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Thanksgiving Climate History for Paducah, KY
 

*Climate Data has been recorded at Barkley Regional Airport in West Paducah since 1949 and prior to that was observed in downtown Paducah back to December of 1937.

While Thanksgiving has been celebrated unofficially in the United States for many years, it was on October 3, 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln offically declared the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day. In 1941, Congress moved the date to the fourth Thursday of November (effective in 1942), in part to clear confusion caused by a Proclamation issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which had moved Thanksgiving to the 3rd Thursday in November in 1939-1941. For climate purposes, anytime from November 20th - 30th will be used depending on the the date the holiday was observed for a given year. Since 1942, Thanksgiving has always fallen between November 22nd - 28th.

Here is a look at high and low temperature frequencies and extremes as well as precipitation statistics for Thanksgiving in Paducah.

High temperatures typically fall in the 40s, 50s, or 60s on Thanksgiving with a nearly equal frequency of each.

Warmest Highs Coldest Highs
74 in 1941 33 in 1958
72 in 1981 34 in 1938
70 in 2010 35 in 1980
70 in 1973 35 in 1956
70 in 1966 37 in 1952
Normal High: 52 - 55

 

Paducah has seen 9 years with highs stuck in the 30s, most recently in 2014. On the warm end of the spectrum, highs have been in the 70s on 5 occasions, most recently in 2010.

Low temperatures typically fall in the 20s or 30s on Thanksgiving, accounting for 70% of all years on record. There have been 2 years with lows falling into the teens, in 2013 and 1950. There have also been 6 years where the low was above 50. This last happened in 2015 when it only managed to fall to 57 degrees.

Warmest Lows Coldest Lows
59 in 1940 15 in 1950
57 in 2015 17 in 2013
55 in 1991 20 in 2002
51 in 1978 20 in 1984
51 in 1965 20 in 1952
Normal Low: 33 - 36

 

Measurable precipitation has fallen 28% of the time, with over an inch of precipitation falling on 4 different occasions, with 2003 being the last time this happened. There has only been one Thanksgiving with measurable snow and this occurred back in 1950 when 1.3 inches fell.

Wettest Snowiest
1.94 in 1968 1.3 in 1950
1.52 in 2003  
1.40 in 1979  
1.04 in 1987  
0.94 in 2010  

 

Here is a look at the observed weather for the past 15 years:

Recent Weather for Thanksgiving
Year High Low Precip
2002 44 20 0
2003 57 42 1.52
2004 45 28 0
2005 53 24 0
2006 64 26 0
2007 42 35 T
2008 62 27 0
2009 45 28 0
2010 70 33 0.94
2011 48 35 0
2012 65 33 0
2013 45 17 0
2014 38 25 0
2015 69 57

T

2016 54 45 T

 

Thanksgiving Climate History for Evansville, IN
 

*Climate Data has been recorded at Evansville Regional Airport since January of 1897. Snowfall records began in January of 1948.

While Thanksgiving has been celebrated unofficially in the United States for many years, it was on October 3, 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln offically declared the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day. In 1941, Congress moved the date to the fourth Thursday of November (effective in 1942), in part to clear confusion caused by a Proclamation issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which had moved Thanksgiving to the 3rd Thursday in November in 1939-1941. For climate purposes, anytime from November 20th - 30th will be used depending on the the date the holiday was observed for a given year. Since 1942, Thanksgiving has always fallen between November 22nd - 28th.

Here is a look at high and low temperature frequencies and extremes as well as precipitation statistics for Thanksgiving in Evansville.

As seen by this graphic high temperatures are predominately in the 40s or 50s on Thanksgiving, encompassing 59% of all years on record.

Warmest Highs Coldest Highs
70 in 2015 25 in 1930
70 in 1981 30 in 1903
70 in 1966 31 in 1972
69 in 1933 31 in 1956
69 in 1915 31 in 1905
Normal High: 50 - 53

 

Evansville has cracked 70 three times on Thanksgiving, in 2015, 1981, and 1966. There have also been 5 years where the high temperature failed to reach 32 degrees. This last occurred back in 1972.

