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. Wayne

    Well, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation has now shifted to the cooling mode.
    So, it is expected that the next 25 years or so will be witness to a gradual
    cooling trend. The overall trend of this cooling, warming, then cooling again 25-30 year cycles will still favor a long term warming as we continue to emerge from the ice age. But remember, mother nature may have her sleeves down. So, we may not yet know what's up her sleeve. The effects of CO2 is down in the
    noise level compared to the PDO, volcanoes, and maybe even sunspots too.
    Time will tell. But I would love to see my childhood forests again, the otters
    sliding down the canal banks or the return of the Atlantic Cod. There is a lot to do!

    April 2, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. KeepingScore

    So aren't most of these temperature recording devices at airports? What will the temp recording device trend toward when many airplanes buring aviation fuel and JP1 kerosene sense all that hot air from the thrust and exhaust of those many flights to and fro the airport, hmmm?

    April 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rob

    blah blah blah. Every hot or cold spell people start blabbing about global warming. I dont think humans had anything to do with the last ice age, or the period of heat that preceded it. The earth works in cycles people. We have not, in the written history of man-which is a fraction of a second in the time scale of the universe, seen it but that doesnt mean it hasnt happened thousands of times over again.

    I have news for everyone, I am sure there were times 500 years ago where it was hot in April. Give me a break.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    Extreme temperatures (extra cold winter with unusual amounts of snow and now extra hot spring and summer) this year are due to this being an El Nino year. Climate change and global warming are real but it is happening slowly, average increase of 2 degrees in a century. Will be devestating if we don't stop it but the localized weather impact in the midwest has nothing to do with it. You people are just displaying your ignorance.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mark

    I'm a meteorologist. You want to see extreme weather...you have to go back to the 1930's to see the most extreme weather that the U.S. has seen in the 100-130 years of accurate weather data that we have available. You can check this for yourself...go to all the NWS websites around the country. Check out what decade saw a disproportionate amount of the hottest weather, coldest weather, wettest weather, and driest weather. It's not lately...it's the 1930's. The weather is NOT getting more extreme...at least not here in the U.S. I cannot even imagine how the chicken littles will react the next time the U.S. has a weaher decade like the 1930's...and it will happen again.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Diogenes

    A few days of heat and a few weeks of snow this year. The weather changes and daily. The climate changes and has for as far back as we can tell.

    The problem with the environment is not what we do but how many of us there are. At the current rate people alone will generate to much CO2.

    Any suggestions on how to lower the population to a sustainable level rather that try a bunch of schemes developed by climatologists who have been caught lying

    April 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Curtis C,

    It's not global warming. It's climate change, and an earthquake, a superstorm, a meteor, a super volcanic eruption (see Yellowstone), or a mouse fart could bring on Armageddon. Come on people, stop speculating about your death, and start living your infinitely small lives. A lot of life has come and gone before you, and your fate is no different.

    April 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rck

    Why can't you enjoy the weather instead of debating it?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. roncho

    the nice thing about believing in global warming is that if there are record high temperatures, low temperatures, unusually high/low amounts of rain or snow fall we can always blame global warming. Then us rich countries can meet for a week and decide a good way to fix the "problem" is to spread the wealth around to the poorer countries.

    April 2, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ryan

    If there actually is climate change, I believe it myself. Mosquitoes and other summer-related animals are coming out earlier and earlier each year, and staying out later. This is causing lots of animals to begin to die out, and it is concerning me. Though, we had the worst winter we have had in a while, I believe the climate will continue to change. It might not have anything to do with the CO2 for all I know, but something is happening.

    April 2, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LP Barstein

    We have reached the tipping point in the earth's climate where drastic action now needs to be taken. Corporate "free market" stooges like Glen Beck and the FOX crowd are even now killing people on this planet by concealing the truth; and we've seen only minor change compared to the drastic climate change we will see soon. The solutions are at our finger tips but crony capitalism and subsidies rather than innovation hamper real change.

    April 2, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris


    Weather in seasonal, weekly, or daily terms is not and never has been considered to be representative of global warming nor climate change. "Climate shifts" are the real indicator of climate change and global warming is one of the major causes of climate change. Climate shifts are only exemplified over a long period of time. The fact that Dallas had record snowfall this year while Minneapolis-St. Paul had none in March are not indicators of global warming nor climate change. These extreme types of weather occurring consistently over time can be representative of climate change. I hate hearing examples from both sides of the argument getting this scenario wrong. It appears that temperatures are going to continue to rise over the course of the next century; whether you believe CO2 is the major cause of the global warming that has already occurred in the past century or not. The real question is to what extent are those temperatures going to rise?

    I have the individual right to breathe air that isn't polluted, drink water that I can trust is truly drinkable, and eat food that wasn't planted in contaminated soil. Those rights I don't currently have and that is wrong. Our government only regulates pollution currently and does little to protect the environmental rights of its individual citizens. The argument should not be about whether global warming is occurring or not but rather why my rights to a clean environment are being violated?

    April 2, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mbrom

    To the poster about the ice cap growth. There are seasonal variation even if global climate change is true. You nicely demonstrate that fact. But the report actually states "December 2009 had the fourth-lowest average ice extent for the month since the beginning of satellite records, falling just above the extent for 2007. The linear rate of decline for December is now 3.3% per decade." So you demonstrate nicely the point that trends are more important than single values. In general the ice cap is shrinking, the world is getting warmer, in general, but this means more snow for some – as more warm water evaporates it has to come down somewhere. Rain in Antarctica? No – but maybe even more snow and ice in some parts. It doesn't change the fact that the trend is bad news for us all. We need to fix it.

    April 2, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

    I love when people (against climate change) try to come across all scientific just because they watch a few programs or read a few articles. More so how you talk about government putting fear into people, but hello it is just the way all news is portrayed in the US – wake up to that. Every damn thing has to be dramatic, but exactly what fear is it putting? You guys have celebrity news with on screen graphics; 'breaking news' and make it look like a terror plot when T.Woods has been messing around! Using the Government as an excuse just because you don't want to feel guilty you drive a car, what a scapegoat. How can you think what humans are doing does not affect the earth is quite lame, from any scientific point of view. The Earth being in its own cycle is possible, humans affecting it is possible, just stop saying impossible. If you're not worried about climate change then fine, just be worried about what you going to do when you run out of oil. 🙂

    April 2, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cheri

    Educated do indeed know the difference between climate change and weather. I was just telling my daughter that 33 years ago when I was expecting her, it hit above 80 on Easter Sunday and I was beyond miserable.
    Weather is unpredictable. Shall we talk about the 8" snowfall on May 8th about 15 years ago here in SE WI?

    They are both wild variations from the norm and nothing but weather flukes.
    I tire of the rheotoric!

    April 2, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
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