The Aurora area has experienced cooler days recently. This cool stretch looks to continue through the weekend before things warm up next week. A look at National Weather Service data shows that for the most part, warm weather has been the story of the past year.
The last time a month was below average for temperatures was September of 2010. The past 7 months, including this April, have gone down in the books as above normal. A stunning 10 of the past 11 months dating back to last June have been above normal. The month of March was so warm, that the average temperature for this April will actually be cooler. March averaged 53.5 degrees while April is averaging 51 degrees. This has only happened once in 139 years of weather records, back in 1907. The average high for March was 42.6, while the average high for April was 39.8. What is incredible about this year is that April’s temperature is still above normal!
The area is running below normal on spring rainfall. Southern portions of the area are even showing up on the National Drought Monitor. This is bad news for farmers, but models are advertising more rain in the coming week. There are climate signs suggesting that the jet stream will shift northward into Canada next week, leading to a period of 70’s and 80’s to open May across the area.