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. Jeff

    The earth is constantly evolving and maturing, climate change is simply a natural cycle, Do a little reseach on the subject and stop swallowing the nonsense that the "global warming" crowd is spouting out. Global warming is a political term created to advance a political agenda, nothing more. Now get out and enjoy the sun, it's been a long winter.

    April 3, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. BrotherJohn OfDallas

    Before everyone starts quickly blaming global warming or climate change, consider another possibility: perhaps some clever "masters of weather" have been tinkering with controlling the weather long enough to perfect it – then create a "cause célèbre" to force us all to bow down and do as they say when they give us the 10 Commandments of Science.

    April 3, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    Where are all those climate change doubters that were complaining about it this winter when it was record snow. Oh look, it's record heat now! Global warming must be true!!!

    April 3, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. scallywag

    I think it's hilarious that Duluth's new "record high" is 62! Wow!

    April 3, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Carl

    It's never been over 80 in Detroit? Wow. I live in Sacramento and it gets to 100 every summer without fail. I wish I lived in the north.

    April 3, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Greg

    Does anyone pay attention to research or check up on information from the past? 30 years ago they were thinking we were going into another ice age due the fact that global temperatures had dropped a couple of degrees. Oddly enough we fast forward to today and they've gone up a couple of degrees in the last couple of decades. For those of you who need a mathematical equation for this it's -2 + 2 = 0.

    Climate change is going to happen with or without people and has happened multiple times in the past (geological and paleontological evidence supports this). Also, while we may be able to contribute to swings in this NATURAL change, there is no way we can stop it. Plus if CO2 is really the culprit for all of this it's already all IN the atmosphere and would take quite some time to clean out. While being aware of this is quite intelligent there's no reason to go gaga over it and start shouting irrationalizations from the rooftops. We aren't going to stop producing CO2 tomorrow, so we're stuck with it while we figure things out. We can't keep burning oil forever anyway, hence the reason why many people smarter than us are coming up with ways to keep producing energy. Let them figure it out.

    Take this for what it was, an insignificant event. I live in CO, all of you that are feeling this heatwave now have some really nice and chilly weather heading for you. Cold weather that is below average actually....Hell it might even start the next ice age....

    April 3, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. David D

    It was just a warm day, it happens. If it had been record lows this page would have been full of "global warming is a myth". Try getting out and enjoying the weather...my apologies to the polar bears.

    April 3, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. enough769

    Local weather is not climate. Global warming refers to an increase in the average temperature of the globe. Local weather patterns indicate what the weather has looked, or expected to look like, on part of the earth. That local weather patterns can show an increase in temperature in one are while others show a decrease and still have the temperature of the whole globe increase.

    In New England it seems to me that in the last few years winter is shorter, with less snow staying on the ground, and we have wetter springs/early summers. Is this a trend that will stay? I can't say but ...

    There is no doubt that the average temperature of the earth is increasing, and that this increase correlates with CO2 production from the burning of fossil fuels. In addition to this correlation, there is a simple physical model that explains the trend. Over the last 2 decades climate scientists have collected more data, refined models, and ruled out a huge number of alternate possibilities. Global warming is happening, and burning fossil fuels has caused it.

    There is not perfect agreement, agreement is not too easy for scientists. But I cannot think of one significant climate scientist who does not believe that CO2 production has a role in global warming.

    The science is complex, more is learned about it every day. Right now every time any bit of new information is published that might be distorted to indicate that global warming is not occurring, or that human activity did not cause it, is jumped on and distorted. Yes on one side of antarctica there has been more precipitation, and not too surprisingly this means that snow pack is greater on one side. But maybe it makes sense to look at the whole antarctic, and the rest of the world before declaring decades of science wrong.

    If you claim that global warming is not occurring, and that if it is it is not caused by humans, it is your job to prove you are right. And don't bother with any of this touchy feely "seems to me" stuff. You should probably start by spending at least 4 years studying physics, chemistry, earth science and atmospheric science. If you work hard, you may get into a graduate program where you can spend another 7 years on classwork and doing research. Then, you will be ready to start coming up with a way to prove you are right.

    While you are busy doing this, the rest of us will just get on with decreasing CO2 production, learning more about what is going on.

    April 3, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Miss CLG

    perfect weather for easter egg hunts!!!!!! yay

    April 3, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Number 24

    How humorous of those who automatically balme global warming and want our President to do something about it.

    First, the palnet has been gently warming for thousands of years. Yet, there are cycles of cooling it seems. Remmber in the late 70's and early eighties when we were told that a mini ice age was a concern?

    Second, check out other weather related records of late. Coldenst September in Oklahoma hIsotry. Six plus inches of snow in Dallas, Tx. Snow in Southern Texas. Record cold temperatures and record snow in Oklahoma this year. Other states have had the same "cold" related records. Does this mean we now have global cooling?

    Why is everything in this country now based on the "sky is falling attitude?"

    Finally, if you think the little changes we make here will affect the emissions that will be coming out of the industrializing countries of China, India and the rest of the world it is laughable. The only thing that comes out of the global warming crusade is loss of american jobs and former politicians making money.

    When will the world wake up and understand that the real problem, the real enviromental disaster is the destruction of our oceans and fresh water due to chemicals and trash. Everyone agrees on the science and the studies but nothing is done to even attempt to solve the problem.

    April 3, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. PXXdeej

    Seriously, how can anyone think that pumping as much CO2 in the atmosphere as we do can have no effect on the planet? Yes, scientists screwed up, but that doesn't negate the theory or the overall trends. By the time we realize we messed up it'll be too late, in the name of industry and greed, this planet and culture are past the point of no return, enjoy it while you can.

    April 3, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dan

    For all you loons who are citing Al Gore as you source, you should know that the British courts have ruled that there are like nine major scientific errors in his movie and have said that it cannot be used to teach science in school, since it is so bad. LOL...It can, however, be used in a political discussion. LOL

    April 3, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sunny Guy, Champaign, IL

    If I were Al Gore, I'd make a guest appearance on one of those Fox so-called news shows, and ask them all, "How do you like me now?"

    Of course, neither the fact that it was very cold in January, nor that it is very warm in April, is proof either way on climate change. You need to look at more than one data point. That's probably why most of us are not climate scientists. We just like to play one on the net.

    Sunny Guy

    April 3, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    It's an El-Nino year folks, strange weather patterns happen. It's been this way for a very long time. The eruption of Mt. St. Helens '80 released more CO2 into our atmosphere than a generation of humans could.

    My take is this, I think that this "climate change" theory is not realistic and seems to point to a very self-important human race. I do feel, however, that regardless of whether climate change is real or not, we do need to do our parts to clean up our planet and leave it in better shape for our children. It's sad to see species disappearing and trees dying because of polution. It's also sad to see large floating "islands" of plastic trash in our oceans

    April 3, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. JoeyE

    it's funny to see people argue about global warming is a hoax.. actually it is NOT a hoax. quit being ignorant..
    Finally, I'll say why our weather is so cold extremely on our recently winter.. Reason? global warming.. CO2 can disrupt our climate and it CAN affect to change our climate suddenly ( even possible ice age )
    also Solar (our Sun) is in cooling now.. it is a solar cycle – 11 to 13 years per cycle. so our Earth is just cool in a few years.. wait until 5 yrs later.. Don't cry if our Earth is already hotter!

    April 3, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
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