John Wheeler: The March and April that just passed was one of the coldest on record
This was also the second snowiest March-April.
FARGO — The period of time encompassing March and April was one of the coldest and snowiest on record. The average daily mean temperature for the period of March 1 through April 30 this year is one of the coldest on record. For Fargo, with the record going back to 1881, this was the fifth coldest with the only colder March-April periods coming in 2013, 1893, 1888 and 1881. For Grand Forks, where the record goes back to 1893, this was the second coldest March-April period, second only to 1950.
At both locations, this was also the second snowiest March-April with only 1997 getting more late-winter snow in Fargo and only 1966 getting more in Grand Forks. Spring has the month of May yet to go, and there are signs that May is likely to be warmer and drier than average; a pleasant change for the senses.