Thanksgiving starts with near-record cold

djournal-weather-winterBy Errol Castens

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Northeast Mississippians may put warm homes near the top of their lists of things for which to be thankful.

The region’s residents awoke this morning to the coldest temperatures so far this winter and a near record for the date.

Temperatures for this morning were expected as low as 17 in Corinth and 19 in Tupelo, Oxford and West Point. Even today’s expected high of 46 in Tupelo is 13 degrees below the average.

The coldest temperature on record for Nov. 28 in Tupelo is 17 degrees, which was reached in 1938.

It was not, however, Thanksgiving Day.

Tupelo’s average low for the last few days of November is 38, and its average high is 59. Despite today’s cold, forecasts call for temperatures to reach near-normal levels by Saturday.

Despite the cold in parts of the Mid-South, Memphis’ record-long streak without having gone below 20 degrees was expected to remain in effect. Lows at Memphis International Airport, where official temperatures for the city are registered, were expected to reach only as low as 24.

While many outlying areas have reached the teens each winter, the metropolitan heat-sink phenomenon and mild winters together have kept Memphis at 20 or above every day since Feb. 11, 2011 – 1,021 days as of today. Previous records of 718 days without reaching the teens were set in the 1880s and the 1920s, according to the National Weather Service in Memphis.

errol.castens@journalinc.com