Thanksgiving here in Southern Arizona does not "feel" like it does around the rest of the country. Since Thanksgiving does not fall on the same date, putting together an average thanksgiving temperature and records are a bit more difficult. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as a day of Thanksgiving. In 1941, Congress passed a resolution decreeing that Thanksgiving should be moved to the fourth Thursday of November.
If you look at Thanksgiving days back to 1894 in Tucson, the average high for turkey day is 70 degrees. Even though many of us remember very cold nights before Thanksgiving, the average low on the holiday is only 41°.
Thanksgiving has not been without it's heat waves. Both in 1998 and in 1904 the high temperature hit 86°. The record coldest day on Thanksgiving was during the great depression in 1934 where the mercury hit 23°.
Rainfall is not very common on Thanksgiving. Since 1894, it has only rained 16 times and only 11 of those days had measurable rainfall. The most rain Tucson has had on a Thanksgiving was 0.46" back in 1944.
This year's forecast calls for no rain and temperatures to be warm, but short of the records. For the full list of records and temperatures, CLICK HERE. Have a happy holiday!
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