A weather phenomenon in the jet stream known as the "Greenland Blocking Pattern" has the potential to bring a round of cold, rainy, maybe even snowy weather to Metro Detroit this Thanksgiving week. That got us to thinking: What's the hottest and coldest it's ever been on Thanksgiving in these parts?
First, a few bonus Thanksgiving factoids for you. Thanksgiving was made a federal holiday in the year 1863 following a proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln. In 1941, Congress passed a law declaring the fourth Thursday in November as the official date on which Thanksgiving should occur in a given year. The earliest calendar date on which Thanksgiving can fall is November 22nd. The latest is November 28th.
With all that being said, what are the record high and low temps for Thanksgiving in Metro Detroit? According to the National Weather Service's official website, the hottest it's ever been on Thanksgiving is 65 degrees back on November 26, 1986. That's a bit surprising given some of the Indian Summers we've had around here.
The coldest it's ever been on Thanksgiving is just 9 degrees! That bone-chilling Turkey Day occurred in 1930.
What about rain and snow?
In 1968, Metro Detroit's Thanksgiving was a wet one with more than an inch and a half of rain falling. The snowiest Thanksgiving occurred in 1975, when we blanketed with more than four and a half inches of snow.
Anybody remember either of those holidays?
What will happen this year? We'll find out soon.
Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Fox 2!