Thanksgiving Weather History & Extremes: Record high and low temperatures

November 23, 2022
As most of you know, Thanksgiving weather conditions can vary dramatically from one year to the next.
Published: Nov. 23, 2022 at 6:00 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - As most of you know, Thanksgiving weather conditions can vary dramatically from one year to the next. Just in the past 30 years, high temperatures in Grand Island have ranged from 16° to 72°, and lows have ranged from 1° to 39°.

Over the past 3 decades, the average high temperature for turkey day has been 47 degrees with an average low of 25 degrees. Thankfully the average precipitation received has been 3 hundredths of an inch because who wants it to rain or snow on your parade. In fact, only 19 of the past 127 thanksgivings have seen any type of moisture making the odds of seeing rain on the fourth Thursday of November about 15 percent. Now I know everyone likes their meal to be warm but what about the weather? The warmest Thanksgiving on record was just 5 years ago when the thermometer reached a pleasant 72 degrees. Now that is a temperature I can be thankful for. Of course, what goes up must come down as we take a look at the top 5 coldest low temperatures on record for the holiday. It was way back in 1938 when the morning low dipped to negative 2 degrees making it the all time coldest Thanksgiving low. Talk about freezing your yams. Definitely not my cup of tea, cider or eggnog if you ask me.