Near record warmth through first week of November

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Jase Messenbrink runs gleefully through a cloud of leaves tossed by his grandmother Susan Casey.  He is the son of Lindsey Erickson and Jake Messenbrink of Benson. Jim Maus watches with a smile.

Western Minnesota enjoyed a glorious first week of November with well above average temperatures and sunny skies dominating.

For the first times since weather records started being kept for the City of Benson in 1952, three consecutive days of temperatures reaching 70 degrees or higher were recorded in November.

When the high hit 73 degrees Friday it tied the record high for Nov. 4 set back in 1975. The high reached 72 degrees both Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, but both highs fell short of the records, which were 76 degrees in 1975 and 75 degrees in 2001 respectively.

Through the first seven days of November high temperatures averaged 66.4 degrees. That was 20.3 degrees above the average high for the first week of the month of 46.1 degrees and the highest average in city records. Lows averaged 37.4 degrees, which was 9.7 degrees above the average of 27.7 degrees.

There hasn’t been a temperature below 32 degrees since Oct. 24.

Based on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) November forecast unusually warm temperatures should continue through the third week of the month. It will be somewhat cooler with highs in the low to mid-50s – but that is still 10 to 15 degrees above average....

 

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Pictured: Jase Messenbrink runs gleefully through a cloud of leaves tossed by his grandmother Susan Casey.  He is the son of Lindsey Erickson and Jake Messenbrink of Benson. Jim Maus watches with a smile.

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