Thanksgiving Day Historic Storms

The top five big storms of Thanksgiving Day.

History and tradition surround Thanksgiving Day, but it's not all food and family. 

While this Thanksgiving will be sunny and dry with temperatures in the 60s, big storms have interfered with the holiday, thus becoming historic in their own right. 

The Old Farmer’s Almanac lists these as the five biggest Thanksgiving Day weather events. 

The Great Appalachian Storm
November 24–25, 1950

This storm tracked inland along the eastern slopes of the Appalachians, producing wind gusts of up to 83 miles-per-hour, as recorded at Albany, NY.

Thanksgiving Snowstorm
November 24–25, 1971

Many holiday travelers were stranded when this storm dumped up to 30 inches of snow in the northeast.

The Great Thanksgiving Weekend Blizzard
November 25, 1983

Denver received 21.5 inches of snow in 37 hours, closing Stapleton Airport and interstate highways.

Thanksgiving Day Storm
November 26, 1987

Thanksgiving Day 1987 saw two big storms.  Northern New England and upstate New York were hit with heavy snow and gale force winds, while a second storm over the southern and central Rockies produced up to 13 inches of snow.

Thanksgiving Day Storm
November 23, 1989

Heavy rain hit parts of the southern Atlantic coast region, while the middle Atlantic coast states and southern New England received heavy snow.

Did any of these storms interrupt your Thanksgiving plans?  Tell us your story in the comments section below.


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