April Was Warm, Light On Showers

OSWEGO, NY – April showers didn’t quite live up to expectations last month.

“It was slightly above average temperature-wise and, it was a windy month,” according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service. “But, precipitation was nearly 2 inches below average.”

The average temperature last month was 45.8 degrees. That is 1.1 degrees warmer than normal.

There was enough warmth and rain to create this pretty scene at the Ladies Home in Oswego last month.
There was enough warmth and rain to create this pretty scene at the Ladies' Home in Oswego last month.

The highest temperature was 86 degrees on the 16th and the lowest was 27 degrees on the 3rd.

The 86 was a new record high for that date. And, there was 1 day where it hit 79 degrees.

There were 3 times when the low sank below freezing, with the 27 degrees being the lowest.

The last frost was 32 degrees on the 30th.

April had an overnight low that was in the 60s and 2 that were in the 50s.

Total precipitation for the month came in at 2.14 inches. That is 1.18 inches below average.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 0.76-inch on the 21st.

Since the first of the year, total precipitation stands at 10.55 inches at the end of April. That is 2.75 inches below normal.

April had 11 days of measurable precipitation, with 7 in a row.

There were 3 days of a trace and 16 days with no precipitation, 7 of them were consecutive.

Snowfall for April was a mere 0.2-inch. That is 4.1 inches below normal.

For the winter, the snowfall wound up at 70.8 inches. That is 80.0 inches below average.

The area had snow pellets on 2 occasions and ice pellets once.

There were no thunderstorms last month, which is 1 below average.

There were no foggy days last month, either. That is also 1 below average.

The number of cloudy days, 14, was average.

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

The number of clear days, 5, was 3 below average.

The area saw 48 percent of the available amount of sunshine. That is 3 percentages below average.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.37 on the 18th and the lowest was 29.22 on the 23rd.

There was a lot of wind last month, Gregway said.

The winds were greater than 20 mph 9 times last month.

The greatest winds were north-northeasterly with gusts above 30 mph on the 22nd and westerly on the 9th.

The warmest April on record is 1878 (52.0 degrees). In second place is 51.7 degrees set in 2010 and 2008’s 50.9 degrees is right on its heels.

The coldest April was 30.1 degrees in 1926.

The highest temperature in April is 90 degrees in 1990 and the lowest is 11 degrees in 1923.

Coming in as the wettest is 1859 with 7.03 inches; and 0.61-inch in 1915 is the driest.

April 1983 holds the dubious honor of being the snowiest (17.9 inches).

“Since 1900, we have had 6 Aprils that haven’t had any snow at all,” Gregway said. “Other than that, we have usually had at least a trace. For the month, 4.3 inches is average.

April 2011 was 2.3 degrees warmer than average.

The high was 81 degrees on the 21st and the low was 30 degrees on the 6th and 15th.

There was just a trace of snow. The winter was 27.5 inches above average.

That helped make April 2011 the second wettest (April) on record going back to 1844. At 6.66 inches, it was 3.34 inches above average.

The highest winds were 35 mph.

One high temperature record was set, 78 degrees on the 28th.

Sunshine was 15 percentages below average.