April showers fall short but temps well above average
A large portion of northern lower Michigan received below average amounts of rainfall in April, but temperatures across the region were well above average.
According to the National Weather Service in Gaylord, the Traverse City area was one of the few locations in April to receive above average amounts of precipitation, while other places like Alpena, Houghton Lake and Sault Ste. Marie were slightly off on rainfall totals.
Approximately 2-inches of rain was measured at Alpena County Regional Airport, a little less than a half-inch below the long term average.
But nobody across northern Michigan can complain about cold temperatures in April, with most areas recording mean temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees above average. In Alpena, daytime highs averaged 59-degrees for the month, or 9 degrees above the norm. Night-time lows were nearly 4 degrees above average.
The mercury reached a high of 84 degrees on April 15 and sank to a low of 22 degrees on April 23.