Saturday, May 6, 2023

April 2023 Climate Report for Memphis, TN

April Climate Recap

April ended cool and slightly wetter than normal in Memphis. Temperatures averaged almost two degrees below normal, driven more by below average high temperatures than below average low temperatures. The warmest day of the month actually ended up being early in April, when on the 4th, the average temperature was 18 degrees above average and a high temperature record was set at 87 degrees. Two days later, the high was 53 degrees! Temperatures returned to near average levels into mid-month. The last ten days of the month were much cooler than normal and drove the overall temperature for the month below average.

Precipitation occurred regularly throughout the April, but featured a few very wet days due to periods of thunderstorms, a few of which were severe. Two and a half inches of rain fell on the 5th-6th and nearly the same again on the 21st-22nd, accounting for all but an inch of the month's total. There were 11 rain days for the month, just above normal. Scattered wind damage occurred on the 1st, 5th, and 16th, while large hail fell in eastern Shelby County on the 27th.

Memphis International Airport, Memphis, TN

Average temperature: 61.3 degrees (1.9 degrees below average) 
Average high temperature: 70.8 degrees (2.6 degrees below average) 
Average low temperature: 51.8 degrees (1.2 degrees below average) 
Warmest temperature: 87 degrees (4th) 
Coolest temperature: 40 degrees (24th) 
Heating Degrees Days: 133 (3 above average)
Cooling Degree Days: 32 (44 below average) 
Records set or tied: Record high (87 degrees on the 4th)
Comments: No days dropped to freezing or below and no days reached 90 degrees.

Monthly total: 6.38" (0.51" above average) 
Days with measurable precipitation: 11 (1.4 days above average) 
Wettest 24-hour period: 2.50" (20th-21st) 
Snowfall: None
Records set or tied: Daily record high - 2.37" (21st)
Comments: None

Peak wind: West-northwest/52 mph (15th) 
Average wind: 8.9 mph 
Average relative humidity: 64%
Average sky cover: 60%

 Click here for a daily statistical recap for Memphis International Airport.

Cirrus Weather Solutions /, Bartlett, TN

Average temperature: 61.1 degrees 
Average high temperature: 72.8 degrees 
Average low temperature: 50.1 degrees 
Warmest temperature: 89.3 degrees (4th) 
Coolest temperature: 36.9 degrees (24th) 
Comments: None 

Monthly total: 6.28" (automated rain gauge), 6.01" (manual CoCoRaHS rain gauge) 
Days with measurable precipitation: 12
Wettest date: 2.20" (21st) (via automated gauge) 
Snowfall: None
Comments: None

Peak wind: South-southwest/32 mph (15th)
Average relative humidity: 65% 
Average barometric pressure: 30.02 in. Hg
Comments: None

Click here for a daily statistical recap for Bartlett, TN.

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MWN average temperature error: 2.12 degrees 
MWN forecast temperatures within 2 degrees of actual: 65% 
MWN average dewpoint error: 3.05 degrees 
MWN forecast dewpoints within 2 degrees of actual: 53% 

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