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Will rain disrupt the Bay Area's Thanksgiving this year?

Thomas Smith
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With many Thanksgiving gatherings moving outside during Covid-19, many in the Bay Area are probably wondering if it’s going to rain during the holiday. Although we badly need rain to help fight the drought, a big storm would probably be the fastest thing to ruin a Thanksgiving gathering--other than grumpy relatives having an overly-political dinner table conversation, of course.

The good news for Bay Area residents? According to the National Weather Service, it’s very unlikely to rain this week during Thanksgiving.

The forecast over the next 5 days calls for either Sunny or Mostly Sunny weather in most parts of the Bay Area. San Francisco could get some fog; that’s to be expected, basically all of the time. However, the most likely outcome is that most of the Bay area, and especially the often-sunny East Bay, will see nice weather through the holiday.

Just because it’s sunny, though, that doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily going to be warm. Although East Coasters would say that our weather is still balmy, the forecast calls for temperatures in the sixties during the day and forties at night.

You might need to bundle up if you’re planning to hold your Thanksgiving gathering outside or to go outside after dinner for a traditional touch football game. If you haven’t invested in a patio heater already, now’s the time to frantically scramble around to local stores and see if anyone still has them in stock.

Although the National Weather Service doesn’t call for rain over the holiday in the Bay area, their forecasts aren’t always perfect. There’s still a small chance that there could be precipitation over the Thanksgiving holiday. So while you’re shopping for that patio heater, maybe add an umbrella or a tent as well, to keep your family members covered during this Bay Area Thanksgiving, if you’re planning to hold your gathering outside.

Again, we definitely need the rain. But we just don’t necessarily need it now, right in the middle of what promises to be a pleasant and relatively warm (for November) holiday. As long as the forecast holds up, it’s looking likely that conditions will remain ideal through most of the Bay area for the holiday.

We can all give thanks for the good weather. Now, when it comes to that dinner table conversation with relatives, there’s not much the National Weather Service can do about that.

Good luck, stay safe, and happy holidays!

What are you and your family planning for Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments.

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Award-winning entrepreneur, and the co-founder and CEO of Gado Images. Thomas writes, speaks and consults about artificial intelligence, privacy, food, photography, tech, and the San Francisco Bay Area. As a professional photographer, Thomas' photographic work regularly appears in publications worldwide. Pitches/news tips:

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