Memorial Day Extremes for Southwest Lower Michigan

Memorial Day has been celebrated in the United States since 1868 when it was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial Day was then observed on May 30th each year until 1971. Memorial Day has since then been observed on the last Monday of May after the National Holiday Act of 1971 was passed by congress. This Act was passed to allow for a three day holiday weekend each year for Memorial Day.

We found the dates that Memorial Day has been observed each year. We then researched the data for each Memorial Day, and found the warmest maximum temperatures, Coldest minimum temperatures, and the wettest days for Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Lansing. Period of record for Grand Rapids is 1897-2012, period of record for Lansing is 1868-2012, and period of record for Muskegon is 1897-2012, since records do not go back to 1868 for all locations. 

  

Grand Rapids

Period of Record 1897-2012

 Warmest High Temperature

1. 92 degrees - 5/30/1919

(t)2. 91 degrees - 5/28/2012

                         - 5/29/2006

                         - 5/29/1978

 Coldest High Temperature

1. 48 degrees - 5/30/1910

2. 60 degrees - 5/29/1995

(t)3. 61 degrees - 5/31/1993

                          - 5/30/1903

                          - 5/30/1901

 Warmest Low Temperature

1. 68 degrees - 5/27/1991

2. 67 degrees - 5/29/2006

(t)3. 66 degrees - 5/30/1942

                         - 5/30/1937

 Coldest Low Temperature

1. 31 degrees - 5/25/1992

2. 34 degrees - 5/30/1965

(t)3. 35 degrees - 5/27/1974

                             - 5/30/1945

                             - 5/30/1930

 Wettest

1. 1.82 inches - 5/28/1984

2. 0.42 inches - 5/31/1982

3. 0.40 inches - 5/29/1989

 

Lansing

Period of Record 1868-2012

 Warmest High Temperature

1. 95 degrees - 5/30/1895

2. 93 degrees - 5/30/1874

3. 92 degrees - 5/28/2012

 Coldest High Temperature

1. 41 degrees - 5/30/1889

2. 49 degrees - 5/30/1894

3. 53 degrees - 5/30/1983

 Warmest Low Temperature

1. 69 degrees - 5/27/1991

(t)2. 67 degrees - 5/29/2006

                              - 5/30/1895

 Coldest Low Temperature

1. 29 degrees - 5/25/1992

(t)2. 31 degrees - 5/30/1965

                              - 5/30/1873

  Wettest

1. 1.91 inches - 5/30/1943

2. 0.99 inches - 5/25/1981

3. 0.81 inches - 5/28/1984

 

Muskegon

Period of Record 1897-2012

 Warmest High Temperature

1. 89 degrees - 5/28/2012

2. 87 degrees - 5/29/2006

(t)3. 85 degrees - 5/30/1988

                           - 5/30/1944

two others tied at 85 degrees

 Coldest High Temperature

1. 47 degrees - 5/30/1897

2. 48 degrees - 5/30/1983

3. 50 degrees - 5/30/1910

 Warmest Low Temperature

1. 70 degrees - 5/29/2006

2. 68 degrees - 5/30/1970

3. 65 degrees - 5/30/1962

 Coldest Low Temperature

1. 32 degrees - 5/25/1992

2. 33 degrees - 5/30/1945

3. 34 degrees - 5/30/1961

  Wettest

1. 1.04 inches - 5/29/1989

2. 1.04 inches - 5/28/1984

3. 0.86 inches - 5/31/1999



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