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. David

    It is 90F in Georgia right noiw. Wow. Last month, we had our highest heating bill ever. Now I am thinking AC.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Andrew

    Interesting, although it snowed yesterday in New Mexico where I live and work. Nice way of only showing one "Micro-Climate" and using that as a basis for ALL weather. Sounds tyically familiar.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. anon

    Not having any snow in MN is terrible, not good. They are already expiriencing draught conditions because of that. There are burning restrictions in place typically not seen until mid to late summer. They have had several years of draught already. This is a farming area- its going to increase the cost of your food and destroy small operation farms, something common in southern MN. HOW could anyone call this good news??

    As for the politics, I dont see how it matters whether global warming is true or not, or what its caused by. We clean up our rooms as children, our homes as adults, our cities, our streets, no reason to not try to keep our planet clean and be more efficient, as well as TRY to be energy independent. STOP ARGUING!

    And the comment of how CLIMATE is one thing and WEATHER is another is so valid. This is a weather system, isolated and bizarre. The persistent droughts in southern MN and many other places, continuing over years, could be looked at as a symtom of climate change.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jason

    kevin, record snowfall in Dallas would actually SUPPORT global warming...warmer winter weather air supports more moisture and thus more snowfall.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris in SD

    I seem to recall a whole lot of press in some circles about how all the record lows earlier this year proved global warming was bunk. Stop extrapolating so much from one area or one season to say the world is going to end, or there is nothing so see here move along. Instead look at how the hottest decade on record worldwide was the 2000's followed by the 90's. This current warm spell is an after effect of the unseasonably warm winter that the arctic had at the expense of the south and north east.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PA-Pilot

    Listen folks, we are emerging from an ice age. The Earth is VERY COLD right now compared to much of recorded and discovered history. CO2 content in the atmosphere is also at historic LOWS, not highs.

    Do some research instead of just regurgitating what you saw on MSNBC, m'kay?

    April 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chris

    The temperature of the earth is slated to increase 1degF over the next 100 years... that change would not been seen in these numbers because of sheer precision.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gary, Sacramento

    @Peter – You said, "Even without global warming, the human health effects of air pollution are quite considerable." Very true – that should be a significant area of focus (as it is).

    You also said,"... it is simply prudent to minimize our contribution" to global warming. There's the rub. Truly minimizing it would mean outlawing internal combustion engines, dairy and cattle ranches, and a huge number of electricity generating plants. Obviously, that's not what you really meant, but examining it that way reveals the problem. A gigantic sacrifice may not be worth a negligible improvement. That's the balance we must seek.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bernie

    The fluctuations are in line with the scientific data associated with global warming. What is sad is that we won't listen to the data and evidence; it will be far too late to do anything about this when the proof it is undeniable. Its not like we can all go outside blow real hard and reverse this. It took many years for this to come about, crops will be devastated, by the time Earth heals herself, we will be long gone. They did collect as many plant species seeds as possible and put them in a vault in Norway for a reason.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Aquadave

    Jason you have a slightly true point about Dallas, but to make snow it had to be near or below freezing, which it was below freezing in Dallas much more this year than most. Also, the time between the last 80 degree day in 2009 and first of 2010 was the 3rd longest amount of days on record. It was definitely codler in that part of Texas this past winter.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Simon

    The biggest symptoms of Climate Change ("Global Warming" is misleading) are extremes of weather – hotter, colder, wetter, drier, windier. To have record cold one month and then record warm a few months later fits the climate change pattern perfectly.

    Americans are the biggest deniers of reality in the world. The number of Americans who accepts the reality (notice I didn't say "believes", there is belief when it comes to science there is only the best interpretation of the facts to describe reality) of climate change has actually decreased over the last few years thanks to the efforts of those who can make a lot of money by continuing to sell fossile fuel.

    A lot of Americans seem to think it is stil 1750 and they can just go into the wilderness and carve out their own reality based on their beliefs. When beliefs come up against science they lose every time. You science deniers are going to in for a shock by which time it will be too late to do anything.

    Even if Climate Change is total bunk, the solutions for it are the same as the solutions for the coming end of the oil age, something else that you continue to deny.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Howard

    It sure is easy to believe in a 'theory' when any type of weather some how supports it. If it's hot, global warming. If it's cold, global warming. It it rains, snows, doesn't rain, flood, drought, hurricane, or tornado, it's all global warming.

    What has to happen to show that Global Warming isn't happening?

    How about a decrease in Global temps? Oh yeah that's allready happened, and what did everyone say the reason was, that's right, global warming.

    As you can tell I'm getting a little heated, but most likely, that's just the global warming too!

    April 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike Bilingsy

    Durring the 70's they reported Global cooling and now it's Global Warming.
    Nothing you or I will ever have the power to change a damn thing on this planet short of a Nuclear War.

    What gall you people have to think you have any power or significanse in this universe much less this planet.

    The uncontrolled weather and environment have swept accross this earth before and had nothing to due from humans. Fires, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Several Ice Ages, Several Droughts, Hurricanes and Typhoons.

    The Earth is over 6 billion years old and has seen and done everything. We have little to no power over what happens here.

    Man is run and ruled by one thing and that is money. Money runs religion which runs man.
    Money run Government which runs man.

    Get a life and live for today because Tommorow you are definately gone!

    April 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Logan

    omg seriously? do you know how many record cold temps were broke this winter. Record highs and lows happen all the time. I find it funny how everything supports global warming. from the snow to the cold to the hot. Did anyone not see that the temps for the world were highly inaccurate. Even if the world was getting warmer i doubt that we caused it. Volcanoes and natural things release more co2 then humans. Global warming will pass with time just like global cooling did. I seen how messed up that made people. This is no different. Blaming everything on a myth!.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    People are so ignorant....One of the COLDEST and SNOWIEST winters on record than we have some record highs and here comes the global warming talk again!!! It snowed in Omaha in March (south of Minnesota) and it snowed in Texas and Oklahoma in MARCH (Much further SOUTH). Just becuase it didn't snow doesn't mean it wasn't cold! It is just CNN giving PARTIAL information and people taking it as gospel. On part of the country is COLD and the other is HOT.....it averages out people. 10,000 years ago much of the USA was under 2 miles of ICE....what caused it to melt?????

    April 2, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
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