Thanksgiving: Past, Present and Future

Happy Thanksgiving.  It definitely will be weatherwise. Tomorrow will be unseasonably warm with a partly sunny sky. Take advantage of this nice treat. Keep reading to find out how you could win a weekend getaway.


The weather will be perfect for the Boulevard Bolt and the Turkey Trot 5K.  Both are taking place in the morning.  The Boulevard Bolt, down Belle Meade Boulevard, expects about 8500 participants with proceeds going to help the homeless community in Nashville.  The Turkey Trot 5K in Franklin benefits Graceworks of Williamson County.  It begins at D1 Sports Training near the Cool Springs Galleria.  Both have registration in the morning at 6:30am and the races begin at 8am.


So how does all this great weather compare to the past.  Well flipping through the records here are some of the extremes.  I did not personally experience all of these…actually only one.  The coldest from 2013. Yes, the morning of November 28, 2013 it dropped to 16 degrees, the afternoon high was 45.  Could you imagine running in that kind of cold?

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With another large storm system moving across the country this week, it reminds us that late November is a time of extremes. From a climate aspect, Arctic air slides southward from Canada more easily than just a few weeks ago, but there will still be parts of the country hanging on to some warmth, like us here in Middle Tennessee and much of the southeast. And as the planet continues to warm, Climate Central points out those mild November spells will continue to increase. Check out this warming trend for November across the country.  The average temperature has warmed 2.3 degrees since 1970.


With this warmer weather this Thanksgiving weekend.  You might want to take advantage of #OptOutside.  Tennessee State Parks is joining a push to get more people to head outdoors after their Thanksgiving feasts.
Families and friends are encouraged to take part in outdoor activities on Black Friday.  In Tennessee, everyone who goes for a hike during the Thanksgiving holiday is invited to participate in an After-Thanksgiving Photo Contest. Just submit a photograph of your hike to Facebook or Twitter using #TNgobblewobble. The entries are due November 30.  The winner will receive a free weekend getaway in a cabin or inn at one of Tennessee’s State Parks.  There are 56 across the state. Click here for more information.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!



About Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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