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    Annual Central PA Thanksgiving Weather Roundup

    By Jesse Ferrell, Meteorologist/Community Director
    11/26/2012, 5:39:12 AM

    UPDATE: It did, indeed, turn out to be the warmest 3 PM temperature in State College since 2005 -- 57 degrees!

    As I have since 2005, I now present you with the Thanksgiving Weather report for State College, Pa. This year is forecast to feature the warmest afternoon temperature since 2005, at 54, both here in State College and in York, Pa., where I'll be on Thanksgiving Day.


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    But some things never change; the White Thanksgiving of 2005 holds the record for the coldest day, no matter what the measure. The "warmest" Thanksgiving by the numbers would be 2007, but that high occurred at midnight and the temperature fell during the day, ending up third coldest.


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    This 2012 Thanksgiving, things are fairly quiet nationally (perhaps the quietest since 2005), and I present this on our first "HD" Thanksgiving Weather Map (click to enlarge):


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    Previous blogs are linked below:

    We had considerable snow out West in 2007, and a swath of snow through the Midwest (see my blog entry from Nov. 20, 2007). Here in Central Pennsylvania, I did a video outside on Thanksgiving morning when temperatures were in the 60s, but they plunged later that day. There was also a surprise snow in Texas and tornadoes in Florida.

    In 2006, after it snowed on Tuesday in Florida, I took a bunch of great weather photos on Thanksgiving Eve, and on Thursday it rained so hard that the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade was almost cancelled. I about busted my butt on Black Friday Black Ice here in Central Pennsylvania.

    And back in 2005 on Thanksgiving eve, Tropical Storm Delta formed (the 25th named Atlantic system that year) formed. My first year of blogging for AccuWeather.com, we had a White Thanksgiving here at AccuWeather HQ, and over 2 feet of lake-effect snow fell in New York state, along with high winds over the entire Northeast (waves even flooded the streets of Lake Erie). It was frigid on Black Friday with wind chills below -25 here.

    *High overnight; fell during day.
    **Official data from Penn State weather station; unofficial data from University Park Airport.

    The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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    Jesse Ferrell