Coldest April In 36 Years!
April 2011 will go into the record books as the coldest April in 36 years at many locations across the Pacific Northwest. Astoria, Oregon finally reached 60 degrees yesterday (Sunday) afternoon for the first time this calendar year. This is the latest occurrence of the “first 60 of the year” in the 121 years (1890-2011) that records have been kept at Astoria. The previous record was April 19th, set in 1945. Similar records have been set at stations all across Oregon and Washington this spring.
Redmond, Oregon’s April 2011 preliminary temperature average calculates out to 38.82 degrees, or 7.1 degrees below the April normal of 45.9 degrees. If verified, this will fall just shy of being the single coldest April on record at that location. Redmond’s April 2011 temperatures are historically significant for several reasons. First, Redmond’s average temperature in March of this year was 39.8 degrees. April’s average temperature dropped even further to 38.82 degrees. Second, Redmond recorded 28 of 30 nights at or below freezing in the month of April. Seven of those 28 nights were in the teens, bottoming out at just 15 degrees on April 22nd. Contrast that with March, where only 23 of 30 days recorded overnight temperatures at or below freezing and none in the teens. Records date back to 1948 at the Redmond airport. Additional records from a station just two miles away dating back to 1911 and a Bend, Oregon station dating back to 1901 indicate that no additional April’s between 1901 and 1948 were colder than April 2011’s average temperature of 38.82 degrees.