Memorial Day Getting Much Cooler In The US

This year will mark the fourth consecutive cool Memorial Day in the US.

Yosemite’s back gate, Tioga Pass, is still snowed under–and that just might complicate your Memorial Day trip – LA Times

It hasn’t always been like this. The end of May used to be very hot. On this date in 1911 most of the country was over 90 degrees, and much was over 100 degrees. Nebraska was 105 degrees and Iowa was 103 degrees. Indiana was 100 degrees, 36 degrees warmer than today.

May 25th temperatures have plummeted in the US over the past century, with the three hottest being 1911, 1926 and 1953. The last four years have been among the coolest on record on May 25.

The last week of May, 1934 temperatures in the Midwest were close to 110 degrees.

And three fourths of the US was experiencing drought.

One year later on May 31, Texas received 22 inches of rain in less than three hours.

Extreme Weather: A Guide & Record Book – Christopher C. Burt – Google Books

And Colorado received 24 inches of rain in less than six hours.

This record rainfall came weeks after one of the worst dust storms in history.

And weeks before the most intense hurricane in US history, which blew trains 30 feet off the tracks in Florida.

Claims that heat, storms or precipitation are becoming more extreme in the US are not based on science. They are fraud, and the people making them should be held to account.

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30 Responses to Memorial Day Getting Much Cooler In The US

  1. RAH says:

    For most of life race day at Indy has been brutally hot. Lots of heat injuries among the drunks. With the notable exception of the 2012 race which was the second hottest in the history of the race, temperatures at the track have been pretty comfortable for race and if one goes to any of the several races run the night before the big one they will need a jacket more often than not. The coldest Indianapolis 500 I attended and in fact the coldest on record for the race was 1992 following the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. See your breath, winter coat kind of cold. The cold track resulted in a lot of yellow lights as each time they would restart someone would spin out due to the tires not being up to temperature yet. 1992 was the closest finish on record.

    I will probably never attend another one. It is not the same. Years ago when one went they saw a wide variety of different car designs and innovations being tried. Now it’s all standardized with everyone running pretty much the same thing with the exception of the engine. While that standardization has resulted in a safer vehicle, it has taken the wonder out of Indy car racing for me. So this open wheel racing fan finds himself spending his entertainment dollars going to watch sprint cars, midgets, and silver crown cars run on the dirt. That is a much more personal experience. One can go down in the pits and meet the drivers and check out the various cars close up and there will be a variety of different chassis, engines, and set ups being run.
    And at tracks that are generally 1/2 mile or smaller there is always a good seat to be found. About the only way to make a small fortune in that kind of racing is to start with a big one. So it is a labor of love for those that do it.

  2. arn says:

    Global Warming exists.
    Its just hiding unter tons of snow
    and will do so for the next decades
    but in the year ’37 we will all suffer from global warming.
    in the year 3037.

  3. Dan Pangburn says:

    Apparently, for some people, the understanding of climate change is limited to the discovery that CO2 is a ghg. The fact that CO2 is a ghg just scratches the surface.

    Delve deeper into the science and discover that thermalization and the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution of molecule energy explain why CO2 does not now, has never had and will never have a significant effect on climate. See why at

  4. Theyouk says:

    Hmmm….all these extremes…It’s almost as if the central US is a battleground between cool, dry air from the north/northwest and warm, moist air from the south, with the potential for wild swings in temperature, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation, winds, etc. as Rossby waves and the jet stream meander across the continent.

    Naaah. Just kidding. It’s Man-made Climate Change, and it’s gonna getcha. One way or another. The 1930’s were just CAGW’s audition for the main performance in 2020…Yeah, that’s it.

  5. GlennDC says:

    In may of 1980, around May 27, Houston experienced the first of what were going to be more than 70 consecutive days with daytime highs over 100 degrees. If memory serves right, it was not until the beginning of August that we had our first daytime high under 100.

    I never did understand how the NWS could possibly claim that last summer was “hottest in history” for Houston when we only had one day when my backyard thermometer reached 100 degrees. And I live 3 miles from the Galleria and 8 miles from down town. So I went searching for the temp record for the summer of 1980, and the official records do not show the extraordinary and persistent heat from that summer for Houston.

    Perhaps Tony knows where the real data is hidden…?

  6. Steve Case says:

    Claims that heat, storms or precipitation are becoming more extreme in the US are not based on science.

    Propaganda, exaggeration, lies and plain old bullshit rule the day.

    A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.                                                                                                                        Winston Churchill

  7. RAH says:

    BTW Gail

    High probability of a tornado outbreak in eastern NC today.

