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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/13/2008

April 1994: Spring with a Vengeance

By Matt Ross

Sure, the current weather is a bit chilly. But overall, through one-third of the month, April temperatures have averaged more than two degrees above normal. This is in sharp contrast to April of last year, which was the coldest in almost 25 years. But what about warm Aprils? The type that make it known that spring is in full force. Where have they been?

While Aprils have been gradually warmer as of late, you have to go back to 1994 for an April that really made a mark.

1993-94 was a harsh winter. While the copious amounts of snow were confined to the northeast and New England, D.C. still experienced a very cold winter featuring numerous wintry events (snow, sleet and ice). That winter is the second coldest in the last 30 years, and all four months from December to March featured below-normal temperatures. Then came April.

April 1994 was our second warmest April on record, averaging around six degrees above normal. There was only one day where the high temperature was below 60 degrees, and the low temperature never dipped below 36. Eighteen of April's 30 days featured high temperatures above 70 degrees, including eight 80-degree readings and one high of 90 (April 27). There were no daily records, but April was undoubtedly warm, with no Aprils coming within 2 degrees since. After a cold May, June 1994 would be our warmest on record with an amazing heat wave. A hot July would follow, followed by a cool August.

An interesting stretch of weather indeed.

By Matt Ross  | April 13, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
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