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Weather Recap: April 2014

By Jessica Priest
May 6, 2014 at 12:06 a.m.


Do April hail storms bring May flowers?

While scores of Crossroads residents submitted their wildflower photos to the Advocate, halfway through the month, ice pelted the fresh buds.

Michael Furrh was among those who thought it was time to revive his flower beds, but Mother Nature had other plans April 14.

That's when the temperature plummeted 17 degrees in three hours, and electricity was knocked out for hundreds of residents across the region.

The $175 worth of Hibiscus flowers Furrh and his wife planted at his Shiner home were destroyed when two rounds of pea-sized hail fell for 20 minutes each, he said.

"We'll go back out and try again," the Gonzales paramedic said of his efforts then, chuckling.

Later in the month, residents began donning shorts and short-sleeved T-shirts as temperatures reached the upper 90s.

Victoria hasn't reached the triple digits yet, but it's only a matter of time.

Temperatures:

Highest of the month: 98 degrees on April 28

Average high: 81.4 degrees

Record High: 100 degrees on April 16, 1920

Lowest of the month: 38 degrees on April 15

Average Low: 58.4 degrees

Record Low: 33 degrees on April 3, 1987

Average daily: 69.9 degrees

Total Precipitation:

April 2014: 0.38 inches

Record: 11.70 inches in April 1997

Normal: 2.82 inches

Wind:

Average speed: 11.6 mph

Highest speed: 36 mph on April 14

Highest gust: 48 mph on April 14

Normal Temperatures:

Highest: 80 degrees

Average High: 80.5 degrees

Lowest: 61 degrees

Average Low: 59.3 degrees

Average Daily: 69.9 degrees

* "Normal" refers to long-term averages, usually for 30 years

SOURCE: National Weather Service

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