Apr low pressure records were set from TN to MI to VT when a windy Apr 1-3, 1970 cyclone rapidly strengthened across the Midwest & Northeast. @NWSChicago recorded their heaviest April snowstorm on record when 10.7" fell. April 1970 became Chicago's 2nd snowiest April on record. pic.twitter.com/JoLNwY1bMA
— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) April 2, 2018
April is here, at last. Robins have arrived. There are buds on the branches and baseball on the radio. Read more about the weather on opening day here.
The just-past full moon was beautiful on the night of April 1. People called the full moon of March 31 a blue moon, but that is a quirk of our calendars. Find out more about blue moons here. This is a spring moon, the first full moon after the vernal equinox.
Now, there's snow in Minnesota and rain and cold here. Like the moon, weather has its own calendar. April can bring rain, snow and tornadoes!
Right now, it seems we're in a battle of the seasons, snow to the north, and severe weather to the south of Chicago. The familiar pattern of a dipping jet stream is bringing the colder air of the polar vortex to our area once again. Hold on to your hoodies. Maybe it's a good idea to keep the snow shovels handy, too.
As you can see from the graphic above, significant late-season snow can happen here in April. Not this time, though. Are those raindrops on swelling leaf buds? April fool!