This April was Detroit's 13th coldest on record

click to enlarge Icing in Detroit in mid-April. - Violet Ikonomova
Violet Ikonomova
Icing in Detroit in mid-April.
It wasn't just your imagination. April in Detroit was cold this year.

Data compiled the National Weather Service shows that the April we just experienced was the 13th coldest on record, with an average temperature of 43 degrees. That's six degrees colder than what's typical in this area for the first full month of spring.

Though the wintry April weather hasn't held back today's May 1 warmup, some forecasters predict Michigan's mild spring will bleed into summer. According to the Weather Network, near normal temperatures are expected for most of the midwest next season, even though above-average temperatures are predicted in much of the rest of the country.

Jack Nissen is an editorial intern for the Metro Times and a masters student of environmental journalism at Michigan State University.

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