  8. John F. Hultquist says:

    Chinook Pass, just east of Mt. Rainier WA, will not be opened by Memorial weekend. A late snow increased avalanche danger, so clearing the road is slow.
    I’m expecting to go over on the 9th, to the White River campground area.
    Trail work will start Friday, June 2nd.
    Sign up as a volunteer at WTA dot org.
    Because Stevens Pass (Rt. #2) is open, a couple of us are going that way to another nice trail, but not with a view like White River.

    Here is a report I read monthly — from Oregon.

  9. Colorado Wellington says:

    Trail Ridge Road to open soon …

    Rocky Mountain National Park just reminded us that Trail Ridge Road opens soon (a sure sign of summer)
    By Sara Grant
    The Know
    May 9, 2017

    This could soon be you driving down Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.

  10. Colorado Wellington says:

    Never mind …

    CBS Denver News Channel 4
    May 24, 2017

    At least 14 campgrounds in areas like Lyons and Allenspark will be closed. There is so much snow left on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park that right now it’s not clear when that road will open.

    So much snow so late in May!

    Now, up higher on Trail Ridge Road the wind gusting 40 to 50 mph, gusting and causing drifts, blowing snow, really making for a very, very hard time as they try to get this road cleared in time for you to enjoy on the Memorial Day weekend but they are confident that if Mother Nature cooperates they will be able to get the job done.

    The confident part depends on Mother Nature. We have more rain and snow in the forecast as a few storm systems are coming our way …

  11. Andy DC says:

    On May 31, 1934, Maplewood, Minnesota reached an incredible 112 degrees. That was two degrees higher than their all-time June record of 110, also within two degrees of the all time high temperature record for any month 114 degrees set in July 1936.

    Anyone with knowledge of weather history knows that these recent claims of “hottest ever” are a total joke.

  12. RAH says:

    I just finished watching an interesting video on the geology of the NW US and how geologists are coming around to the idea that the earliest terrestrial calderas from the hotspot which caused the Yellowstone caldera were in the NW US and contributed to the formation of the Liberty gold deposits.

    I’ve been learning what I can about the geology of the area since this year I will be spending my two week vacation time in the Yellowstone, Jackson Hole area.

    The video is not just a interesting for the information about geology but also provides an excellent example of how science progresses.

    • gator69 says:

      Be sure to spend some time in Teton National Park, Death Canyon Trail is one of my favorites, followed up by a bison dinner at Jenny Lake Lodge. I love Yellowstone, but the best hiking is in the Tetons.

      • Colorado Wellington says:

        Also, the southern part of Grand Teton is right in the path of this year’s solar eclipse on August 21. We’ll be watching it in SE Wyoming.

        • RAH says:

          I’ll be there the first two weeks of July so won’t catch the full eclipse unless my travels as a truck driver happen to take me where I can see it. However I saw one many years ago while working as a welder/fabricator in Indianapolis. Stepped outside and watched it wearing my welding helmet. IMO, with exception of a full aperture solar filter for a telescope, that is the way to watch an eclipse. If you don’t have the helmet just get a #14 lens. They’re cheap and available at any welding supply location.

          • Colorado Wellington says:

            I agree, I’ll be taking my welding helmet. Need to take an inventory for the rest of the party.

        • cdquarles says:

          Looks like Oak Ridge, TN is in the totality path. My sole living uncle on my mom’s side lives there. I tentatively plan to go visit him. The eclipse is an excuse. I want as many of my children and grandchildren to go as they are able; but, with finances not so good, I might not.

          Nevertheless, the totality path gets near Chattanooga, TN, and that’s about 150 miles away. That’s much closer than the March, 1970 coast hugger. It’ll be a treat either way.

      • RAH says:

        We’ll be staying at the Grand Targhee Resort on a mountain south of Yellowstone in Wyoming for the first three days for my sons wedding. Then us four (my wife and I and Son and bride) will move down into the valley to a condo in Driggs Idaho and that will become our base of operations for going to see the sights for the rest of our time. Wanted to in a hotel right in Yellowstone but prices and availability of what we wanted were just ridiculous. No worries being in the way for honeymoon activities since the couple have been cohabitating for over 10 years now.

      • RAH says:

        We’ll go to all those places gator69. Plus we’re going to be driving some back woods roads since we’ll have my Toyota FJ and my son has a 4 door Jeep Rubicon.

