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NOUS45 KVEF 030500

855 PM PDT FRI DEC 2 2016


Temperatures across the area averaged well above normal during the
first half of November as strong high pressure dominated the western
United States. Readings were typical of what would normally be seen
during the first half of October. Las Vegas, Needles, and Mt.
Charleston all set records for the warmest first two weeks of
November. Bishop, Barstow-Daggett, Death Valley, and Kingman all had
either the second or third warmest start to the month on record.
Then on November 16 a strong cold front pushed through the region
bringing high winds to much of the area. Most areas recorded their
strongest wind gusts of the month with readings ranging between 50-
60 mph. Along with the strong winds, high temperatures generally
fell about 15-20 degrees on November 17. This started a trend of
temperatures close to or slightly below normal for the remainder of
the month. Even with the cooler temperatures during the second half
of the month, Las Vegas still managed to tie the record for the
second warmest November. The only other station that cracked the top
10 for warmest November`s was Needles which ended up third. Through
November Las Vegas sits at third place for the warmest year on
record. Other locations such as Death Valley, Needles, and Kingman
all sit in the top 5.

Precipitation for the month was rather scarce. Totals from all around
the area ended up below normal for the month. Death Valley recorded
0.02 inches which ended up being more than Las Vegas and Bishop
combined which was just a Trace. Even Mt. Charleston which averages
1.23 inches only received 0.43 inches and less than 2 inches of snow
fell during the month. A strong low pressure moving into the region
brought showers and thunderstorms to portions of the area mainly
over far eastern Clark and Mohave Counties. Thunderstorms actually
increased significantly overnight on the 21st leading to a rare
issuance of a severe thunderstorm warning and flash flood warning.
The Mohave County Sheriff did report the need for a swift water
rescue near Golden Valley which was close to the most intense

By the end of the month, the weather quieted down leaving dry
conditions along with near normal temperatures heading into

...Las Vegas...

Records date to 1937 at the official climate station.

* Temperature at McCarran International Airport.

                          Observed      Departure     Rank
Avg Temperature           60.8          +4.4          2nd warmest (tied)
Avg Maximum Temperature   70.9          +4.6         10th warmest (tied)
Avg Minimum Temperature   50.6          +4.1          2nd warmest (tied)

Monthly Temperature Extremes at McCarran...

Highest Maximum Temperature...83 on the 8th
Lowest Maximum Temperature....55 on the 27th and 30th
Highest Minimum Temperature...59 on the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th
Lowest Minimum Temperature....37 on the 30th

Extremes elsewhere in the Las Vegas Valley during the month...

Location                  Lowest Temp/Date            Highest Temp/Date
Henderson Exec. Airport   32 on 11/30                 82 on 11/6
Nellis AFB                30 on 11/30                 82 on 11/8
North Las Vegas Airport   34 on 11/30                 82 on 11/4 and 11/8
NWS Office                33 on 11/30                 83 on 11/6 and 11/8

* Precipitation at McCarran International Airport

Monthly Total...Trace
Departure from Normal... -0.36 inch
Number of days with a trace or more...2
Number of days with measurable - 0.01 inch or more...0
Number of days with 0.10 inch or more...0
Number of days with 0.50 inch or more...0
Number of days with 1.00 inch or more...0
Wettest day...Trace on the 20th and 28th
Number of days with a thunderstorm...0
Total Snowfall...0.0

* Wind at McCarran International Airport

Average wind speed...5.6 mph
Highest sustained wind...Southwest at 31 mph on the 26th
Highest gust...Southwest at 45 mph on the 16th

* Pressure extremes reduced to sea level

Highest Pressure...Missing
Lowest Pressure....29.48 on the 16th

...Elsewhere across the Mojave Desert and Southern Great Basin...

Location               Avg. Temp        Departure          Rank
                       Nov 2016        from Normal    (if in Top 10)
Barstow-Daggett          58.2             +2.5
Bishop                   47.0             +1.8
Death Valley             65.2             +2.7
Needles                  67.2             +4.4          3rd warmest
Mt. Charleston             M*               M*
Kingman                  55.1             +4.1

*There are four missing days of observations for Mt. Charleston
in November 2016.

Below are some precipitation totals and departures for some stations
around the area.

Location               Monthly          Departure          Rank
                        Total          from Normal    (if in Top 10)
Barstow-Daggett       0.05 inch         -0.29 inch
Bishop                   T inch         -0.52 inch
Death Valley          0.02 inch         -0.16 inch
Needles               0.01 inch         -0.38 inch
Mt. Charleston        0.43 inch         -0.80 inch
Kingman               0.43 inch         -0.31 inch

Note...normals use the period 1981-2010.

Period of record for stations:
Las Vegas (1937-present)              Bishop (1943-present)
Barstow-Daggett (1943-present)        Death Valley (1911-present)
Needles (1888-present)                Desert Rock (1977-present)
Mt. Charleston (1980-present)         Kingman (1901-present)

The above information is preliminary and subject to a final review.
For official certified the Office of Noaa`s National
Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) located in Asheville,
North Carolina.


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