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May outlook

April 30, 2014


   April ended with a string of soggy, windy days. The last nine days of the month were cooler than normal the Twin Cities. We’re ready for some sunshine and warmth!

   Our average monthly temperature for April was 4.8 degrees below normal in the Twin Cities. This marks our sixth consecutive month with colder than normal temperatures. Our lowest temp was 18 on the 15th, and our warmest reading was 74 degrees on the 20th.

   We witnessed the second wettest April in Twin Cities history, with 6.27 inches of precipitation (rain plus the water content of our snow). We tallied 7 inches of snow, with 6.5 inches falling on April 3-4. Our snowfall total for the 2013-2014 snow season stands at an impressive 69.8 inches

   Looking ahead, the May 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 May…our average high in the Twin Cities rises from 65 degrees on May 1st to 74 degrees on May 31st.  

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