April 2016 Cool and Continued Dry Across Delaware

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Figure 1. Delaware statewide mean April temperature (°F) 1895-2016. Red line indicates 1981-2010 normal.
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Figure 2. Delaware statewide April precipitation (inches) 1895-2016. Red line indicates 1981-2010 normal.

April Temperatures

Preliminary data indicates that the statewide average temperature in April was 52.9°F; this was 0.6°F below the 1981-2010 normal of 53.5°F (Figure 1). April was the first month since October 2015 to see below normal temperatures across the First State.

April Precipitation

Delaware’s statewide precipitation for April 2016 averaged 3.11 inches, 0.53 inches below the 1981-2010 mean (Figure 2).

Statewide Spatial Averages

Data from the Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) shows that temperatures were below normal across the majority of the State, with some stations reporting departures of more than 3.0°F below the 1981-2010 mean (Figure 3). Precipitation was below normal across most of the State, except the southern and southeastern portion of Sussex County, DE (Figure 4).

April 2016 average temperature departures (°F) from the 1981-2010 mean based upon DEOS station data.
Figure 3. April 2016 average temperature departures (°F) from the 1981-2010 mean based upon DEOS station data.
April 2016 precipitation departures (inches) from the 1981-2010 mean based upon DEOS station data.
Figure 4. April 2016 precipitation departures (inches) from the 1981-2010 mean based upon DEOS station data.
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