If you thought it was warm this month - you're right. April 2012 will end up as the 6th warmest on record. A combination of warm mornings and afternoon made the average temperature for the month 73.6°, roughly 4 degrees warmer than the average. Technically, this year is in a tie with 2006 in the list of warm Aprils. So does this mean we'll see another brutally hot summer? That isn't all together clear right now, but after our 4th warmest March, we're not trending in the right direction.
A bubble of high pressure hasn't quite settled over us as it did last year at this time, but the majority of jet stream energy has remained to our north and east. We've seen occasional surges of energy deliver some memorable rain events. While we didn't set any records, we received 3.28", close to the April normal of 3.31".
The long-range trend from the Climate Prediction Center www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/ has us remaining slightly warmer than normal for temperature and about normal for rainfall. Coming after our wet start to the year and surplus of over 8.5", at least we're not on track for another repeat of widespread and prolonged drought.