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The North West United States is receiving some relief, recovering from early season record setting cold temperatures in late November. Cities in Northern California experiencing record low temperatures for November 30, included Red Bluff at 28° one degree below the previous record cold of 29° set on November 30, 2006, and 27° at Redding, three degrees below the previous record on also set in 2006.
Parts of Oregon experienced multiple days of record setting cold in for late November. A measuring station seven miles northwest of Bend, Oregon saw temperatures dip to -8° below zero on November 29 and – 5° degrees below in Madras. Pelton Dam broke its previous record cold mark of 10° set in 1985, with a temperature of 8° degrees on November 28, 2015, as did the Redmond Airport which saw its temperatures plunge to -4° Saturday breaking its old record of 6° degrees set in 1942, and -5° degrees on Sunday November 29, breaking the previous record by two degrees.
Beyond the chilly North West, the United States as saw record snow for December 1, in 2015. Though it has only been operational for 13 years, the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (NOHRSC) reported U.S. snow cover on the morning of Dec. 1, 2015 is the highest on record for this day of the year. 38.7 percent of the U.S. (including a small part of southwestern Canada) found itself snow-covered topping the previous record of 36.5% set on this day in 2006.
And the cold did not discriminate against the U.S., with Israel also experiencing much an unseasonably frigid weekend December 5 through 7. Temperatures dropped below -8° Celsius in the Golan Heights during predawn hours on Sunday.
At Kibbutz Merom Golan, just west of the Syrian border, mercury levels plummeted to -8.3°. Other temperature lows, mostly recorded from 5 to 7 a.m. on Sunday morning, included 2.5° in Jerusalem,
Dr. Amos Porat, head of the Israel Meteorological Service’s Climate Department, told The Jerusalem Post “The low temperatures are not record-breaking for the entire winter, but we usually get them only in January-February [but] [t]hey are quite unusual for the beginning of December.”