Extremes of November

Extremes of November

November in Chicago can be challenging.  Raking leaves one day, shoveling snow the next. We are just getting acclimated to the cold and dark, and now comes wind and snow, even as there are still green leaves on some of the trees.

The cold front in the forecast promises to be intense.  Warming shelters are opening in Chicago to help those who may need it.  Landlords, please turn up the heat!

November  10 and 11 also have a history of  extreme weather–

On November 10, 1975,  an  early-season storm over Lake Superior caused the wreck of the ore ship, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, and the deaths of all 29 crew members. You can read more about November storms on the Great Lakes and the wreck of the Edmund  Fitzgerald here.

November 11 marks the anniversary of another  extreme weather event–the Great Blue Norther.  You can read more about it here.  Thanks to Chris Dolce writing for weather.com. for this article.

On November 11, 1911, the most extreme cold front ever recorded swept over the Great Plains and the midwest, plunging temperatures over 70 degrees in a matter of  hours. Record highs and lows were recorded on this same date for  Oklahoma City and Springfield, Missouri.

The cold front was preceded by mild temperatures, and a tornado outbreak in Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, followed by blizzard conditions!


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  • Thank you for a fine post covering every extreme I could think of -- great reading for this year's gales of November, remembered.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you, much appreciated!

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