Husker fans, 11/24/17

Husker fans in short sleeves watch as the ball is snapped to starting quarterback Tanner Lee during the first quarter in a game against Iowa on Friday at Memorial Stadium.

KAYLA WOLF, Journal Star

After carving the Thanksgiving turkey and spending time with family Thursday, Ken Almquist and his 10-year-old grandson headed to Holmes Lake on Friday to go fishing.

The good weather was on the long list of things Almquist was thankful for this year.

Temperatures reached 71 degrees on Thanksgiving, setting a record for Nov. 23 and nearing Lincoln's record for the warmest Thanksgiving.

"I'm not used to it," Almquist said. "Being born and raised in Nebraska, this is really nice weather. I was expecting there to be some ice already."

The heat wave is because of a change in air patterns, National Weather Service lead meteorologist Van DeWald said. Nebraska typically has cold air coming from Canada, but right now the flow is coming from the southwestern part of the country and through the Rocky Mountains. 

"It's a mixture of not getting any cold air in from Canada, combined with the luck of the draw,  allowing us to have a couple of warm days," said DeWald of the NWS office in Valley.

The previous record for Nov. 23 was set in 1914, when the temperature reached 68 degrees. 

Friday's 75-degree high was also a record for Lincoln. Previously, the warmest Nov. 24 was 72 degrees in 2011, which also fell on Thanksgiving and marks the city's warmest Thanksgiving. 

The weather is expected to cool over the weekend, with temperatures settling in the 50s, but they'll rise again Monday, when DeWald said there's potential for record highs again. 

Almquist and his grandson, Max Jasper, fish together frequently. This year is the longest they've been able to wait before preparing their gear to go ice fishing. 

Max said he caught 10 fish Thursday, so they decided to head back to the lake Friday afternoon to see if their luck would continue. After hooking a few crappie, it was clear Friday, too, would be a good day for fishing.

"I'm really happy we're able to be out here and really happy the fish are biting," Max said as he cast his line back into the water.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7241 or twilliams@journalstar.com.

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