The first week of April was cold and snowy. In fact, the first seven days of this month averaged to just below 23 degrees.
Looking at the charts, 2018 just barely beat out 1936. The year when Minnesota saw extreme cold and extreme heat.
1936 started out cold, with temperatures reaching -34. But by mid-July, 1936, a heatwave developed which killed more than 100 people. The all-time daily high record was set at 108 degrees for the Twin Cities.
For a week in July 1936, we had five consecutive days with a high temperature of 100 or higher, and 14 days where the high was 90 or higher.
This extreme heat forced people to sleep outside and created a drought that destroyed crops and nearly dried out the St. Croix river.
So while we are locked in the freezer with snow and colder than average temperatures, that doesn't mean that we are going to see a colder or shorter summer.