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Severe Storms in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains Saturday; Increasing Heat Across the South

Scattered severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds, large to very large hail and a couple of tornadoes will be possible Saturday afternoon in the Upper Midwest and Great Plains. Stronger storms may produce heavy to excessive rainfall. Simmering heat will impact areas from the Southwest to the Gulf Coast and Southeast this weekend. Heat indices may exceed 100 degrees. Read More >

Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971 and was known as Decoration Day from 1868 to 1970. Below is a listing of the climate records on Memorial Day for Rapid City, Gillette, Lead, Winner, Lemmon, Sundance, Spearfish, Newcastle, Hot Springs, and Custer, as well as the weather in downtown Rapid City and Gillette for the past 10 Memorial Days. Record high temperatures have broken 100 degrees in some places, and record lows have been at or below freezing. Snow on Memorial Day is rare across our area, though Lead received over a foot of snow on Memorial Day of 1996.

In 2023, Memorial Day was warm, with highs in the 70s. Severe weather also occurred across the area, with several reports of hail up to half dollar sized and wind gusts to around 60 mph.