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Washington Weather Extremes on Thanksgiving Day

November 18, 2012 - 10:45 PM
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Do you know when the coldest, warmest, wettest and snowiest years were for Thanksgiving in the nation’s capital?

The year is quickly drawing to a close and the holidays are right at our doorstep. While many beg for a white Christmas, do you know we’ve had our fair share of white Thanksgivings in the past? Remember warm turkey days when you could host a game of kickball or football without the chill of late November weather? What about the coldest Thanksgivings when a cup of hot cocoa went well with your turkey meal?

Here is a list of the top warmest, coldest, snowiest and wettest Thanksgiving Days in the nation’s capital.

Top 7 Warmest                              Top 6 Coldest Mornings
1. 77 degrees – 2007                        1. 18 degrees - 1902
2. 75 degrees – 1979 & 1933            2. 19 degrees - 1903
3. 73 degrees - 1927                         3. 21 degrees - 1930 & 1894
4. 72 degrees – 1896                        4. 22 degrees - 1892         
5. 71 degrees – 1987                        5. 23 degrees - 1938, 1905 and 1901
6. 69 degrees – 1973 & 1966            6. 24 degrees - 1917 and 1895
7. 68 degrees – 1968 

Top 5 Snowiest                               Top 5 Wettest
1. 1.9" - 1989                                      1. 1.15" - 1971
2. 1.0" - 1971                                      2. 0.96" - 1916
3. 0.6" - 1912                                      3. 0.93" - 1935 
4. 0.5" - 1938                                      4. 0.91" - 1945 & 1886 
5. 0.2" - 1901& 1898                           5. 0.77" - 1938 & 1966

This year will bring plenty of sunshine with highs topping out in the lower 60s. Keep in mind the average high for Thanksgiving this year is 55 degrees while the average low is 39 degrees.

Have a great and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

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