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Thanksgiving weather in Berks expected to be tamer than other recent years

Thanksgiving weather in Berks County has had some extreme episodes in the past 10 years but this time there looks to be little excitement.

AccuWeather’s forecast from the Sunday vantage point is for partly sunny skies Thursday and a high near 55 degrees followed by gathering clouds. Then a low in the mid-30s by Friday morning and a passing shower.

In the meantime, expect mostly sunny conditions Monday with a high near 50 degrees followed by a dip in the mercury for Tuesday but with sunshine, according to AccuWeather.

Then a few degrees warmer on Wednesday under sunny skies, setting the stage for the holiday on the 25th.

The long-range forecast continues to show seasonable days.

A white Thanksgiving is not even a possibility.

The last time that happened was in 2014 when a light snowfall on Nov. 26 stayed on the ground for Thanksgiving on the 27th.

Previously, a white Thanksgiving occurred in 2002 when a light snowfall on Nov. 26 and 27 lasted long enough for the ground to be covered on Thanksgiving, the 28th.

2002 also had a white Christmas with a severe storm that hit on Dec. 25, starting as rain and turning over to a rapidly accumulating snowfall with ice and hail.

The theme for those white Thanksgivings in 2002 and 2014 is that they were late in the month.

Berks on average has a white Thanksgiving about every 13 years.

Recapping the most recent three Thanksgivings:

2018: As the wettest year on record wound down, an arctic high-pressure system  blasted through the Mid-Atlantic and created nearly the coldest Thanksgiving on record in Berks.

The Thanksgiving high on Nov. 22, 2018, of 29 degrees and low of 19 were slightly off the holiday cold records of 27 and 16 degrees as highs and lows.

The 27 came on Nov. 29, 1901, and the 16 was on Nov. 26, 1903 and and Nov. 23, 1972.

Thanksgiving was standardized as the fourth Thursday of November 80 years ago. Unless that changes it can’t be on the 29th again.

What made 2018’s cold really special was that the holiday occurred as early as possible in November.

The temperature database for Berks begins in 1898.

2019: Thanksgiving returned to Nov. 28 but with a high of 50 degrees it was as unremarkable as 2021 is expected to be.

That month overall, however, was very cold and finished as the 11th coldest November in Berks.

2020: A high of 65 degrees made for a balmy Thanksgiving on Nov. 26.

That also helped make that month the third-warmest November in Berks records, a finish driven mainly by a mild eight-day stretch from the 4th through the 11th with highs in the upper 60s and 70s.

The warmest Thanksgiving was Nov. 30, 1933, with 72 degrees, and another warm one more recently was 69 degrees on Nov. 22, 2007.

These are the years that Thanksgiving did not get above freezing: 1901 (27 degrees), 1903 (32), 1930 (30), 1938 (32), 1989 (32), 1996 (32) and 2018 (29).

Source: Berkshire mont

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