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Posted on Wed, May 1, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

April ties for third wettest on record in Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin


University of Michigan students Steven Rzeppa and Tarah Deagle enjoy some recent warm weather outside a house on Dewey Avenue in Ann Arbor. After weeks of rain and cold, Ann Arbor can expect a run of near-perfect days this week.

Daniel J. Brenner |

If you’re tired of rain, it's no wonder. Last month tied the record for the third wettest April on record in the Ann Arbor area.


Last month turned out to be the third wettest April on record in the Ann Arbor area.

Melanie Maxwell |

As of April 30, Ann Arbor had recorded 6.25 inches of rain for the month, said Dennis Kahlbaum, University of Michigan weather observer. That’s 3 inches more than the average of 3.25 inches Ann Arbor receives in a normal April.

This year's wet weather puts April 2013 in a three-way tie with Aprils in 1893 and 2011. The most rainfall ever received in April in Ann Arbor since the beginning of modern record-keeping was 6.66 inches in 1937.

This April was also a good bit cooler than normal, with the average high temperature for the month coming in at 56.4 degrees, more than 3 degrees blow the normal 60, Kahlbaum said.

But things are looking up. Highs in the 70s are expected the rest of the week, and there’s no rain in the forecast until Sunday.

It’s about time, said Jan Turner, of Turner's landscape contractors and garden center in Lodi Township. “We had sleet and hail last week and it’s kind of discouraging when you look out,” she said.

People are eager to get outside and work in their yards and gardens, she said.

“I think everybody’s anxious. Everybody’s tired of winter.”

See updated weather conditions on's weather page.



Wed, May 1, 2013 : 8:09 p.m.

Farmers are hurting.


Wed, May 1, 2013 : 4:05 p.m.

We needed the rain after last year.

Kyle Feldscher

Wed, May 1, 2013 : 3:25 p.m.

April showers bring May flowers!


Wed, May 1, 2013 : 3:42 p.m.

You just beat me or someone else to it Kyle. But that said, should be lots of flowers then! ;-)

Kyle Feldscher

Wed, May 1, 2013 : 3:26 p.m.

Sorry, it had to be done.

Usual Suspect

Wed, May 1, 2013 : 1:18 p.m.

Global warming.


Wed, May 1, 2013 : 10:50 p.m.

Thanks, Al.


Wed, May 1, 2013 : 3:43 p.m.

Global wetting.

Hugh Giariola

Wed, May 1, 2013 : 12:38 p.m.

Now, are we going to see the same rampant mosquito infestation that we saw with the wet spring in 2011?


Wed, May 1, 2013 : 11:32 a.m.

It seems like it was a lot more than only 3 degrees below normal on average. I went to one of the little towns near Cleveland on Monday and their spring was easily 10 days ahead of ours - most trees had leaves and lots of blossoming shrubs/trees as well. Hopefully with the warm weather this week, we'll start to catch up a bit.