Breakdown: Why Thanksgiving weather can vary in the Mid-South

Breakdown- Thanksgiving Day extremes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) -MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Thanksgiving Day has brought a variety of weather in the past and some of it has been wild in years past. While this year is looking pretty tame, let’s take a look back at some of the extremes.

Let’s start with a look back over the past eight years and compare.


2019 Highs in the 40s

2018- Highs in the 60s

2017 -Highs in the 50s

2016 – Highs in the 50s, cloudy and cool

2015 – Highs in the 70s, sunny

2014 – Highs in the 40s, sunny

2013 – Highs in the 40s, sun/clouds

2012 – Highs in the 70s, sun/clouds

Just looking at the past 8 years, you can see that our weather on Thanksgiving Day can vary from year to year.


1994 – Highs in the 70s, tornadoes in Germantown, West Memphis and rural areas of Crocket county.

1980 - Highs in the 30s, flurries

1981 – Highs in the 70s, much warmer

1995 – Highs in the 30s, light snow

This goes to show you, that there really isn’t a standard for Thanksgiving Day in the Mid-South.

One thing to be thankful for this year…we won’t have any extreme weather. If the long-range GFS model (see graphic) is on target, we will likely fall close to or just below average with temps in the 50s to low 60s.

We will update you on specifics as it gets closer. It should be mild for next Wednesday for the busiest travel days of the year.

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