Minot’s April temps below last year

The monthly average temperature in April was 27.9 degrees 16.5 degrees below last year’s average temperature for the same month a year ago, according to weather data recorded at the North Central Research and Extension Center, south of Minot.

The April average temperature also was 12.9 degrees below the 107-year long-term average at the center, said Jim Tarasenko, research specialist. He records the high and low temperatures at 8 a.m. daily, and combines them for a monthly average temperature.

Tarasenko reported earlier that the total amount of snow this winter is the fourth-highest amount for a winter in more than 100 years of recordkeeping. Minot had 14 inches of snow in April compared to no snowfall in April 2012. He said the long-term average was 3.8 inches.

“The total snowfall this winter of Oct. 1, 2012, through April 30 has been 73 inches and this compares with 29.2 inches last year,” Tarasenko said. He said the long-term average was 38.9 inches for the same period.

Tarasenko said the most snowfall in the month of May was 15.7 inches in 2002, but the long-term average is just 0.6 of an inch.

Moisture for the month of April was 1.48 inches. This compares with 2.80 inches a year ago and the long-term average of 1.47 inches.

Snow appears to be out of the forecast now. The National Weather Service is forecasting daytime sunny weather for the rest of the week and through Sunday.

Eloise Ogden