ALPENA – Last month was cooler and wetter than normal for April, but the Alpena region received less snowfall than the historical average, according to the National Weather Service.
The average temperature of 38.6 degrees ended below April’s long-term average of 41.2 degrees.
The hottest day of the month was April 24, when the thermometer that tracks weather data at Alpena County Regional Airport soared to 77 degrees. The lowest temperature was recorded on April 2 when the mercury dropped to 17 degrees overnight.
For the month, the average high temperature was just 48.1 degrees, which is below the April average of 52.2 degrees.
Although there were many days and nights when temperatures were cold enough to produce snow, the region received little compared to normal. In total, Alpena received 4.2 inches of snow, which was below the historical average of 6.6 inches. About three of those thumbs happened over a two-day period on April 18 and 19.
Most of the precipitation received by the region was in the form of rain. For the month, Alpena received 3.5 inches of precipitation, which eclipsed the historical average of 2.9 inches. The greatest amount of rain received in Alpena occurred on April 23, when a touch of over an inch of rain fell in a 24-hour period.
It may seem like spring has been slow to arrive in northeast Michigan, but the extended forecast points to a warming trend.
After a cool, rainy day today, the temperature will stabilize in the low to mid 50s, then by the middle of next week the region is expected to warm to 60 degrees or more.
Night and morning temperatures will remain cool for the next two weeks. Temperatures are expected to continue to fall in the low 30s and low 40s overnight.
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