The question emailed to me was one I hadn't really wondered about before: Does a snow in November typically signal a snowier winter overall in Seattle? As in: Does the early start sort of open the snowflake flood gates?
Good question! But the answer is: There is no significant correlation.
Going back to 1945, but not counting the years from 1996-2003 when snowfall was not tracked as an official statistic (what?!? Yep, someone at NOAA decided it wasn't important. They came to their senses again in 2003) there were 13 years when Seattle had measurable snow in November, and the results after that month ran the gamut.
The countdown, is on.
A chilly end to November wasn't enough to stop Seattle's streak of nine consecutive months with above normal temperatures measured by average temperature (which is taking the day's high and low and dividing by 2). November ended up 0.6 degrees above normal, buoyed by a very warm start to the month and a very mild and persistent Pineapple Express pattern in the days prior to our current cold snap that have balanced two rather chilly periods.
We now stand at an annual average high temperature of 55.9 degrees with December still to go. The record warmest year by average temperature is 54.4 degrees set in 1995.
The glacier caves at Mt. Hood are a very rugged, dangerous, and awe-inspiring palace of natural beauty.
There's the ever popular "don't like the weather, just wait 20 minutes" but in Western Washington, the adage should be "just drive 20 miles... or less."
A distinct warm front sat right over the North Sound Tuesday evening, bring a stark difference in temperature that if you were to drive from Seattle to Everett on I-5 , you'll have wondered if you entered some sort of meteorological portal around Shoreline.