Thanksgiving Eve

Your 5-day outlook. Highs and lows are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Main Threats

Friday: winds could become gusty during the day. Caution advised if you plan to be out in the woods hunting or hiking. Watch for loose branches.

Friday night: Heavy rainfall

Summary

We are all set for an absolutely beautiful day today. That nice weather will continue right on into our Thanksgiving. I have some good news about Friday (aka Black Friday)! The system that will bring us our next round of rain has slowed down and it now looks like most of Friday will be dry. It looks like it could be a breezy day, so be cautious if you plan to be out in the woods hiking or hunting. Remember, we still have a lot of loose limbs from the ice storm a few years back that need to fall from the trees. 

Rain moves in Friday night and it could be a bit heavy at times. I don’t think we’ll see any flooding issues, as we still have a few days to keep drying out from the last rains. 

The system Friday night looks to be a progressive one  and there are no indications that it will linger long. Therefore, Saturday’s weather is looking pretty good, especially the second half the day. 

The first half of Sunday is looking good, too, at this point. But, another system will be moving in Sunday evening/overnight. That system is carrying a very strong cold front that may bring us some snow flurries on Monday. 

Records

If this were 1952 the folks in the northeastern portions of Tennessee would be able to shout from the rooftops that they were going to have a white Thanksgiving! On November 21st of that year the Tri-Cities measured 16.2 inches of new snow! That is the most snow to ever fall on that region in a 24-hour period of time. That snow storm appears to have been confined to the mountains, as I can see no record of Crossville getting snow from that event.

Speaking of big snows…..

An incredible four-day snow event was hitting the Northeast on this day in 1798 (that was a few years ago! ha). The storm dropped snow that folks were measuring in feet in some places. New York City received a foot of snow, while locations further inland picked up close to three feet! This storm ushered in a long, miserable winter for the Northeast, with many locations having snow-covered ground from now until May! 

On the other end of the country, and many years later, California was hit with severe floods. November 21, 1967 brought some of the worst mudslides in 33 years to the southern portions of the state. Los Angeles measured eight inches of rain, while mountain locations picked up over a foot of rain! For perspective, L.A. usually gets about 15 inches of rain for the entire year. 

And on this day in 1985, Hurricane Kate made landfall at Mexico Beach, FL. I’m not sure I would have even recognized that location in the records if hadn’t been for Hurricane Michael’s devastating landfall there six weeks ago. Kate was much kinder to the Florida Panhandle, though she still brought wind gusts to 100 mph. This is the latest known hurricane landfall to hit the U.S. this far north.

Keep in mind, hurricane season runs through November 30. A glance at the National Hurricane Center website this morning shows no activity in the Atlantic or Pacific, with none expected for the next five days. It’s probably safe to say the 2018 season has come to an end. 

Almanac

Almanac for yesterday

On this day last year (New Section!)

On this day last year we enjoyed a high of 60 degrees, after a morning low of 42. We had no precipitation to record. The maximum wind speed was 15 mph.

News

The death toll from the California wildfires has now risen to a staggering 81. What is even more concerning is the number of missing has now risen to 870. Keep in mind, many of the missing have lost everything and are likely in shelters somewhere with no way of communicating with all their family (it only takes one family member/friend not knowing where you are to get you on the missing list). Still, there is a grave concern that many of those folks have lost their lives.

This begs a question….  If you were suddenly displaced from your home would you be able to tell a stranger who to call? Would you know cell numbers? Many of us have those numbers stored in our cell phones but we never actually memorize the number. How would you communicate with someone if you had only a landline at a shelter to use? It’s something to think about. Would your kids know how to get in touch with you? 

Let’s take a moment today and remember all the folks in our country who have been impacted by loss, whether it be from natural disaster or from losing someone to illness or accident. The holidays can be hard for folks, and we needn’t forget the ones who are struggling.

Final word

I hope each and every one of you have the best Thanksgiving! I’ll be starting a new Thanksgiving tradition tomorrow by running the Hot to Trot turkey run at Turkey Creek in Knoxville! Wish me luck! It’s a 10k (~6 miles) and I’m looking forward to it. Thanksgiving will be different for me this year, as we always had it at Granny’s house. Traditions change and we need to tackle that change with hope. We’ll still have Thanksgiving but it will only be with my immediate family. We had considered skipping it altogether but that’s not right, at least not for us. We mustn’t forget what we still have to be thankful for, even as we’re hurting from what we’ve lost. 

On Saturday I’ll be in Chattanooga running the Hungry Turkey Half. Why run this race? Because they give you a gigantic cinnamon role at the end! What? I could just go out and buy one? Now, that’s just crazy talk! lol 

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