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 120 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 120 Thanksgiving Days on record (12%) have featured high temperatures of 60° or warmer. However, two of these 14 occurrences have been within the past four 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 120 years, or only 14% of the time. In fact, it has been 23 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 2014 Recap:  Last year, Thanksgiving Day weather in Grand Island was on the cool side of average for the second consecutive year, with an afternoon high temperature of 38° following a morning low of 15°. Adding to the chill were steady south-southeast breezes generally around 15 MPH with occasional gusts over 20 MPH. Despite the chilly conditions, the holiday was precipitation-free for the 22nd year in a row. Interestingly, a strong warm front crossed the area the very next day, sending Grand Island's high temperature soaring to 70° on Friday the 28th.  **

Grand Island NE Max Temperature Min Temperature Precipitation
30-Year Normals (1981-2010) 44 22 0.04
10-Year Averages (2005-2014) 46.0 22.1 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) 0.35" (11-29-1928) 3.0" (11-29-1928)
66° (11-24-2011) 3° (11-27-1975) 0.30" (11-27-1919) 1.4" (11-22-1979)
64° (11-22-2001) 3° (11-27-1952) 0.10" (11-30-1899) 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 1985, high temperatures on Thanksgiving have ranged from 14° (1985) to 71° (1998)
 - Since 1985, low temperatures on Thanksgiving have ranged from 1° (1993) to 39° (1997)
 - Since 1985, the high on Thanksgiving has exceeded 65° only twice (1998 and 2011)
 - Since 1985, the low temperature on Thanksgiving has dipped below 10° only three times (1985, 1993, 2010)
 - Since 1985, measurable precipitation (0.01" or higher) has fallen only three times (led by 0.07" in 1992)
 - Since 1985, measurable snow (0.1" or more) has fallen only ONCE (0.5" in 1993)


Grand Island, Nebraska - Past 10 Years Summary
Thanksgiving (2005-2014)

Date Max Temperature Min Temperature Precipitation Snowfall Weather Conditions
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 38 15 0.00 0.0 partly cloudy, breezy
10-Year Averages 46.0 22.1 0.00    

 

Past 10-Years Thanksgiving Summary: Grand Island, NE (2005-2014)
 
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 2015: 12/2/14


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