Blame It On Spring

The average temperature through the first 10 months of 2013 is running about 1 degree below average. Seven of the ten months this year recorded temperatures reasonably close to the average with most of them finishing just slightly above normal.  September was the only month so far this year that finished well above average.  The temperature last month was 5.3 degrees above normal. 

But the reason this year as a whole is running below average is because of the extremely cold March and April this region recorded.  April 2013 was the coldest April on record for the state of North Dakota and ranked as the 3rd coldest in Minnesota.  April finished more than 10 degrees below average in Fargo Moorhead after the month of March had also finished more than 10 degrees below normal. 

Therefore, 2013 will probably finish as colder than average overall principally because of those two very cold spring months.