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SSB: November Was Second Coldest in 106 Years

SSB: November Was Second Coldest in 106 Years

For those who are still scrambling for explanations on why gas prices have reached record levels, Salomon Smith Barney (SSB) meteorologist Jon Davis offered a brief synopsis last week of what happened with the weather last month. November 2000 was the second coldest November in 106 years and it was a complete reversal from November 1999, which was the warmest November in 106 years.

The only November that was colder than the one this year was in 1911. The coldest temperatures were concentrated in the western half of the nation where most states had rankings in the top 10 coldest Novembers. For Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Arizona, it was the second coldest November in 106 years, and for California, Colorado and Nebraska, it was the third coldest November.

In the Midcontinent/Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, most of the rankings were in the 20s and 30s (on a 1-106 scale with 1 being the coldest and 106 being the warmest), which is significantly below normal but not as extreme as the rankings in the West, Davis said in his report.

The only states that had above normal temperatures during November were Maine and New Hampshire with rankings of 96 and 78, respectively.

November 1999 had a ranking of 106. "The differences on a state-by-state basis from this year to last are incredible - one extreme to the other!" Davis said.

So far this heating season (which, according to Davis, runs from July 1 through June 30), the vast majority of the nation has experienced above normal heating demand. The highest heating usage has been in the more southern sections of the country where demand is running from 15% to as much as 60% above normal. The most anomalous demand so far this season has been in the southern United States from Southern California to Texas to the Southeast.

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