United States experienced freezing April month in 21 years. Iowa and Wisconsin states breaks their previous records from 1907 by about 1.5 degrees It is an impressive crushing” of the former record, according to Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman.
Record breaking snow also accompanied the cold in many areas, wreaking havoc with baseball schedules and seriously delaying the onset of spring.
According to the report during April, the average U.S. temperature was 48.9 degrees, which was 2.2 degrees below average, “making it the 13th coldest April on record and the coldest since 1997.”
The climate report was released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This cold was due to “a persistent flow of Arctic air that blanketed the eastern two thirds of the nation.”
The Midwestern cities such as Minneapolis, Chicago and Green Bay, Wis., all recorded one of their top five coldest Aprils ever. Nationally, the April snow cover for the month was the fifth largest on record for April and the largest since 1997. Several towns and cities in the north central United States had their snowiest April on record.
The West was the one part of the nation that saw a warmer than average April. Arizona, for example, had its second warmest April on record with a statewide temperature about 6.3 degrees warmer than average. Alaska was also warmer than average.