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. Steve51

    Weather statistics have been kept for around 100 years. There are 365 days in a year so one could imagine that a new record would be set at least 3 times a year. Climate change or not.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Fite

    It's a warm day – get off your pedestal and enjoy it!

    April 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. steve

    Kevin, that MAY be part of why you had record snowfall in Dallas this year. The models of global climate change do say that one consequence of OVERALL global warming is that weather patterns will CHANGE; some few will get colder (or drier, or wetter) weather, while many will get slightly warmer, and some will get much warmer.......

    To 'A Conservative', the majority of scientific studies DO support a correlation between CO2 (more generally, 'green house gases' as methane and other compounds pay a part) levels and global climate.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Howard

    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"?

    Also, in Utah where I live, it just snowed up to 12 inches in some areas, and it's suppose to snow all week. Late winter here, early summer somewhere else. It all evens out.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Daniel Weeden

    Hahaha I love how everybody cries "Global Warming!" when things get a little toasty. And to "RonnoSpam" Obama just passed legislation that allows for the drilling off the Atlantic coast...which i believe was banned under the Bush administration. Hmmm....drill baby drill might be Obama's new slogan

    April 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Limnologym

    I wonder how global climate change Denialists will respond to this new information?

    April 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Falfal

    Mid-eighties in the midwest before late May is warm. Turns out, that's why the article was written and your arbitrary "that's not even that hot" comments are irrelevant.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Adamus

    @ Albert, obvioulsy you are not a Minnesotan...its a great thing due to how typically harsh and mentally and physically straining Winter weather is for the Millions who call Minnesota home. Yes, it is terrible due to the utter confusion it will casue to the plant life and wildlife in turn. But give them a break on having a wam and beautiful day when tyoically its not even close to that.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cheremarie

    Funny, It has been snowing off and on yesterday and today in NM. I think the ski lifts are going to be able to stay open even longer. We have been haveing record cold and record snow falls.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jason

    I won't call it a Republican trait, or a conservative trait, but to those who are more interested in money than in the environment, they won't recognize climate change as a problem until they see greater financial benefits to dealing with the problem than avoiding it. They'll spin it, twist it, and deny it. They'll come up with counter arguments. They'll poke holes in mounting evidence. These are obviously not the people to listen to on the topic. Nor should you consult with the professional tree hugger. I think we should listen to the people witnessing the changes, and the scientists who are examining the data, performing the tests, and calculating the effects. When I listen to those people, I am very concerned.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fred

    The Washington Times just published a report from US National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado. The article indicates the Artic summer sea ice has increased by 409,00 square miles or 26% since 2007. Global warming? Why is the ice cap getting bigger?

    April 2, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Peter

    Agree weather and climate are two different things. And it is pretty obvious that there is a global warming trend and that that trend triggers more extremes in weather events. But global warming ( climate change ) is about global average temperature, and global and regional consequences, not about isolated weather events that may or may not be related directly to that average. Clearly ( to me ) human activity contributes to global warming, but, and this is a very big but, we still don't know whether the human contribution is driving the change or is simply on top of some other underlying long-term trend. Either way, it is simply prudent to minimize our contribution. Even without global warming, the human health effects of air pollution are quite considerable.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GoRobGo

    Trying to analyze climate by looking at one day's weather is like trying watch a movie by looking at one single frame of film.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dave s

    Iwant to believe all of this crazy weather is NOT part of a global warming trend..truly I am ...
    BUT darn it strange things are happening at such an incredibibly fast rate...
    so there

    April 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lance

    Typical CNN - fanning the flames of the global warming hoax. I don't remember them having a "top story" every day that cold temp records were being set this winter –which was the COLDEST EVER!!! What do you have to say about that, hoaxsters???

    April 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
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