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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published December 08 2011

Weather Talk: Recent weather uneventful over much of United States

The absence of snow is an obvious illustration of the fact that our weather has been dry and quiet around here for the past four months. There have been a few windstorms, but with scant rain and snow, our weather has remained largely uneventful.

The same can be said for much of the United States. The National Center for Environmental Prediction (a close cousin to the National Weather Service) analysis map of September-November precipitation rates across the nation shows either average or below-average precipitation over most of the lower 48.

The only wet and stormy areas this fall were the lower Great Lakes region southward to the Ohio River area and the extreme southern part of Florida. For the rest of the U.S., the weather has been nice. This is in sharp contrast to the spring and summer, which was one of the stormiest in many years.


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