Cold temperatures and snow continued again in April, according to records provided by the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC). They have recorded below average temperatures throughout the first three months of this year.
The mean temperature for April was 40.3°F, which is 3.1°F below the average of 43.4°F (1886-2018). The high temperature for the month was 80°F on April 21. The low temperature for the month was 16°F and occurred on April 14.
The highest temperature recorded in April at the WCROC from 1886 to 2018 was 98°F on April 22, 1980. The lowest temperature recorded historically was -2°F which occurred on April 7, 1936. Last April we recorded a mean temperature of 32.2°F which was the coldest on record.
Precipitation for the month totaled 2.23 inches, which is 0.03 inches below the average of 2.26 inches. Snowfall was recorded at 13.3 inches which is 10.0 inches above the average of 3.3 inches. This is the third highest amount of snow we have recorded in April in 134 years.
In April of 1893, 32.0 inches of snow was recorded. In April of 2008, we saw 21 inches of snow. We recorded 64.6 inches of snow during the winter of 2018 to 2019. This winter season ranks no. 13 for the most snow recorded. Average for this time is 39.1 inches. A snowfall record was broken on April 12 with 7.5 inches of snow beating the old record of 2.5 recorded in 1951.
On April 3 frost depth was measured at 12.5 to 28 inches. On April 16 frost was measured at 25 to 27 inches. By April 29 the frost was out. Heating degree days totaled 687 and the average is 655. We accumulated 89 growing degree days in April. The average is 118.
Complete weather statistics for April can be viewed here.
The alfalfa fields at the WCROC are turning green and no winter kill was noted. Small grain was planted on April 25 in at the WCROC. Some corn and small grains were planted in the area the last week of April. However, weekend rain slowed the planting progress. Heat and sunny days would be appreciated.