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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published May 11 2013

Weather Talk: April was cold in F-M but relatively warm worldwide

The month of April was a cold one in Fargo-Moorhead, finishing more than 10 degrees below average; the fifth-coldest April on record since 1881.

The weather was cold throughout the Northern Plains and Midwest. However, April was a relatively warm month worldwide. The global composite temperature during April was 0.18 degrees above the 30-year average around the world as measured by NASA satellites.

The warming was more pronounced in the northern hemisphere than in the southern hemisphere. The warm anomaly was most concentrated from the northern Pacific region across Siberia to Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean.

The coldest regions of the world were over the north-central United States, western Canada and northern Europe. Globally averaged temperatures have generally remained steady since the late 1990s following a warming trend that covered the last few decades of the 20th century.

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