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A comfortable Mother’s Days for Grand Rapids but frost still looms

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Mother’s Day officially began in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson made Mother's Day a national holiday held each year on the second Sunday of May. Mother’s Day can be as early as the eighth or as late as the fourteenth of May.

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Mother’s Day weather for Grand Rapids can range from tranquil to turbulent. I looked at the records from 1914 to 2012 and calculated the average Mother’s Day weather and the extreme conditions. From the chart in the slideshow on the top of the page, an average Mother’s Day starts with a low in the mid 40s and warms to a high in the mid 60s. The warmest Mother’s Day was in 1993 with a high of 86° and 1946 had the coldest start to the day with 28°. The wettest Mother’s Day was in 1981 when 3.53” of rain fell. No snow has ever been observed on Mother’s Day. Just last year, in 2013, we saw one of the cooler Mother’s Days. Morning lows were in the mid-30s and the high only climbed to 46°. With a high of only 46° that sets the record for the coolest high temperature ever observed on Mother’s Day.

This Mother’s Day stays dry and very nice with highs in the mid-70s.

There’s an old saying in West Michigan “don’t plant your flowers until after Mother’s Day” and some frost is possible by next weekend. See the slideshow on the top of the page for more on this Mother’s Day.

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