Quiet Weather for Thanksgiving

Good Monday bloggers,

On Sunday we went day by day through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and we showed how there was going to be no big storm systems along with mostly mild weather.  Well, that has changed little as we look at the weather forecast today.

The main weather issues for today is the wind. At 10 am there were gusts to around 30 mph and this will increase to 40 mph during the afternoon. We are in the middle of a corridor of stronger winds that extends from Oklahoma to Wisconsin as the pressure gradient is tight.


Here are the temperatures across North America.  There is a noticeable presence of Arctic air across Canada and Alaska.


It is rather cold up there, like we showed yesterday, with temperatures ranging from -40° to -20. At this time there are no big signs of it coming south. We will be watching this closely as we head into early December.


Here is the updated upper level flow for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Wednesday, the biggest travel day of the year, features a strong and big ridge in the western USA and a weak trough in the Great Lakes and New England. Remember this time of year, a ridge usually means dry and warm and a trough means colder with a potential storm system. The trough on Wednesday is not that strong, so there will be very few weather issues across the country.


The upper level flow for Sunday is also rather tame as the western ridge moves east into the Plains. A sharp trough in New England will bring cold air and lake effect snow, but the main storm will be offshore. The trough entering the Pacific Northwest will bring showers, but overall a quiet weather pattern.


Let’s go through the holiday weekend once again.

WEDNESDAY: There will be showers in the Pacific Northwest, Florida and the deep southeast USA along with a small system in the northern Plains. Otherwise, the weather is calm which is good news for travelers.


FRIDAY: Yes, it still looks like 70° on Friday here in KC and it may go higher. Temperatures across the USA are mild and remember there are no big storm systems.


SUNDAY: It will turn colder from the Great Lakes, Midwest to New England with a chance of lake effect snow. There will also be more showers in the Pacific Northwest.  Overall, more calm weather for travelling back home.


Happy Thanksgiving and remember DON’T DRINK & DRIVE.

Jeff Penner


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