If there's ever a day when being a couch potato is not only accepted, but expected, it's Thanksgiving (Unless, of course, if you're the cook). But sometimes, the weather conspires to help us burn off those excess calories, say, in the form of snow shoveling. Hi, I'm Bryan Yeaton, host of the Weather Notebook.
Thanksgiving blizzards are not very frequent, especially in the East, where the warm Atlantic waters are only just beginning to cool off, and the Arctic express isn't yet fully on track. But the Northeast did get one humdinger of a Thanksgiving storm in 1971. A cold Canadian high moved into New England, which set the stage for a north-Easter to move up the coast on Thanksgiving Day. Virginia's mountains got a foot of snow, while eastern Pennsylvania and New York's Hudson Valley got as much as two feet a lot for the Northeast for that time of year.
And then there was the Thanksgiving blizzard of 1983 in Denver, Colorado -- one of the biggest Thanksgiving storms ever to hit a major city. Now, Denver's a place where snow comes easily in the Fall, thanks to its high elevation and distance from lingering ocean warmth. But, even for Denver, the 20 inches of snow from that Thanksgiving storm of 1983, was a true shocker.
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