The average maximum, minimum, and daily monthly-mean temperatures are all within 1F of normal (the average values for the month for 1981-2010).
So does that mean we experienced normal temperatures most of the month? The answer is NO!
To illustrate this, here is a plot of the temperatures each hour for November, plus the average daily highs (red) and lows (blue).
Very few days were anything like normal with a high on the red line and a minimum on the blue line. Yet, when you average these substantial swings you get normal conditions.
Folks..this is not unusual. Very few days are normal and averaging conditions for a month, a year or whatever can be very deceptive.
This is going to be a very wet week for the Northwest and northern California, with a deep trough over the eastern Pacific that will bring very moist, warm air and the jet stream right into us.
To illustrate, here is the flow pattern near jet stream level (300 hPa, 30,000 ft) for Wednesday morning. Colors are wind speed (yellows and oranges are strongest), wind barbs, and heights (like pressure). A trough over the Gulf of Alaska and a strong jet heading towards the West Coast. This is a very "juicy" pattern for us.
Let me show you the for the precipitation forecast for the next 72-h (ending 4 PM Wednesday) and be prepared to be impressed. 10-20 inches over the Olympics and mountains of Vancouver Island. Up to 5 inches in the north Cascades
What about snow during that period? With the jet going south, temps will cool a bit over the Northwest, allowing snow at higher elevations (up to a foot perhaps about 4000 ft). But the real snow story is in California where the high Sierra will get several feet. Really good.
There is much I don't have time to go into now. Strong winds, particularly along the coast. Potential windstorm over Oregon later in the week. And, of course, the potential/near certainty for flooding.
Rake your leaves today, clear your gutters, and make sure the street drains are open!