Thanksgiving Climatology For Grand Island, NE

 
 

 

 

 Thanksgiving Climatology For Grand Island, NE

Thanksgiving Day always falls on the fourth Thursday of November, with the date each year ranging from November 22-28. This year, Thanksgiving is on Nov. 24th. Historically speaking, Thanksgiving Day weather epitomizes the variability we have come to expect in the Central Plains region. We should be prepared for anything from sunshine to snow, and from frigid cold to short-sleeve shirts. Just in the last 30 years, high temperatures in Grand Island have ranged from 14 to 71 degrees (see below for more details). When it comes to precipitation, the day is typically dry, and in fact Grand Island has not recorded measurable precipitation on Thanksgiving in 19 years (since 1993). The last measurable snowfall also occurred in 1993, with 0.5-inch. 

Since 1980, there have been two Thanksgiving Days that stand out as being bitterly cold. November 28, 1985 was the coldest in that span, with a high of only 14 degrees. Another cold one was 1993, with a high of only 16 degrees, and a two-day snowfall total of 1.4 inches.  In 1983, although Thanksgiving Day itself was dry and seasonable, the upcoming weekend featured a significant winter storm with Grand Island measuring 13.8 inches of snow between Saturday and Monday. On the flip side, 1998 was the warmest Thanksgiving Day on record with a high of 71 degrees.

Last year, Thanksgiving Day 2011 was among the warmest on record, featuring a daytime high of 66 degrees under sunny skies and with south breezes gusting 20-30 MPH. This was the warmest Thanksgiving in 13 years, since a 71-degree day in 1998.  


 

 ** All information in the first section below is strictly for November 24th, which corresponds to THIS YEAR's Thanksgiving Day. See farther down the page for climate data focused on the actual Thanksgiving Day, which varies between Nov. 22-28 depending on the year ** 

    Grand Island, NE Daily Normals & All-Time Records for Nov. 24th
    (Does not necessarily correspond to ACTUAL Thanksgiving Day in most years)

     

    Max Temperature

    Min Temperature

    Precipitation

    Snowfall

    30-Year Normals (1981-2010)

    45

    23

    0.04

    0.1

    10-Year Averages (2001-2010)

    43.4

    22.6

    0.06

    0.0

    Records (since 1895)

    72 in 1990

    -2 in 1938

    0.64" in 2001

    3.0" in 1895


    - Since 1981, high temperatures on Nov. 24th have ranged from 13 degrees (1993) to 72 degrees (1990)

    - Since 1981, low temperatures on Nov. 24th have ranged from 5 degrees (1993) to 38 degrees (2001)

    - Since 1981, the high temperature on Nov. 24th has reached 60 degrees or more only four times (1986, 1988, 1990, 1998)

    - Since 1981, the low temperature on Nov. 24th has dipped to 10 degrees or colder only four times (1982, 1993, 1996, 2003)

    - Since 1981, measurable precipitation has fallen only 3 times on Nov. 24th (led by 0.64-inch in 2001)

    - Since 1981, measurable snow has fallen only twice on Nov. 24th (led by 2.1 inches in 1992)

    - Compared to 30-year normals (1981-2010), high temperatures on Nov. 24th during the past 10 years have averaged 1.6 
      degrees below normal, and low temperatures 0.4 degrees below normal. 
 


** All information below this point is for the ACTUAL THANKSGIVING DAY, which varies between 
Nov. 22-28 depending on the year **


Grand Island NE Records
(Actual Thanksgiving Day)

Grand Island
(since 1895)

Warmest Thanksgiving On Record 71 degrees on Nov. 26, 1998
Coldest Thanksgiving On Record (Low Temp) -2 degrees on Nov. 24, 1938
Coldest Thanksgiving On Record (High Temp) 14 degrees on Nov. 28, 1985
Wettest Thanksgiving On Record 0.93" on Nov. 26, 1896
Most Snowfall on Thanksgiving Day 4.0" on Nov. 26, 1931 and Nov. 27,1919


The Last Time _____ Happened On Thanksgiving?

Last 70+ degree day: 71 in 1998

Last 60+ degree day: 66 in 2011

Last time the high temp was 35 or colder: 31 in 2010

Last time the high temp was 20 or colder: 16 in 1993

Last time the low temp was 10 or colder: 6 in 2010

Last time the low temp was 35 or warmer: 39 in 1997

Last time measurable precipitation (0.05 inch or more): 0.07 in 1992 

Last time measurable snow fell (more than Trace): 0.5-inch in 1993

 

Grand Island, Nebraska - 10 Year Climate Data
(2002-2011) for Thanksgiving Day
Date Max Temperature Min Temperature Precipitation Snowfall 6 AM Snow Depth Weather Conditions

11/28/2002

56

22

0.00

0.0

0

 

11/27/2003

45

20

0.00

0.0

0

 

11/25/2004

59

30

0.00

0.0

0

 

11/24/2005

38

24

0.00

0.0

0

 

11/23/2006

63

30

0.00

0.0

0

 

11/22/2007

34

12

0.00

0.0

Trace

 

11/27/2008

45

27

0.00

0.0

0

 

11/26/2009

50

18

0.00

0.0

0

 

11/25/2010

31

6

0.00

0.0

0

 

11/24/2011

66

34

0.00

0.0

0

sunny, breezy
10-year Averages

48.7

22.3

0.00

0.0

   

 

10-Year Thanksgiving Summary: Grand Island, Nebraska (2002-2011)
Highest maximum temperature: 66 degrees in 2011
Lowest minimum temperature: 6 degrees in 2010
There has been NO precipitation on Thanksgiving in the last 10 years

 Despite these interesting facts, past historical data is not necessarily an indication of what the weather will actually be like for Thanksgiving 2012.
Please check the latest forecast for your area regularly!

 For more climate related information, check out the following websites:

This page was composed by the staff at the National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska.


Last Updated: 11/25/11 



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