Record Warmth for Thanksgiving 2011

High temperatures across eastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, and northwest Iowa soared into the mid 60's to lower 70's on the afternoon of November 24th -- marking the warmest Thanksgiving Day in Sioux City, IA, and the 2nd warmest Thanksgiving in Sioux Falls and Huron. Additionally, a record high was set in Mitchell at 71 degrees. This breaks the original record for November 24th of 70 degrees, set in 1923.

    High Temperatures for 24 November 2011


Normal highs for this time of year are generally in the upper 30's to lower 40's across the region, meaning that highs on this day were 25 to 35 degrees above normal. Many locations neared their record highs Thursday afternoon under these unseasonably warm conditions. A table of high temperatures from 24 November 2011, record highs for 24 November, and the departure from previous record values is listed below.


       2011         Record   Departure
Mitchell, SD 71 70 +1
Sioux City, IA 67 68 -1
Sioux Falls, SD 65 67 -2
Watertown, SD 58 61 -3
Huron, SD 66 70 -4
Mobridge, SD 55 66 -11
Sisseton, SD 59 70 -11
Aberdeen, SD 52 65 -13
Pierre, SD 51 70 -19

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