It’s often said that Washington is not like the rest of the country, and last month, over a broad geographical area, that idea was endorsed by the thermometer.
Washington’s April temperature, as measured at Reagan National Airport, averaged a little more than 2 degrees warmer than normal.
But the central part of the country, from Dallas to Dodge City and from Des Moines to Detroit, displayed its meteorological differences.
It was colder there than normal. Denver was more than 5 degrees colder, Omaha 4.4 degrees and Oklahoma City 5.5.
As measured at National, April was Washington’s first month in the past three with an above-normal average reading.
When averaged over all 120 days of the year’s first four months, the daily temperature here has been three-fourths of a degree above normal.
So far, Washington has done no more than dip a tentative toe into May. The first three days have been about 2 degrees cooler than normal. But quite pleasant.