Castle Rock Weather Summary
The highlights of this month were definitely the sunsets caused by strong westerly flow aloft along the front range and over Castle Rock. It seems nearly every night we were treated to amazing pinks, purples and reds in the mountain wave clouds that hung over the front range. These clouds are often a sign of warm conditions as we'll usually see down-slope conditions form along the front range.
Looking back at November 2017, will most likely remember the sunsets, the extremely warm temperatures and dry conditions. Aside from the sunsets, the weather was relatively boring with few storm systems bringing moisture to the area and a lack of cold air form fronts that never seemed to get quite that deep into Colorado.
Departure From Normal Temperature and Precipitation in November 2017
In one word with regards to temperatures for Castle Rock; November was what I like to call a scorcher! The average temperature finished 6.16 degrees above average which is quite significant. In fact, nearly the entire state saw well above average temperatures and below average precipitation.
November 2017 Highlights
The main highlights for the month were the strong wind gusts, on many days we had winds gusting to 40MPH. Additionally, we had a very warm day on the 27th, reaching 76.9 degrees in Castle Rock, this may be a new record for the area... I'll have to check into it. Finally, snowfall was an abysmal 2 inches, which is 5 inches below our average. Hopefully we can get a pattern change into December to bring us cooler air (this looks likely for early December) and some moisture (still not seeing a strong signal for big snow storms sadly.)