Forecasters Look at Weather Stats for Past Thanksgivings

National Weather Service


ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) Forecasters are predicting temperatures in the low 30′s in central South Dakota on Thanksgiving Day-with no mention of any precipitation in the state’s mid-section.  The National Weather Service says that means it will be cooler than the high temperatures that have been recorded for the past few Thanksgiving holidays.  Thanksgiving 2012 brought a high to the Pierre area of 56 and the high for the holiday in 2011 was 51.  Looking back to Thanksgiving 2010, it was a cold day with the high only reaching 24.    Checking records back to 1892, the National Weather Service says the warmest Thanksgiving for the Pierre/Fort Pierre area was in 1998 when the temperature reached 69 degrees.  The coldest high was on Thanksgiving of 1985 when the thermometer only registered 1 above.   As for the snowiest Thanksgivings in parts of central and western South Dakota, the Weather Service says 1993 brought 2.4 inches to Pierre, and 3.8 inches of snow to Mobridge.  Timber Lake’s highest snow fall for a Thanksgiving dates to 1970 when four inches fell and Kennebec’s snowiest Thanksgiving goes all the way back to 1897 when four inches fell on the holiday that year.

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