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Daryl Ritchison, Published May 25 2009

Weather Talk: Remember what today means no matter what the weather

Memorial Day was traditionally observed on May 30 until 1971, but since has been designated to the last Monday in May. Since records have been taken in Fargo-Moorhead, the average high on Memorial Day has been 72 degrees, with an average low of 49 degrees. 63 percent of the time this day has had no measurable precipitation.

The wettest Memorial Day was back in 1977 when 1.13 inches fell. Not far behind and probably a day many of you remember was the 1.01 inches that fell in 2004. It rained steadily all three days of the Memorial Day weekend that year.

The warmest Memorial Day was a 104-degree high in 1934, and the coolest was a high of 51 degrees in 1887. 2008 was one of the coolest with a high of only 62.

But no matter what the weather brings today, we all should remember the true meaning of this holiday.


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