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September 20, 2018

April 2015 Was A Tad Warmer and Drier Than Average


OSWEGO, NY – April 2015 was a pretty nice month, if you didn’t mind a little snow, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

The average temperature last month was 45.2 degrees. That is 0.5-degree above average.

An inch of snow fell on April 23. Other than that, it was a real nice month.

An inch of snow fell on April 23. Other than that, it was a real nice month.

The highest temperature was 81 degrees on the 13th and the lowest was 23 degrees on the 1st.

There were no records set in April.

“We had 1 day in the 80s, 1 day in the 70s and 3 in the 60s,” Gregway said. “There were 10 overnight lows that were below freezing, including 2 that were in the 20s.”

Precipitation for April came in at 3.13 inches. That is 0.19-inch below average.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 1.15 inches on the 8th.

Total precipitation since the first of the year stands at 9.49 inches. That is 3.81 inches below normal.

April saw just 1.6 inches of snow. That is 2.7 inches below average.

The greatest snowfall in a 24-hour period was 1.0 inch on the 23rd.

At the end of April, snowfall for the winter is 144.0 inches. That is 6.8 inches below normal.

April had 1 thunderstorm day, which is average.

There were 2 foggy days. That is 1 above average.

“We had 1 day with some freezing rain. It was rather light and was over quickly,” Gregway said.

There were 12 days of measurable precipitation last month; 4 of them were consecutive.

April had 5 days of just a trace, 2 of them in a row.

And, there were 13 days of no precipitation, 2 of them were in a row.

The number of cloudy days, 13, was 1 below average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 11, was 3 above average.

The number of clear days, 6, was 2 below average.

April’s total amount of possible sunshine was 52 percent. That’s 1 percentage above normal.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.42 on the 16th and the lowest was 29.51 on the 20th.

“We had a little bit of wind last month,” Gregway said. “It was greater than 20 mph on 8 different times with several more than 30 mph. The strongest winds were southeasterly at greater than 35 mph on the 20th.”

Last year, April came in 1.2 degrees warmer. The high was 80 degrees and the low was 25 degrees.

Precipitation was 0.76-inch higher than average.

Snowfall for April 2014 was 1.0 inch and for the winter it was 154.5 inches.

“It was similar to this year pretty much,” Gregway noted. “Last April was warmer.”

The warmest April on record is 1878 (52.0 degrees). “We came pretty close in 2010. The average was 51.7 degrees,” Gregway said.

The coolest is 1926 (37.2 degrees).

April’s highest temperature is 90 degrees set in 1990 and the lowest is 11 degrees in 1923.

The wettest is 7.03 inches in 1859 and 2011 came close with 6.66 inches.

The driest is 0.61-inch in 1915.

April 1983 has the dubious honor of being the snowiest with 17.9 inches.

Since 1900, there have been 6 Aprils that haven’t had any snow at all, according to Gregway.

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