Thanksgiving TurkeyThanksgiving Day Climate Information

The following tables show the climate information for Rapid City, Lead, Gillette, Winner and Lemmon on Thanksgiving, as well as the weather at the Rapid City Airport for the past 10 Thanksgiving Days. Note that the average highs and lows were calculated based on the range of Thanksgiving dates (November 20th-30th) since weather records began. Record highs around the area have reached the mid-60s to upper 70s, with record lows in the teens below zero. Last Thanksgiving, Winner set a record high of 78 degrees! Of the five sites listed, precipitation is most likely in Lead, where precipitation has occurred on 44% of Thanksgivings. The past 10 years of Thanksgiving Days at the Rapid City airport have been pretty dry, with only a trace of precipitation and snow reported. The Rapid City airport has seen above normal high temperatures the past two years.

Temperature (°F)

Rapid City*

Lead

Gillette

Winner

Lemmon

Highest

75 (Nov. 24, 1932)

67 (Nov. 27,

1986)

64 (Nov. 26, 1998)

78 (Nov. 22, 2012)

67 (Nov. 26, 1998)

Lowest

-14 (Nov. 28, 1985)

-12 (Nov. 25, 1993 & Nov. 27, 1919)

-15 (Nov. 25, 1993)

-10 (Nov 28, 1985)

-15 (Nov. 24, 1977)

Average High

41.6

38.7

40.3

40.7

36.5

Average Low

20.2

20.3

18.4

20.2

17.1

Precipitation (in.)

Rapid City

Lead

Gillette

Winner

Lemmon

Max Precip.

0.31 (Nov. 28, 1929)

0.46 (Nov. 28, 1929)

0.29 (Nov. 28, 1929)

0.30 (Nov. 28, 1991)

0.25 (Nov. 24, 1993)

Days Measured Precip.

35 times or 28%

45 times or 44%

22 times or 20%

19 times or 19%

31 times or 30%

Max Snowfall

6.9 (Nov. 28, 1929)

4.0 (Nov. 27, 1924)

3.5 (Nov. 27, 1924)

5.0 (Nov. 28, 1991)

2.5 (Nov. 25, 1943)

Days Measured Snow

30 times or 24%

41 times or 40%

19 times or 17%

15 times or 15%

18 times or 18%

Max Snow Depth

8 (Nov. 28, 1985)

21 (Nov. 22, 1956)

8 (Nov. 27, 1975)

9 (Nov. 28, 1985)

13 (Nov. 28, 1996)

Year Records Began

1888

1909

1902

1910

1909

*Data for Rapid City was compiled from the office’s three locations: the original downtown Weather Bureau Office (WBO) data goes from 1888-1942; the office moved to the airport in 1942, and relocated to East Rapid City in 1995. Average highs and lows were calculated based on averaging those of the three different sites. Snow depth was not available until after the station moved to the airport.

Weather at the Rapid City Airport on the Last 10 Thanksgiving Days

Date

High Temperature (°F)

Low Temperature (°F)

Average Temperature

(°F)

Precipitation

(in.)

Snowfall

(in.)

Snow Depth

(in.)

Nov. 22, 2012

49

19

34.0

0.00

0.0

0

Nov. 24, 2011

56

34

45.0

0.00

0.0

3

Nov. 25, 2010

31

-8

11.5

0.00

0.0

4

Nov. 26, 2009

64

20

42.0

0.00

0.0

0

Nov. 27, 2008

42

17

29.5

0.00

0.0

0

Nov. 22, 2007

31

10

20.5

0.00

0.0

0

Nov. 23, 2006

62

29

45.5

0.00

0.0

0

Nov. 24, 2005

47

20

33.5

Trace

Trace

0

Nov. 25, 2004

56

32

44.0

Trace

0.0

0

Nov. 27, 2003

34

14

24.0

0.00

Missing

Missing

 

 


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