The cold, wet Memorial Day of 1984

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Dear Tom,
I remember a Memorial Day, probably in the early ’80s, when it was so cold and rainy that we canceled our picnic, stayed home and lit a fire. Details?
— Bruce McCann
Dear Bruce,
You are recalling the Memorial Day of May 28, 1984, about as bad a weather day as Chicago can experience in late May.
The high temperature reached just 51 degrees, a reading more typical of late March, after a very chilly morning low of 41.
The day was a total washout with exactly
1 inch of rain falling, the most ever recorded on the holiday. The rain, driven by strong northeast winds gusting as high as 41 mph, finally ended shortly after 8 p.m.
That Memorial Day was the second in a string of five chilly and rainy ones spanning the period from 1983 to 1987 with highs in the 50s and 60s.