Thanksgiving Eve

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.  It’s a rainy start to the holiday for some folks today, not great for traveling, but helpful because of the drought. Amounts are going to average .25″ or less, with some folks to the west getting a little more. The rain will linger this evening. Here’s the latest Futurecast depiction. The sky will clear west to east tomorrow.

Temperatures tomorrow will be seasonal, with a high in the low 60s.

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Despite the need for rain, it will be dry the rest of the weekend with highs close to average. A couple of mornings will slip down to near freezing.wsmv-4day-forecast

How does this Thanksgiving compare to turkey holidays of the past?  There are no extremes this year, but just three years ago, it was frigid at 16 degrees.

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Even though this Thanksgiving will be close to average, the trend is shifting.  The cool days of late November that come with Thanksgiving will turn warmer on average in the coming decades with climate change. Climate Central found that average high temperatures during the week of Thanksgiving are projected to climb 5-10°F by the end of the century, in most of the cities they studied.

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Here’s another interesting tidbit from Climate Central related to the holiday…it’s not about weather but food. It is a time to be thankful and celebrate with family and friends…food of course is the centerpiece, but sometimes we overdo it. There is usually food left over and while that food makes for good post holiday meals, some inevitably gets thrown away. The USDA estimates 35 percent of turkey meat cooked at Thanksgiving gets tossed. What a waste.

Here’s something that Climate Central pointed out: “Food that gets thrown out ends up in landfills, where it gradually rots and releases methane, a strong greenhouse gas. Globally, if food waste could be represented as its own country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter, behind China and the U.S.  The decay of food waste in landfills is not the only source of greenhouse gases. The resources needed to produce the food also have a carbon footprint. Globally, the effect of processing the food that is wasted is equal to about 3.3 billion tons of CO2. To cut back on the effect, check to see if you can donate some of your leftovers to local shelters, send the leftovers home with your guests, or freeze them, where they can keep for up to a year.”

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Definitely something to think about. I love Thanksgiving leftovers, so this will not be a problem at my house.

I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving.  I’ll have a weather update for the holiday weekend on Channel 4 News at 10PM.

Lisa Spencer

*thanks to Climate Central for their information and graphics.

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About Lisa Spencer

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