Historic Thanksgiving Storms

November 22, 2020
Thanksgiving Snowstorm 1950

Has wild weather ever disrupted your Thanksgiving? Here are 5 of the biggest Thanksgiving storms in American history!

November 24–25, 1950
The Great Appalachian Storm

A storm rapidly deepened as it tracked inland along the eastern slopes of the Appalachians. A wind gust of 83 mph was recorded at Albany, N.Y., the strongest ever, with sustained winds of 50 to 60 mph. Many trees and power lines were blown down across the region, and wind damage was extensive in New York State.

November 24–25, 1971
Thanksgiving Snowstorm

Heavy snow began on the day before Thanksgiving and continued into Thanksgiving Day. Albany, N.Y., picked up 22.5 inches, the greatest November snowfall on record, with amounts up to 30 inches reported elsewhere. This storm turned the busiest travel day of the year into a nightmare, with many stranded travelers not making it to their destinations.

November 26–27, 1983
The Great Thanksgiving Weekend Blizzard

This storm hit Denver, Colo., and produced 21.5 inches of snow in 37 hours, closing Stapleton Airport for 24 hours. The snow and wind closed interstate highways around Denver.

November 26, 1987
Thanksgiving Day Storm

A storm produced heavy snow in northern New England and upstate New York. Snowfall totals in Maine ranged up to 20 inches at Flagstaff Lake. Totals in New Hampshire reached as high as 18 inches, at Errol. Gales lashed the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. A second storm, over the southern and central Rockies, produced nine inches of snow at Kanosh, Utah, and 13 inches at Divide, Colo., with five inches reported at Denver.

November 23, 1989
Thanksgiving Day Storm

Low pressure tracking across the Carolinas brought heavy rain to parts of the southern Atlantic coast region, and blanketed the middle Atlantic coast states and southern New England with heavy snow. The storm produced up to nine inches of snow over Long Island, N.Y., and up to 14 inches over Cape Cod, Mass., at Yarmouth. Totals of 4.7 inches at New York City and 6 inches at Newark, N.J., were records for Thanksgiving Day.

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ah yes the halloween storm of 91...

here in SE Minnesota we were out trick-or treating with our kids with rain, snow & sleet falling in the darkness of night. Most people had winter coats on over their outfits. The wind and snow took out the power for 2 days. We melted snow to flush the toilet as water lines also froze up.
We played Monopoly by candle light. Our kids still to this day, remember & talk about that storm.

Halloween Blizzard of 1991

The Halloween Blizzard of 1991 is one that midwesterns, especially Minnesotans, fondly remember. From 10/31/91 - 11/3/91, 28.4 inches of snow fell in the Twin Cities area...36.9 inches of snow was dumped on Duluth, MN. We are a hearty group, the Trick-or-Treaters still ventured out.

My Memory of the 1950 Thanksgiving Storm

I have a very special memory of the Thanksgiving Storm of 1950….my dog, Brownie!
I grew up in Lawrence County, in Western Pennsylvania. Our area was hit with lots of snow then too. My dad had a custom-made, heavy duty tow truck, part of his garage business. He had a big snow plow attachment for it, and had the township’s contract for snow removal from the township’s roads.
A lady from our village went into labor during the worst of the storm, so Dad plowed the road to New Castle, 15 miles away, with the expectant parents driving their car behind him to get the woman to the hospital.
Afterwards he went to a store in the city and bought a lot of bread and milk to bring back home to the little store in the village.
Later on, as Dad was out in the country plowing the township roads, a family waved him in to their house, and gave him some coffee to help him stay warm. They happened to have a litter of puppies in their cellar. They insisted he take a puppy home for me, his only child at the time. He loved dogs, so probably didn’t need much persuading.
I had just turned 2 the week before, but I do remember looking down into a tall, narrow cardboard box and seeing a puppy at the bottom. I had Brownie for 11 years. He was my best pal.

in 1968 we moved from

in 1968 we moved from southern Ca to shasta co. in the north. i was 10 at the time and had only seen it snow once in my life. a day or two before Thanksgiving we recieved 8" of snow. what a treat for us kids! that same year, just before Christmas, it snowed about 2'(feet) in 2 days and we had a wonderful white Christmas! mind you, this is at the north end of the sacramento valley at 500 to 600 feet elevation, which generally doesn't receive much snow at all!