Our Meteorologists Share Their Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so we asked our meteorologists about what the holiday means to them, if they have any fun traditions, and of course, what their favorite Thanksgiving food is!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

Eating eating and more eating! – Jessica Arnoldy, Senior Weather Producer

When growing up, it was Turkey and birthday cake! My birthday sometimes even falls on Thanksgiving day (the 27th) so it was awesome having all the relatives around to celebrate. And that birthday money came in handy for Christmas shopping. Even now, my favorite Thanksgiving tradition is just being with my family: fire in the fireplace, good food, and watching “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” movie with John Candy and Steve Martin! – Kelly Cass, On-Camera Meteorologist

Black Friday. Years ago, my wife and I started getting up at the crack of dawn to people watch during Black Friday. Crazy, but we don’t even buy anything. We just browse and observe people. – Alex Wallace, On-Camera Meteorologist

Going to my sisters and spending it with my kids and her family. – Jim Cantore, On-Camera Meteorologist

What will you be doing on Thanksgiving Day afternoon?

My plan for this year is to try to control the amount I eat (highly unlikely I’ll be able to portion control, but a girl can dream) and watch football Thanksgiving Day afternoon. – Stephanie Abrams, On-Camera Meteorologist

After an early feast, we will usually go for a family hike/walk to help burn off those calories! – Kelly Cass

Eating until I can’t move. It’s the one day where it’s acceptable to engage in gluttony! And I’ll be watching any football games that are on. – Alex Wallace

Having family over for dinner after working here that morning. – Jessica Arnoldy

Run, eat, drink, pass out, football in that order. – Jim Cantore

What’s your favorite food to eat during Thanksgiving?

I LOVE stuffing…why do we only eat Thanksgiving food once a year?!?! – Stephanie Abrams

I try to devour both turkey legs in one sitting.  Solid. – Jim Cantore

My favorite food during Thanksgiving, other than the turkey, I love sweet potatoes, and butternut squash! Oh, and some good apple cider! – Kelly Cass

My mom’s Lasagna. There might not be anything better! – Alex Wallace

My favorite food is my grandmother’s sweet potato casserole. She passed away earlier this year so it will be particularly meaningful to eat this thanksgiving. – Jessica Arnoldy

Do you travel for Thanksgiving? If so, where do you go?

We typically don’t travel for Thanksgiving anymore. Growing up in Poughkeepsie, we always used to travel down to NYC. In fact I got engaged the night before Thanksgiving on top of the World Trade Center! – Kelly Cass

No travel. Most of my family is nearby. – Alex Wallace

We don’t normally travel as most of our immediate family is in state. – Jessica Arnoldy

Lake City, FL – Jim Cantore

I typically go to NC for Thanksgiving to visit with friends, but I have to work this year, so I’ll be staying put and celebrating with our viewers. – Stephanie Abrams

What are you thankful for this year?

I’m thankful for my family and their health and our military and first responders that keeps us a free, safe and a protected nation. – Jim Cantore

I am so thankful for my family, my kids who are doing really well in school. I am very thankful for our health and well-being. – Kelly Cass

The election is finally over! It goes on for waaaaay too long! – Alex Wallace

Thankful for my family’s health and the many blessings we’ve received this year. – Jessica Arnoldy

I’m thankful for all loving, supportive, compassionate and generous people in my life. – Stephanie Abrams

What are you most looking forward to about Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments below!


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  1. @meffie, I am graciously thankful for all our meteorologists at The Weather Channel, who keep us updated about our ever-changing weather. That is especially true for @alexwilson, who mailed me an autograph of herself in May 2017. #thankfulforTWC 😀

  2. You are the man 30 years and counting. Been following you since day one. You are the king of weather. I learned so much from you.

    Glenn

  3. I am thankful for a wonderful husband who understands (and puts up with) my obsession with weather.

  4. Looking forward to being with all my grown kids! And thankful for so much…God keeps us going! And thank you for the Weather Channel and all you guys do for us 🙂

  5. First of all I Thank God for life,I was in a bad wreck in 1988 that claim the life of my twin brother and I had several life threatening injuries since 1988 I have had 31 surgeries so I am Thankful for life. I am Thankful for The weather Channel who provides its viewers constant weather information and goes above and beyond to warned us of dangerous weather conditions.Lastly I am Thankful for our Military, while we are eating this Thanksgiving many families will be missing a son or a daughter or a husband or a wife or a brother or a sister or a mommy or a daddy who is protecting our freedoms to do the things we enjoy doing.. So THANK GOD for every blessing and say a prayer for our Military and their families. God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at the Weather Channel. My husband and I enjoy watching you guys daily. I will have to say Jim Cantore is our favorite. Thanks Jim for the autographed photo we received from you.

    1. That’s cool that you got an autographed photo from Jim Cantore, I got one from Mark Elliot 😄