The Duncan Banner

April 25, 2013

April’s temperatures drop

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Following Tuesday’s cold front, Stephens County’s temperatures took a sharp dive from a high of 78 degrees Sunday to a low of 31 degrees Monday.

But this isn’t the first time this month has dipped into the 30s temperature wise. In fact, the lowest recorded temperature this month was 30 degrees on April 10. That day, the high only got to 42 degrees, which is only 1 degree higher for Tuesday’s 24-hour period (beginning 8 a.m. Tuesday and ending 8 a.m. Wednesday), when the high was recorded as 41 degrees.

While each April has days that slipped down to the 30s and 40s, most of these temperatures also reflect significant increases when coupled with the high temperatures for the day. For instance, the coldest temperature in 2012 was 42 degrees, but the high that day was 73 degrees, which provides a 31-degree difference.

Tuesday’s and the April 10 temperature ranges are similar to the April 6 24-hour temperature period. That day, the low was 32 degrees and didn’t rise above a high of 44 degrees.

Although Tuesday’s temperature reflected a low of 31 degrees, a temperature was achieved in April 2009, when the low was 31 degrees and the high was 81 degrees, reflecting a 50-degree difference.

As for the April 10 low of 30 degrees, this was the lowest temperature in nearly two decades. In fact, the last time an April temperature dropped below 31 degrees was recorded for the April 11, 1997, 24-hour period. That day, the low was 26 degrees with a high of 40 degrees.

In the past 10 years, there were eight days with lows in the 30s, and two with lows in the 40s.