November 2023 was a mostly typical November however a very dry month. We recorded rain for only 6 days. Morning lows ranged from a low of 18 to mostly in the 30’s. We started off many days with clear skies and frost. It is interesting to note that with a dry month Pine Creeks looks very healthy with a nice flow of water.
There was no measurable snow until the 29th. As usual with the first snowfall there were slippery roads with no road treatments early with the usual accidents. The hill on Route 6 on West Main Street had five water trucks lined up with their wheels spinning. The gas wells had to wait for water on the 29th.
I must comment that it was reported to me that a person was observed mowing their lawn on the 24th. A day after Thanksgiving. Mowing seems to never stop. There was a time when it stopped on Labor Day. I will not comment on mowing until next year. However, I was told Sunday while picking up a Christmas tree at Geisers that a reader appreciates my comments about mowing.
The average high temperature for the month is 46 and the low average is 32. Last year we received 4.3″ of snow and 4.69″ of melted snow and rain. This year we received 1″ of snow and 1.96″ of melted snow and rain. We had one day with 1″ or more of snow on the ground and two mornings with a trace of snow. We had fog one morning.
Once again we missed the storms. Just to the west and north of Galeton they experienced heavy lake effect snow. We were under a winter storm watch but that was about all.
Henry W. Lush
National Weather Service Observer