Breakdown: Why Thanksgiving weather varies so much

Breakdown: Why Thanksgiving weather varies so much

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Thanksgiving falls during a time of year where you can get a wide range of different weather. The jet stream, or upper level wind flow that divides cool and warm air, is usually more active during the Fall and can have a big impact on our Thanksgiving forecast. This means that we can see either very cold air and snow or a warm spell with sunshine, depending on the placement of the jet stream.

The snowiest Thanksgiving in Memphis on record was in 1950 with over an inch of snow. The wettest was in 1979 with over 2.5 inches of rain. The average high temperature for Thanksgiving is around 59 degrees, but we hit 77 in 1981. The coldest overnight low was 21 degrees in 2013, which is about 20 degrees below average.

Thanksgiving 2018 will be seasonable with sunshine and highs in the lower 60s and lows in the 40s.

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