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April was third-snowiest on record in Duluth

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April in Duluth was colder and snowier than normal, but you probably already figured that one out.

The average daily temperature was 35.1 degrees, 4.5 degrees below normal and the 23rd coldest April on record.

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That wasn’t a remarkable departure from normal, and no records were set, but it’s the sixth straight month below normal and continues a cold spring that came after the second coldest meteorological winter – December-January-February – on record.

Snowfall hit 26.3 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth, the third snowiest April on record, and follows April, 2013 which was the snowiest April, and snowiest month ever in Duluth at 50.8 inches. Overall precipitation was 3.3 inches this April, nearly an inch more than normal. It was only the 28th wettest April on record.

High temperatures for early May should be in the lower 50s. Temperatures will get close to that Friday and Saturday and we should see 50s, and finally some sun, by Sunday and Monday. Some forecasts are calling for near 60 degrees by mid-week in parts of the Northland, but probably not near Lake Superior, which is still laden with ice.

Duluth has topped 131 inches of snow for the entire season, third all-time snowiest on record and just over four inches from the all-time record.

International Falls was 4.7 degrees below normal for April and had about normal precipitation.

Sorry, but there’s little good news from the National Climate Prediction Center, which is forecasting below normal temperatures through May for the Northland, along with normal precipitation.

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