With all the talk about another "hot" year few mention that not all areas are experiencing this. One of the aberrations has been the mid-west and eastern parts of this country. How about Harrisburg? Here are the temperature deviations from normal at HIA so far this year.
Total shows this year 4.8º colder than average. However since April each month has been warmer than average, so spring and summer have been warmer than average, especially May and September.
Etters —a mostly rural area in York County, is across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania State Capital. As early as 1838 a post office was established at Henry Etter's tavern. Henry Etter became the first post master. It is believed this is where the post office, located in Goldsboro, got its name. (Information from Goldsboro post office documents.)
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The coldest air of the season has come in, but will be milder again by Thanksgiving. Looks like this up and down trend will continue even into next week, although colder seems to becoming more dominant, with just a day or two of milder temps now and then. Rain scarce until about the end of November, some showers possible Saturday.
Looking at November -
November starts out at 58 degrees for the average high, and falls 11 degrees to 47 degrees by the end of the month. The average low starts at 40, and falls 8 degrees to 32 by the end of the month.
The record high is 84 in 1950, the record low is 10 in 1929.
The average precipitation is 3.52".
The wettest November was 7.20" in 1972.
Average snowfall is 2.1", the most was 15.4" in 1953.
Looking back at October -
The average high temperature was 65.1, the average low was 44.9. This gives an average of 0.6 degrees above normal for the combined highs and lows, pretty normal October.
The highest temperature was 79, the lowest temperature was 31 degrees.
Total cooling degree days for the season were 1,330, 328 above average.
Heating degree days were 305, 35 less than average.
Precipitation was 3.99", 0.72" above average. Greatest 24 hour amount was 2.09" on the 8th.
There were 7 clear days, and also 8 cloudy days.
Information from the NWS Harrisburg preliminary monthly data.