This report describes the typical weather at the Memphis International Airport (Memphis, Tennessee, United States) weather station over the course of an average November. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Memphis, Tennessee has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by forests (37%), croplands (34%), grasslands (16%), built-up areas (8%), and lakes and rivers (4%).
The month of November is characterized by rapidly falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 68°F to 57°F over the course of the month, exceeding 79°F or dropping below 43°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of November, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. The shortest day of the month is November 30 with 9:59 hours of daylight; the longest day is November 1 with 10:44 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:24am on November 4; the latest sunset is at 6:06pm on November 1; the latest sunrise is at 7:24am on November 3; the earliest sunset is at 4:48pm on November 29.
Daylight savings time (DST) ends at 1:00am on November 4, 2012, shifting sunrise and sunset to an hour earlier.
The median cloud cover ranges from 53% (partly cloudy) to 73% (partly cloudy). The trend is for the sky to be becoming rapidly cloudier with the median cloud cover increasing by 20% from the start to the end of the month.
On November 1, the clearest day of the month, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 56% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 44% of the time.
On November 30, the cloudiest day of the month, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 63% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 38% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around November 30, occurring in 38% of days. Precipitation is least likely around November 1, occurring in 33% of days.
Throughout November, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, moderate rain, and thunderstorms.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 37% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around November 30, when it is observed during 14% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 23% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around November 30, when it is observed during 9% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 20% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around November 5, when it is observed during 8% of all days.
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around November 29, occurring in 4% of days.
Accumulation at this location in November is extremely unlikely. The chances of there being snow on the ground are highest around November 1, occurring 1% of the time.
The snow is typically at its deepest on November 5, with a median depth of 1.1"; the depth exceeds 1.2" only one year out of ten.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 46% (comfortable) to 86% (very humid) over the course of a typical November, rarely dropping below 27% (dry) and reaching as high as 99% (very humid).
The air is driest around November 3, at which time the relative humidity drops below 58% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around November 1, rising above 80% (humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical November, the dew point typically varies from 30°F (dry) to 51°F (very comfortable) and is rarely below 18°F (dry) or above 66°F (muggy).
Over the course of November typical wind speeds vary from 1 mph to 15 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 21 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 9 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around November 29, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 8 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around November 1, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).