George Isobar talks about April weather 5.06

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

April is the cruelest month, T.S. Elliot wrote.

While Elliot talked about lilacs bred out of dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain, etc., Morenci climate Observer George Isobar talks about other forms of cruelty.

“In April we often get some warm, spring-like weather that’s followed by freezing weather again,” he said.

This year was no exception. The temperature reached 68° on April 3, but two days later it was snowing.

“We got off pretty lightly in the snow department,” Isobar said. “We had about an inch on the ground for a day and it was gone the next day.”

But that wasn’t quite the end of wintry weather. April’s cruelty again.

There were more days in the 50s and 60s before something else cold fell from the skies April 13.

“I never saw any snowflakes,” Isobar said, “but there was more than rain. Rain doesn’t bounce off the windowsill like that.”

It happened again later in the month. This time the temperature reached as high as 71° before more ice balls were observed about a week later on April 21.

But that was the end of winter. After that the temperature rose into the 80s for five consecutive days, bringing the monthly high of 85° April 26.

Four days later it was back in the 50s.

The low for the month was recorded April 12 with a reading of 25°. That was one of four days with a morning reading in the 20s.

In the end, the average for the month was 1.4° above normal due to the unusually warm days in the 80s.

“We had all those temperature fluctuations, but the bigger story is probably in the precipitation department,” Isobar said.

The first of three one-inch-plus storms came in the first week of the month, resulting in a total of 4.79.

“We’ve had a lot of wetter Aprils, but that’s still about an inch more than average,” Isobar said. “That’s three months in a row wetter than average.”

It was nothing like March when the total was about three inches above average, but it continues to build up, he said.

MAY—“We’re sure to have more of the 80° readings, but it’s not uncommon to get into the 90° range,” Isobar said.

“I predict a few more days of memory mixed with desire, then we’ll be complaining about the heat.”

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