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November 6, 2013

Southern N.H. sees warm fall weather

Meteorologists say there's no real trend, just usual fluctuations

Cheryl Scarvaglieri couldn’t believe the weather when she was walking on the Windham Rail Trail yesterday.

“It’s just gorgeous out,” the Windham resident said. “I just hope it stays like this all winter. I love it.”

Scarvaglieri was one of many enjoying the unusually warm weather yesterday as the temperature hit 60 degrees.

Margaret Curtis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said Southern New Hampshire has been experiencing above average temperatures all fall.

“In October, it was about 1.8 degrees above average in Concord,” she said. “We’ve had a real ridge of high pressure over the North Atlantic recently, so we get stuck in blocking patterns which result in higher temperatures.”

Curtis said she expected the warmer temperatures to carry on right through the winter.

“Our climate prediction has us seeing above normal temperatures for the next three months,” she said.

That prediction made many enjoying the rail trail very happy.

“This is just perfect,” said Cecile Chagnon, 66, of Salem. “You just can’t be inside with weather like this. I can’t remember it ever being this warm in November.”

Beverly Weston, 51, of Derry didn’t even have to wear her coat to walk her dog on the trail.

“This is what I wish fall weather always was,” she said. “I hope we can push off the snow as much as possible.”

Amanda Fleming, 21, and Alyssa Parker, 26 of Derry were pleased to use the warmer weather to train for the Greater Derry Track Club’s Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving.

“This might be the last time it’s this warm in a while” Parker said, “just have to enjoy it while we can.”

Recently, Concord has seen some of the highest recorded temperatures in November since meteorologists began recording them in 1868.

In 2006, Granite Staters experienced the warmest November on record with an average of 43.3 degrees; 2011 was fourth with an average of 42.5 degrees in November.

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