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    Easter Weather History in the Twin Cities

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    Easter Sunday is finally here and so is the mysterious weather for Minnesota! Chocolate bunnies, plenty of colorful jellybeans, and hidden Easter Eggs are placed carefully across the yards of many homes. In Minnesota, some of those Easter Egg hunts are even trickier due to fresh snow or sometimes even rain showers. Let’s take a look at the extremes and averages for the Twin Cities on Easter Sunday.


    Temperatures:

    As we all know, in Minnesota we can go from chilly to mild very fast. That statement is extremely valid for Easter in Minnesota. We average a high of 53° and a low of 33°. Those numbers seem a little chilly compared to the warmer temperatures we had earlier this week. Easter can be a very warm day in some years. On April 10th, 1977, we reached a high of 88° at Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport. We have been frigid as well, back on March 25th, 1894 we had a morning low of -2°. The graphic below shows the averages and records for the Twin Cities on Easter Sunday.

    Easter Sunday Temperatures for the Twin Cities
    Data: Midwestern Regional Climate Center

    Previous High Temperatures:

    Over the past 10 years, we have seen an almost mild trend for Easter in the Twin Cities. Our warmest days occurred in 2014 and 2019 with high temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. Our chilliest Easter Sunday was on April 1st, 2018 with a high temperature of 31°.

    Past 10 Year High Temperatures on Easter Sunday
    Data: Midwestern Regional Climate Center

    Precipitation:

    Precipitation for Easter Sunday can vary quite a bit across the Twin Cities from year to year. Believe it or not, over the past 30 years (1990 – 2019), we have had 14 years with no precipitation of any kind. The most snowfall we saw on Easter within that time frame was on March 23rd, 2008 with 1” of snowfall. The most rainfall we saw on Easter within that 30-year time frame was on April 19th, 1992 with .38” of rainfall. The graphic below shows the average snowfall and rainfall for Easter Sunday in the Twin Cities.

    Easter Sunday Precipitation for the Twin Cities
    Data: Midwestern Regional Climate Center

     

    Easter Facts:

    Easter Sunday can occur anywhere from March 22nd to as far late in Spring as April 25th. Every year Easter and Halloween compete for the highest candy sales in the United States. Americans also consume more than 16 million Jelly Beans on Easter alone according to Good House Keeping.

    This Year’s Forecast:

    Get the latest forecast for Easter Sunday for your city by clicking here.

    Information Sources:

    Easter Fun Facts: Good House Keeping

    Climate Data: National Weather Service Twin Cities

    Climate Data: Midwestern Regional Climate Center

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