Dreaming of a…. ‘WHITE THANKSGIVING?’

First of all, remember – Thanksgiving isn’t always on the same date every year, but it IS always the fourth Thursday of November since 1941 (Prior to 1941 Thanksgiving Day was the last Thursday of November.). The earliest date Thanksgiving can happen is November 22. The latest date for Thanksgiving is November 28. This year, that date is November 25th.

We’ve already had our first taste of snow, but with no accumulation. Technically a ‘White Christmas’ is when there is at least ONE INCH of snow on the ground. In Northeastern Iowa, historically, there is around a 50/50 chance of having a White Christmas. But a 'White Thanksgiving?" It has happened before…and maybe more than you remember.
Since 1971 in Cedar Rapids, there have been ­­­­­­­six Thanksgiving Days with at least one inch of snow on the ground, most recently in 2008. That’s roughly one out of every 10 Thanksgiving days.

If you add in the days where it snowed any amount or if there was already any amount of snow on the ground, that grows the number of Thanksgiving Days with snow to 15 out of the past 50.

Past Thanksgiving Days in the Cedar Rapids Area (since 1971) to Feature Snow (on the ground or it snowed that day – according to NOAA Regional Climate Centers)

11/25/1971 – a trace of snow on the ground
11/23/1972 – a trace of snow on the ground
11/27/1975 – 4” of snow on the ground / snowed a Trace that day
11/24/1977 – 2” of snow on the ground / snowed 2” that day
11/23/1978 – 1” of snow on the ground
11/27/1980 – 0” of snow on the ground / snowed a trace that day
11/24/1983 – a trace of snow on the ground / snowed a trace that day
11/28/1985 – a trace of snow on the ground / snowed a trace that day
11/23/1989 – a trace of snow on the ground
11/28/1991 – 1” of snow on the ground / snowed .1” that day
11/26/1992 – 5” of snow on the ground / snowed a trace that day
11/22/2008 – 2” of snow on the ground / snowed .1” that day
11/26/2009 – no snow on the ground, but snowed a trace that day
11/26/2015 – a trace of snow on the ground / snowed a trace that day
11/28/2019 – no snow on the ground, but snowed a trace that day

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