November second driest on record

Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- November was a very dry month.

According to the National Weather Service, November was the second-driest on record with less than 3 inches of snowfall.

Records have been kept for about 95 years.

''The storm track was to our south and there was just no moisture available,'' forecaster John Dragomir said.

The driest November on record was the November of 1953 when only a trace of precipitation was measured.

This November's snow was powder-dry, melting to 0.06 inches of water, a statement from the weather service said. The bulk of it fell between Nov. 13 and 15.

Snowfall during October and November totaled just 9.2 inches, about a third of the normal snowfall for the two months.

The weather service statement said that makes 2001's October and November snowfall the lowest in nearly 40 years.

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