April of 2014 continued a trend that started back in December with temperatures for the month finishing well below normal, with most locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin finishing the month 4 to 5 degrees below normal. For the Twin Cities, this was this was the sixth month in a row that finished below normal, while this is the seventh in a row for Eau Claire and St. Cloud.
More impressive than the temperature departures though were the departures from normal seen with precipitation. For all but the southwest corner of Minnesota, monthly precipitation for April was 200 to 300 percent above normal, thanks in large part to a very wet final 5 days that featured about twice the precipitation we normally see in the entire month of April. In the end, the Twin Cities finished with their second wettest April on record, while it was the third wettest on record for Eau Claire and St. Cloud. Thanks to all of the precipitation, much of the lingering drought from a dry second half of 2013 was eliminated, with the only drought left lingering in the area in southwest Minnesota.
For the second year in a row, April featured above normal snowfall, in some cases well above normal thanks to a snowstorm on April 16th that brought up to 20 inches of snow to parts of central Minnesota. Although many were probably not happy to see the snow we did get, for the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, and Eau Claire, the snowfall seen this April was about half of what was seen in April of 2013.