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Thanksgiving: Past and Present

Thanksgiving, November 24th this year, is approaching fast! Although we have had some cold snaps already this year, as of this weekend, we are in a pattern of above normal temperatures and have seen our share of cloudy and dreary weather. Average temperatures for November 24th are quite refreshing with average maximum temperatures ranging from the upper 50s across the north to the upper 60s across central Georgia. Average minimum temperatures range from the lower 30s across north Georgia and the lower 40s across central Georgia.

[ Average Maximum Temperature for Nov. 24. ]
Average Maximum Temperature for November 24th.
[ Average Minimum Temperature for Nov. 24. ]
Average Minimum Temperature for November 24th.
*The above data are based on climate and coop stations with at least 20 years of data.

In regards to extreme temperatures, the four climate sites (Atlanta, Athens, Columbus and Macon) all have record maximum temperatures in the mid 70s to lower 80s. Record minimum temperatures for November 24th are quite chilly! All four sites set records in the teens. For Atlanta and Macon, the records were set in 1950 while 1950 was the second coldest year on November 24th for Athens and Columbus. This was related to the 1950 Great Thanksgiving Storm that brought near-blizzard conditions to the Ohio Valley. Although Georgia didn’t bear the brunt of the impact from this storm, it did usher record setting cold temperatures into the state.

[ Records for November 24th ]
Temperature, Precipitation and Snow Records for November 24th.

Although there is no snow in the forecast for Georgia on November 24th, it has happened in the past! Macon received 0.2 inches of snow on November 24th back in 1950 while Atlanta and Columbus both received a trace on the same day.

A search for significant events that happened on Thanksgiving (using the actual date for Thanksgiving that changes every year) across the Peachtree City County Warning Area (CWA) came up empty. This doesn’t mean that it was sunny every year, it just means there was no severe weather across the area on the specific day. Of course around the date of Thanksgiving there were reports of severe weather and November falls in the secondary peak of severe weather across the southeast. The only notable severe weather events for the day of Thanksgiving were outside of the Peachtree City forecast area with an F-2 tornado in Early County on November 23rd, 1961. In addition, heavy rain was reported in Habersham and Rabun Counties on November 25th, 1999.

So what will this year bring? A front is forecast to move through north and central Georgia before Thanksgiving, in the Tuesday to Wednesday time frame. Please stay attuned to the weather situation as we get closer to the front moving through. After that, it appears we will luck out again for this Thanksgiving and the rain will clear out for Thursday and bring mostly sunny skies to the area with lows in the 30’s and 40’s and highs in the 60’s.



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