Nov 272014


Despite highs in the seventies on the final two days of November, Springfield managed to place 9th coldest on record.  We recorded an average temperature of 40.9°.

There are two sets of years which were tied. The years 2000 and 1996 tied for 4th while 1926 and 1911 tied for 7th.


Thanks to a long-lasting cold wave in the middle of the month, November is projected to rank in the top ten coldest on record in Springfield.

While the cold stretch only broke one record low, several cities in the Ozarks experienced record cold highs from the period of the 11th through the 18th.

It will be remembered for one of longest stretches of high temperatures below 40° recorded in November since records began in 1887.  Springfield pieced together seven such days this November which ties runs in 1937 and 1898.  The cold snap in 1937 was colder but like this years, it occurred right before Thanksgiving.  Be sure to look through the images above!

I projected our temperatures forward to Sunday, November 30th, and we are coming in with an average temperature of 40.5° for November  This would be a tie for 8th place in the top ten coldest Novembers on record if the forecast numbers are accurate.

Any slight warming above the forecast numbers could just bump us out since the numbers are crowded around 9th and 10th place.  Nevertheless, a cold middle of the month anyway you look at it!


Coldest November Report – Springfield, MO
38.0 1951
38.1 1976
39.0 1959
39.5 1996
39.5 2000
39.7 1929
39.9 1950
40.5 1926
40.5 1911
40.6 1972


Nov 182014

novcoldRecord lows were broken in the Ozarks this morning as the area begins to pull out of the wave of cold air which arrived last week.

Springfield fell to 9° this morning, breaking the old record of 13° dating back to 1903. Joplin dropped down to 6°, also a new record for the date and was the coldest low ever recorded in November. West Plains and Rolla (Vichy) broke records this morning as well.

As a nation (at least the lower 48 states), this mornings’ mean temperature dropped to 19.4°, the coldest November day since 1976!  (see link below for more information)

Since Tuesday of last week (11/11), the high temperature in Springfield has stayed below the normal low for this time of year.  All readings have been in the thirties except for Monday the 17th which only saw the thermometer climb to 25°.

Today is another cold day with a forecast high right around freezing.  Starting on Wednesday, warming begins in the Ozarks as high temperatures climb into the forties.  Forties will last the rest of the week. While warmer, these readings are still below normal.

While the weekend will warm into the fifties, more chilly, below-normal air will move into the Ozarks for the beginning of next week.

Nov 162014

An early season snow dumped more than three inches in a few areas of southwest Missouri.

In the middle of a unusually cold blast for middle November, measurable snow fell in the Ozarks on Sunday, November 17th, 2014.

The heaviest snow stretched in a band from just north of Joplin to near Rolla.

Springfield recorded 1.5″ for the day which broke the old snowfall record of .8″.

Some of the highest totals in the Ozarks included:

  • Near Edwards (Benton CO)   4.6″
  • Near Lowery City   4.3
  • Rolla   3.7
  • Buffalo   3.5
  • Lockwood   2.9

Not only did the Ozarks receive an early snow, much of the country is buried in the white stuff.  As of the morning of November, 17th, 2014, just over 50% of the lower 48 states recorded snow cover.  This figure was closer to 12% at this time last year.

Lake-Effect Small Snowflakes in the Ozarks

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Nov 132014

lakeeffectUnder the right conditions, the reservoirs in the Ozarks can actually produce light snow!

The conditions would include:

  • Warm waters, usually found in late fall and early winter
  • Cold winds blowing over the proper fetch of any given body of water

These conditions were met this morning near the lakes north of Springfield.

Lake effect snow can be brought about when cold air blows over a large fetch of relatively warm water. The air both picks up warmth and humidity, leading to an unstable condition in the lower atmosphere.

The Springfield National Weather Service sent out a tweet which shows the “lake-effect” clouds and light snow nicely!