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Rare April Cooler Than March

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It’s the end of another mild month, but compared to the “hot” March we enjoyed, April felt cold.  April was more seasonable, and about 1.5 degrees above normal, verifying the long range prediction of an above normal April.  However, according to the National Weather Service office in Sullivan, April’s average monthly temperature was cooler than March’s average temperature.  That has only happened one other time in Milwaukee’s recorded history; 1907. 

In 1907, Madison’s average March and April temperatures were the same at 37.6 degrees, so Madison has never had a cooler April then the preceding March.   Back in 1907, Milwaukee’s average March temperature was 38.5 degrees followed by 37.2 in April.   This March had an unbelievable average of 48.8 degrees, or 13.8 degrees above normal.  This April is around 46 degrees…yes almost 3 degrees less than March…that is significant. 

This same feat also happened in Chicago.  Back in March of 1907, Chicago’s average temperature was 42.6 followed by 39.8 degrees in April.  This March was very warm in Chicago with an average temperature of 53.5 degrees thanks to 8 days in the 80s.  This April’s average temperature will be around 50 degrees which is still above normal, yet shockingly, cooler than March which proves how rare the March heat wave was. 

The rare weather pattern in March has shifted back to normal for April and the foreseeable future.

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