Weather Forecast


70s at last!

Shawn Olson of Alexandria enjoyed the warm temperature and sunshine Wednesday afternoon while waiting for friends to join him at City Park Beach in Alexandria. (Lowell Anderson/Echo Press)

Finally, spring! Wednesday brought plenty of sunshine and a high temperature of 74 degrees, five degrees shy of a record for April 9.

It’s been a long, cold wait for temperatures to hit that sweet 70s spot – 180 days, in fact.

The last time it happened was back on October 10, 2013 when temperatures spiked to 78 degrees. The rest of October was also kind for those who like warm weather. It hit 66 degrees the next day and cracked the 50s five more times that month.

November was more on the chillier side compared to past years. Temperatures plunged into the single-digits on seven days and the month was colder than normal on 16 days, according to reports from

And then winter really set in.

Temperatures fell below zero 17 times in December, including a 25-below jolt on December 23.

January was worse. It dropped below zero on 23 days and was at least 10 degrees colder than normal on 14 days.

February was also brutally cold. Except for a brief four-day warm-up on February 17-20, temperatures dipped below zero every day of the month and were colder than normal.

March teased us with hints of spring when the temperature hit 53 degrees on March 13 but it only rose above 40 degrees three times after that.

What will the rest of April bring?

Well, you probably won’t want to break out the sunscreen just yet. High tempertures are expected to drop back into the 40s on Sunday and Monday, hit the 50s by midweek but dip into the 40s again on April 18-20.

If you believe the long-range forecast, it won’t hit 70 degrees again until May 21.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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