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Wet Weather in the Central Gulf Coast and Pacific Northwest; Critical Fire Weather Threat in the West

Locally heavy rainfall continue to bring flash flooding along the central Gulf Coast from southeast Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. A strong cold front will bring heavy rain, winds, cooler temperatures, and possibly high elevation snow to the Northwest through the weekend. Widespread critical fire weather due to dry, gusty winds is forecast from the Great Basin into the northern Plains. Read More >

Thanksgiving Weather for Chicago

 
  • Normal High & Low Temperature for Thanksgiving:  No normals since Thanksgiving doesn't occur on same day each year  (Late November normals are 43° and 28°).
  • Warmest Thanksgiving Day:  69° on November 24, 1966
  • Coldest  Temperature on Thanksgiving Day:  -1° on November 23, 1950
  • Coolest Thanksgiving Daytime Temperature:  14° on November 27, 1930
  • Warmest Thanksgiving Nighttime Low Temperature:  57° on November 26, 1896
  • Wettest Thanksgiving:  1.56 inches on November 28, 1968
  • Snowiest Thanksgiving:  3.0 inches on November 27, 1980
  • Frequency of Rainfall Thanksgiving:  55 of 148 years (37%) Thanksgivings had measurable precipitation

While Thanksgiving had been celebrated unofficially in the United States for many years, it was on October 3, 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln officially 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. For a full timeline on the history of Thanksgiving, head over to the Library of Congress. The statistics compiled on this page use the last Thursday of November through 1941, and the fourth Thursday from 1942 to present. 
 

