Thanksgiving Climate Statistics

 While a fairly hefty variety of weather conditions has been found across the area on Thanksgiving Day over the years, recent years have brought more differences in temperatures compared to extreme precipitation. The warmest, or nearly warmest Thanksgiving on record was experienced in 1998, with highs in the 60s across the area.  Just last year, the coldest Thanksgiving morning was experienced since 1993 with lows from zero to 10 below.  Colder yet was Thanksgiving Day of 1985, which saw temperatures all day long struggle to get much above zero.

The last year with any significant snowcover across the area on Thanksgiving Day was in 2000, when 5 to 10 inch snow depths were common, and the last year with widespread accumulating snowfall takes us all the way back to 1993, where 1 to 4 inches snowfall was common.

Here is what a "normal" Thanksgiving Day might bring, along with our forecast conditions for this year.

 

Thanksgiving Day Climate Normals and Forecast
 

1981-2010 Normals

Period of Record Mean

Forecast

 

Max/Min

Precipitation

Max/Min

Precipitation

Max/Min

Precipitation

Sioux Falls, SD

 37/18

 0.04

37/19

0.03

63/37

0

Huron, SD

 38/18

 0.02

37/16

0.02

58/33

0

Sioux City, IA

 41/21

 0.04

40/22

0.03

64/29

0

Below lists the climate extremes on Thanksgiving Day over the years for Sioux Falls, Huron and Sioux City.

Sioux Falls              
                     
Coldest Minimum Temp.     Warmest Maximum Temp.

Year

Date

Max

Min

Precip

 

Year

Date

Max

Min

Precip

1905

11/30

21

-9

0

 

1914

11/26

67

29

0

1985

11/28

3

-6

T

 

1998

11/26

62

26

0

1950

11/23

8

-6

T

 

2006

11/23

58

27

0

1952

11/27

16

-5

0

 

1909

11/25

58

30

0

1993

11/25

16

-5

0.20

 

1922

11/30

58

32

0.07

1898

11/24

17

-3

0.05

 

1941

11/27

57

24

0

1893

11/30

4

0

0.30

 

1960

11/24

56

31

0

1958

11/27

26

1

0.01

 

1997

11/27

56

26

0

2000

11/23

27

2

0

 

1901

11/28

55

28

0

2010

11/25

16

2

0

 

1988

11/24

54

33

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

1990

11/22

53

21

0.01

                     
Warmest Minimum Temp.   Coldest Maximum Temp.  

Year

 Date

Max

Min

Precip

 

Year

Date

Max

Min

Precip

1913

11/27

50

40

0

 

1985

11/28

3

-6

T

1939

11/23

48

38

0

 

1893

11/30

4

0

0.30

1937

11/25

50

36

0

 

1950

11/23

8

-6

T

2001

11/22

52

36

0

 

1919

11/27

14

5

0.23

1988

11/24

54

33

0

 

1930

11/27

15

9

T

1922

11/30

58

32

0.07

 

1977

11/24

15

3

0.05

1943

11/25

38

32

0.05

 

1952

11/27

16

-5

0

1920

11/25

40

31

0

 

1993

11/25

16

-5

0.20

1960

11/24

56

31

0

 

2010

11/25

16

2

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

1898

11/24

17

-3

0.05

                     
Wettest         Snowiest      

Year

Date

Max

Min

Precip

 

Year

Date

Max

Min

Snowfall

1940

11/21

39

28

0.49

 

1940

11/21

39

28

5.0

1979

11/22

30

24

0.41

 

1979

11/22

30

24

4.4

1893

11/30

4

0

0.30

 

1993

11/25

16

-5

3.9

1919

11/27

14

5

0.23

 

1893

11/30

4

0

3.0

1931

11/26

27

16

0.22

 

1919

11/27

14

5

2.8

1993

11/25

16

-5

0.20

 

1991

11/28

31

22

1.3

1899

11/30

37

28

0.19

 

1936

11/26

33

17

1.0

1970

11/26

30

10

0.17

 

1956

11/22

26

5

1.0

1936

11/26

33

17

0.13

 

 

 

 

 

 
                     
Sioux City              
                     
Coldest Minimum Temp.     Warmest Maximum Temp.

Year

Date

Max

Min

Precip

 

Year

Date

Max

Min

Precip

1905

11/30

20

-5

0

 

1998

11/26

66

25

0

1893

11/30

10

-4

0.14

 

1914

11/26

64

39

0

1993

11/25

14

0

0.04

 

1922

11/30

62

31

0.04

1950

11/23

17

0

0

 

1976

11/25

61

32

T

1985

11/28

8

2

0.02

 

2001

11/22

61

30

0

1889

11/28

18

2

0.00

 

1901

11/28

60

29

0

1952

11/27

19

4

T

 

1941

11/27

60

28

0

1938

11/24

27

5

T

 

1997

11/27

60

35

T

2010

11/25

25

6

0

 

1990

11/22

59

30

T

 

 

 

 

 

 

2006

11/23

58

23

0

                     
Warmest Minimum Temp.   Coldest Maximum Temp.  

