Northern Michigan Memorial Day Climatology

Northern Michigan Memorial Day Climatology

With Memorial Day here, it is always interesting to take a look back at some of the extremes that have occurred on the holiday over the last 100+ years across northern Michigan. Below is a look at the warmest, coldest, and wettest Memorial Days (originally known as "Decoration Day") recorded for various cities throughout the region. Up until 1971, Memorial Day was traditionally celebrated on May 30th of each year, before a change in federal law in 1971 moved the holiday to the last Monday in the month of May. As can be seen, there is much variability from year to year across the region.

The National Weather Service office in Gaylord would like to extend a sincere thank you to all those who have served or are serving to protect our country.

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Alpena  |  Traverse City  |  Gaylord  |  Sault Ste Marie  |  Houghton Lake
 

Alpena Extremes

Warmest

Coldest

Wettest

94ºF
(May 30, 1937)

29ºF
(May 30, 1964)

1.61"
(May 28, 1973)

Last 5 Years

Year

High

Low

Precip

2013

68ºF

34ºF

0.00"

2012

90ºF

53ºF

0.25"

2011

70ºF

53ºF

0.00"

2010

85ºF

53ºF

Trace

2009

57ºF

38ºF

0.00"

 

Traverse City Extremes

Warmest

Coldest

Wettest

93ºF
(May 29, 2006)

28ºF
(May 25, 1992)

0.64"
(May 28, 1973)

Last 5 Years

Year

High

Low

Precip

2013

74ºF

44ºF

0.00"

2012

91ºF

66ºF

0.22"

2011

89ºF

53ºF

0.00"

2010

77ºF

52ºF

0.01"

2009

72ºF

34ºF

0.00"

 

Gaylord Extremes

Warmest

Coldest

Wettest

90ºF
(May 29, 2006)

27ºF
(May 25, 1992)

1.03"
(May 30, 1956)

Last 5 Years

Year

High

Low

Precip

2013

69ºF

37ºF

0.00"

2012

87ºF

63ºF

0.70"

2011

84ºF

57ºF

0.00"

2010

77ºF

55ºF

Trace

2009

67ºF

39ºF

0.00"

 

Sault Ste Marie Extremes

Warmest

Coldest

Wettest

91ºF
(May 30, 1919)

29ºF
(May 25, 1992)

1.48"
(May 30, 1953)

Last 5 Years

Year

High

Low

Precip

2013

70ºF

38ºF

0.00"

2012

83ºF

58ºF

0.32"

2011

70ºF

54ºF

0.02"

2010

67ºF

47ºF

0.11"

2009

65ºF

38ºF

0.00"

 

Houghton Lake Extremes

Warmest

Coldest

Wettest

92ºF
(May 30, 1937)

28ºF
(May 30, 1947)

0.60"
(May 30, 1956)

Last 5 Years

Year

High

Low

Precip

2013

69ºF

37ºF

0.00"

2012

87ºF

64ºF

0.10"

2011

87ºF

59ºF

0.00"

2010

82ºF

59ºF

0.25"

2009

64ºF

37ºF

0.00"

 

 



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