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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published April 08 2013

Weather Talk: After chilly start, prepare for April temps in 30s, 40s

This March was the 14th-coldest on record dating back to 1881. It seemed especially miserable because March was so warm last year.

April is also starting out very cold. Looking back at some of the coldest Aprils on record, it appears we should prepare ourselves for the possibility of a lot of weather in the 30s and 40s. The coldest April on record was in 1893. That month only had three days with high temperatures above the 40s, with the warmest at 58 on April 10. There were 13 days with snowfall that month, for a total of 14 inches. The first 60-degree day did not occur until May 6 and the first 70-degree day was not until May 17.

Such consistently cold weather so late into the spring is difficult to maintain because once the snow is melted, black soil in the fields is able to absorb sunlight and heat the air on sunny days.

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