North Platte Memorial Day Climatology

Memorial Day occurs on May 30 every year, however since 1971, following the National Holiday Act passed by congress, the holiday has been observed on the last Monday of May. The date Memorial Day is observed can vary from as early as May 25 to as late as May 31. Before 1971 the holiday was always observed on May 30, and was called Decoration Day. Weather observations have been taken on this holiday at North Platte dating back to 1875. This study compares the weather reported on the observed day of Memorial (Decoration) Day.

MEMORIAL DAY IN NORTH PLATTE
PERIOD OF RECORD 139 YEARS: 1875-2013

TEMPERATURE DATA

Highest 97 degrees
(May 30, 1934)
Lowest 35 degrees
(May 30, 1883)
Lowest Maximum 49 degrees
(May 27, 1996)
Highest Minimum 70 degrees
(May 30, 1934)
Average High 75.1 degrees
Average Low 51.1 degrees
30 Year Normal High 74 to 76 degrees
30 Year Normal Low 47 to 49 degrees
Average Temperature Range 24.1 degrees
Largest Range
between High and Low
45 degrees
High 84, Low 39
(May 30, 1953)
Smallest Range
between High and Low
5 degrees
High 54, Low 49
(May 30, 2005)

High Temperature by 10 Degree Ranges

40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s
1 9 29 48 45 7
0.7% 6.5% 20.9% 34.5% 32.4% 5.0%

Low Temperature by 10 Degree Ranges

30s 40s 50s 60s 70s
5 53 67 13 1
3.6% 38.1% 48.2% 9.4% 0.7%

PRECIPITATION DATA

Maximum Precipitation 1.83 inches
(May 30, 1977)
Maximum Snowfall Trace (hail)
(Hail reports as T of snowfall)
(May 30, 1951)
(May 27, 2002)
(May 26, 2008)
(May 27, 2013)
Number of Times Precipitation 68 Occurrences or 48.9%
Number of Times
Measurable Precipitation
(more than a Trace)
49 Occurrences or 35.3%
Number of Times Snowfall No snowfall occurrences
4 Occurrences of hail or 2.2%
Number of Times No Precipitation 71 Occurrences or 51.1%

DAILY WEATHER SUMMARIES PAST 5 MEMORIAL DAYS

Date High Low Precip Snow Remarks
May 25, 2009 80 58 0.88 0.0  Cloudy with showers and
 thunderstorm
May 31, 2010 81 44 T 0.0  Partly cloudy morning with sprinkles,
 then sunny
May 30, 2011
86 47 T 0.0  Mostly sunny, evening severe
 thunderstorm (70 mph wind gust)
May 28, 2012 81 43 0.00 0.0  Sunny, windy (peak gust 36 mph)
May 27, 2013 75 54 0.25 T  Morning showers, evening
 thunderstorms with hail/49 mph gust

YEAR BY YEAR WEATHER FOR PAST MEMORIAL DAYS
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Temperatures - High & Low with Averages

Precipitation

NORTH PLATTE RECORDS FOR POTENTIAL MEMORIAL DAYS
(RECORDS SET ON CELEBRATED MEMORIAL DAYS HIGHLIGHTED)

Date High Low Low Max High Min Precip Snow
May 25 96/1967 30/2002 48/1893 63/1926 1.86/1917 None
May 26 97/2012 30/1992 48/1950 64/1931 1.48/1973 None
May 27 99/2006 29/1907 46/1992 67/2006 2.20/1995 None
May 28 98/2006 33/1992,47 43/1947 65/2010,1937 2.00/1962 0.5/1947
May 29 98/1934 28/1947 54/1889 66/1943 2.95/2007 None
May 30 97/1934 35/1883 54/2005,1924 70/1934 1.83/1977 None
May 31 94/2002 31/1964 48/1967 68/1991 2.26/1935 None

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  Page composition by
Matthew Masek
Updated 2014
 


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