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April 2024 Climate Report for Memphis, TN

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April Climate Recap

The month of April was warmer than normal by almost 2 degrees, a trend repeated across a large portion of the country east of the Rockies. As is typical in April, large temperature swings occurred with high temperatures ranging from the upper 50’s to the mid 80’s, while lows ranged from near 40 to the upper 60’s. Overall, the month was skewed warm through as the temperature reached 85 twice towards the end of the month, which was 12 degrees above normal. Overall, two-thirds of April days ended above average and a record high minimum (warmest low temperature) was set on the 1st (68 degrees), breaking the old record of 66 in 1884.

Departure from normal temperatures for April for the Lower 48 states

Precipitation was over 2.5″ below normal for the month (about 55% of normal), despite recording rain on nearly half of the 30 days in April, which is four more than average. Most rain that fell was spotty and light although the wettest period was between the 7th-11th, with nearly 2″ of rain falling.  Totals for the month ended up at 3.32″ at the airport and 3.82″ in Bartlett, while the normal amount for the month is 5.87″. 

Severe weather occurred on the 2nd, 7th, and 8th with multiple reports of hail and wind damage. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were in effect each of those days, while a couple of Tornado Warnings were issued north of the Memphis metro on the 2nd after storms moved out of the immediate area.

Severe weather reports received by the National Weather Service for the month of April (hail shown as pink/white icons and wind damage as yellow icons)

Memphis International Airport, Memphis, TN


Average temperature: 65.1 degrees (1.9 degrees above average) 

Average high temperature: 73.8 degrees (0.4 degrees above average) 

Average low temperature: 56.3 degrees (3.3 degrees above average) 

Warmest temperature: 85 degrees (26th & 30th) 

Coolest temperature: 41 degrees (5th & 22nd)

Heating Degrees Days: 93 (37 below average)

Cooling Degree Days: 102 (26 above average) 

Records set or tied: Record high minimum broken (68 degrees on the 1st)

Comments:  None


Monthly total: 3.32″ (2.55″ below average) 

Days with measurable precipitation: 14 (4.4 days above average) 

Wettest 24-hour period: 0.76″ (2nd) 

Snowfall: None

Records set or tied: None

Comments: None


Peak wind: South/45 mph (29th) 

Average wind: 10.4 mph 

Average relative humidity: 65%

Average sky cover: 59%

 Click here for a daily statistical recap for Memphis International Airport.

MemphisWeather.net Headquarters, Bartlett, TN


Average temperature: 65.2 degrees 

Average high temperature: 76.0 degrees 

Average low temperature:  55.2 degrees 

Warmest temperature: 86.2 degrees (27th) 

Coolest temperature: 37.0 degrees (22nd) 

Comments: None


Monthly total: 3.82″ (automated rain gauge), 3.72″ (CoCoRaHS rain gauge) 

Days with measurable precipitation: 15

Wettest date: 0.74″ (7th) (via automated gauge) 

Snowfall: None

Comments: None


Peak wind: Northwest/27 mph (11th)

Average relative humidity: 67% 

Average barometric pressure: 29.98 in.

Comments: None

Click here for a daily statistical recap for Bartlett, TN.


MWN Forecast Accuracy

Average temperature error: 2.06 degrees 

Forecast temperatures within 2 degrees of actual: 68% 

Average dewpoint error: 2.53 degrees 

Forecast dewpoints within 2 degrees of actual: 63% 

MWN’s forecasts extend out five periods (2.5 days, or roughly 60 hours). Historical accuracy statistics can be found here.

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Richard Hoseney

2024-05-03 13:59:00

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