November ended up a little cooler and drier than normal – not that you would know it from the soaking wet fields across the Valley.
The average temperature dropped steadily through the month, starting at 3.7°C and finishing at 2.1°C, with the normal for the month being 2.9°C. If December ends up close to the normal average temperature at -4.5°C, then 2023 will be the 7th warmest year in the last 55 years since records started at the farm in Ormstown. December is now forecasted to be milder than normal, primarily due to some warmer-than-average nighttime lows through the last three weeks of the month.
Total precipitation for November ended up at 62 mm, composed of 50 mm of rain and 10 cm of snow, which melted down to 12 mm of water. Normal precipitation for this time of the month would be 80-90 mm, so feeling the ground in the garden still squishy and seeing the tile drains still emptying water into the ditches seems at odds with a month that has received 30% less precipitation than normal.
If December ends up close to the normal average precipitation, then 2023 will be the 6th wettest year in the last 55 years since records started at the farm in Ormstown, and below the record set in 2022 with 1238 mm of precipitation. Monthly precipitation in 2023 has been like a yo-yo, with only March being close to the average (81 mm), and all other months either well above (July at 198 mm) or well below (September at 27 mm) the average.