Northern Michigan Thanksgiving Climatology

Northern Michigan Thanksgiving Climatology

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time to give thanks for the many blessings of the past year, and to celebrate with friends and family. It is also a quite variable time of year across northern Michigan, as the last vestiges of autumn give way to the increasing influence of wintertime cold and snow. As such, it is always interesting to take a look back at some of the extremes that have occurred on Thanksgiving Day over the last 100+ years. Below is a look at the warmest, coldest, wettest, and snowiest Thanksgiving Days recorded for various cities throughout the region. As can be seen, much variability exists from year to year, indicative of just how changeable weather conditions can be late in November.

Outlook for this year: Cold with highs in the 20s. Some light snow will move across the area. No major accumulation is expected, but slippery travel is possible.

Quick Jump to a City:
Alpena  |  Traverse City  |  Gaylord  |  Sault Ste Marie  |  Houghton Lake

Alpena Extremes

Warmest

Coldest

Wettest

Snowiest 

62ºF
(November 22nd, 2012)

0ºF
(November 23rd, 1989)

0.64"
(November 26th, 1981)

5.5"
(November 22nd, 2007)

Last 5 Years

Year

High

Low

Precip

Snowfall

2013

23ºF

4ºF

Trace

Trace

2012

62ºF

43ºF

Trace

0.0"

2011

51ºF

25ºF

0.00"

0.0"

2010

41ºF

26ºF

0.14"

Trace

2009

46ºF

33ºF

0.16"

Trace

 

Traverse City Extremes

Warmest

Coldest

Wettest

Snowiest 

65ºF
(November 22nd, 2012)

7ºF
(November 23rd, 1950)

0.90"
(November 26th, 2009)

4.9"
(November 27th, 1952)

Last 5 Years

Year

High

Low

Precip

Snowfall

2013

25ºF

12ºF

0.06"

1.1"

2012

65ºF

50ºF

0.00"

0.0"

2011

48ºF

40ºF

0.00"

0.0"

2010

41ºF

21ºF

0.03"

0.0"

2009

45ºF

35ºF

0.90"

0.0"

 

Gaylord Extremes

Warmest

Coldest

Wettest

Snowiest 

63ºF
(November 22nd, 2012)

-2ºF
(November 28th, 2013)

0.36"
(November 23rd, 1961)

6.0"
(November 23rd, 2000)

Last 5 Years

Year

High

Low

Precip

Snowfall

2013

20ºF

-2ºF

0.03"

0.8"

2012

63ºF

45ºF

0.00"

0.0"

2011

48ºF

36ºF

0.00"

0.0"

2010

37ºF

20ºF

0.05"

Trace

2009

43ºF

31ºF

0.88"

0.8"

 

Sault Ste Marie Extremes

Warmest

Coldest

Wettest

Snowiest 

63ºF
(November 22nd, 2012)

-9ºF
(November 28th, 1929)

1.00"
(November 26th, 1896)

 6.8"
(November 23rd, 1950)

Last 5 Years

Year

High

Low

Precip

Snowfall

2013

18ºF

8ºF

Trace

Trace

2012

63ºF

39ºF

0.00"

0.0"

2011

47ºF

35ºF

0.00"

0.0"

2010

38ºF

20ºF

0.47"

1.9"

2009

45ºF

35ºF

0.72"

0.0"

 

Houghton Lake Extremes

Warmest

Coldest

Wettest

Snowiest 

60ºF
(November 22nd, 2012)

 -2ºF
(November 23rd, 1989)

0.79"
(November 26th, 1981)

11.9"
(November 24th, 2005)

Last 5 Years

Year

High

Low

Precip

Snowfall

2008

21ºF

7ºF

0.09"

1.0"

2012

60ºF

43ºF

0.00"

0.0"

2011

48ºF

37ºF

0.00"

0.0"

2010

39ºF

21ºF

0.07"

Trace

2009

43ºF

22ºF

0.59"

Trace

 

 



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