This Thanksgiving likely the coldest EVER in much of the USA
Cold air is about to sweep out of Canada in a brutal winter blitzkrieg just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Records will shatter. Some places may beat all time record lows for the day by 10 degrees or more.
(From The Weather Channel)
New York City has only had three Thanksgivings dating to 1870 when the high temperature failed to rise out of the 20s, according to National Weather Service statistics. The coldest was a high of 22 degrees on Nov. 30, 1871.
Forecast highs Thursday in New York City likely will not rise out of the 20s for the first time on Thanksgiving since 1901.
New York City with a high in the 20s in November?! That is unusual to say the least. Consider how many times you've watched the ball drop at Times Square on New Years. That is the heart of the winter, yet it's usually in the 30s at midnight on December 31st. Sometimes a bit colder. Sometimes a bit warmer. But almost never (in my recollection) anything near what the city will see tomorrow.
Given that politically speaking it looks like Florida turned back from the brink, and given the new anti-tax provisions passed by the state's voters, the Sunshine State is looking even better these days. Palm trees and margaritas for the winter sound mighty good.
It is worth noting that the past few years have been particularly cold on the East Coast. In central Virginia we had snow flurries in early April this year. That is not typical.
One thing is for sure. If you plan on deep frying your turkey just suck it up and go outside with the frier even if your neighborhood resembles the windswept wilds of Antartica. No turkey is worth burning the house down.