First week of April was coldest on record

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Two record lows set

“Skating on April ice.” The proverb is a warning to people that their actions could lead to bad consequences. If our recent weather keeps up, the phrase just might have to substitute May for April.

This past week we have seen temperatures low enough for ice to thicken on area lakes. Two record lows were set last week.

When the temperature fell to zero Wednesday morning, it shattered the previous low temperature record for April 4 of 6 degrees above zero set in 1995. It also became the latest in the spring that the area has seen a zero degree reading. The previous latest date was April 1.

It was also the lowest temperature the area has seen since it fell to a minus 2 degrees March 2. The zero-degree low April 4 was 29 degrees below the average. There were reports in the area of temperatures that fell to a minus 3 degrees.

When it fell to 5 degrees April 5, it broke the record low of 8 degrees for the date set in 1979.

The first week of April was by far the coldest first week of the month on record. Its mean temperature was 5.8 degrees colder than the first week of April 2007, which now holds the number two spot. April’s first week high averaged 29.7 degrees, which was barely above the average low temperature for the week of 29.0 degree. The high average was 20.4 degrees colder than the average high of 50.1 degrees....


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