Thanksgiving Weather for Northern Illinois:   Statistics for Chicago and Rockford

 

Chicago:
The following statistics comprises 142 years of data, however snowfall data began in 1884, so it comprises of 130 years of data. Data collection began at the University of Chicago, then at Midway, and currently at O'Hare which is now the official station for Chicago.

To see the daily climate data for Chicago for Thanksgivings from 1872-Present, click here.

 Graph of high temperatures in Chicago on Thanksgiving
Frequency distribution of high temperatures for Chicago. This dataset shows that the most frequent range of high temperatures on Thanksgiving is in between 40 and 49 degrees, however the range of 30-39 degrees is not that far behind. Since Thanksgiving doesn’t always occur on the same day, there is no normal high. The highest temperature recorded on Thanksgiving is 69 degrees set on November 24th, 1966.  The coldest high temperature on Thanksgiving is 14 degrees which occurred on November 27th, 1930.  In 2013, the high temperature was 34 degrees.

Low temperatures at Chicago on Thanksgiving
Frequency distribution of low temperatures for Chicago. This dataset shows that the most frequent range of low temperatures on Thanksgiving is in between 30 and 39 degrees. The lowest temperature recorded on Thanksgiving is  -1 which occurred on November 23rd, 1950. The highest low temperature for Thanksgiving was 57 degrees in 1896. In 2013, the low temperature was 19 degrees, which is in the 3rd highest range of low temperatures.

Precipitation amounts at Chicago on Thanksgiving
Frequency distribution of precipitation for Chicago. This dataset shows that the most frequent amount of precipitation recorded on Thanksgiving is 0.00”, which accounts for 44% of the days in the dataset. The next most frequent range is 0.02” to 0.25”, closely followed by a trace of precipitation. The highest amount of precipitation on Thanksgiving occurred on November 28th, 1968 when 1.56” of precipitation fell. This is the only instance of where over an inch of precipitation fell on Thanksgiving. In 2013, no precipitation fell. 

Amount of snowfall that fell in Chicago on Thanksgiving
Frequency distribution of snowfall for Chicago. This dataset shows that the most frequent amount of snowfall recorded on Thanksgiving is 0.0”, which accounts for 72% of the days in the dataset. The next most frequent range is a Trace, followed by 0.1” to 0.9”. The highest amount of snowfall recorded on Thanksgiving occurred on November 27th, 1980 when 3.0” of snow fell. In 2013, no snow fell.

ADDITIONAL THANKSGIVING CLIMATE DATA     ( * MEANS LAST OCCURRENCE)

MAX TEMP
WARMEST

MIN TEMP
WARMEST
PCPN
WETTEST
SNOW
MOST
69
Nov 24, 1966
57
Nov 26, 1896
1.56
Nov 28, 1968
3.0
Nov 27, 1980
64
Nov 26, 1914
54
Nov 24, 1966
0.68
Nov 28, 1918
2.5
Nov 24, 1949
63
* Nov 22, 2012
50
Nov 27, 1879
0.66
Nov 28, 1991
2.1
Nov 30, 1891
62
Nov 26, 1981
49
* Nov 25, 1915
0.60
Nov 24, 1887
1.8
Nov 23, 1950
61
* Nov 26, 1998
44
Nov 29, 1913
0.56
Nov 27, 1951
1.5
Nov 26, 1953
60
* Nov 25, 1976
42
* Nov 22, 2012
0.53
Nov 29, 1923
59
* Nov 24, 1988
41
* Nov 21,1940
0.43
Nov 27, 1980
58
* Nov 23, 2006
40
* Nov 24, 2011
0.36
Nov 25, 1897
57
Nov 22, 2001
39
* Nov 22, 2001
0.35
Nov 26, 1896
54
* Nov 22, 1990
38
* Nov 25, 1993
0.33
Nov 24, 1949
 
MAX TEMP
COLDEST
MIN TEMP
COLDEST
PCPN
DRIEST
SNOW
LEAST
14
Nov 27, 1930
-1
Nov 23, 1950
0.00
* Nov 28, 2013
0.0
* Nov 28, 2013
19
* Nov 24, 1881
0
Nov 28, 1872
T
* Nov 24, 2005
T
* Nov 24, 2005
22
Nov 22, 1945
3
Nov 27, 1930
0.01
* Nov 25, 2010
0.1
* Nov 22, 2007
24
* Nov 28, 1929
9
Nov 24, 1898
0.02
* Nov 28, 1957
0.3
* Nov 26, 1959
25
* Nov 22, 1956
10
* Nov 23, 1989
0.03
* Nov 28, 1935
0.5
* Nov 22, 1945
26
* Nov 26, 1936
12
* Nov 26, 1903
0.04
* Nov 23, 1950
27
* Nov 23, 1989
13
Nov 27, 1947
0.05
* Nov 22, 1985
28
* Nov 27, 1952
14
Nov 27, 1958
0.06
Nov 26, 1903
29
Nov 25, 1880
15
* Nov 28, 2002
0.07
Nov 27, 1975
30
* Nov 24, 1983
16
Nov 24, 2005
0.08
* Nov 26, 1970

 

Updated 11/2/2014 ACS


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