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COLD APRIL Northern U.S.

Major U.S. cities on track to potential record cold April


Jaclyn Whittal
Meteorologist

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 15:06 - Those in the northern tier of the U.S. either graciously accept winter with open arms or drag their feet the entire way. So, for those who would willingly trade in the snow for sand, it's been a rough season that has been painfully etched into our memories after the ice storm that rolled through the Great Lakes just weeks ago.

For some communities, April won't just be memorable... it will might just go down in history. How? Well there are so many fascinating statistics to swoon over that we dug up! While doing some number crunching for Detroit Metropolitan International Airport, it wasn't an eye opener that April has been about 10 F below seasonal. The normal monthly average daytime high is 59.1 F, we only got 49.7 as an average. Another stat that won't come as a surprise is the lack of warmth -- we have yet to crack 70ºF more than once this April in Detroit, Chicago and Buffalo!

(RELATED: RECORD WARMTH IN STORE FOR THE WEST = TERRIBLE NEWS FOR THE DROUGHT)

FLUCTUATIONS INTO MAY

Taking the final forecast days of April into consideration, we're currently seeing a slight warm up that could help the averages take a slight bump up. Of course we will have to wait until the end of the month to officially declare it as 'the coldest April on record' as some minor fluctuations in the forecast will occur.

The overall weather pattern that we can blame is the jet stream that keeps taking a ride well to the south ushering cold Canadian air to the U.S. In fact, it's been cold enough that we saw ice pellets accumulating in the middle of the month for the Southern Great Lakes. 

It seems we are definitely warmer as of late, but we have really yet to see a pattern shift that promotes above seasonal temperatures the whole month. We may need to wait until mid-May to get on the plus side of seasonal. 

The good news is the sun is stronger and higher in the sky and the averages climb climatologically in the Spring. In other words, we warm up regardless of being below seasonal or not!

IS GLOBAL WARMING TO BLAME FOR 'WEIRD' APRIL?

A common misunderstanding with global warming is that it should mean every single location heats up equally and we should never experience cold if our world is warming. As you can imagine, our atmosphere and the intertwined processes are complex. It isn't a simple cause and effect relationship and it's easy to treat weather and climate as the same entity. To understand the important difference, watch the video below.

CLIMATE VS. WEATHER -- THE IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE WITH CHIEF METEOROLOGIST CHRIS SCOTT




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