Year

 Date

Max

Min

Precip

 

Year

Date

Max

Min

Precip

1913

11/27

51

44

0

 

1985

11/28

8

2

0.02

1914

11/26

64

39

0

 

1893

11/30

10

-4

0.14

1939

11/23

53

39

T

 

1919

11/27

12

7

0.08

1909

11/25

57

36

T

 

1993

11/25

14

0

0.04

1937

11/25

54

35

0

 

1950

11/23

17

0

0

1997

11/27

60

35

T

 

1889

11/28

18

2

0.00

1906

11/29

41

34

T

 

1952

11/27

19

4

T

1910

11/24

51

34

0

 

1905

11/30

20

-5

0

1943

11/25

40

34

0.04

 

1930

11/27

20

12

0.01

1965

11/25

39

34

T

 

1898

11/24

22

7

0

1988

11/24

57

34

0

 

 

 

 

 

 
                     
Wettest         Snowiest (SINCE 1948)  

Year

Date

Max

Min

Precip

 

Year

Date

Max

Min

Snowfall

1896

11/26

23

10

1.64

 

1893

11/30

10

-4

1.8

1940

11/21

36

28

0.53

 

1979

11/22

34

23

1.2

1899

11/30

38

32

0.35

 

1993

11/25

14

0

1.2

1931

11/26

27

25

0.21

 

1985

11/28

8

2

0.5

1893

11/30

10

-4

0.14

 

1956

11/22

34

8

0.3

1979

11/22

34

23

0.11

 

1977

11/24

25

18

0.2

                     
Huron                  
                     
Coldest Minimum Temp.     Warmest Maximum Temp.

Year

Date

Max

Min

Precip

 

Year

Date

Max

Min

Precip

1905

11/30

17

-14

0

 

1998

11/26

67

29

0

1985

11/28

1

-12

T

 

1932

11/24

64

26

0

1903

11/26

25

-9

0

 

1914

11/26

63

26

0

1893

11/30

-1

-8

0.30

 

1883

11/29

62

15

0

1950

11/23

2

-6

T

 

1901

11/28

61

30

0

1881

11/24

23

-4

T

 

2002

11/28

59

14

0

1886

11/25

24

-4

T

 

1917

11/29

58

31

T

1889

11/28

16

-4

T

 

1941

11/27

58

25

0

1964

11/26

17

-4

0.02

 

2001

11/22

56

26

0.01

1993

11/25

15

-4

0.06

 

2006

11/23

55

25

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

1990

11/22

55

15

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

1997

11/27

55

28

0

                     
Warmest Minimum Temp.   Coldest Maximum Temp.  

Year

 Date

Max

Min

Precip

 

Year

Date

Max

Min

Precip

1913

11/27

50

36

0

 

1893

11/30

-1

-8

0.30

1939

11/23

49

34

0

 

1985

11/28

1

-12

T

1967

11/23

51

33

T

 

1950

11/23

2

-6

T

1988

11/24

45

33

0

 

1919

11/27

9

4

0

1937

11/25

49

32

0

 

1977

11/24

14

-2

0.07

1917

11/29

58

31

T

 

1929

11/28

15

0

T

1901

11/28

61

30

0

 

1993

11/25

15

-4

0.06

1906

11/29

51

30

0

 

1889

11/28

16

-4

T

1910

11/24

48

30

0

 

1898

11/24

16

-1

T

1940

11/21

35

30

0.02

 

1905

11/30

17

-14

0

1943

11/25

40

30

T

 

1964

11/26

17

-4

0.02

1981

11/26

36

30

T

 

 

 

 

 

 
                     
Wettest         Snowiest      

Year

Date

Max

Min

Precip

 

Year

Date

Max

Min

Snowfall

1896

11/26

21

4

0.58

 

1896

11/26

21

4

5.0

1897

11/25

24

11

0.49

 

1897

11/25

24

11

4.9

1922

11/30

48

23

0.32

 

1893

11/30

-1

-8

3.0

1893

11/30

-1

-8

0.30

 

1977

11/24

14

-2

1.9

1931

11/26

29

15

0.13

 

1931

11/26

29

15

1.4

1891

11/26

21

14

0.08

 

1993

11/25

15

-4

1.4

1956

11/22

37

4

0.08

 

1970

11/26

28

1

1.0



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