The warmest 1883 a high of 68 degrees and a low of 56, giving the warmest daily mean of 62.
The coldest was 1901 with a maximum temperature of 19 degrees, as well as, the coldest daily mean temperature of 15 degrees. The lowest minimum temperature was 5 degrees set in 1972.
The wettest TGD for Albany: 1886 - 1.77 inches of liquid equivalent precipitation ( 8" of snow was observed on this day).
Not too far behind this particular TGD was 1971 with its 1.64 inches of melted precipitation which on this holiday was all snow and the most for Albany for TGD: 21.8 inches! (The snow actually started on Thanksgiving Eve ( the night of the 24th) thus the storm total was 22.5".)
Looking at the 20 greatest snowstorms of all-time for Albany this snowstorm ranks as the 8th greatest single snowfall amount from one storm and for November's top 10 snowstorms it ranks as #1.
First let me say, I usually work most Thanksgiving Days and I really don't mind it either. I'll work my "normal" shift that entails me doing NEWS10 in the Morning and NEWS10 at Noon then home for TGD dinner in the afternoon.
The "joke" about working TGD is that as far as the weather goes its an every other year thing, that is on alternating years the weather is either "active" or "benign". (Last year's TGD weather was "benign" this year's may be "active" or at the very least not the best weather for the holiday. I'll be updating this blog a lot over this weekend and upcoming days about this year's holiday and post holiday weather as it does look "interesting" for sure.)
Now for a bit of reminiscing on what had to be one of the wildest days that I ever have worked at WTEN . It was on Thanksgiving Day 2004!
The morning was warm and muggy for late November and I remembered driving in to work through areas of patchy dense fog and I also remember leaving early to get into work because there was the chance that it could prove to be a busy day.
Here's a bit of a clue as to why: The high temperature that TGD was 64 degrees (the 2nd warmest TGD on record for Albany) the low later that day was 30!
In a nutshell a strong area of low pressure and its associated cold front moves across Eastern NY State and Western New England resulting in a high wind and severe weather event late that Thanksgiving Day morning.
I remember saying on air that early morning to those who were watching that "I am not crazy but there is the chance for severe thunderstorm's this TGD!"
All told nearly 60,000 + customer lost power that day after the severe squalls moved through. Especially hardest hit were Saratoga, Washington and Rensselaer Counties in NY State. The power interruption became th big news story of the day: Folks whose homes were all electric scrambling to find a place to either cook their TGD dinner or somewhere to eat.
Below is a map from SPC on the severe weather reports for that day along with a list of the reports and a "loop" of the hourly surface reports from that day.
SPC Storm Reports
1200 UTC November 25, 2004 - 1159 UTC November 26, 2004 20041125's Storm Reports
|Note: All data are considered preliminary|
|Tornado Reports (in CSV format)|
|No reports received|
|Hail Reports (in CSV format)|
|1512||75||GALWAY||SARATOGA||NY||4302||7403||PENNY SIZE HAIL AT PROVIDENCE (ALY)|
|Wind Reports (in CSV format)|
|1340||UNK||CARBONDALE||LACKAWANNA||PA||4157||7551||NUMEROUS TREES AND WIRES DOWN (BGM)|
|1345||UNK||BEACH LAKE||WAYNE||PA||4160||7515||TREES AND WIRES DOWN (BGM)|
|1345||UNK||EQUINUNK||WAYNE||PA||4185||7522||TREES AND WIRES DOWN. TRAILER FLIPPED. (BGM)|
|1420||UNK||JEFFERSONVILLE||SULLIVAN||NY||4178||7493||TREES AND WIRES DOWN ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTHERN PARTS OF THE COUNTY (BGM)|
|1430||UNK||HANCOCK||DELAWARE||NY||4195||7528||TREE DOWN (BGM)|
|1512||UNK||HURLEY||ULSTER||NY||4191||7406||TREES AND WIRES DOWN (ALY)|
|1512||UNK||HARDENBURG||ULSTER||NY||4200||7467||TREES AND WIRES DOWN (ALY)|
|1512||UNK||MALTA||SARATOGA||NY||4297||7379||TREES AND WIRES DOWN (ALY)|
|1540||UNK||TAGHKANIC||COLUMBIA||NY||4214||7368||TREES DOWN. (ALY)|
|1545||UNK||SALT POINT||DUTCHESS||NY||4181||7379||TREES AND WIRES DOWN (ALY)|
|1600||UNK||SADDLE BROOK||BERGEN||NJ||4090||7410||TREES DOWN CAUSING DAMAGE TO PRIVATE HOMES (OKX)|
|1605||UNK||SCHODACK CENTER||RENSSELAER||NY||4255||7368||TREES DOWN (ALY)|
|1635||UNK||CLARENDON||RUTLAND||VT||4352||7297||RUTLAND STATE POLICE REPORTED TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN IN CLARENDON AND SHREWSBURY. (BTV)|
|1641||UNK||LANESBOROUGH||BERKSHIRE||MA||4252||7323||WIRES DOWN (ALY)|
|1645||UNK||GOSHEN||ORANGE||NY||4140||7433||TREES AND BILLBOARDS DOWN ON RT.17 AND HARRIMAN DRIVE CAUSING DAMAGE TO COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS (OKX)|
|1715||UNK||CABOT||WASHINGTON||VT||4441||7231||MIDDLEBURY STATE POLICE REPORTED NUMEROUS TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN NEAR CABOT AND MARSHFIELD. (BTV)|
|1810||UNK||3 SW LISBON||GRAFTON||NH||4418||7195||LIMBS AND POWERLINES BLOWN DOWN ON MOSES CLARK ROAD. (GYX)|
|1815||UNK||1 NW LITTLETON||GRAFTON||NH||4432||7178||TREES BLOWN DOWN ON NORTH LITTLETON ROAD. (GYX)|
|Full report in comma-separated values (CSV) format|
|Fields marked UNK are unknown|
|All Times UTC|
|Wind Gusts in MPH|
|Hail Sizes in 1/100 of an Inch (75 = 0.75")|
Java Loop of surface reports for TGD 2004
An excellent write-up on the severe weather of that day was done by Tom Wasula a meteorologist at the NWSFO in Albany, NY. Here is a link to his write-up: Wind and Severe Wx Event from TGD 2004
In the wake of the severe weather strong NW to W winds prompted wind advisories to be issued for the afternoon and evening hours of that day and to top it all off, after the morning warmth and severe weather many locations across Eastern New York and Western New England saw brief snow showers or flurries that TGD night!
Well its time to check the latest Saturday AM data to see what will or won't happen this upcoming TGD. I'll likely have another blog update later today (probably late tonight).