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September 19, 2018

Fall 2010 Was Warmer Than Average


OSWEGO, NY – Old Man Winter arrived at 6:38 p.m. Dec. 21 and was greeted by an abundance of autumn snow.

Despite the snow, the average temperature for fall was 52.7 degrees. That is 1.5 degrees warmer than average, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

For the purpose of his reporting, Gregway breaks the seasons into 4 3-month blocks with fall being September, October and November.

The calendar still said “fall.” But recently it did seem more like winter. A worker clears snow off the sidewalk going over the East Albany Street bridge. Compared to some other places around the area, Oswego really hasn't received that much snow.

The calendar still said “fall.” But recently it did seem more like winter. A worker clears snow off the sidewalk going over the East Albany Street bridge. Compared to some other places around the area, Oswego really hasn't received that much snow.

The fall’s highest temperature was 91 degrees on Sept. 3 and the lowest was 25 degrees on Nov. 21.

The Oswego area was spared the huge snowfalls other places received, Gregway said.

“We only received 0.7-inch. That’s 8.8 inches below where an average fall should be,” he noted.

Precipitation, however, was 14.93 inches. That is 2.52 inches higher than normal.

“We had precip on 52 days and no precip on 39 days,” Gregway said.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period occurred on Sept. 5 when 2.86 inches was recorded. Also that month, 0.86-inch on the 27th and 0.63-inch on the 16th helped push up that month’s total.

The other months say totals like 0.73-inch, 0.71-inch and 0.78-inch.

“We could say it was a wet fall,” Gregway said. “It wasn’t really a washout. It came in spurts.”

At the end of fall, the total precipitation since the first of the year was 43.43 inches. That is 4.30 inches above average.

The first snowfall was a bit late (0.6-inch) arriving on Nov. 27.

The number of cloudy days, 50, was 3 above normal.

The number of partly cloudy days, 32, was 7 above normal.

The number of clear days, 9, was 10 below normal.

The area received 40 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That’s just 1 percentage below average.

There were 3 thunderstorm days during the fall. That is 1 below average. And, there was 1 foggy day, which is 1 below average.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.52 on Nov. 2 and 21. The lowest was 29.45 on Nov. 5.

“In September, we set 3 high temperature records and a monthly precipitation record,” Gregway said.

September 1 saw at 90-degree reading, a 91-dgree reading on the 3rd and 89 degrees on the 24th.

It also broke the record of most precipitation (7.55 inches set in 1975) with a total of 8.64 inches.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 2.86 inches over Sept. 4 and 5.

On Oct. 28, there were water spouts spotted on Lake Ontario, Gregway said.

Also, there was a light scattered frost on the 13th, away from the lake, he said.

On Nov. 1, there was a light scattered frost in the city, he added.

“The temperature hit 32 degrees for the first time, ending our growing season at 291 days,” Gregway said.

Very strong winds hit the area on the 17th and the first hard freeze was recorded on the 21st.

All 3 fall months were rather windy, Gregway added.

The highest winds were recorded, at the college, west-northwesterly gusting at greater than 65 mph on Nov. 17.

“I’m a bit more inland,” Gregway said. “So, at the weather station, I only recorded speeds of around 45 mph. It was a very windy fall.”

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