Thanksgiving Climatology/Extremes 
Grand Island, NE

Thanksgiving Day falls on the fourth Thursday of November, with the date always ranging from November 22-28. Historically speaking, Thanksgiving Day weather epitomizes the variability we have come to expect in the Central Plains region. We should be prepared for anything from sunshine to snow, and from frigid cold to short-sleeve shirts. Just in the past 30 years, Thanksgiving high temperatures in Grand Island have ranged from 14° to 71°! The tables below feature a wealth of Thanksgiving Day weather and climate information focused specifically on Grand Island, Nebraska, where November weather records date back 119 years to 1895.

According to the entire period of record, the warmest Thanksgiving on record was 71° in 1998 and the coldest low temperature was -2° in 1938. Only 14 of 119 Thanksgiving Days on record (12%) have featured high temperatures of 60° or warmer. However, two of these 14 occurrences have been within the past three years, with highs of 66° in 2011 and 60° in 2012. On the opposite side of the temperature spectrum, there have been two Thanksgivings in the past 30 years that stand out as bitterly cold, including Nov. 28, 1985, with a high temperature of only 14° and Nov. 25, 1993, with a high of only 16°.

As for daily liquid precipitation, measurable amounts of 0.01" or more have been recorded in 17 of 119 years, or only 14% of the time. In fact, it has been 22 years now since measurable precipitation was recorded on Thanksgiving Day. Measurable snow (0.1" or more) has only been reported eight times, most recently 0.5" in 1993 (storm-total snowfall from that event, including the day before Thanksgiving, was 1.4"). One of the most significant weather events on record in Grand Island associated with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend occurred in 1983. Although the actual Thanksgiving Day itself in 1983 (Nov. 24th) was dry and seasonable, the upcoming weekend featured a significant winter storm as Grand Island piled up 13.8" of snow between Saturday and Monday (Nov. 26th-28th).


** Thanksgiving 2013 Recap:  Last year, Thanksgiving Day weather in Grand Island was noticeably cooler than the preceding two years, with a high temperature of only 35°, accompanied by steady north breezes generally 10-15 MPH with some higher gusts. Despite the chilly conditions, the holiday was precipitation-free for the 21st year in a row, as morning overcast gave way to plenty of afternoon sunshine. **

Grand Island NE Max Temperature Min Temperature Precipitation
30-Year Normals (1981-2010) 43 22 0.03
10-Year Averages (2003-2012) 48.1 23.6 0.00

 

Grand Island NE All-Time Records (Since 1895)
Warmest Thanksgiving On Record (High Temp) 71° in 1998
Coldest Thanksgiving On Record (High Temp) 14° in 1985
Coldest Low Temperature -2° in 1938
Warmest Low Temperature 39° in 1997
Most Liquid Equivalent Precipitation On Record 0.93" in 1896
Snowiest Thanksgiving On Record 4.0" in 1919,1931


Top 5 Warmest Highs Top 5 Coldest Lows Top 5 Wettest Top 5 Snowiest
71° (11-26-1998) -2° (11-24-1938) 0.93" (11-26-1896) 4.0" (11-27-1919)
70° (11-26-1914) 1° (11-25-1993) 0.41" (11-26-1931) 4.0" (11-26-1931)
67° (11-25-1976) 3° (11-28-1985) 0.40" (11-21-1940) 3.0" (11-29-1928)
66° (11-24-2011) 3° (11-27-1975) 0.35" (11-29-1928) 1.4" (11-22-1979)
64° (11-22-2001) 3° (11-27-1952) 0.30" (11-27-1919) 0.5" (11-25-1993)


The Last Time _____ Happened On Thanksgiving?
Last 70+ degree day: 71° in 1998
Last 60+ degree day: 60° in 2012
Last time the high temp was 30° or colder: 16° in 1993
Last time the high temp was 20° or colder: 16° in 1993
Last time the low temp was 10° or colder: 6° in 2010
Last time the low temp was 35° or warmer: 35° in 2012
Last time measurable precipitation fell (0.01 inch or more): 0.07" in 1992
Last time measurable snow fell (0.1 inch or more): 0.5" in 1993
Last time it snowed at least 1 inch:  1.4" in 1979

 In the past 30 years...

 - Since 1984, high temperatures on Thanksgiving have ranged from 14° (1985) to 71° (1998)
 - Since 1984, low temperatures on Thanksgiving have ranged from 1° (1993) to 39° (1997)
 - Since 1984, the high on Thanksgiving has exceeded 65° only twice (1998 and 2011)
 - Since 1984, the low temperature on Thanksgiving has dipped below 10° only three times (1985, 1993, 2010)
 - Since 1984, measurable precipitation (0.01" or higher) has fallen only three times (led by 0.07" in 1992)
 - Since 1984, measurable snow (0.1" or more) has fallen only once (0.5" in 1993)


Grand Island, Nebraska - 10 Year Summary
Thanksgiving (2004-2013)

Date Max Temperature Min Temperature Precipitation Snowfall Weather Conditions
11/25/2004 59 30 0.00 0.0  
11/24/2005 38 24 0.00 0.0  
11/23/2006 63 30 0.00 0.0  
11/22/2007 34 12 0.00 0.0  
11/27/2008 45 27 0.00 0.0  
11/26/2009 50 18 0.00 0.0  
11/25/2010 31 6 0.00 0.0  
11/24/2011 66 34 0.00 0.0 sunny, breezy 
11/22/2012 60 35 0.00 0.0 windy, partly cloudy
11/28/2013 35 20 0.00 0.0 cloudy AM, sunny PM
11/27/2014 ? ? ? ? ?
10-Year Averages 48.1 23.6 0.00    

 

10-Year Thanksgiving Summary: Grand Island, Nebraska (2004-2013)
 
Warmest high temperature: 66° in 2011
Coldest high temperature:   31° in 2010
 
Coldest low temperature:    6° in 2010
Warmest low temperature: 35° in 2012
 
Highest Precip.:    Measurable precipitation has not fallen on Thanksgiving since 1992
Highest Snowfall:  Measurable snow has not fallen on Thanksgiving since 1993

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This page was composed by the staff at the National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska.

 Last Updated/Finalized For 2014: 12/2/13


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