April delivers sixth straight month of below-normal temperatures

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A 75 degree high temperature on April 11 was not enough to keep April from becoming the sixth consecutive month to post below normal average temperatures in South Jersey, according to the monthly climate summary posted by the National Weather Service. A 75 degree high temperature on April 11 was not enough to keep April from becoming the sixth consecutive month to post below normal average temperatures in South Jersey, according to the monthly climate summary posted by the National Weather Service. A 75 degree high temperature on April 11 was not enough to keep April from becoming the sixth consecutive month to post below normal average temperatures in South Jersey, according to the monthly climate summary posted by the National Weather Service.

Here is a statistical weather summary of a month in which weather refused to let go:

South Jersey cold continues

In April 2014, the South Jersey average daily high temperature was 60.5 degrees, according to readings taken at the Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township. That is 1.2 degrees colder than the normal high of 61.7. The average low temperature was 38.7 or 3.1 degrees colder than the historical average of 41.8. Combined, the average mean temperature was 51.7 degrees in April.

That was – you guessed it – 2.1 degrees colder than normal.

That didn’t mean April didn’t offer of a few hints of the summer South Jersey hopes will come…eventually.

On April 11, the mercury soared to 75 degrees, the warmest day of the month. However, the normal highest reading in April is a summer-like 82 degrees.

Winter seemed to refuse to let go in April. The mainland daily high temperature failed to climb out of the 40s on four occasions: April 4, 17, 18, and 29.

That provided several days with a March-like feel instead of summer-like anticipation.

Still more snow

A trace of snow fell on April 16 giving South Jersey 43.8 inches for the 2013-14 seasonal total, according to the National Weather Service.

April showers

When a late April drenching delivered 2.52 inches of precipitation to the area on Wednesday, April 30, it changed the month from dry to wet.

A total of 4.37 inches of rain fell in April 2014. That is .74 more than the average of 3.63.

Until April 29, only 1.85 inches of rain had fallen.

 

 


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