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. tommyt

    We just had flooding in RI like nobody has seen since the 1930's. Something is up with global climate change or weather patterns. the flooding form the 30's was from a hurricane and not rain.

    April 2, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. brit

    Personally living in north dakota so close to mn I dont see how what you are saying David is even close to the truth in fact here we have so much water we are flooding! if anything we need some heat in order to even start planting before it snows once again and no farmers have the chance to harvest. any way thats the way mother nature wants everthing to be forget global warming. psh.

    April 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Xasthur

    It's been unusually cold recently in GA. I would like to know how many cities had record cold as well.

    April 2, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cynomolge

    A couple of hot days don't mean the world is coming to an end. Chicago was bitterly cold this March and there was some snow.

    April 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gen

    The article didn't say it was "good" that there was no snow in March in Minn-St Paul, just that it had only happened 3 times before. Just stating the facts, man!
    Same with high temps. Just saying what it was, and broke a record.

    April 2, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JWeller

    Just as the record snow storms this winter are not an indicator that global warning is NOT happened, these record high temperatures are not an indicator that global warming IS happening. Weather and climate are different things. A single day, week, month or season of unusual weather doesn't tell you anything. Scientists have been trying to get people to understand that for a long time. Measureable and significant CLIMATE changes over significant periods of time are what tell you something.

    The mainstream media love to overstate statistically insignificant events like this to spark a flame of controversy which grab peoples eyeballs and themselves ratings.

    April 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jon

    This is such junk, 2 months ago when record low temps were being recorded everyone said it was nothing more than a statistical anomaly that in no way disproved global warming, but the second we have record high temperatures it is irrefutable proof of a long term warming trend. Check either the Mathematica or the NOAA data bases, while some cities have had warming rends, many have been cooling systematically for over 2 decades.

    April 2, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Frank

    Aw come on y'all ... those are NOT high temperatures; the lowest end of which is 92!

    April 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Indiana Pagan

    Just keep saying, "There's no such thing as climate change. There's no such thing as climate change. There's no such thing as climate change." Right.

    In Southern Indiana today, our outdoor thermometer registered 88 degrees this afternoon–and not in direct sunlight, either. I grew up in this area, although I have lived other places over the years as well, and I cannot recall any spring around here where late March and early April felt like the kinds of weather we typically don't experience until July. We've have not had to use heat indoors since February, while we've had our air conditioners on nearly constantly for about a week.

    But, yeah, just click your heels three times and repeat, "There's no such thing as climate change. There's no such thing as climate change. There's no such thing as climate change," until you admit to yourself how ridiculous that statement really is.

    April 2, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeremiah

    I hate it when my comments get removed for no reason.
    Ok, for all you who think that this PROVES or is a Result of Global "Climate Change" (formerly known as Warming before the Politically Correct Police came in), all it is, is a statistical outlier. This proves and is a result of nothing more than the Earth having a "weird' weather cycle. It happens from time to time.
    The fact is that scientists keep basing the Earth off a fixed model that is supposed to be a certain average and very arbitrary temperature. Can anyone actually tell me why?
    The Earth has been around for around 4 billion years. Close to 1 billion of those years has been some sort of discernible life. In those 1 billion years that life has existed on the Earth in some way... what has the temperature been? Has it been close to the same this entire time?
    Well, we know for a near fact that during the time of the DInosaurs, most of the Earth's climate was tropical and far warmer than what we are at now. The plant life was lush; lakes and rivers flowed freely and very large animals thrived for several hundred million years.

    Right now, these animals would likely freeze, but we are complaining.
    And the lack of snow doesn't prove Global Warming. In fact, it actually goes against Global Warming theories. Global Warming predictions mean more precipitation, not less. The fact that Minnesota didn't have snow in March is a result of two things.. ONE – dry air. TWO – would be the fact that most of the reason we get snow is when warmer air from the South or the West comes in, meets the cold air and causes the moisture to freeze into snowflakes. However, much of the South and West was seeing RECORD COLD TEMPS this winter, including March. The moisture didn't make it to most of Minnesota, so we didn't get any snow.
    It's basic meteorology people. Come on... learn something, would ya?

    April 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andy

    See there is global warming... but nothing to worry about becuase in less than 3000 years this planet will go through another Ice Age.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Woody

    Some of you might want to look up the Evolution of the Atmosphere.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tina

    GLOBAL WARMING! Wake up people! This is it

    April 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. scott

    Global warming started with the caveman after they first discovered fire. Before that, we were still in the ice age. Ever since then, the ice caps have been melting. I sincerely doubt that this is a coincidence – I has to be related.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Woody

    At one time continents were not even where they are now. In southern indiana . By the falls of the Ohio river there are fossils that show at one time we had a tropical climate.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
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