Warm March...Cooler April
After a record shattering warm March in Milwaukee and most of the eastern half of the country, April has remained above normal, but nothing like March’s incredible 14 degrees above normal. So far, April is about 4 degrees above normal, which is significant, but it has felt much cooler compared to March. Remember, the normal high for early to mid April is in the lower 50s.
April has only had 2 days in the 70s and 5 days in the 60s. March had 7 days in the 70s and 2 days in the 80s. April’s long range temperature outlook was for above normal temperatures, which has verified, and the 90 day outlook is for temperatures to be around normal into July. That makes for a very comfortable summer. Precipitation looks to be average as well.
The U.S. had a record warm March with an average temperature 8.6 degrees above the 20th century March average, and more than 15,000 record warm temperatures were broken across the country in one month. Meanwhile, the average global temperature for March was the coolest since 1999, but was the 16th warmest since records have been kept.
Many people are itching to get their flowers are gardens planted but the past few weeks have put the brakes on with frost on more than half of the mornings away from the lake.