Year
Date
High Temp
Min Temp
Precip
Snow
1872
Nov 28
19
0
 0.01
N/A
1873
Nov 27
33
25
0.00
N/A
1874
Nov 26
47
32
0.01
N/A
1875
Nov 25
45
21
0.02
N/A
1876
Nov 30
27
15
0.32
N/A
1877
Nov 29
19
14
0.03
N/A
1878
Nov 28
46
35
0.00
N/A
1879
Nov 27
60
50
0.17
N/A
1880
Nov 25
29
14
0.08
N/A
1881
Nov 24
19
14
0.00
N/A
1882
Nov 30
36
22
0.00
N/A
1883
Nov 29
47
33
0.00
N/A
1884
Nov 27
43
26
0.04
T
1885
Nov 26
40
34
0.00
0.0
1886
Nov 25
26
18
T
T
1887
Nov 24
39
34
0.60
0.0
1888
Nov 29
38
34
0.00
0.0
1889
Nov 28
24
22
0.01
0.0
1890
Nov 27
40
30
0.00
0.0
1891
Nov 26
40
27
T
0.0
1892
Nov 24
28
12
0.00
0.0
1893
Nov 30
27
18
0.21
2.1
1894
Nov 29
30
24
T
T
1895
Nov 28
40
28
T
0.0
1896
Nov 26
63
57
0.35
0.0
1897
Nov 25
47
35
0.36
0.0
1898
Nov 24
24
9
0.00
0.0
1899
Nov 30
51
38
T
0.0
1900
Nov 29
32
26
0.00
0.0
1901
Nov 28
37
29
0.00
0.0
1902
Nov 29
36
29
0.05
0.5
1903
Nov 26
25
12
0.06
0.6
1904
Nov 24
43
39
0.00
0.0
1905
Nov 30
28
14
T
T
1906
Nov 29
41
35
0.02
0.0
1907
Nov 28
46
33
0.00
0.0
1908
Nov 26
59
35
0.00
0.0
1909
Nov 25
52
39
0.00
0.0
1910
Nov 24
53
39
0.12
0.0
1911
Nov 30
35
20
0.00
0.0
1912
Nov 28
39
25
0.00
0.0
1913
Nov 29
46
44
0.00
0.0
1914
Nov 26
64
49
0.00
0.0
1915
Nov 25
63
49
0.09
0.0
1916
Nov 30
44
31
0.00
0.0
1917
Nov 29
41
34
0.01
0.0
1918
Nov 28
48
36
0.68
T
1919
Nov 27
32
30
0.03
0.3
1920
Nov 25
37
31
0.00
0.0
1921
Nov 24
43
32
T
0.0
1922
Nov 30
58
29
0.01
0.0
1923
Nov 29
45
35
0.53
0.0
1924
Nov 27
38
24
0.02
T
1925
Nov 26
40
32
0.00
0.0
1926
Nov 25
59
31
T
0.0
1927
Nov 24
45
37
0.09
0.0
1928
Nov 29
42
39
0.15
0.0
1929
Nov 28
24
10
0.00
0.0
1930
Nov 27
14
3
T
T
1931
Nov 26
31
26
T
T
1932
Nov 24
39
25
0.00
0.0
1933
Nov 30
50
39
0.00
0.0
1934
Nov 29
44
41
T
0.0
1935
Nov 28
40
21
0.03
0.3
1936
Nov 26
26
18
0.00
0.0
1937
Nov 25
52
36
0.00
0.0
1938
Nov 24
33
20
T
T
1939
Nov 23
43
34
T
0.0
1940
Nov 21
59
41
0.08
0.0
1941
Nov 20
53
35
0.00
0.0
1942
Nov 26
35
18
T
T
1943
Nov 25
53
20
0.00
0.0
1944
Nov 23
36
28
0.10
0.9
1945
Nov 22
22
15
0.04
0.5
1946
Nov 28
53
22
0.00
0.0
1947
Nov 27
32
13
0.08
1.2
1948
Nov 25
51
33
T
0.0
1949
Nov 24
35
29
0.33
2.5
1950
Nov 23
30
-1
0.04
1.8
1951
Nov 22
50
30
0.56
0.0
1952
Nov 27
28
17
T
T
1953
Nov 26
32
30
0.15
1.5
1954
Nov 25
42
31
0.08
T
1955
Nov 24
38
19
0.00
0.0
1956
Nov 22
25
19
0.01
0.1
1957
Nov 28
45
32
0.02
0.0
1958
Nov 27
27
14
0.00
0.0
1959
Nov 26
33
26
0.01
0.3
1960
Nov 24
49
32
0.00
0.0
1961
Nov 23
46
35
T
0.0
1962
Nov 22
41
27
0.00
0.0
1963
Nov 28
54
36
0.00
0.0
1964
Nov 26
40
30
0.00
0.0
1965
Nov 25
50
42
T
0.0
1966
Nov 24
69
54
0.16
0.0
1967
Nov 23
35
30
0.00
0.0
1968
Nov 28
43
35
1.56
T
1969
Nov 27
41
31
0.01
0.1
1970
Nov 26
50
36
0.08
0.0
1971
Nov 25
45
33
0.00
0.0
1972
Nov 23
31
22
0.00
0.0
1973
Nov 22
61
34
0.00
0.0
1974
Nov 28
36
22
T
T
1975
Nov 27
34
26
0.07
1.1
1976
Nov 25
60
32
T
0.0
1977
Nov 24
38
29
0.00
0.0
1978
Nov 23
45
33
0.00
0.0
1979
Nov 22
58
40
0.00
0.0
1980
Nov 27
37
30
0.43
3.0
1981
Nov 26
62
33
0.14
0.0
1982
Nov 25
36
19
0.00
0.0
1983
Nov 24
30
22
T
T
1984
Nov 22
42
23
0.00
0.0
1985
Nov 22
40
28
0.05
T
1986
Nov 27
37
26
0.00
0.0
1987
Nov 26
43
38
T
0.0
1988
Nov 24
59
35
0.00
0.0
1989
Nov 23
27
10
T
T
1990
Nov 22
54
33
0.00
0.0
1991
Nov 28
38
32
0.66
T
1992
Nov 26
44
28
T
0.0
1993
Nov 25
42
38
0.23
0.0
1994
Nov 24
48
30
0.00
0.0
1995
Nov 23
33
20
0.00
0.0
1996
Nov 28
38
20
T
T
1997
Nov 27
48
24
0.23
0.0
1998
Nov 26
61
39
0.00
0.0
1999
Nov 25
48
23
0.00
0.0
2000
Nov 23
36
21
0.00
0.0
2001
Nov 22
57
39
0.00
0.0
2002
Nov 28
33
15
0.00
0.0
2003
Nov 27
45
36
0.01
0.0
2004
Nov 25
33
21
0.00
0.0
2005
Nov 24
41
16
T
T
2006
Nov 23
58
30
0.00
0.0
2007
Nov 22
33
25
0.01
0.1
2008
Nov 27
45
22
0.00
0.0
2009
Nov 27
40
29
0.00
0.0
2010
Nov 25
39
21
0.01
0.0
2011
Nov 24
47
40
0.00
0.0
2012
Nov 22
63
42
0.27
0.0
2013
Nov 28
34
19
0.00
0.0
2014
Nov 27
27
15
T
T
2015
Nov 26
60
48
0.42
0.0
2016
Nov 24
43
35
T
0.0
2017
Nov 23
46
32
0.00
0.0
2018 Nov 22 40 31 0.00 0.0
2019 Nov 28 37 31 T 0