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Brief warm-up expected to break chilly streak in Berks and southeast Pa.

Berks County and the region should get a brief respite from the chilly conditions with milder weather  Wednesday and Thursday.

AccuWeather is expecting a high near 60 degrees on Wednesday and near 70 degrees on Thursday with the chance of showers Thursday.

After that, another cool down is forecast with highs near 50 through Sunday.

The forecast temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday are above normal but a century ago in Reading was an even balmier two days.

“In 1921, Reading area folks enjoyed highs of 79 and 73 on the 18th and 19th,” said Berks weather historian Jeffrey R. Stoudt. “They are record highs that still stand.”

The Reading Eagle front page on Nov. 19, 1921, reads: “Abnormally warm weather, which has overspread the eastern portion of the country for several days, will be succeeded by a cold wave.”

The same column goes on to report 12 people killed in Arkansas in a storm and three members of one family killed in a tornado in Missouri.

For the first half of November at Reading Regional Airport, the official National Weather Service site in Berks, the monthly average temperature is running more than 1.5 degrees below normal at 45.5.

But normal isn’t what it used to be.

It’s the average of the years 1991 to 2020, according to the weather service, and the second-warmest normal in the full temperature database since 1898.

It would take a monthly average of 40.4 degrees to get on the 10-coldest list for November. That list has been undisturbed for 25 years.

All of the months on it are from the cold periods in the record period. However, November 2014 finished at 41 degrees and is the 13th coldest.

In other climate matters, the Rutgers Global Snow Lab reports that the October snow footprint in North America was roughly 3 million square miles, ranking 46 of 54 years in the database, which is the satellite era.

Last year saw a record extent for October at more than 4 million square miles, with October 2019 not far behind in third place for Octobers.

The snow footprint for fall had been trending sharply up, with the winter slightly up and the spring down in the Rutgers record keeping.


Source: Berkshire mont

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