Residents and visitors in the South for the Thanksgiving holiday faced the coldest Thanksgiving in years in the wake of recent heavy rain and thunderstorms.
The landscape was cold Thanksgiving morning with many areas having their lowest temperatures so far this season. Record low temperatures fell from Mississippi and Alabama to Georgia and the Carolinas.
A frost and freeze touched new territory for the season so far in the Deep South, reaching the Gulf coast and into portions of central Florida.
Temperatures during the cold wave will dip to 15 to 25 degrees below normal and will challenge record lows in some locations.
According to AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Paul Walker, "Since 1985, only two Thanksgiving days failed to reach 70 degrees in Tampa."
The temperature was 63 degrees in Tampa, Fla., at 3:00 p.m. this Thanksgiving.
"Prior chilly Thanksgiving days in Tampa include a high of 67 degrees on Nov. 28, 2002, and a high of 68 degrees on Nov. 23, 2000," Walker said.
For folks hitting theme parks and golf courses in Florida, it is definitely jacket and long-sleeve weather, especially for the morning and evening hours.
However, temperatures will rebound Friday into the weekend with dry weather and clear skies forecast for much of the region.
The only potential inclement weather is forecast along Florida's east coast with clouds, spotty showers and rough surf.
An area of showers and thunderstorms near the Bahamas has the potential to develop into a tropical storm and impact part of the East Coast of the United States during Memorial Day weekend.
Severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes will continue to sweep across the central U.S. into Thursday night.
This weekend will be the biggest racing weekend of the year with three major races drawing in millions of viewers from around the globe.
This summer, the pattern responsible for extensive drought and heat in southeastern Asia will break down enough to bring relief to some nations, while the tropics spring to life for a time.
Severe weather, including the risk of tornadoes and flash flooding, will continue into Memorial Day weekend.
A powerful, wedge tornado moved across north-central Kansas Wednesday evening, leaving damage to homes and property in its wake.
Erie, PA (1991)
One-half inch of rain fell in only 5 minutes.
A tornado of long duration was observed for 7 hours and 20 minutes and was said to extend 293 miles. The storm struck Mattoon and Charleston, killing 70 people.
New England (1967)
(25th-26th) Coastal New England battered by a great Nor'easter. Winds mounted to 70-80 mph on the coast. Blue Hill had sustained winds of 60 mph and Logan had sustained winds of 50 mph. Lowest pressure of 29.30" was measured over the ocean; 5-10" of snow fell in the Berkshires with considerable damage to the tobacco crop in the Connecticut River Valley. Temperature dropped to 31 degrees at Pittsfield on the 30th for a remarkable end of May freeze.