According to AAA, nearly 40 million travelers hit the roads over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend! Increased traveling distance and unpredictable weather can result in hazardous driving conditions at this time of year. Here, read about some memorable Thanksgiving weather events and get tips for safe and efficient travel, whether your destination is near or far.
As record has it, the English settlers and Wampanoag Indians had nice weather during the first Thanksgiving harvest celebration in 1621 - but not every Thanksgiving holiday has been so pleasant. A major winter storm in the Eastern United States in 1950 generated near 100-mile per hour wind gusts in the northeast, crop damage and record-low temperatures in the south and southeastern states, heavy flooding along the northeastern coast and significant snowfall in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. On Thanksgiving Day, Springfield, Illinois set a rainfall record of 1.47 inches in 1968; Buffalo, New York saw record snowfall of 10.3 inches in 1952. Oakland, California even saw a record low temperature of 36 degrees last year. More memorable Thanksgiving weather events.
The number of long-distance trips increases by 54 percent over the Thanksgiving holiday. Whether you are traveling 50 miles or 500, it is important to be ready for all kinds of weather.
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Sources: Examiner. "Thanksgiving cold weather breaks record across California." http://www.examiner.com/top-news-in-san-francisco/thanksgiving-cold-weather-breaks-records-across-california; AAA. “Five Things AAA Says Drivers Should Do Before Thanksgiving Road Trips.” http://newsroom.aaa.com/2010/11/2010-thanksgiving-road-trips; Research and Innovative Technology Administration. "U.S. Holiday Travel." http://www.bts.gov/publications/america_on_the_go/us_holiday_travel/html/entire.html; Iowa DOT. "Safe-driving tips for the holidays." http://www.iowadot.gov/tips.pdf; Environmental Protection Agency. "Tips to Save Gas and Improve Mileage." http://www.epa.gov/otaq/consumer/17-tips.pdf; Green Your. "Avoid Car Idling." http://www.greenyour.com/transportation/car/car-driving/tips/avoid-car-idling)