An A+ April
Fourteen major climate sites had a record warm April (highlighted in yellow).
A+ means top achieving and this April was definitely that when it came to temperatures! Of the region’s 35 major climate sites, 14 sites ranked this April as their warmest on record and the other 21 sites ranked it among their top 10 warmest on record. Average temperatures ranged from 2.6°F above normal in Caribou, ME, to 7.2°F above normal in Scranton, PA. For the Northeast, average temperatures ranged from near normal in Maine to more than 6°F above normal in portions of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware, with most areas 2°F to 6°F above normal.
April average temperatures were warmer-than-normal for the entire Northeast.
April precipitation was near to above normal for a majority of the Northeast.
April also earned an A+ for delivering above-average precipitation to many areas, which helped drought conditions improve. Overall, April precipitation ranged from 50% of normal in Downeast Maine to more than 200% of normal in central and western New York. Twenty-one of the region’s 35 major climate sites were wetter than normal. Buffalo, NY, had its wettest April on record, with another 10 sites ranking this April among their top 20 wettest. However, Huntington, WV had its 15th driest April on record.
At the 35 major climate sites, April precipitation ranged from 53% of normal in Huntington, WV, to 212% of normal in Buffalo, NY (making it the site’s wettest April on record).
April snowfall was generally near to below normal in the Northeast, except in parts of New England.
April gets an “A(+) for effort” when it comes to snowfall. It didn’t meet expectations (aka normal) for much of the region, but it was up against record-setting warmth. Overall, April snowfall ranged from more than 6 inches below normal east of Lake Ontario in New York to more than 6 inches above normal in portions of New Hampshire and southern Maine. Of the 35 major climate sites, 29 sites received below-normal snowfall.
At the 35 major climate sites, April snowfall ranged from 3.5 inches below normal in Syracuse, NY, to 5.1 inches above normal in Portland, ME.
Will May make the grade? According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, there’s an increased chance of below-normal temperatures for southwestern New York, the western half of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and portions of Maryland. Equal chances of below-, near-, or above-normal temperatures were forecast for the rest of the Northeast. The precipitation outlook indicates increased chances of above-normal precipitation for the entire Northeast for May.
The Climate Prediction Center’s May temperature outlook shows an increased chance of below-normal temperatures for some western portions of the region (areas shaded blue).
The Climate Prediction Center’s May precipitation outlook shows can increased chance of above-normal precipitation for the Northeast (green areas on map).