Thanksgiving 2017 on track to be one of the top 5 warmest on record


Happy Thanksgiving! We hope your day is filled with family, friends, loved ones...and of course, some delicious food. I'm thankful for so much in my life (and I hope you are too), but I'll add this year's warm forecast to that list!

While it's not great for ski areas to see such mild temperatures combined with some on-and-off rain showers, it's hard to discriminate against a day with highs in the mid 60's. We'll see more clouds than sunshine, so it may not feel quite as warm as it could if it were to be a sunny day, but regardless, you won't find me complaining.

Today's forecast:

Mostly cloudy, with a high of 63° in Boise (and low to mid 60's across the Treasure Valley and southwest Idaho). Stray showers aren't out of the question, but our next batch of rain looks to hold off until this evening and overnight. Not too shabby!

What's the warmest it has ever been on Thanksgiving?

The warmest it has ever been on Thanksgiving was back in 2008, when the temperature dial hit 65° in Boise. We're expected to stay just a couple of degrees shy of that.

Crackin' into the top 5:

The forecast high of 63° will certainly put this Thanksgiving holiday in the record books (and no, not the record book for 'amount of turkey eaten by a single person'). This will certainly qualify us for the "Top 5 warmest Thanksgiving" category. Here's the breakdown: (Note that records began in 1877 for the categories below)

  1. 65° (2008)
  2. 62° (1949) -We should beat this!
  3. 60° (1960)
  4. 58° (1995)
  5. 58° (1950)

On the flip side:

What about the snowiest Thanksgivings?

  1. 4.7" of snow (1985) - This started off a very snowy year in Boise and southwest Idaho
  2. 4.5" (1964)
  3. 3.0" (1931)
  4. 1.8" (1988)
  5. 1.4" (1994)

Many of us can probably say we're thankful that it won't be snowing on Thanksgiving this or really anywhere around the region! Hoe you can enjoy a game of football outside or a walk on your favorite trail! Happy Thanksgiving!

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