Some fog is on the early morning menu for Thanksgiving Day 2012, but it won’t stay as long today. Winds will stir the weather pot by midday, gusting to around 20 mph by this afternoon and tonight. That removes one key fog factor..
Weather number crunchers love Thanksgiving because we have two different sets of numbers to play with. There are the figures for November 22, and also the figures for Thanksgiving in general. The record high temperature happens to be the same for both categories: 74 degrees.
It won’t be that warm today, but it should reach the low to mid 60s, which is well above the average Thanksgiving high of 46 in Indianapolis. Could be a lot colder. A trace of snow fell in 2007, 2009, and 2010.
Today marks the tenth annual running of Wheeler Mission’s “Drumstick Dash” in Broad Ripple. I can remember some pretty chilly turkey trots along that course, so I’m happy about today’s forecast. I think we will all finish before the wind starts kicking in this afternoon. Temps for the race will rise from the low to mid 40s at the start to the 50’s by the time everyone takes off for the day.
This heat won’t last as long as your leftovers. It’s gone tomorrow. Blame a cold front arriving late this evening and overnight. It will bring some rain that should be gone by the time the Malls open Friday morning.
Going to the Tree Lighting Downtown Friday? The 6pm weather should be mostly clear, Winds could still be up around 15 mph, and with temps near 35 that means chils closer to 25. Of course, there IS a lot of body heat down there…
THANKSGIVING COAST TO COAST:
Strong winds will also develop across the northern and central Great Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley today. The strongest winds are expected in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska, where gusts could exceed 60 mph. Snow will create slick road conditions from northern North Dakota to northern Minnesota.
MACY’S DAY PARADE:
The sun should be out and the wind only around 5 mph for the big balloons. The NYC temp will go from the mid 40s to around 50 by the parade’s end.
The average high today is 49 and the average low is 33. Records are 74 and -5. Sunrise time is 7:38 and the sun sets at 5:24.
PAUL’S PREVIOUS PREDICTION:
Yesterday’s high was 61. The forecast was 60.
DETAILED INDIANAPOLIS FORECAST:
Thanksgiving: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog early. Becoming breezy with winds gusting to 20 mph by afternoon. High 64.
Thursday Night: A period of showers in the late evening and overnight. Winds gusting to 20 mph. Low 42.
Friday: Partly sunny, with much colder breezes. Winds gusting to 25 mph. High 44.
Friday Night: Mostly clear. Winds 10-15 mph. Low 25.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 37.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Low 25.
Sunday: Mostly clear. High 44.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 31.
Monday: Chance of rain showers. High 44.
Monday Night: Chance of rain showers. Low 36.
Tuesday: Chance of rain and snow showers. High 42.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers. Low 29.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 38.