    • John F. Hultquist says:

      We live 14 miles SE of Liberty, and we get to about 90% of Prof. Nick’s talks.
      There are also field trips via the Ice Age Floods Institute — CWU chapter.
      Search under ” nick 2 minute geology ” for more videos by Nick and crew.
      BTW, Nick is an aggregator of the science and one of the best presenters ever. Mostly, others do the serious “in the trenches” science and feed it to Nick.

      The “hot spot” appears to have been off the WA coast about 50 million years ago.
      The interesting thing is that the NW is now slowly rotating about a point where Pendleton, OR is. Thus, the “trace” of the hot spot is south from off the north coast, down through Oregon, and across OR, and then Idaho.
      50 M years is a long time. Volcanoes appear, grow cold, erode to almost nothing, and then new ones appear. Total length of appearance is about 2 million years.
      There is a field trip on June 11 to have a look at some of the very old rocks.
      Nick says “ What’s the story with beautiful rock columns west of Yakima on Highway 12? Learn about Ice Age lava flows in the Tieton Canyon – and where the volcano used to stand. Kloochman Rock, Goose Egg Mountain, Rimrock Lake, Naches Heights, Cowiche Canyon…..all part of an amazing story.
      [The lava flows are older than the most recent glacial, so I’ll have to ask him about the wording, above.]

      Visit Nick’s site for a list of talk videos:

      [We are in the front row of the video you linked to.]

      • RAH says:

        I am familiar with his downtown videos and others. The first one I watched was about Mt. Rainier.
        Many years ago one evening my SF team boarded a C-141 at Westover RAFB in MA and flew across the US overnight going low level through the mountains to arrive at a drop zone Ft. Lewis, WA. where we jumped with full equipment. The next morning were trucked to the base of the mountain. We ascended the mountain and were going to stay near the summit training for several days but on the second day were ordered over the guard net on our PRC 77 to get down off the mountain ASAP. Three civilian climbers had died in an avalanche on the west slope, and the weather was going to hell. So we got down very quickly and were eventually flown back home to Ft. Devens and jumped onto the DZ there. Tacoma is as pretty and area as one could find to live at.

        Did you know that for a month in 1929 the Aircraft Carrier CV-2, USS Lexington supplied Tacoma with electrical power when the water levels of the dams got dangerously low during a drought?

        • John F. Hultquist says:

          They used to allow birddog folks to hold field trials on the eastern edge of Fort Lewis. I rode a horse through low brush and got all tangled in fine black wire. Maybe you had something to do with that.
          While he and I were getting the wire off, the field trial went on around us. I guess it was abandoned radio wire, but not sure.

          • RAH says:

            “Fine black wire” sounds like commo wire as used between field phones. We had nothing to do with that there. Miles of the stuff have been strung out by conventional units. Our field commo was always wireless. Because of the Warsaw pact had considerable ability in RDF (Radio Direction Finding) we used low power units of local very short range commo. In those days Satcom was still something only available to major commands so long range commo was shorthwave using code and devices which transmitted the code in a burst to minimize air time. SF commo men were the best in the world at being able to communicate half way around the world on a shortwave radio having very low power. It is a matter of antenna configuration and tuning. Many a time I have helped the commo man string out his cable antenna in a long wire slant or inverted “V” or any of several other configurations the guy picked using some kind of voodoo to determine which antenna was best for conditions.

  13. Jimmy Haigh says:

    Maybe they’ll re-write the weather records – like they are doing with the athletics records.

  14. TA says:

    “And Colorado received 24 inches of rain in less than six hours.”

    Wow! That’s a lot of rain!

    I was out in a typhoon once that dropped 22 inches in 24 hours, and it was like someone was pouring water out of a jug. I was near a small creek and you could watch it visibly rising. We eventually had to move to higher ground.

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      We once set up camp on a shelf above a small river where we intended to build rafts for the trip. It started raining and we retired for the night. I woke up to some noise and when I touched the floor of my tent it felt like a water bed. It took me only an few minutes to evacuate to a higher shelf but during that time the water level at the original campsite rose from a few inches to above my knees. We managed to move everything and didn’t lose any equipment or materials but it was a close call.

      When we finished building our rafts on the higher shelf and finally took off two days later we had to pay close attention where the current channel was because the flood spilled wide onto the alluvial lower shelf and there were old meanders channeling the flow all over the width of the valley, obscured by thick vegetation that often blocked our view. As the current channel kept cutting ever deeper into the alluvial plain we saw waterfalls coming from the sides as the flood water drained back from these old meanders down into “the river”.

      There is nothing better than such experiences to start understanding the morphology of river valleys.

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