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Local, National Thanksgiving Weather Review

By Jesse Ferrell, Meteorologist/Community Director
12/23/2014, 10:24:28 AM

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As I do every year, I'd like to take a look at how the weather affected Thanksgiving and Black Friday on a national basis, and see where Turkey Day 2014 stacks up locally here in State College, Pennsylvania. Nationally this year, the big concentration was on the day before Thanksgiving, when a snow storm struck the East. In fact, we didn't even do the Thanksgiving Day map until the day before:


For that reason, I don't have an animated Thanksgiving Map this year to see how the forecast changed over time. I do have two animations from Wednesday: The "Thanksgiving Travel Forecast Map" animated to show the storm itself, as well as the snow forecast map:


Here in State College it was cold and snowy. It tied with 2005 as the 2nd coldest day (last year was the coldest in the period). It was the third "White Thanksgiving" (1 inch or more on the ground -- officially we only had 0.3 inches on Thanksgiving, but 4.1" the day before and 0.8" on Black Friday, for a total of 5.2" for November -- by far the snowiest November since 2005). Here's what it looked like on Thanksgiving Eve:


We delayed our trip (from State College to York PA) Wednesday afternoon to Thursday noon (see webcam shot), and still saw snow falling on the way down from State College, PA to York, PA. Here's what it looked like driving towards York:

Our return trip Friday was delayed until Saturday but we *still* had trouble then, as snow coated the ground in York (see webcam). Here's what the PennDot cams looked like on our way home:

Here are links to my previous blogs about past Thanksgiving weather:









We had considerable snow in the 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 (the 25th named Atlantic system that year) formed. My first year of blogging for, 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.
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