Spring 2018 running cold, but it’s far from being the city’s coldest.

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Dear Tom,
As a lifelong Chicagoan, I know that we don’t have much of a spring here; but this year feels like the worst ever in terms of temperatures. Is that true?

David Egeland

Dear David, as chilly as this spring has been, it is far from the city’s coldest. Checking the March 1-April 15 average temperature of all meteorological springs since 1871, this year, averaging 36.8 degrees, ranks as only the city’s 39th coldest, 4.6 degrees warmer than the all-time coldest 1926 period that averaged 32.2 degrees. The reason this spring doesn’t rank higher among the chilliest can be attributed to March. While meteorological spring’s opening month lacked warmth, failing to record a 60-degree day, it averaged just one degree below normal. There was no exceptional cold, with the month’s lowest temperature just 19.

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