In last week's article I told you about the much colder air on the way for Dec. 7 and that I might be using the "S" word. Indeed, this is the week that cold front will hit our area and it is going to feel like winter. We can now tell you what the general weather pattern is going to be over 10 days in advance and that is what I did last week. I plan to do this each week in my article to give you a heads-up to prepare for major weather changes when I see them. Once this cold air moves in, it looks like it's going to stay at least two weeks. A weather system Friday and Saturday may very well bring our first light snow accumulation and that is what I will be tracking in my broadcasts this week. Since this cold air is going to be in place for a while, occasional weather systems will swing through and bring a chance of snow showers from time to time.
November ended with a rainfall total of 5.15 inches in the city of Crossville and that is about a quarter of an inch above normal. Our total for the year is now over 62 inches. Sunset is now the earliest that we will see at 4:26 p.m. By the end of the month we gain 10 minutes with sunset at 4:36. Sunrise is now at 6:37 a.m. Next week I can tell you about the week leading up to Christmas Day.
Did you ever notice how much the temperature can vary across the county on a clear, calm night? It can be in the mid-to-upper 20s from Pleasant Hill to Mayland and anywhere from 30 to 35 around Crossville and in some southern locations of the county. With cold air being heavier, some nights it can settle in the lower communities and they will be the coldest, while just up the road in an area that's a little higher and maybe getting a slight breeze, the temperature can be 5 to 8 degrees warmer.