April 2016 Was A Bit On The Cool, Dry Side

A bird takes a break from pecking for food to enjoy some sunshine.

A bird takes a break from pecking for food to enjoy some sunshine.

OSWEGO, NY – The average temperature for April 216 was a cool 41.8 degrees, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

A bird takes a break from pecking for food to enjoy some sunshine.
A bird takes a break from pecking for food to enjoy some sunshine.

“That was 3.6 degrees below average,” he said. “It’s the first below average monthly temperature that we’ve had in a real long time.”

The highest temperature was 75 degrees on the 21st. The lowest was 20 on the 5th.

April had a single day where the high was in the 70s. The high was in the 60s on 4 days and in the 50s on 7 days.

The overnight low sank below freezing 10 times in April.

There were no records set.

Total precipitation for the month came in at 2.23 inches. That is 1.10 inches below average.

For the year, the precipitation (12.13 inches) is just 0.85-inch below normal.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period happened over the 11th and 12th – 0.70-inch.

Snowfall for April, 7.4 inches, was 3.1 inches above average. But at the end of April, snowfall for the winter was just 80.3 inches. That is 70.5 inches below normal, Gregway said.

The greatest snowfall in a 24-hour period was 6.3 inches that fell on the 3rd and 4th.

Snow pellets were recorded once during April.

Measurable precipitation fell on 12 days with a string of 4 in a row.

There was a trace on 3 days.

And, no precipitation was recorded on 15 days with a streak of 7 consecutive days.

There were no thunderstorms, which is 1 below average. And there were no foggy days, also 1 below average.

April saw 55 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 4 percentages above average.

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

The number of partly cloudy days, 9, was 1 above average.

The number of clear days, 8, was average.

“We had a string of 4 completely clear days in a row,” Gregway said. “That’s rather unusual for April.”

The highest barometric pressure was 30.50 on the 13th. The lowest was 29.32 on the 7th.

The strongest winds were west-northwesterly, greater than 30 mph, on the 8th. They were also in the 30 mph range on the 3rd.

April 2015 was just 0.5-degree warmer.

The high was 81 and the low was 23.

Precipitation was 0.19-inch below average.

Snowfall for the month was 2.7 inches below average. And, it was 144.0 inches for the winter; 6.8 inches below where it should be.

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), and 1874.

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.