This November was one of the city’s coldest and snowiest. Was it the worst?

Dear Tom,

This November was one of the city’s coldest and snowiest. Was it the worst?

Thanks,
Chuck Kennell

Dear Chuck,

Rating months in terms of cold and snow, this past November was not the city’s worst. Even though the month ranked fourth snowiest (12.7 inches) and 13th coldest (34.6 degrees), November 1951 was both colder and snowier. That month was the city’s third snowiest (14.3 inches) and fifth coldest (32.8 degrees). Winter hit hard and early in 1951 with a 4.4 inch snowfall on November 3, quickly followed by 9.3 inches on November 6-7. Snow fell on an additional four days that month, but totaled only 0.6 inches. This November did over shadow 1951 in terms of lack of warmth and sunshine. The month’s highest temperature was just 52 degrees versus 64 in 1951 and was far cloudier with 28 percent of possible sun compared to 48 percent in 1951.