Fall weather in Las Vegas NV from Sept through Dec 2011
First week of Oct was very hot (90’s and 100’s). Second week a cold front settled in and dropped the temps into the 60’s. Third week temps returned to more normal (80’s) for this time of year. The temps then stayed above normal for a couple weeks before finally dropping down below normal for several days at the beginning of November.
Not much of a change in our weather over the next several days. Highs stay in the mid-upper 60s with a few clouds today. Thanksgiving forecast for some thicker clouds. Breezes southwest at 5-15 mph
On Nov 30 it was 70 degrees & sunny but a cold front is moving in, now 50 mph winds are rockin’ the RV.
December started with an epic wind storm.
Northerly winds will will reach their peak on Thursday afternoon gusting to 50 mph or higher at times. Locally stronger winds will be possible in the Las Vegas Valley where winds are enhanced by the nearby mountains.
Sustained winds between 20 and 40 mph will be commonplace while gusts are capable of reaching 60, 70 or even 80 mph
The NWS issued this warning:
Strong winds will create difficult travel conditions… Especially on area bridges over the Colorado River and on Interstates 15 and 40 where strong north crosswinds will be present. Boating conditions will be hazardous on area lakes and rivers. Local areas of blowing dust reducing visibility will be possible. In addition… Strong winds over desert areas could result in briefly lowered visibilities to well under a mile at times in blowing dust or blowing sand. Loose objects left outside may be blown away… Including Christmas decorations.
Winds will eventually diminish on Friday throughout the region as the storm system helping to produce the powerful winds weakens and ejects into the southern and central Plains.
A FREEZE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY.
* TEMPERATURES: LOWS TEMPERATURES OF 26 TO 32 DEGREES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.
* TIMING: 5 TO 6 HOURS OF TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING ARE EXPECTED FROM AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.
ANOTHER COLD FRONT WILL MOVE SOUTH THROUGH THE AREA TONIGHT. WINDS WILL INCREASE BEHIND THE FRONT TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS DEVELOPING DOWN THE COLORADO RIVER VALLEY MONDAY. DECREASING WINDS MONDAY NIGHT COMBINED WITH CLEAR SKIES WILL ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO DROP TO THE COOLEST OF THE SEASON SO FAR.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAS VEGAS HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING… WHICH IS IN EFFECT MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY FOR THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY.
* EXPECTED TEMPERATURES: LOW TEMPERATURES MOSTLY FROM 24 TO 30 AND PORTIONS OF THE VALLEY WILL SEE TEMPERATURES IN THE MID 20S FOR SEVERAL HOURS.
* GREATEST IMPACT AREAS: AREAS AWAY FROM THE STRIP AND AIRPORT… ESPECIALLY OUT IN THE MOUNTAINS EDGE AREA… SEVEN HILLS AND HENDERSON.
December 2011 has brought below average temps to the Las Vegas valley, with a few nights dropping below 32 degrees, one night in the mid to low 20′s and the temp held below freezing for over 12 hours. Its been cool enough at night to feel like the Holiday Season but warming up nicely during the day (most days). Even with very little moisture / humidity here in the desert, we’ve seen a little ice / frost on the ground on several mornings.
Locals say we’ve seen the worst of winter already and that the weather will get warmer from here out. While we’ve had some chilly nights, its still been much better than ‘home’. Northeast Ohio is just getting to the worst part of winter. Good forecast for the Holiday week.