100+ year old Thanksgiving & November cold records fall from Nunavut to New York

Written by on November 27, 2018 in United States of America with 0 Comments

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the coldest November arctic outbreaks descended upon the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Not only was it the coldest Thanksgiving day/night for many, it was also the coldest weather ever recorded in November.

In order to break monthly cold records which have stood 100+ years, Canada needs to have an expansive early snow cover which it did…

And even at that, Canadian air on it’s own is rarely enough but a cross polar flow transporting Siberian across the pole  and into Canada, helps enhance an unusually cold pool of air over Arctic Canada. That’s what we got during Thanksgiving 2018.

This cold outbreak was exceptional for this early in the year. Cold records tumbled day after day, night after night for a solid week over Nunavut Territory.

Credit: Patrick Duplessis

The wave of record cold dove down the Prairies….

Patrick Duplessis

and east…

Then the January level cold pushed into the Northeast in the wake of a departing storm system.


For the month to date, many are witnessing a top 5 cold November, for some, the coldest!

Back in November 2013, a high of 30 was recorded in New York’s Central Park. This at the time was the coldest November high since 1949. Then came this year and the high was even colder at 28 making for the coldest November day since 1932. Other major Northeast cities saw the coldest November day on record.

Thanksgiving day highs

Ralph Fato

Thanksgiving records according to Ralph Fato

Max Thanksgiving day Temps

Hartford: 21° (Coldest November Max Temp on record)

Bridgeport: 29° (Coldest since 1989)

Boston: 24° (Coldest since 1901)

Providence: 24° (Coldest since 1929)

Albany: 19° (Coldest since 1938)

NYC: 28° (Coldest since 1932)

Islip: 29° (Ties for coldest)

Coldest or one of the coldest ever November nights in the Northeast

Beautiful Saranac Lake, tucked deep within northern NY’s Adirondack Mountains often reports the lowest temperatures in not just New York but in the Northeast and sometimes the US. With the aid of a foot of fresh snow cover and clear starry skies, the thermometer dipped to a remarkable -19F. That’s the earliest for a low that cold. Previous record was December 5, 2003. This is comfortably the site’s lowest ever November reading.

Saranac Lake ADK @saranaclake

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