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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published April 25 2012

Weather Talk: March won’t finish warmer than April, but it’ll be close

In Fargo-Moorhead, the average temperature in April is 16.4 degrees warmer than the average for March. Although the exact difference will vary a few degrees from city to city, most locations in the Midwest and upper Great Plains will have a similar difference between those two months.

March was the warmest on record for a large portion of the lower 48 states. Many cities recorded temperatures between 10 and 20 degrees above average. Chicago recorded record-breaking temperatures last month, with an average temperature of 53.5 degrees, which was 15.6 degrees above average. Although the temperature this month has continued to be above normal, April will likely finish cooler than March in Chicago for only the second time on record.

Locally, April is running slightly warmer than March, and the warmer temperatures earlier this week will guarantee that 2012 will not be the first year when March finished warmer than April, although it will be close.

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