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April continues 10-month warm string in Northland

Spring slowed down across the Northland in April after the fastest-ever start in March, but last month still was noticeably warmer than normal. The average monthly temperature for April was 42.4 degrees, 2.8 degrees above the 30-year normal in Du...

Spring slowed down across the Northland in April after the fastest-ever start in March, but last month still was noticeably warmer than normal.

The average monthly temperature for April was 42.4 degrees, 2.8 degrees above the 30-year normal in Duluth, continuing a highly unusual streak of 10-straight months of above-normal temperatures.

Maybe April just didn't seem as warm after the 13.3-degree warmer-than-usual March. Or maybe it was because April saw 15 days above normal while March saw 27 of 31 days above normal.

The forecast for May so far looks mixed. The National Climate Prediction Center shows a slight trend towards cool for the first half of the month but then no deviation from normal from mid-May through July.

The short-term forecast from the National Weather Service in Duluth calls for above-normal temperatures through the week along with ample rain.

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Normal highs for early May should be in the upper 50s with overnight lows in the upper 30s.

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John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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