birds –
– Thomas Hood
November Weather Highlights
1 – 1951: Early snowstorm; 6” in Saint Albans, VT.
4 – 1927: Great Flood of ’27; Vermont’s worst natural disaster; 9.65 inches of rain in Somerset, 8.66 inches in Northfield; 84 Vermonters died.
9 – 1996: Indian Summer warmed West Burke to 68, and Lancaster, NH to 72 degrees.
12 – 1968: Last of three early snowfalls left 11 inches in Newport to shovel, and 18 to 24 inches on the mountains to ski on.
18 – 1965: 1 to 2 feet of snow blanketed the mountains for an early start to the ski season; this winter would become Burlington’s snowiest of the century up to that time.
26 – 1950: Great Appalachian Storm; high winds did much damage. Winds sustained to 72 mph in Burlington with higher gusts.
30 – 1842: 26 inches of snow fell during the last week in Hanover, NH, marking the beginning of a very snowy winter.
November Records and Averages
Warmest: 42.6°F in 1948
Coldest: 27.2°F in 1904
Wettest: 9.34 inches in 1927
Snowiest: 26.4 inches in 1921