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    Thanksgiving Parade Weather in NYC, Philly

    By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
    November 25, 2011, 7:23:04 AM EST

    After a stormy night Tuesday night in the Northeast, weather conditions have improved this morning in time for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York and the 6 ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia.

    Gusty winds hit New York, Philadelphia and much of the Northeast Wednesday evening, but winds have diminished as expected by AccuWeather.com this morning.

    Northwest winds topped 30 mph along the I-95 corridor Wednesday evening.

    Winds over much of the parade route will be from the northwest at 6 to 12 mph. It is possible with the channeling effect that winds can be locally higher.

    What has been done in the past during marginally windy weather is the handlers have held the helium-filled balloons closer to the ground or some balloons were pulled from the parade for safety concerns.

    That should not be necessary this year.

    All in all, the weather for the two parades and other activities this morning in the Northeast should be mild compared to some years.

    Temperatures for the start of this year's parade will be around the 40-degree mark and will approach 50 degrees by noon. For folks waiting outdoors for hours early in the morning for the perfect spot, it will be a little chilly.

    According to the New York Times, in 2005, sudden gusts of wind caused the M&M balloon to strike and knock over a streetlight. The crashing light injured two spectators.


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    "The 18th annual Thanksgiving balloon parade gathered over 200 000 spectators in Stamford Connecticut. The weather was pure perfection, sunny, clear and warm," according to AccuWeather.com Facebook fan Hilkka.

    In 1997, the Cat in the Hat balloon struck a lamppost and knocked it onto four people causing some serious injuries.

    The oldest Thanksgiving Day parade title does not belong to New York. The Philadelphia parade was initiated in 1920. The first Thanksgiving Day parade in New York commenced in 1924.

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