Mother's Day Extremes for Southwest Lower Michigan

Weather records are easy to figure out for certain holidays like Christmas and the Fourth of July since they occur on the same date each year. However, Mother’s Day is a bit more difficult as it occurs on a different date each year. Mother’s Day officially began in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson made the official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the second Sunday of May. We have done some research and found the day that Mother’s Day has occurred on each year back through 1914. We then went through our data to determine some weather records for Mother’s Day from 1914 through the present. 

Listed below are the records for warmest high temperature, coldest high temperature, warmest low temperature, coldest low temperature, and wettest Mother's Days for our three climate sites.

  

 Grand Rapids

Period of Record 1914-2011

 Warmest High Temperature

1. 86 degrees - 5/9/1993

2. 85 degrees – 5/10/1936

3(t). 84 degrees – 5/12/1985

                             5/13/1962

 Coldest High Temperature

1. 48 degrees - 5/8/1960

2(t). 49 degrees - 5/12/2002

                             - 5/13/1973

 Warmest Low Temperature

1(t). 65 degrees - 5/13/1956

                          - 5/10/1936

3. 64 degrees - 5/9/1965

 Coldest Low Temperature

1. 28 degrees – 5/12/1946

2. 30 degrees – 5/11/1969

3(t). 31 degrees – 5/9/1954

                         5/9/2010

 Wettest

1. 3.53 inches – 5/10/1981

2. 1 .39 inches – 5/12/2002

3. 1.19 inches – 5/9/2004

 

Lansing

Period of Record 1914-2011

Warmest High Temperature

1. 88 degrees – 5/10/1936

2. 87 degrees – 5/12/1991

3. 86 degrees – 5/9/1965

Coldest High Temperature

1. 47 degrees - 5/13/1973

(t)2. 48 degrees - 5/13/1984

                                    - 5/8/1960                               

Warmest Low Temperature

1(t). 66 degrees - 5/9/1965

                                      - 5/13/1956

3. 61 degrees - 5/14/1961

Coldest Low Temperature

1. 27 degrees – 5/9/1954

2(t). 28 degrees – 5/12/1996

                           – 5/13/1923

Wettest

1. 1.72 inches – 5/10/1981

2. 1.57 inches - 5/9/1948

3. 0.97 inches – 5/9/2004

 

Muskegon

Period of Record 1914-2011

Warmest High Temperature

1. 89 degrees – 5/9/1993

2. 87 degrees – 5/11/1930

3. 83 degrees – 5/8/1988

Coldest High Temperature

1. 46 degrees - 5/10/1981

(t)2. 47 degrees - 5/8/1960

                                    - 5/9/1954

Warmest Low Temperature

1. 64 degrees - 5/14/1961

(t)2. 61 degrees - 5/9/1965

                                 - 5/13/1956

                                   - 5/11/1930

Coldest Low Temperature

1. 28 degrees - 5/9/2010

2(t). 31 degrees - 5/8/1966

                                  -  5/13/1923

Wettest

1. 1.35 inches – 5/9/1965

2. 0.97 inches – 5/10/1981

3. 0.93 inches – 5/13/1934



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