Mother's Day Climate

Mothers Day is celebrated in the United States on the second Sunday in May. As a result, Mothers Day can fall anywhere from May 8th to May 14th. Below are some Mother's Day weather statistics for La Crosse, WI and Rochester, MN.

La Crosse, WI:

The following statistics comprises 107 years of data. From 1914 through 1950, the data came from the Observatory Building at the intersection of 5th and Cass in downtown La Crosse. Since 1950, the data has been gathered at La Crosse Regional Airport.

Mother's Days in La Crosse, WI
(Period of Record 1914-2014)

Normals
(May 8 - May 14)
Records
Maximum Temperature
70 F - 72 F
Warmest High Temperature
90 F
May 12, 1940
Coldest High Temperature
45 F
May 8, 1960
Minimum Temperature
46 F - 48 F
 
Warmest Low Temperature
66 F
May 13, 1962
Coldest Low Temperature
32 F
May 9, 2010
May 10, 1981
Average Temperature
58 F - 60 F
 
Warmest Average Temperature
76.0 F
May 13, 1962
Coldest Average Temperature
39.0 F
May 8, 1960
Precipitation
0.11"
Wettest
1.44"
May 8, 1938
Snowfall
0.0"
Snowiest
Trace
May 8, 1960
Snow Depth at 7 AM
0"
Most Snow of Ground at 7 AM
Trace
May 8, 1960

The odds of having any precipitation at all on Mother's Day is 47.7% (51 out of 107).  Measurable rain (0.01 inches or greater) has fallen 37 times and trace (less than 0.01 inches) has fallen 14 times.  Meanwhile there has only been one Mothers Day in which there was snow (a trace) and that occurred on May 8, 1960.  

Last year (May 11th), the high temperature was 70 degrees, the low temperature was 52 degrees.  This resulted in an average temperature of 61 degrees.  Two tenths of an inch of precipitation fell and the average wind speed was 5.9 mph.

Rochester, MN:

The following statistics comprises 98 years of data. From 1914 through 1931, the data came from several cooperative observers in the Rochester area. Since 1932, the data has been gathered at Rochester International Airport. No data was taken on Mother's Day from 1921 to 1928.

Mother's Days in Rochester, MN
(Period of Record 1914-2014)

Normals
(May 8 - May 14)
Records
Maximum Temperature
65 F - 67F
 
Warmest High Temperature
89 F
May 12, 1940
Coldest High Temperature
41 F
May 8, 1938
Minimum Temperature
43 F - 45 F
 
Warmest Low Temperature
66 F
May 13, 1962
Coldest Low Temperature
27 F
May 10, 1981
Average Temperature
54 F -56 F
 
Warmest Average Temperature
73.5 F
May 13, 1962
Coldest Average Temperature
37.0 F
May 8, 1938
Precipitation
0.11"
Wettest
1.70"
May 14, 1960
Snowfall
0.0"
Snowiest
Trace
May 11, 1952
May 12, 1946
May 8, 1938
Snow Depth at 7 AM
0"
Most Snow of Ground at 7 AM
None
 

The odds of having any precipitation at all on Mother's Day is 51.0% (50 out of 98).  Measurable rain (0.01 inches or greater) has fallen 37 times and trace (less than 0.01 inches) has fallen 13 times.  Meanwhile there has only been three Mother's Day in which there was snow. The last one occurred back in 1952. 

Last year (May 11h), the high temperature was 71 degrees, the low temperature was 50 degrees. This resulted in an average temperature of 60 degrees. 0.64 inches of precipitation fell and the average wind speed was 10.4 mph.

Pink Crocus

Mothers Day
Weather History

Pink Crocus

The following weather events affected southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa, and western Wisconsin on Mothers Day:

  • In 1953 (May 10th), 29 tornadoes occurred from Oklahoma and Arkansas northward into the Upper Mississippi River Valley. During this outbreak, four F4 tornadoes affected the area. One F4 tornado moved northeast from northeast of Fountain City, WI to Colburn, WI (Chippewa County). This tornado or tornado family struck about a hundred farms. Eight farms were hit in Glencoe Township, northeast of Fountain City. Total damage from this tornado was $1,000,000 and it caused 10 injuries. The second F4 tornado moved from 5 miles southwest of Chester, IA to 4 miles northeast of Chatfield, MN. Eleven farms were heavily damaged in northern Iowa before this tornado crossed into Fillmore County, MN. Twenty barns were damaged or destroyed in Minnesota and one man was killed as his barn was destroyed 1 mile southeast of Wykoff. A rural school was leveled 3 miles south of Chatfield as well. The only death occurred in Olmsted County. Six injuries occurred in Olmsted County and 2 injuries in Howard County, IA. The third F4 tornado moved northeast and passed about 2 miles northwest of St. Charles, MN. Farms were torn up all along the track. An infant was killed (Olmsted County) and 4 other people were injured in a car that was thrown 100 feet, about 1.5 miles west of St. Charles, IA. Four more injuries occurred in a barn, and three more in another car. Hundreds of trees were snapped at Whitewater State Park. Overall this tornado killed one person (Olmsted County) and injured 11 people (6 in Olmsted and 5 in Winona Counties). The final F4 tornado moved across Rusk, Price, and Taylor counties in Wisconsin. This storm tracked north-northeast to 7 miles north of Phillips (Price County), but the damage path was not continuous. One farm house was leveled and pieces of it were found 7 miles away. The tornado was most intense in Price County where F4 damage was witnessed for 12 miles. Over $150,000 worth of damage. An F3 tornado moved northeast across Clayton County, IA from 7 miles north northeast of Elkader to just northeast of Giard. Barns and silos were destroyed as the tornado struck 8 farms. At least 60 head of cattle were killed. A farmer was carried 700 feet, but suffered only minor injures. Damage estimates were $150,000. 
    May 10, 1953 Tornado Oubreak
  • In 1960 (May 8th), late season snow fell across central and north central Wisconsin. The following snow total were recorded on this day: Curtiss (6"), Neillsville, Blair (1"), and Sparta (0.5").
  • In 1961 (May 14th), an F2 tornado moved through the southeast part of La Crosse, WI during the afternoon. It wrecked several garages and sheds. Also, several trees were uprooted.
  • In 1988 (May 8th), seven tornadoes touched down in Grant County, WI. These tornadoes caused $500,000 in damages. Small tornadoes damaged some farm buildings and trees near Beetown, Union, Boscobel, and Rockville. A tornado path over 7 miles long between Stitzer and Montfort damaged mainly trees along with a few farm buildings. A tornado around Mount Ida damaged 2 homes, destroyed farm buildings, and uprooted trees. Another tornado with a 10 mile long track between Mount Hope and Fennimore, WI damaged 4 homes, downed 2 barns, and several farm buildings and trees. In addition to the tornadoes in Grant County, an F2 tornado mainly crossed rural areas of the Monroe County, WI (1 mile northeast of Cashton to 5 miles west of Warrens). Several farms and barns were destroyed or heavily damaged. Another F2 tornado touched down initially southwest of Richland Center, WI and then tracked to half mile east of Buck Creek before lifting just west of Cazenovia. Numerous barns, farm sheds, and trees were damaged in addition to 2 homes. There were also three F1 tornadoes reported in Juneau County. These tornadoes caused 2 injuries.


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