Happy Thanksgiving! Past Thanksgiving Weather

November 22nd, 2012 at 9:48 am by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Thank you all for your valuable reports, comments & pics throughout the year!  It does not go unnoticed & it is great to have you all here on the blog!  You are as much apart of this weather team as Cameron & Jessie & me.  Thank you again!

WEST LAFAYETTE (1887-2011)

HIGHEST THANKSGIVING HIGH TEMPERATURE:  71 – 1900

HIGHEST THANKSGIVING LOW TEMPERATURE:  56 – 1896

HIGHEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE:  61.5 (High 67  Low 56) – 1896

LOWEST THANKSGIVING HIGH TEMPERATURE:  15 – 1930

LOWEST THANKSGIVING LOW TEMPERATURE:  0 – 1930

GREATEST DAILY TEMPERATURE CHANGE:  34 degrees – 1900 (High 71  Low 37)

MOST DAILY RAINFALL:  1.14″ – 1968 (2nd:  0.83″ – 2010)

MOST SNOWFALL:  3″ – 1975

MOST SNOW COVER:  3″ – 1975

LEAST TEMPERATURE MOVEMENT FOR THE DAY:  4 degrees – 1975 (High 34   Low 30)

MOST ICE ON THANKSGIVING:  0.04″ Freezing Rain – 1894  (High 31  Low 19)

Remembering the Great Thanksgiving 1950 Storm (38 Thanksgiving to below 0 day after Thanksgiving at West Lafayette!)

Deemed “Storm of the Century” at the Time:  Record Warmth, Record Arctic Outbreak, Blizzard, Hurricane Winds, Flooding & Storm Surge………

The great November 1950 superstorm was unprecedented in its wind, surface pressure, snow & Arctic outbreak.  353 people were killed in the storm.

Granted the great Thanksgiving 1950 storm was not a hurricane hybrid, it was still extreme with RECORD WARMTH on its east & northeast side & RECORD COLD on its west & south sides.  At one point of the storm, 50s & 60s were widespread across New England, but it was below-zero in northern Georgia & Tennessee with 20s well into Florida.

Damage was tremendous from the Midwest to New England & Mid-Atlantic.

Newark, New Jersey gusted to 108 mph!  New York City gusted to 94 mph, while the runways of La Guardia Airport were submerged in water from the extreme storm surge.  The storm surge flooded lower Manhattan, while winds reached 110 mph in New Hampshire & 10o mph in Vermont.  Albany, New York gusted to 83 mph with gust to 105 mph in Connecticut.  Wind gusts of 160 mph were recorded in the high elevations of New Hampshire.  Forest damage was extensive, as was home & business damage.

Up to 44″ of snow fell in east-central Ohio, while the entire state picked up at least 10″ (Youngstown 29″, Steubenville 44″, Dayton 11″) .  Drifts of 25′ were reported in eastern Ohio with winds across the state gusting over 60 mph.  This was by far the worst blizzard in Ohio on record until the blizzard of 1978.  The entire state was completely paralyzed for days.  Up to 62″ of snow fell in West Virginia from the storm, while Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania picked up nearly 3 FEET of snow.  MEANWHILE, extensive flooding occurred in central & eastern parts of the state.  Numerous building collapses were reported from Ohio to eastern Kentucky, West Virginia & Pennsylvania from the weight of the snow.

In just this one storm, Ohio & West Virginia broke the state records for overall snowiest November ever recorded.  The records stand to this day in 2012.  Over a foot snow fell in Ontario, Canada.  Thunder & lightning accompanied the heavy snow with intense thundersnow just north & west of the center of the storm that resembled the eye of a hurricane.

Extreme cold blasted in with the storm.  All-time record lows for the month of November were set over most of the central & southern U.S.  Atlanta dropped to an amazing -3, while Savannah tanked to 15.  Birmingham, Alabama dropped to 5, while Montgomery hit 13 with Jacksonville, Florida down to 23.  Nashville, Tennessee dropped to -1.  Below zero readings were found into North Carolina with -5 at Asheville & coastal, southeast North Carolina dropped into the teens with 16 at Wilmington.

The Superstorm & Our Area…….

Blizzard conditions developed in the viewing area with the storm winds , snow & record-cold blasting in.

PURDUE UNIVERSITY AIRPORT OBSERVATIONS:

November 25, 1950 6 p.m. – November 26, 1950 5 p.m. consistent SUSTAINED winds of over 25 mph.  Gusts over 45 mph.

11/25 – 6 p.m. – Sustained wind measured at 30 mph

11/25 – 10 p.m. – Sustained wind measured at 32 mph

11/25 – 11 p.m. – Sustained wind measured at 32 mph

11/26 – 12 a.m. – Sustained wind measured at 30 mph

11/26 – 1 a.m. – Sustained wind measured at 30 mph

11/26 – 2 a.m. – Sustained wind measured at 32 mph

11/26 – 4 a.m. – Sustained wind measured at 32 mph

11/26 – 5 a.m. – Sustained wind measured at 30 mph

11/26 – 6 a.m. – Sustained wind measured at 30 mph

11/26 – 7 a.m. – Sustained wind measured at 35 mph

11/26 – 10 a.m. – Sustained wind measured at 30 mph

11/26 – 11 a.m. – Sustained wind measured at 35 mph

11/26 – 1 p.m. – Sustained wind measured at 30 mph

Snowfall Total/Temperature Drop Just Prior & After Storm:

Kokomo    9.5″    37 to -5

Crawfordsville    9.5″    38 to -5

Wabash    8.8″    36 to -3

Monticello    7.3″

Rochester    7.2″    37 to -4

Wheatfield    7.1″    36 to -10

Logansport    6.9″

Veedersburg    6.6″    37 to -7

Rensselaer    5.6″    35 to -10

Winamac    5.5″    35 to -10

Frankfort    5.5″    38 to -4

West Lafayette    3.7″     38 to -5

Fowler    3.6″    35 to -8

Delphi    3.3″    38 to -5

Kentland    2.2″    38 to -9

Covington    2.1″

Whitestown   1.3″    35 to -6

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2 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving! Past Thanksgiving Weather”

  1. ch n ffort says:

    Happy thanksgiving to u and the family. Thx for all ur work man ur the best

  2. Samantha says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

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