OSWEGO, NY – Spring 2014 goes into the record book a little cooler than average. But, it wasn’t as cold as Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service, thought it would be.
Summer finally arrives at 6:51 a.m. Saturday (June 21).
For the purpose of his reports, Gregway breaks the seasons into four three-month blocks with March, April and May being spring.
The average temperature for the spring was 43.2 degrees. That is 1.7 degrees cooler than average.
“I thought it was going to be a lot cooler,” Gregway said. “March was like almost 7 degrees cooler than normal.”
The highest temperature this spring was 84 degrees on May 9 and the coldest was -2 degrees on March 6.
“We tied the high temperature record for May 15 (83 degrees in 1907),” Gregway added.
The last frost was on April 20 when it hit 30 degrees.
Total precipitation for the spring was 9.96 inches. That is 0.11-inch above average.
Measurable precipitation fell on 54 days and no precipitation fell on 38 days.
Spring 2014 had 21.4 inches of snow. That is 2.2 inches below average.
Since the first of the year until the end of spring, total precipitation stands at 16.01, which is 0.46-inch below average. And snowfall was 154.5 inches. That is 3.7 inches more than normal.
The number of cloudy days, 41, was 3 below average.
The number of partly cloudy days, 42, was 16 above average.
The number of clear days, 9, was 13 below average.
Sunshine amounted to 44 percent of possible. That is 8 percentages below normal for spring.
There were 5 thunderstorm days, which is 1 above average.
There were 6 foggy days, which, is 2 above average.
The highest barometric pressure was 30.67 on March 5. The lowest was 29.25 on March 12 with 29.26 close behind on April 8.
Spring’s strongest winds were north-northeasterly at greater than 45 mph on March 12.
“We had a lot of winds in the 30 mph range during the other two months,” Gregway said. “It was a windy spring.”
The warmest spring on record (since 1855) is 51.7 degrees in 2012. That’s followed by 50.8 degrees in 2010 and 49.2 degrees in 1998 and 1987.
The coolest is 1885, which came in at 36.4 degrees. That’s followed by 37.9 degrees in 1926 and 38.0 in 1888.
The wettest spring in the past 45 years is 2002 with 15.52 inches.
“It was a cool spring. The lake was cold. It prolonged the flowers and blossoms,” Gregway said. “It was beautiful; everything seemed to burst out all at once in May. It was really nice, but late.”