Spring Moisture Update:
On April 12th; 78F at Ada, 77F at St Cloud, 76F at Hibbing, and 75F at Alexandria.
On April 13th: 77F at Aitkin, 76F at Brainerd, and 74F at Tower.
On April 15th: 81F at Wheaton, 80F at Browns Valley and Breckenridge.
Though not record-setting, many climate observers have reported daytime highs in the 70s F all week. Some have reported seven days in the 70s F already this month.
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Twin Cities Almanac for April 17th:
MSP Local Records for April 17th:
Average dew point for April 17th is 32 degrees F, with a maximum of 62 degrees F in 1977 and a minimum of 4 degrees F in 1989.
All-time State Records for April 17th:
Past Weather Features:
Another winter storm passed across the state over April 16-17, 1945 bringing high winds, rain, and heavy snow. Park Rapids, Bemidji, and Detroit Lakes reported 10 to 15 inches of snowfall and roads in those areas were closed for a time due to large snow drifts.
April 17, 1983 clearly seemed more like winter than spring. Morning low temperatures were in the single digits in many communities, including just 5 degrees F at Moose Lake and Winton. Gunflint Lake and Tower reported sub-zero temperatures with readings of -5F and -2F, respectively.
1987 brought perhaps the warmest ever April 15th on a statewide basis, as nearly every observer in the state reported a daytime high of 70°F or higher, with 80°F readings as far north as Cotton, Leech Lake, and Detroit Lakes. At Moose Lake the temperature rose from a morning low of 29°F to an afternoon high of 84°F.
April 15-17, 2003 brought heavy rains and hail to many parts of the state. Tyler, Vesta, and St Cloud received over 3 inches of rain, while Pipestone and Tracy reported over 4 inches of rainfall with some street and ditch flooding.