Temperatures in the Northeast U.S. will drop to record lows on Thanksgiving as a punishing blast of Arctic air plunges south from Canada.
The intensity of the cold in the Northeast, compared with normal, will be the most extreme on the planet. The mercury will plunge as much as 20F to 30F below normal.
In some places, these temperatures will mark the coldest ever recorded not only on Thanksgiving but also in the entire month of November.
In Boston, the high temperature on Thursday is predicted to be 22F, which would be the coldest on record for Thanksgiving.
That would also be the coldest high temperature ever recorded during the entire Thanksgiving week of Nov. 22-28, according to Peter Mullinax, a meteorologist with Planalytics.
Philadelphia may join the ranks of cities notching their coldest ever Thanksgiving, with a forecast high of 28F, compared with the previous record of 30F from 1996 (solar minimum of cycle 22).
The chill will ease into Baltimore and Washington but still deliver some of the lowest Thanksgiving temperatures in decades. In both cities, highs in the low to mid-30s would be the coldest since at least 1996.
Burlington, Vt., and Providence also are predicted to have record-cold high temperatures of 16F and 22F degrees on Turkey Day.
In Worcester, the forecast high of 16F would not only mark its coldest Thanksgiving, but also its coldest November day on record.
Unusually colder air will strike New York City, as well, where a high of 27F is predicted. That would mark the coldest Thanksgiving in the Big Apple in more than a century, since 1901 (solar minimum of cycle 13).
“In summary, after Thursday everyone in #NYC can say they just experienced the coldest Thanksgiving anyone alive has ever witnessed in the Big Apple,” tweeted Bill Karins, meteorologist for MSNBC.
A cold air outbreak of this magnitude is statistically very rare for this time of year and more common in the core winter months of December through February.
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And to concluded, chief meteorologist for Boston’s CBS affiliate, Eric Fisher, writes: “In the past 7 years, we’ll have set the record for coldest Thanksgiving, coldest Valentine’s Day, coldest New Year’s Day…and the warmest Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.”
–Further evidence of the unpredictable weather and swings between extremes that come with a Grand Solar Minimum.