OSWEGO, NY – Spring 2015 goes into the record books drier and a tad warmer than average. Summer begins at 12:38 p.m. on Sunday (June 21).
Overall, it was a rather nice spring and quite a bit like last year, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.
For reporting purposes, Gregway breaks the seasons into four three-month blocks with spring being March, April and May.
The average temperature was 45.3 degrees. That is just 0.4-degree above average.
Spring’s highest temperature was 88 degrees on May 9 and the lowest was 3 degrees on March 6.
There were no records set.
“The precipitation was down. We had 7.66 inches. That’s 2.19 inches below average, Gregway said. “We’ve been running a deficit (this year), but I think June will do a lot to close the gap.”
All three of the months were below average in precipitation this spring, he added.
Total snowfall was 11.6 inches. That is 12.0 inches below normal. At the end of spring, total snowfall for the winter came in at 144.0 inches. That is 6.8 inches below average.
Measurable precipitation fell on 50 days and no precipitation on 42 days.
The number of cloudy days, 40, was four below average.
The number of partly cloudy days, 35, was nine above average.
The number of clear days, 17, was five below average.
The area received 51 percent of the possible amount of sunshine for the spring season. That is just one percentage below average.
The highest barometric pressure was 30.63 on March 12. The lowest was 29.51 on April 20.
The strongest winds were southeasterly at greater than 35 mph on April 20. There also were some 25 mph and 30 mph in the other months, Gregway noted.
April 25 was the last frost, it was also the last time the temperature was 32 degrees or colder, Gregway said.
There were five thunderstorms, which is average.
There were 10 foggy days, which is six above average.
“Our spring was dry and above average temperature-wise,” Gregway said. “We ended up in a three-way tie for 23rd warmest since 1854. So, it really wasn’t a biggie.”
The warmest spring is 51.7 degrees in 2012. In second place is 50.8 degrees in 2010.
The coolest spring on record is 36.4 degrees in 1885.