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This year marks the 150th anniversary of Thanksgiving.

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a day of Thanksgiving.

Congress changed the holiday to the 4th Thursday in November in 1941.  

On the holiday, Southeast Arizona generally is one of the big winners with weather.

While other parts of the nation have threats of snow and freezing temperatures, Tucson, on-average, has comfortable high temperatures and generally dry weather.  

Take a look at the average Thanksgiving numbers below for Tucson.   

  • Average high: 70°
  • Average low: 41°
  • Normal amount of rain: .02"
  • Hottest we have been: 86°
  • Coldest we have been: 23°
  • We see rain about once every 8 years.
Now here is a look at the current forecast:

  • High: 71°
  • Low: 43°
  • Rain chance: 0%
  • Sunny skies
  • Light winds

We definitely have a great forecast for Thanksgiving this year.

But if you are going to be traveling out to the eastern half of the country you will run into COLD weather and even a little snow and rain.

States out west not looking bad at all.

Maybe a little rain and clouds in the Pacific northwest, but that's typical!

Wishing you a great holiday! From Dan Bronis, Erin Jordan & Aaron Pickering wishing everyone.

Below is a complete list of the weather on Thanksgiving Day for Tucson since 1894. (Source: National Weather Service Office in Tucson)

Thanksgiving Day year-by-year breakdown
Dates are for last Thursday in Nov. . Dates are for 4th Thursday in Nov.
Year Date High Low Rainfall Year Date High Low Rainfall
1894 Nov. 29 81 42 0 1942 Nov. 26 80 39 0
1895 Nov. 28 70 33 0 1943 Nov. 25 71 47 0
1896 Nov. 26 60 33 0 1944 Nov. 23 58 48 0.46"
1897 Nov. 25 77 37 0 1945 Nov. 22 76 34 0
1898 Nov. 24 66 31 0 1946 Nov. 28 80 54 0
1899 Nov. 30 74 35 0 1947 Nov. 27 75 38 0
1900 Nov. 29 66 43 0 1948 Nov. 25 67 37 0
1901 Nov. 28 82 54 0 1949 Nov. 24 78 45 0
1902 Nov. 27 70 34 0 1950 Nov. 23 83 50 0
1903 Nov. 26 82 44 0 1951 Nov. 22 66 45 0
1904 Nov. 24 86 42 0 1952 Nov. 27 62 33 0
1905 Nov. 30 61 37 0 1953 Nov. 26 84 45 0
1906 Nov. 29 66 33 0 1954 Nov. 25 81 47 0
1907 Nov. 28 72 40 0 1955 Nov. 24 67 34 0
1908 Nov. 26 70 31 0 1956 Nov. 22 68 48 0
1909 Nov. 25 85 43 0 1957 Nov. 28 65 35 0
1910 Nov. 24 84 40 0 1958 Nov. 27 70 49 Trace
1911 Nov. 30 59 30 0 1959 Nov. 26 70 41 0
1912 Nov. 28 79 47 0 1960 Nov. 24 77 43 0
1913 Nov. 27 71 39 0 1961 Nov. 23 67 35 0
1914 Nov. 26 71 39 0 1962 Nov. 22 76 45 0
1915 Nov. 25 msg msg 0 1963 Nov. 28 71 39 0
1916 Nov. 30 67 38 0 1964 Nov. 26 74 44 0
1917 Nov. 29 72 30 0 1965 Nov. 25 68 51 0.14"
1918 Nov. 28 48 39 0 1966 Nov. 24 66 48 0
1919 Nov. 27 67 47 0 1967 Nov. 23 64 47 0
1920 Nov. 25 69 40 0 1968 Nov. 28 59 34 0
1921 Nov. 24 82 37 0 1969 Nov. 27 67 48 0
1922 Nov. 30 58 41 0 1970 Nov. 26 73 49 0
1923 Nov. 29 65 28 0 1971 Nov. 25 72 43 0
1924 Nov. 27 80 34 0 1972 Nov. 23 66 44 0.03"
1925 Nov. 26 66 42 0 1973 Nov. 22 63 37 0
1926 Nov. 25 76 42 0 1974 Nov. 28 68 36 0
1927 Nov. 24 78 44 0.05" 1975 Nov. 27 72 43 0
1928 Nov. 29 59 29 0 1976 Nov. 25 73 49 0
1929 Nov. 28 75 32 0 1977 Nov. 24 73 42 0
1930 Nov. 27 76 41 0 1978 Nov. 23 59 52 0.35"
1931 Nov. 26 58 33 0 1979 Nov. 22 56 24 0
1932 Nov. 24 78 50 0 1980 Nov. 27 66 32 0
1933 Nov. 30 60 35 0.20" 1981 Nov. 26 66 34 0
1934 Nov. 29 54 23 0 1982 Nov. 25 60 47 0
1935 Nov. 28 66 32 0 1983 Nov. 24 64 33 0
1936 Nov. 26 74 48 0 1984 Nov. 22 68 51 Trace
1937 Nov. 25 74 37 0 1985 Nov. 28 68 42 0
1938 Nov. 24 63 38 0 1986 Nov. 27 71 35 0
1939 Nov. 30 64 35 Trace 1987 Nov. 26 60 32 0
1940 Nov. 28 72 46 0 1988 Nov. 24 71 41 0.37"
1941 Nov. 27 76 52 0 1989 Nov. 23 81 50 0
  1990 Nov. 22 72 38 0
1991 Nov. 28 72 43 0
1992 Nov. 26 62 31 0
1993 Nov. 25 66 39 0
1994 Nov. 24 76 49 0
1995 Nov. 23 80 46 0
1996 Nov. 28 69 46 0.02"
1997 Nov. 27 65 45 0.01"
1998 Nov. 26 86 44 0
1999 Nov. 25 67 29 0
2000 Nov. 23 61 40 0
2001 Nov. 22 79 50 0
2002 Nov. 28 64 51 Trace
2003 Nov. 27 65 39 0
2004 Nov. 25 67 37 0
2005 Nov. 24 77 46 0
2006 Nov. 23 81 49 0
2007 Nov. 22 80 57 Trace
2008 Nov. 27 66 52 0.26"
2009 Nov. 26 77 57 0
2010 Nov. 25 59 40 0
2011 Nov. 24 76 48 0.05"
2012 Nov. 22 81 48 0
2013 Nov. 28 . . .
2014 Nov. 27 . . .
2015 Nov. 26 . . .

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