From the ABC 7 Weather team

Thanksgiving weather can take a roller coaster ride

November 25, 2011 - 06:33 AM
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Although yesterday’s weather was pristine for Thanksgiving, past years have proven otherwise. Just how wintery can it get in the Nation’s Capital on Turkey Day?

The high temperature of 61 degrees on Thanksgiving under deep blue skies and light wind was optimal weather for those traveling to or from Grandma’s for the big feast. But, years past haven’t always been so beautiful while others have been a bit balmy!

The coldest Thanksgiving was in 1902 when the high was only 18 degrees. The most snow ever on the big day was in 1989 when 1.9 inches blanketed the ground. As a matter of fact, it only has snowed six times on Thanksgiving in the District, so don’t place any bets on future White Thanksgivings!


The following table shows high temperatures for Thanksgiving going back to 2006.

November 23, 2006 59 degrees
November 22, 2007 77 degrees
November 27, 2008 49 degrees
November 26, 2009 51 degrees
November 25, 2010 55 degrees
November 24, 2011 61 degrees
Average High on Thanksgiving in the past 6 years 59 degrees
30-Year Average High for Late November 54 degrees

All bets are on for a stellar holiday weekend going forward with highs climbing well into the 60s and even hitting 70 degrees south of the Potomac. The only fly in the ointment will be late day showers Sunday as a cold front passes through. Be safe and have a wonderful remainder of your holiday weekend!


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