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September 22, 2018

Spring 2016 Quietly Came in Warm and Dry


OSWEGO, NY – Spring 2016, “Wasn’t much of a spring to talk about,” according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

As temperatures flirted with 90 degrees prior to the first day of summer, many cooled off at Lake Ontario.

As temperatures flirted with 90 degrees prior to the first day of summer, many cooled off at Lake Ontario.

Spring 2016 goes into the record books drier and a tad warmer than average. Summer begins at 6:35 p.m. on Monday (June 20).

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

The average temperature was 45.9 degrees. That is 0.9-degree higher than average.

That’s a little bit of surprise. I figured it would come in slightly cooler,” Gregway said.

The highest temperature was 85 degrees on May 28 and the coldest was 11 degrees on March 3.

There were no records set.

The last 32 degrees or below at the weather station was 30 degrees on April 14 when it hit 30 degrees; the start of the growing season.  The last frost was recorded on March 30

Total precipitation for the spring came in at 6.51 inches. That is 3.23 inches below average.

Things have been very dry,” Gregway said. “We’ve been on the dry side for a while now.”

Snowfall was 10.4 inches. That is 13.2 inches less than a normal spring.

At the end of spring, total snowfall came in at just 80.3 inches. That’s 70.5 inches below an average winter’s total.

Measurable precipitation was recorded on 45 days and no precipitation fell on 47 days.

“That’s a bit unusual,” Gregway noted. “Spring time is usually rainy.”

Spring had 40 cloudy days, 4 below average.

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

Clear days, 18, were 4 below average.

The area saw 50 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 2 percentages below normal.

There were 3 thunderstorms, which is 2 below average.

There were 5 foggy days, which is 1 more than average.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.50 on April 13 and the lowest was 29.32 on April 7.

Spring’s strongest winds were westerly at greater than 35 mph on March 2.

“We had a couple that were greater than 30 mph in both April and May,” Gregway said. “And, some sustained winds, 3 or 4 days at a time.”

It was a dry spring, he said, adding, “The blossoms came out pretty well and the farmers started haying in early June. All in all, it was a pretty average spring.”

Last spring was pretty similar, he pointed out.

It was 45.3 degrees, “a shade cooler” and “the precipitation was 2.19 inches below average.”

The highest temperature was 88 degrees and the lowest was 3 degrees in 2015.

The warmest spring is 51.7 degrees in 2012. In second place is 50.8 degrees in 2010. It was 49.2 degrees in 1998 and 1987.

The coolest spring on record is 36.4 degrees in 1885. That’s followed by 37.9 degrees in 1926 and 38.0 in 1888.

The wettest spring is 2002 with 15.52 inches.

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