A Look Back at Past Thanksgiving Holidays

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, we will take a quick look back at the past 14 years and see how the weather has varied across Northern Michigan on this holiday. As seen below, the Thanksgiving Holiday can bring a variety of weather to Northern Michigan. Here is how the past 14 years have ranked at several locations with respect to their warmest average temperature on Thanksgiving day.

*Note: Thanksgiving day falls on the 4th Thursday of every November. 

Alpena

      High  Low     Mean 
2006   55    24     39.5 
2001   47    24     35.5
1998   42    28     35.0
1999   48    21     34.5
2003   41    27     34.0
2008   35    30     32.5 
1997   39    25     32.0 
2004   32    23     27.5
2002   31    22     26.5
1996   29    20     24.5
1995   30    19     24.5
2000   29    18     23.5
2007   30    15     22.5  
2005   27    10     18.5

Traverse City           

      High  Low     Mean
2006   54    31     42.5
2001   51    27     39.0
1998   44    31     37.5
1999   48    25     36.5
2008   38    33     35.5 
2003   40    30     35.0
1997   41    28     34.5
2004   35    28     31.5
2002   35    27     31.0
1996   34    27     30.5
1995   32    20     26.0
2000   28    19     23.5
2007   31    15     23.0  
2005   28    12     20.0

Houghton Lake

      High  Low     Mean
2006   55    26     40.5
2001   49    26     37.5
1998   41    31     36.0
2008   34    30     32.0 
1999   44    20     32.0
2003   37    27     32.0
1997   36    27     31.5
2002   32    24     28.0
2004   32    22     27.0
1996   28    22     25.0
1995   28    17     22.5
2000   26    18     22.0 
2007   30    10     20.0 
2005   28     9     18.5
 

Sault Sainte Marie

      High  Low     Mean
2006   49    30     39.5
1998   41    36     38.5
2001   43    31     37.0
1999   44    27     35.5
1997   37    29     33.0
2008   33    29     31.0 
2003   34    26     30.0
1996   33    24     28.5
2002   33    17     25.0
2004   28    19     23.5
2007   26    16     21.0
2000   27     8     17.5
1995   27     7     17.0  
2005   16     1      8.5 

Gaylord

      High  Low     Mean
2006   53    32     42.5
1998   44    35     39.5
2001   49    27     38.0
1999   43    26     34.5
1997   38    26     32.0
2003   36    28     32.0
2008   32    29     30.5 
2004   34    26     30.0
2002   29    23     26.0
1996   28    20     24.0
1995   27    20     23.5
2000   26    17     21.5  
2005   24     7     15.5
2007   27     1     14.0

As you can see the weather can vary from one extreme to the other. Last year, Northern Michigan experienced a fairly seasonable Thanksgiving with temperatures holding fairly steady around the freezing mark

Now here is a look at precipitation including rain, snow and snow depth from several locations during the past 14 Thanksgiving holidays:

Alpena

      Precip    Snowfall    Snow Depth
2007   0.26        5.5          5
1997   0.24        0.0          T
2008   0.09        1.6          5 
1996   0.05        0.6          2
2005   0.03        1.3          2
1995   0.02        0.3          4
2003   0.02        0.0          0
2004   0.02        1.0          2
1998      T        0.0          0
2002      T          T          0
2000   0.00        0.0          2
1999   0.00        0.0          0
2001   0.00        0.0         
2006   0.00        0.0          0 

Traverse City

      Precip    Snowfall    Snow Depth
2005   0.26        3.5          4
1997   0.17        0.0          0
1996   0.17        1.7          5
1995   0.16        1.6          3
2007   0.14        1.1          1 
2002   0.04        0.2          1
2003   0.01        0.0          0
2008      T        0.0          1 
2004      T          T          0
2000   0.00        0.0          8
1998   0.00        0.0          0
1999   0.00        0.0          0
2001   0.00        0.0          0  
2006   0.00        0.0          0
 

Houghton Lake

      Precip    Snowfall   Snow Depth
2005   0.54       11.9         15
1997   0.13          T          T
2007   0.10        1.3          2
1996   0.06        0.8          3
2003   0.02        0.0          0
1995   0.01        0.5          4
2008      T          T          7 
2000      T          T          4
2004      T          T          3
1998   0.00        0.0          0
1999   0.00        0.0          0
2001   0.00        0.0          0
2002   0.00        0.0         
2006   0.00        0.0          0
 

Sault Sainte Marie

      Precip    Snowfall   Snow Depth
1997   0.29        0.2          T
1995   0.14        3.0          6
2008   0.12        1.4          4 
1998   0.11        0.0          0
1996   0.10        1.3          4
2004   0.05        1.2          1
2005   0.05        1.3          5
2000      T          T          7
2002      T          T          1
2003      T        0.0          T
1999   0.00        0.0          0
2001   0.00        0.0          0  
2006   0.00        0.0          0
2007   0.00        0.0          0
 

Gaylord

      Precip    Snowfall   Snow Depth
2007   0.42        5.0          5
2005   0.34       11.0         10
2000   0.33        6.0         16
2004   0.14        2.0          T
1997   0.13          T          T
1995   0.10        1.5         14
1996   0.04        0.5          2
2003      T          T          T
2008      T          T          9 
1998   0.00        0.0          0
1999   0.00        0.0          0
2001   0.00        0.0          0
2002   0.00        0.0          T
2006   0.00        0.0          0

One noticeable feature from above is the large snowfall event across Northern Lower Michigan on the Thanksgiving of 2005. Last Thanksgiving only saw some trace amounts of rain and snow. Nearly half of all Thanksgiving holidays in the last 14 years had some snow depth covering the ground.

For the latest 7 day forecast for this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday for some area cities, please click a link below:

Sault Sainte Marie

Traverse City

Petoskey

Gaylord

Alpena

Houghton Lake

Manistee

Cadillac

Gladwin

For additional information, forecast thoughts and ideas regarding the upcoming week, check out the Area Forecast Discussion.   


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