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April outlook

March 31, 2014


   This is more like it! The mounds of snow on the lawn have melted, and we no longer have to shuffle along icy sidewalks. Potholes are still a nuisance, but we’re told that our best road crews are working on the problem…I sure hope so.

   We’ve earned our spring this year. Our average monthly temperature for March was 7.3 degrees below normal in the Twin Cities. This marks our fifth consecutive month with colder than normal temperatures. We saw below-zero low temps on 3 days during March, and our coldest reading in the Twin Cities was 15 below zero on the 2nd. High temperatures topped 32 degrees on only 17 days, with our warmest reading of 60 degrees occurring on March 30th.

   We tallied only 4.7 inches of snow this March. That’s well below our average March snowfall total of 10.2 inches. Our biggest daily snowfall total was 2.3 inches, on the 18th, and we had measurable snow on only 6 days. Even without any major March snowstorm in the Twin Cities, our snowfall total for the 2013-2014 snow season stands at an impressive 62.8 inches

   Looking ahead, the April temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows a tendency for below normal temperatures over Minnesota and Wisconsin:


   The outlook doesn’t mean that every day is expected to be cooler than normal…it is the average temp for the entire month that shows a cool tendency. Cool can be okay in April…our average high in the Twin Cities rises from 50 degrees on April 1st to 65 degrees on April 30th.  

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