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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published May 03 2013

Weather Talk: Almost all of moisture in April came from snowfall

Last month finished as the fifth-coldest April on record. It was also the fourth-snowiest April on record.

A couple of days ago in this space I mentioned that although April ranked as the fifth coldest on record, we came within one degree of breaking the monthly record. It was also a similar scenario for snowfall last month. The 16.7 inches that was measured barely missed the April snow record of 17.4 inches set in 1904.

The other two years with a higher snow totals in the month of April were in 2008 with 16.9 inches and 1937 with 16.8 inches. In total, 2.11 inches of liquid equivalency was recorded last month. It was a rare April in the sense that almost all of that moisture came from snowfall as only 0.05 inches of rain was recorded with 2.06 inches of the water coming from snow.

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