Beginning late last night and continuing through this morning, a nor'easter lashed the area. 1.06" of rain fell, making this the rainiest Thanksgiving since 1935. Besides the wind and rain, it was also cold, with a high/low of 39/33. Ferocious winds gusted to 63 MPH in Central Park and these high winds produced wind chills that were in the low 20s. These high winds also forced parade officials to ground the parade's famed balloons - the only time this has happened.
With a high/low of 35/21, this was the coldest Thanksgiving Day since 1941. It was also the coldest day in November. One bright spot was that skies were clear.
A year after the coldest Thanksgiving Day in many years, this year's was the mildest in 40 years as the high/low was 64/53, fourteen degrees above average. Skies were mostly sunny.
0.45" of rain fell between 5AM-1PM, making for a damp Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Rain moved in after 3PM, long after the parade had ended, and by midnight 0.77" had been measured. Temperatures were chillier than average, with a high/low of 49/31.
1.15" of rain fell during a dreary afternoon and evening. At the time it tied 1935 as the wettest Turkey Day.
This was the snowiest Thanksgiving on record as 4.4" fell during the morning (but was mostly over by the start of the Macy's parade). The previous record was in 1938 when 3.9" fell. This very early snowfall (4.7" when including what fell the previous night) would be greater than any in the the upcoming winter.
One year after the snowiest Thanksgiving on record, today's high of 69 degrees was was the warmest since 1933. (Warmest Thanksgiving on record was in 1920 when it hit 72 - four years before the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.)
Today's winter-like high of 31/low of 23 was 16 degrees below average, with a dusting of snow. The morning low was the coldest recorded on Thanksgiving since 1972's 21 degrees.
High winds resulted in serious injury of a spectator watching the Macy's Thanksgiving parade when the Cat in the Hat balloon was blown into a street lamp at 72nd St. A piece of the lamp struck a young woman, putting her in a coma for more than three weeks.
The morning low was 24 degrees.
A strong cold front blew through during the afternoon and the temperature plummetted from 49 degrees to 24 by midnight. There were light showers before and after the Macy's parade.
An all-day rain totalling 1.72" made this the wettest Thanksgiving on record, easily topping 1985 and 1939's previous record.
2007 (Nov. 22)
Today's high of 66 made this the mildest Thanksgiving Day since 1990.
2013 (Nov 28)
This was the third consecutive Thanksgiving to fall on 11/28 with a subfreezing temperature at the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year it was 30 degrees at 9AM, in 2002 it was 27 and in 1996 it was 26.