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Balmy or Chilly: Thanksgiving Day Weather in the Twin Cities

What holiday in Fridley do you remember for the weather?

It looks like the weather on Thanksgiving Day 2012 in Fridley will change from shirtsleeves to mittens over the course of the day. What weather do you remember on a past Thanksgiving Day?

The State Climatology Office put together weather records for Thanksgiving in the Twin Cities since 1872:

Because Thanksgiving Day occurs at the transition period between autumn and winter, Thanksgiving weather can be balmy to brutal. A typical Thanksgiving Day in the Twin Cities has high temperatures in the 30's and at least a bit of filtered sunshine.

Having a mild day in the 50's on Thanksgiving Day is relatively rare, looking at the historical record back to 1872. A maximum of 50 or more has happened only ten times in 140 years, or about once every 14 years or so. The warmest Thanksgiving Day is a tie of 62 degrees set in 1914 and 1922. The mildest recent Thanksgiving Day is 59 degrees on November 24, 2011. This was the fourth warmest Thanksgiving back to 1872 for the Twin Cities.

In this table from the State Climatology Office, "T" means trace amount and "M" means data is missing.

Year Nov. High Low precip snow snow depth  2011 24 59 36 0 0 0 2010 25 27 6 T T 1 2009 26 36 27 0 0 0 2008 27 42 22 0 0 0 2007 22 29 16 T 0.2 T  2006 23 54 29 0 0 0 2005 24 21 11 0 0 0 2004 25 34 22 T T T  2003 27 33 24 0.04 0 4 2002 28 45 19 0 0 0 2001 22 55 36 0 0 0 2000 23 29 16 0 0 1 1999 25 47 30 0 0 0 1998 26 58 28 0 0 0 1997 27 45 29 0 0 1 1996 28 31 17 0 0 9 1995 23 20 9 0 0 0 1994 24 48 28 0 0 0 1993 25 33 20 0.45 4.3 2 1992 26 34 22 T T 0 1991 28 23 10 0 0 6 1990 22 50 27 0 0 0 1989 23 18 2 0.01 0.1 5 1988 24 52 35 0 0 0 1987 26 32 26 0 T 0 1986 27 47 24 0 0 0 1985 28 11 -8 0.08 2.2 5 1984 22 40 21 0 0 0 1983 24 25 14 T T 10 1982 25 36 19 T T 0 1981 26 37 31 0.16 0.9 3 1980 27 40 22 0 0 0 1979 22 35 33 0.16 1.5 2 1978 23 28 24 0.05 0.9 8 1977 24 16 6 0.13 1.7 3 1976 25 42 29 0.09 0.7 0 1975 27 28 12 0 0 4 1974 28 27 15 T T 0 1973 22 45 27 0 0 0 1972 23 38 16 0 0 0 1971 25 33 30 0.22 2.6 3 1970 26 32 12 0.31 5 1 1969 27 26 17 0 T 0 1968 28 35 20 0 0 0 1967 23 39 16 T T 0 1966 24 42 32 0.06 0 0 1965 25 37 28 0.01 T 0 1964 26 23 7 T T 1 1963 28 48 28 T T 0 1962 22 33 20 T 0 0 1961 23 39 24 T T 0 1960 24 45 28 0 0 0 1959 26 26 11 0 0 0 1958 27 18 2 T T 0 1957 28 29 21 T 0 1 1956 22 17 8 0 0 3 1955 24 31 7 0 0 1 1954 25 30 23 0 0 0 1953 26 31 20 T T 0 1952 27 14 4 T T 9 1951 22 24 11 0 0 0 1950 23 16 -5 0.02 0.2 2 1949 24 27 23 T T 1 1948 25 39 32 0.05 0.4 0 1947 27 20 5 0.03 1.2 7 1946 28 38 17 0 0 0 1945 22 21 14 0.06 1.2 1 1944 23 35 31 0.02 0.2 0 1943 25 36 28 T 0 0 1942 26 22 12 T 0.2 1 1941 20 34 24 T T 0 1940 21 34 28 0.28 T T  1939 30 60 24 0 0 0 1938 24 19 7 T T 0 1937 25 43 35 T 0 0 1936 26 19 16 T 1.5 1 1935 28 19 8 0.04 0.6 1 1934 29 32 28 0 0 0 1933 30 47 28 0 0 0 1932 24 50 21 0 0 0 1931 26 31 17 0.02 0 0 1930 27 7 -3 T T 3 1929 28 12 -4 T T T  1928 29 30 22 T T 0 1927 24 40 26 0 0 1 1926 25 36 27 0.08 0 1 1925 26 39 16 0 0 0 1924 27 28 17 0.01 0.1 T  1923 29 46 29 0 0 0 1922 30 62 24 0.44 0 0 1921 24 24 17 0 T 10 1920 25 32 30 T T T  1919 27 13 5 0.05 1.2 2 1918 28 37 28 T 0.5 1 1917 29 36 27 T 0 T  1916 30 42 24 0 0 0 1915 25 45 34 0 0 T  1914 26 62 31 0 0 0 1913 27 43 37 0.01 0 0 1912 28 42 16 0 0 T  1911 30 37 20 0 0 4 1910 24 46 29 0 0 0 1909 25 39 34 0 0 T  1908 26 36 26 T T T  1907 28 35 23 0 0 0 1906 29 39 26 0.04 T 0 1905 30 16 -8 0 0 5 1904 24 38 32 0 0 0 1903 26 18 0 0 0 T  1902 27 34 19 T T T  1901 28 48 23 0 0 0 1900 29 35 15 0 0 2 1899 30 41 32 0.01 0 0 1898 24 12 -7 0 0 M  1897 25 31 22 0.05 0.7 M  1896 26 49 30 1.76 0 M  1895 28 37 27 T 0 M  1894 29 30 12 0 0 M  1893 30 12 -8 0.07 0.8 M  1892 24 26 6 0 0 M  1891 26 26 13 T T M  1890 27 37 22 0 0 M  1889 28 20 11 0.01 0.1 M  1888 29 33 29 T T M  1887 24 29 24 0.14 1.4 M  1886 25 15 8 T T M  1885 25 42 19 T 0 M  1884 27 20 14 0.01 T M  1883 29 38 18 0 M M  1882 30 32 17 0 M M  1881 24 22 2 0 M M  1880 25 13 -18 0 M M  1879 27 34 29 0.01 M M  1878 28 42 21 0 M M  1877 24 43 33 0 M M  1876 30 15 1 0 M M  1875 25 33 26 0 M M  1874 26 31 9 0.14 M M  1873 27 21 2 0 M M  1872 28 -1 -13 0 M M 

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