Record Cold Memorial Day to Challenge Temps from the Mid 1800s

Snowfall in places! Freeze advisories in northern-tier states! On Memorial Day! Perhaps the idea that we’re headed for a new Little Ice Age isn’t so far-fetched after all.


29 May 2021 – “In the Northeast, daily high temperatures Saturday could be as much as 20 degrees below normal and even challenge records in places,” says AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. “Add to that a soaking rainfall and the recipe for a holiday weekend spoiler is complete.”

“There’s even the chance that some wet snowflakes can mix in at times over the higher elevations of upstate New York at the start of the weekend,” Sosnowski warns.

“A bit of sleet and snow was observed in parts of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Friday morning. North of the precipitation area, freeze advisories were issued over the northern tier of the United States.

Unseasonably cold air “may also challenge record low maximum temperatures that have been in the books as far back as the middle 1800s.”

Dozens of locations could set record-low maximum temperatures on Saturday alone

“There are dozens of locations that could set record low maximum temperatures on Saturday alone in the Northeast,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell said.

“In some cases, the records have withstood the test of time since the mid-1800s.

“For example, the forecast high temperature for Philadelphia Saturday is only 55 F. If this occurs, it would break the record low maximum temperature of 56 set in 1884. Washington, D.C., may break its record low maximum of 58 set in 1893 on Saturday. In New York City, the forecast high for Saturday is 54 — some 20 degrees below the average high for this time of year.

Midwest cities such as Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio, have already been impacted by the out-of-season storm.

Record cold going back to the mid 1800s, and Accuweather’s headline merely calls it “Unseasonably Cold” ! ? ! ? day-weekend/953465

Thanks to Bill Sellers for this link

19 thoughts on “Record Cold Memorial Day to Challenge Temps from the Mid 1800s”

  1. Reading the tea leaves; its hard to deny this is happening in our lifetimes. An up tick in volcanic activity. Strange weather events. Earths magnetic field is so weak, a minor CME could create another Carrington event. What will our sky’s soon look like? Arora’s everywhere. Plasma blasts streaking through the atmosphere. Strange times to be alive.

  2. I am in Arkansas and i predict cold snow sleet freezing ice for days and weeks months soon . I could be wrong and probably am but i can’t help but think if it could happen soon

  3. Focus on Finland, where Winter 2020’s regional snowpack did not melt last year.

    If 2021’s accumulation insulates that persisting overlay, 670 years from Holocene’s End in AD 1350 northern Europe begins a 102-kiloyear Pleistocene glaciation-cycle.

  4. I am just north of Austin Texas, and we are having frequent rain, with cool temperatures and consistently heavy cloud cover, which I have not seen in the 25 years I have lived here.

  5. There are no comments showing as I write this, but someone else is bound to have noticed that the link you gave is now 404.

    The revised page has many references to cold records being broken. Maybe the narrative alignment squad is off for the holiday and some junior copy writer got over-zealous.

    There’s no mention of CC being the cause of extreme weather either, perhaps they are developing a sense of how ridiculous it has become to always add that caveat.

  6. Not only is it chilly and rainy in the Northeast, it also was 23 degrees and colder in the mountains of Montana. That area is particularly cold, still, that’s average nighttime winter temperature here, and there was definitely frost. Also, the drawing I saw did not show it as the same air mass, meaning it’s just generally more cool. Even precip on thr radar over the Sierra of California. Still, it sometimes doesn’t reach the ground there, making some think rain doesn’t reach thd ground anywhere in the West, ever, which is not the case, obviously I’d hope.

  7. Okay, I’ll contribute this from my AO:
    Forecast for overnight was low to mid-40s.
    Instead, the temperature dropped to 37F by midnight and bottomed out at 36 by 6AM local CDT.
    I don’t know if that’s an area record or not, but that’s direct info from the National Weather Service’s report, located at a small nearby airport, so I’ll take it. Current outdoor temp in the sun is mid-60s, lower than was forecast yesterday.
    Yes, I still have the furnace running and frankly, don’t know what to expect, so I’m using a small notebook and recording highs and lows daytime and night-time, instead of just noticing things and shrugging.
    If this ends by Tuesday (and it does not look as though it will so far), then, it may become a trend. I’m still noticing the very late snows up in central Wisconsin on the radar weather map. The most noticeable thing is the high humidity recorded at the times these readings were taken, up to 85% humidity instead of less. And the strawberries I”m getting from California are the size of hens’ eggs.
    Just glad I decided to bite the bullet and get a new furnace installed last fall instead of “just fixing” the old one.
    Get well and get home, Robert!!!!

    • it only reached 69F in my area yesterday, May 30th – some 18F below average. (N Charleston) Some areas went down to 46F in the midlands this morning.

  8. 60 degrees at 11 am in Oklahoma City. Way below the normal. We should be mid to upper 80s and sweltering in humidity. Instead, it’s cloudy, raining and need a jacket. Tomorrow the high is 69. The 15 day forecast on the Weather Channel shows we might hit 84 one day. All the rest are upper 70s. low 80s. Going into June. Wow!

  9. Central Texas- we’re cooler than normal, and a few big Spring storms would be normal….but we’re getting 2″ a week, in collective frequent showers.

    I’ve never gone the entire month of May without watering the lawn (before this year).

    Maybe the GSM will bring Texas a farm-friendly climate.

    Side note, we have a “Lost Maples” state park a few hours NW of San Antonio…lots of Maple Trees leftover from the last glaciation. The valley is cool and shady. Most of Texas is way to dry and hot for Maples.

  10. Western Oregon was very hot for Memorial Day weekend. Tuesday high was 97F and was 86F today. Monday was 93F, but for this weekend it will be overcast and highs of 64F.

    Unusual heat this soon, typically I would expect to see those Temps by mid July through to August.

    Last year the rains started earlier, by mid September instead of mid October. Spring was earlier and very short. The crocuses hadn’t started blooming fully when the daffodils exploded everywhere. Tulips were basically done by mid April when they usually finish mid May.

    The sunlight this past weekend was also incredibly bright. My eyes hurt against the strain, I don’t remember this being the case at least 2 years ago.


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