Low temperatures typically fall into the 20s or 30s, accounting for 71% of the years on record. Temperatures have fallen into the teens on 3 occasions, most recently in 2013. On the warm end of the spectrum, lows have fallen into the 50s 5 times, most recently in 2015.

Warmest Lows Coldest Lows
56 in 1915 13 in 1950
53 in 2015 13 in 1930
53 in 1933 17 in 2013
51 in 1913 20 in 2005
50 in 1966 20 in 1911*
Normal Low: 32 - 34

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Measurable precipitation has fallen 33% of the time, with over an inch of precipitation falling on 4 different occasions, occurring as recent as 2010 when nearly 3 inches soaked the city. There have been 2 Thanksgivings that measurable snow has fallen, with the most back in 1950 when 1.8 inches accumulated.

Wettest Snowiest
2.99 in 2010 1.8 in 1950
1.41 in 1925 0.3 in 1980
1.37 in 1979  
1.35 in 1968  
0.99 in 1928  

 

Here is a look at the observed weather for the past 15 years:

Recent Weather for Thanksgiving
Year High Low Precip
2002 41 22 0
2003 55 44 0.91
2004 44 30 0
2005 50 20 0
2006 60 27 0
2007 44 35 T
2008 57 26 0
2009 42 32 T
2010 67 32 2.99
2011 49 38 0
2012 65 33 0
2013 42 17 0
2014 34 22 0.02
2015 70 53 T
2016 54 44 0.01

 

Thanksgiving Climate History for Cape Girardeau, MO
 

*Climate Data has been recorded at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, located 5 miles southwest of Cape Girardeau, since June of 1960.

While Thanksgiving has been celebrated unofficially in the United States for many years, it was on October 3, 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln offically declared the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day. In 1941, Congress moved the date to the fourth Thursday of November (effective in 1942), in part to clear confusion caused by a Proclamation issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which had moved Thanksgiving to the 3rd Thursday in November in 1939-1941. For climate purposes, anytime from November 20th - 30th will be used depending on the the date the holiday was observed for a given year. Since 1942, Thanksgiving has always fallen between November 22nd - 28th.

Here is a look at high and low temperature frequencies and extremes as well as precipitation statistics for Thanksgiving in Cape Girardeau.

As seen by this graphic high temperatures in the 40s are most common (40% of all years), but 50s and 60s happen in rather high frequency as well.

Warmest Highs Coldest Highs
72 in 1981 34 in 1980
69 in 1973 35 in 1975
69 in 1966 38 in 2014
68 in 1965 40 in 2007
67 in 2010 40 in 1971
67 in 1998 41 in 1985
65 in 2015 41 in 1969
Normal High: 51 - 54

 

Cape Girardeau has hit 70 degrees once but it hasn't happened since 1981. There have been 3 years where the high temperature failed to reach 40 degrees, and it occurred as recently as 2014 with a reading of a chilly 38 degrees.

Low temperatures typically fall in the 20s or 30s, accounting for 73% of the years on record. There have been 2 years where the low dipped into the teens, in 2013 and 2002. On the warm side of the spectrum, there has been 2 years where the low was held above 50 degrees, in 2015 and 1991.

Warmest Lows Coldest Lows
53 in 2015 19 in 2013
51 in 1991 19 in 2002
49 in 1978 22 in 1996
49 in 1966 23 in 1997
45 in 2011 23 in 1984
45 in 1981 23 in 1975
45 in 1965  
Normal Low: 32 - 34

 

Measurable precipitation has fallen 29% of the time, with an inch or more of precipitation occurring only once, back in 2010.

Wettest
2.43 in 2010
0.98 in 1968
0.89 in 1993
0.86 in 1990
0.64 in 2003
0.64 in 1979

 

Here is a look at the observed weather for the past 15 years:

Recent Weather for Thanksgiving
Year High Low Precip
2002 45 19 0
2003 57 43 0.64
2004 46 27 T
2005 54 25 T
2006 61 26 0
2007 40 34 0.01
2008 59 25 T
2009 49 32 0
2010 67 31 2.43
2011 48 45 0
2012 63 34 T
2013 42 19 0
2014 38 27 0
2015 65 53 T
2016 49 44 0