In a typical La Niña pattern, the Pacific Northwest was chilly, with above-average readings across much of the South and Southeast. GRAPH COURTESY NOAA.
Tornado count the highest for any month on record; nationwide temperature 0.9 degrees above long-term average
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The average April temperature across the U.S. was 52.9 degrees, which is 0.9 degrees above the long-term average, with cooler-than-average readings across the northern tier of states and above-average temperatures across the South. April ended up as the eighth-snowiest during the 45-year satellite record.
According to the National Climatic Data Center’s monthly report, April was a month of extremes. The National Weather Service expects the confirmed tornado count to exceed 600, a record for any month, along with 2,000 reports of hail damage and more than 3,200 wind-damage reports.
The previous April record for tornadoes was 148 in 1974. The previous single-month record was set in May 2003 with 542 tornadoes.
Tornadoes were reported two out of every three days of the month. Wildfire activity, especially in Texas, burned across twice the area of any April during this past century. In Colorado, the Crystal Wildfire burned 13 homes and 3,000 acres west of Fort Collins at the beginning of the month. (more…)
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