April 2nd, 2010
10:48 AM ET

More than 90 record-high temperatures broken

More than 90 record-high temperatures were recorded in the Midwest and Great Lakes yesterday.

And perhaps an even better record came for the residents of Minneapolis-St. Paul in Minnesota - for only the third time in recorded history there was no snow measured during the month of March. (Records date back to 1859).

Rochester, Minnesota, shattered its old record high of 71 degrees when the temperature soared to 83 degrees yesterday. Chicago also recorded a record high temperature for April 1 of 83.

Other record high temperatures recorded:

Cleveland, Ohio – 83
Toledo, Ohio – 80
Detroit, Michigan – 80
Grand Rapids, Michigan – 82
Indianapolis, Indiana – 82
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 82
Green Bay, Wisconsin – 75
Duluth, Minnesota – 62

The good weather may not last for everyone though. A cold front is moving across the region today that should bring an end to the record high temperatures across the region.

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  1. montrealboy

    Im in the laurentian mountains north of montreal and I cleared the snow from my garden and planted bulbs all in the same day. Very odd!

    April 2, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Slim

    Hello? The Mississippi River is OVER flood stage now despite having NO SNOW in March.

    April 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fred

    Did you know all the glaciers in Glacier National Park that will disappear this century are less than 800 years old? How can that be?

    April 2, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Toni from Ohio

    Things have deteriorated to the point that I hate looking at comments about anything even vaguely weather-related. Even the most innocuous article is turned into a football in the constant "It's real!" vs. "It's a hoax!" screaming match on global climate change. So, here's my all-purpose response to such comment wars.

    1. No, you cannot extrapolate a long-term climate change trend from a single day, week, or season. Saying an 83 degree day in Cleveland proves global warming is as idiotic as saying the massive amount of snow central Ohio received in February heralds a new ice age.

    2. It is prudent for us to limit our impact on the environment as much as possible, whether global warming is true as currently presented by leading scientists, completely false as argued by naysayers, or true to some different degree than we currently understand. We don't have a complete picture of the type of data we need to be certain of what is happening to our world. However, it is a far safer bet to limit our impact by converting as quickly as possible to cleaner energy sources than it is to just believe that everything is fine and end up paying a horrific price in the future.

    3. Yes, it will cause us economic pain to convert to cleaner energy. It's silly to pretend otherwise. However, it does seem wiser to weigh the short-term pain and long-term benefits of doing so versus the short-term gain and long-term pain we would suffer if the global warming theory as currently presented turns out to be correct. Again, it seems prudent to act according to the more pessimistic possibility and be pleasantly surprised if the reality of global warming is nonexistent or less dire than predicted, rather than counting on things being just fine and getting a nasty surprise when it's far too late to improve the situation.

    April 2, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    @Jason..."warmer winter weather air supports more moisture and thus more snowfall."

    Its more snowfall because its COLDER. There's typically no snow because when its warmer, water takes on a liquid state. As the air gets COLDER, water takes on a solid state (snow, ice). Not only did Dallas have a lot of snow, it had a lot of ICE, and long stretches of far colder temps than normal.

    How did we get from one mile thick glaciers across North America to where we were in the 19th century before any "man-made causes for global warming". What caused a rapid temperature increase which melted whole continents of ice which today's claimed melting pales against in comparison? Too many sabertooth burgers cooked over open flames? Dinosaur farts? What?

    April 2, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rockyspoon

    Beats me why some people are Chicken Littles with a Sky is Falling mentality. As a geologist, I can tell you the earth has seen much higher CO2 levels in the past, and the oceans didn't boil away because of some tipping point. If you want to really see what's going on, just dig into some of the raw temperature datasets for practically any city in the US and you won't see any hockey stick increase. In fact, temperatures from many areas will actually show a small decrease. So where is all that horrible, terrible, no-good warming coming from? From the homogenization algorithms they massage the raw data with. In other words, folks, you're all being played for a fool. They've got everybody believing the earth is going to end and we're all going to die. Well, guess what? It won't happen. (And no, I'm not a Republican–I'm an Independent who has looked at both sides of this argument and don't believe the hysteria or hype from the AGW crowd. And I've done a lot more conservation than anybody here, having worked as a mining engineer cleaning up mining messes from the 1800's, and no, I'm not being paid by Big Oil.

    April 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mahesh Yadav

    I believe in James Lovelock assessment that by 2100, much of the world will become inhabitable and Earth then may not be able to sustain the population of today – may be 1/7 of today's population. We need to take a drastic measure soon and may be, just may be, so many people may not perish. I have a science degree and understand the truth in science. What makes me more nervous that people are so oblivious of the signs that is becomming more apparent by the day.

    April 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lawgal

    The scientific data on climate change is conflicting. In other areas of science, we wouldn't use conflicting information as confirmation of an idea. Regardless of your "belief" on the matter, everyone should remain skeptical any time politics mix with science.

    April 2, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ben

    Just to educate a few people here:

    Global Warming is a misnomer for those that just don't understand the principle. It should be called Climate Change for those that don't get it (like the people on FOX)

    The rise of temperature over 2 degrees (that's an average people) causes all kinds of weather related changes, not just hotter days. It can cause the severe winter storms, hurricanes, droughts and all sorts of stuff. Usually it's something we already know, but more off it and stronger. Hurricanes aren't unusual. Many hurricanes 4 or 5 are. Get it?

    April 2, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Notsohot

    Hey, I had more snow in my driveway this winter than my friend who lives across town, so there's no sign of global warming at my house, but it looks like my friend is having global warming in his neighborhood. Wait, doesn't the term "Global warming" include the word "Global?" Oh, yeah, it does, so let's look at the big (i.e. global) picture folks!

    April 2, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Robert Lyniugh

    It's a small city, but nnonetheless, Elmira N.Y. has broken all records. Checfk youir weather stats!

    April 2, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Maani

    "Why is it when there is record highs for a day in one part of the country it counts as proof of Global Warming, but when we see record low temps for an entire month (Dec 09) across the nation it's only "weather"?"

    Because the phrase "global warming" was never the "correct" one, but by the time the correct phrase – climate change (which can indicate not just temperature changes in both directions, but any serious, ongoing aberration from the norm) – came into use, "global warming" had stuck with the average person.

    April 2, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Munimula

    Hey don't forget Rochester, NY at 82 degrees today!

    April 2, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Me

    Maybe it's just a normal world cycle? Research alittle!!! We've lived in such a small part of the earth cycle/ Check out the ice research before you tax the shit out of people even more. Don't be a tool. Read up!!!!!!!!!

    April 2, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. In the South

    All of the southeast has experienced an unusually cold and wet winter. In fact, there have been a lot of times in which Georgia was colder than New York. Maybe Al Gore can fix this. All answers can be found in the Internet, and seeing as he invented the Internet and global warming, a solution can be found.

    April 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
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