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What a difference a year makes

May 4, 2011 - Ron Deuter
As someone who spends much of April and May outdoors covering spring sports, it seems like this spring, thus far, hasn’t sprung. It’s been much, much chillier this year compared to last.

So I looked it up the actual numbers online at

April of 2010 had seven days of high temperatures better than 60, including one in which the mercury eclipsed 70 degrees. Another 11 days during the month posted highs of 55 or warmer.

April of 2011 did not record a single high better than 60 and only three days with readings of 55 or higher. In fact, we had 11 days this April where the temperature was 45 or less.

Only nine days during May 2010 registered a high temperature lower than 60 degrees. They were all before the walleye opener on May 15, with only two of those days failing to reach 50.

Last year we opened the first three days of May with highs of 64, 66 and 63. This year: 54, 43, 46.

By the week of May 16-22 last year, daily highs climbed into the 70s and stayed at least that warm through the end of the month. I especially remember Memorial Day weekend. We had highs in the 80s on Friday and Sunday of that weekend. Summer had arrived.

While I wouldn’t put big money on hitting 80s again this Memorial Day Weekend, I’ve got to think we’re only days away from noticeably warmer weather settling in for good.

At least that’s what I’ll tell myself as I pull my boat out of storage this week.


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