76
      Wednesday
      89 / 68
      Thursday
      86 / 64
      Friday
      83 / 63

      April ends with a wet weather record and extending the cold streak

      The last day of April had a record amount of rainfall for the date. April 30th had a total of 1.01?? of rain which surpassed the previous record of 0.96?? set back in 1925. Records in Syracuse go back to 1902. With that amount of rain added to the rest of the month, April ended up with above normal rainfall. Hancock Airport received 4.64?? of rain, which was nearly 1 1/2?? of above normal. However, it is nowhere near the top 5 wettest:

      April Top Five Wettest Years (Normal: 3.19"):

      Rank

      Value

      Year

      1

      8.53

      2011

      2

      8.12

      1976

      3

      7.61

      1929

      4

      6.91

      1973

      5

      6.55

      1993

      April snowfall was below normal. For the month, Syracuse received only 0.4?? of snow, which is below the normal amount of April snowfall of 3.8??.While it is below normal, there have been many Aprils on record with 0.0?? of snow. For the season, Syracuse stands with 132.0?? of snow, which very close to the normal seasonal snowfall average of about 124.0??.April 2014 is the 6th consecutive month where below normal temperatures have occurred for Syracuse. After receiving the 5th coldest March on record, April at least wasn??t as brutally cold. However, with a mean temperature of 45.8, April ended up 1.1 below normal. The average high temperature was 57.5. The average low temperature was 34.1.Here is a look at average monthly temperatures over the past 7 months. You can easily see that April 2014 was the 6th straight month of below normal temperatures. October 2013 was the last time Syracuse has seen above normal temperatures.

      Month

      AverageTemp

      +/-

      Normal

      April

      45.8

      -1.1

      March

      25.7

      -8.5

      February

      20.9

      -5.0

      January

      19.9

      -3.7

      December

      27.9

      -1.5

      November

      37.7

      -2.9

      October

      53.8

      +3.2

      While April was somewhat colder than normal, there were some signs of more spring-like weather. After not receiving 60 or higher since November 18th, on April 10th, the mercury climbed to 69. After that November 18th, April tallied up 12 days 60 or higher. Of those 12 days, there were 3 days that 70 or higher and one of those days was 80+ (April 13th: 83).

      Conversely, there were 12 days where the minimum temperature was 32 or lower. That is 3 days more than a normal April.

      How does May look? My forecast has temperatures slightly below normal through May 7th. Looking ahead past the first week, the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a better than even chance for May 8th through 14th to be above normal temperature-wise. Their forecast, as a whole for the month, describes an equal chance for above or below average temperatures and above or below average precipitation. I will continue to monitor how the weather changes through the month.

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