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September 25, 2018

It was “A Very Nice” Average Spring


OSWEGO, NY – All in all, spring 2013 “was just plain average,” according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

Summer arrives at 1:04 a.m. on Friday, June 21, Gregway said.

A worker mows the grass in the parking area across from Oswego Speedway at sunset one warm spring day.

A worker mows the grass in the parking area across from Oswego Speedway at sunset one warm spring day.

For purposes of his record keeping, Gregway breaks the seasons into four three-month blocks with spring being March, April and May.

The average temperature for the spring of 2013 was 46.8 degrees. That is 1.9 degrees warmer than average.

“It’s no biggie. Dating back to 1854, it’s the 13th warmest on record,” Gregway said. “However, the warmest on record, 51.7 degrees, is 2012.”

The highest temperature was a balmy 86 degrees on May 31. The lowest was frosty 17 degrees that came twice within one week in March – on the 14th and then on the 18th.

There were no records set, Gregway noted.

Total precipitation for the spring months came in at 7.63 inches. That is 2.22 inches below average.

Measurable precipitation fell on 54 days and no precipitation fell on 38 days.

Snowfall amounted to a mere 12.9 inches, which is 10.7 inches less than where it should be, Gregway added.

At the end of the spring months, the snowfall total for the winter wound up at 104.3 inches. That is 46.5 inches below normal.

The number of cloudy days, 44, was average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 34, was 8 more than average.

And, the number of clear days, 14, was 8 below average.

The area received 47 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 4 percentages below normal.

Fog rolls in and obscures the Port City skyline in early May.

Fog rolls in and obscures the Port City skyline in early May.

“March was a real cloudy month,” Gregway said. “That dragged down the other two.”

There were four thunderstorms. That is one below average.

Spring had four foggy days, and that is average.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.67 on April 21. The lowest, 29.41, was recorded a couple days earlier, on April 19.

“It was a very windy spring,” Gregway said. “There were a few days when the winds really blew. The strongest was westerly, greater than 40 mph on April 24 and south-southeasterly, also greater than 40 mph, on April 18.”

The last frost at the weather station was recorded on May 14 when the temperature dipped to 34 degrees. The last time the temperature was below freezing was on April 22 when it hit 31 degrees.

“May was the sixth warmest; but, the other two, not so warm,” Gregway said. “It was kind of an average spring, maybe just a little bit on the cool side. The temperatures held back some of the blossoms. But the blossoms lingered a while longer because of the coolness. We had a very nice spring.”

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