ALPENA – Last month was colder and wetter than usual for the month of April, but the Alpena region received less snow than the historical average, says the National Weather Service.
The mean temperature of 38.6 degrees ended up below April’s long-term average of 41.2 degrees.
The hottest day of the month was April 24, when the thermometer tracking weather data at Alpena County Regional Airport climbed to 77 degrees. The minimum temperature reading was on April 2 when the mercury dipped to 17 degrees overnight.
The average high temperature for the month was only 48.1 degrees Celsius, down from the April average of 52.2 degrees.
Although many day and night temperatures were cold enough to produce snow, they were much lower than normal in the region. Overall, Alpena received 4.2 inches of snow, which was below the historical average of 6.6 inches. About three inches of them came in over a period of two days on April 18-19.
Most of the rainfall in this region came in the form of rain. Alpena received 3.5 inches of rainfall for the month, eclipsed the historical average of 2.9 inches. Alpena received the most rain on April 23, when more than an inch of rain fell in a 24-hour period.
It may seem that the arrival of spring in northeast Michigan has been slow, but the extended forecast points to a warming trend.
After a cold and rainy day today, temperatures will stabilize in the mid-50s and then by the middle of next week, it is predicted that the region will warm to 60 degrees or more.
Night and morning temperatures will remain chilly for the next two weeks. It is predicted that temperatures will continue to drop into the high 30s and low 40s during the night.
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