It has felt fairly cool at times this April. How much of that is perception versus reality? Well in reality, it has been warmer than normal overall. In fact through April 23rd temperatures have averaged about 4 degrees above normal in the Wausau area. I suppose it has felt cooler mostly because we are comparing it to the record smashing warmth of March, when we had so many days in the 70s around here. But if you compare it to April 2011, you really get a feel for how it stacks up. The chart below takes into account data through April 23rd of each year.
Number of Days with Highs in The:
30s 40s 50s 60s 70s
April 2011 4 10 6 2 1
April 2012 0 3 10 8 2
Up to this point in April 2011 about 6.6″ of snow had fallen around Wausau, while so far in April 2012, we’ve had 1.5″ snow. Rainfall in April 2011 thorugh the 23rd was around 2.83″ while only 2.08″ has been reported in April 2012. So April 2011 was quite a bit cooler and wetter than this April. So I guess the moral is, before complaining about the frosty mornings and cool breeze we have been having, keep in mind that it could be a lot worse!
This post was written by Tony Schumacher on April 23, 2012