Past April snowfall totals at Duluth, MN, and a look ahead to April 2021

Days continue to get longer and temperatures continue their upward climb during the month of April, but it can still get cold, and it can still snow in the Northland in April.

Climate Normals and Records at Duluth, Minnesota for April

Normal high on the 1st: 41 degrees
Normal high on the 30th: 57 degrees

Normal low on the 1st: 24 degrees
Normal low on the 30th: 36 degrees

Average temperature: 39.6 degrees
Highest: 46.1 degrees set in 1987
Lowest: 28.7 degrees set in 1950

Normal precipitation: 2.43″
Wettest: 8.18″ set in 2001
Driest: 0.24″ set in 1987

Normal snowfall: 6.9″
Snowiest: 50.8″ set in 2013
Driest: 0.0″ set in 1976

Averages for the month

Days with snowfall of at least 0.1″: 4
Days with snowfall of at least 1.0″ 2
Days with a high temp of at least 60 degrees: 5
Days with a high temp of at least 70 degrees: 1

Note: On average the first 70 degree or warmer temperature in Duluth occurs on April 28th.

Astronomical Data for Duluth, Minnesota for April 2021

Sunrise on the 1st: 6:47 AM CDT
Sunrise on the 30th: 5:54 AM CDT

Sunset on the 1st: 7:38 PM CDT
Sunset on the 30th: 8:17 PM CDT

Past April Snowfall Totals at Duluth, Minnesota (2000-2020)

Note: Normal Snowfall in April is 6.9″

  • 2000: 5.6″
  • 2001: 7.7″
  • 2002: 11.6″
  • 2003: 12.9″
  • 2004: 0.3″
  • 2005: 0.5″
  • 2006: Trace
  • 2007: 12.7″
  • 2008: 14.6″
  • 2009: 1.2″
  • 2010: Trace
  • 2011: 10.6″
  • 2012: 0.6″
  • 2013: 50.8″ (snowiest April on record)
  • 2014: 26.3″ (3rd snowiest April on record)
  • 2015: 1.2″
  • 2016: 9.8″
  • 2017: 1.9″
  • 2018: 18.5″ (8th snowiest April on record)
  • 2019: 6.5″
  • 2020: 2.7″

Thunderstorms can occur in Minnesota and Wisconsin during the month of April, but severe thunderstorms aren’t very common this far north in April.

On average, Minnesota sees 1 tornado in April, while Wisconsin sees 2 tornadoes.

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Long Range Forecast for April 2021

CFS model is forecasting above normal temperatures for all of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

CFS model is forecasting below normal precipitation in most of northeast Minnesota and all of northwest Wisconsin for April 2021, with near normal precipitation expected across northern Minnesota.

Tim

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