Memorial Day Climate Information

History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Memorial Day was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. It is now celebrated in almost every state on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363)).  On Memorial Day the American flag should be flown at half-staff until noon. It should then be raised to the top of the staff.

Memorial Day in Aberdeen, SD
(Period of Record 1895-2010)

Normals

Records

Maximum Temperature

74 F

Warmest High Temperature

110 F

30, 1934

Coldest High Temperature

54 F

27, 1996

Minimum Temperature

50 F

Warmest Low Temperature

68 F

30, 1925

Coldest Low Temperature

27 F

30, 1947

Average Temperature

62 F

 

Warmest Average Temperature

88.5 F

30, 1934

Coldest Average Temperature

44 F

30, 1897

Precipitation

0.10"

Wettest

1.60"

30, 1937

The weather for the past five Memorial Days:

Date

High

Low

Precip

Remarks

May 31, 2010

76

47

0.00

Sunny with southwest winds

May 25, 2009

79

55

0.00

Partly cloudy with breezy south winds

May 26, 2008

56

41

0.00

Cloudy with gusty northwest winds

May 28, 2007

82

58

0.00

Sunny with south winds

May 29, 2006

79

53

Trace

Sunny with west winds

 

Memorial Day in Pierre, SD
(Period of Record 1934-2010)

Normals

Records

Maximum Temperature

75 F

Warmest High Temperature

103 F

30, 1934

Coldest High Temperature

49 F

27, 1996

Minimum Temperature

51 F

Warmest Low Temperature

70 F

30, 1934

Coldest Low Temperature

34 F

25, 1992

Average Temperature

63 F

 

Warmest Average Temperature

86.5 F

30, 1934

Coldest Average Temperature

45.5 F

25, 1992

Precipitation

0.11"

Wettest

1.57"

26, 1997

The weather for the past five Memorial Days:

Date

High

Low

Precip

Remarks

May 31, 2010

76

51

0.00

Sunny with southeast winds

May 25, 2009

73

54

Trace

Partly cloudy with breezy south winds

May 26, 2008

52

43

0.08

Cloudy with gusty north winds

May 28, 2007

85

58

0.00

Sunny with south winds

May 29, 2006

78

56

Trace

Partly sunny with west winds

 

Memorial Day in Watertown, SD
(Period of Record 1897-2010)

Normals

Records

Maximum Temperature

72 F

Warmest High Temperature

106 F

30, 1934

Coldest High Temperature

52 F

25, 1992

Minimum Temperature

48 F

Warmest Low Temperature

65 F

30, 1934

Coldest Low Temperature

31 F

30, 1947

Average Temperature

60 F

 

Warmest Average Temperature

85.5 F

30, 1934

Coldest Average Temperature

43.5 F

30, 1897

Precipitation

0.11"

Wettest

2.00"

30, 1959

The weather for the past five Memorial Days:

Date

High

Low

Precip

Remarks

May 31, 2010

75

45

0.00

Sunny with southwest winds

May 25, 2009

80

56

0.99

Partly cloudy with thunderstorms

May 26, 2008

57

45

0.00

Cloudy with gusty northwest winds

May 28, 2007

80

59

Trace

Mostly sunny with gusty south winds

May 29, 2006

78

56

0.00

Mostly sunny with west winds

 

Memorial Day in Sisseton, SD
(Period of Record 1931-2010)

Normals

Records

Maximum Temperature

74 F

Warmest High Temperature

113 F

30, 1934

Coldest High Temperature

50 F

25, 1992

Minimum Temperature

50 F

Warmest Low Temperature

70 F

30, 1939

Coldest Low Temperature

33 F

30, 1947

Average Temperature

62 F

 

Warmest Average Temperature

87 F

30, 1934

Coldest Average Temperature

43.5 F

25, 1992

Precipitation

0.10"

Wettest

2.21"

31, 1971

The weather for the past five Memorial Days:

Date

High

Low

Precip

Remarks

May 31, 2010

79

50

0.00

Southwesterly winds

May 25, 2009

85

62

0.50

Southerly winds

May 26, 2008

59

46

0.00

Gusty northwest winds

May 28, 2007

86

54

0.00

Gusty south winds

May 29, 2006

81

56

0.00

Gusty west winds

 

Memorial Day in Mobridge, SD
(Period of Record 1911-2010)

Normals

Records

Maximum Temperature

74 F

Warmest High Temperature

105 F

30, 1934

Coldest High Temperature

50 F

25, 1992

Minimum Temperature

50 F

Warmest Low Temperature

77 F

30, 1994

Coldest Low Temperature

35 F

30, 1947

Average Temperature

62 F

 

Warmest Average Temperature

91 F

30, 1934

Coldest Average Temperature

44 F

25, 1992

Precipitation

0.11"

Wettest

3.24"

30, 1943

The weather for the past five Memorial Days:

Date

High

Low

Precip

Remarks

May 31, 2010

75

53

Trace

Partly cloudy with southeast winds

May 25, 2009

70

52

Trace

Mostly cloudy with breezy northwest winds

May 26, 2008

52

39

Trace

Cloudy with gusty northwest winds

May 28, 2007

87

57

0.34

Partly sunny with gusty northwest winds

May 29, 2006

78

50

0.05

Mostly sunny with west winds

 

Memorial Day in Timber Lake, SD
(Period of Record 1912-2010)

Normals

Records

Maximum Temperature

74 F

Warmest High Temperature

98 F

30, 1938

Coldest High Temperature

48 F

27, 1996

Minimum Temperature

49 F

Warmest Low Temperature

64 F

30, 1988

Coldest Low Temperature

31 F

30, 1947

Average Temperature

61.5 F

 

Warmest Average Temperature

80.5 F

30, 1939

Coldest Average Temperature

45 F

27, 1996

Precipitation

0.10"

Wettest

1.73"

30, 1943

 

Memorial Day in Kennebec, SD
(Period of Record 1893-2010)

Normals

Records

Maximum Temperature

78 F

Warmest High Temperature

107 F

30, 1934

Coldest High Temperature

47 F

27, 1996

Minimum Temperature

51 F

Warmest Low Temperature

70 F

30, 1934

Coldest Low Temperature

28 F

30, 1947

Average Temperature

64.5 F

 

Warmest Average Temperature

88.5 F

30, 1934

Coldest Average Temperature

45 F

27, 1996

Precipitation

0.10"

Wettest

2.03"

27, 1996

 

Memorial Day in Wheaton, MN
(Period of Record 1914-2010)

Normals

Records

Maximum Temperature

76 F

Warmest High Temperature

95 F

29, 2006

Coldest High Temperature

54 F

25, 1992

Minimum Temperature

52 F

Warmest Low Temperature

64 F

26, 1980

Coldest Low Temperature

34 F

30, 1924

Average Temperature

64 F

 

Warmest Average Temperature

78.5 F

29, 2006

Coldest Average Temperature

46 F

25, 1992

Precipitation

0.10"

Wettest

1.70"

31, 1999

 



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