Mean MSLP in the northeast quarter-sphere was dominated by a belt of above average pressure (+4 hPa to +7 hPa) that stretched all the way from central Greenland in the NW, down across Iceland and Scotland to Iraq in the southeast. At either side of that belt, i.e. in the northeast of Russia and across southern and eastern parts of North America, mean pressure was lower than average during April, particularly over the Barents Sea, where mean MSLP was 12 hPa below the LTA. Those anomalies resulted in a high pressure cell over Germany (1019 hPa), aligned from Scotland in the NE down toward the Black sea in the SE. The Azores high was pushed a little further south, and the Icelandic low displaced southwestward to the Labrador Sea.