April 2019 Northeast Summary
The heart of spring was unseasonably warm and rather wet in the Northeast. April began with high pressure floating overhead which kept things quite cool to start. Then, a coastal low trekked north and hit the eastern half of New England with a good deal of rainfall on the 3rd, with around a 0.50” for most. The ensuing cold front knocked temperatures back some and consequently set the stage for a small wintry event on the 5th.
What Makes for a Bad Allergy Season?
As we approach the midway point of spring, we are also at the peak of allergy season. Millions of people suffer from sneezing, coughing, runny nose and itchy eyes this time of the year. And while each person reacts differently, there are a few factors that can lead to an enhanced allergy season.
Vacationing during Hurricane Season?
Lower Price, Higher Risk
Summer is right around the corner. And that means hot days by the pool, ice cold lemonade, and perhaps a more affordable family getaway. Destinations from the Carolinas to the Caribbean Islands typically offer big time discounts around late summer into early fall. But, before you swipe your credit card, understand that lower price can mean higher risk.
Potholes: Everyone's Favorite in Spring
Okay, okay. We know potholes aren’t actually everyone’s favorite thing when spring rolls around (they might even be up there with cold, cloudy days in May). But if you are one of 83% of Americans who drive a car regularly (according to this 2018 Gallup poll), you do have to deal with them in your travels… especially around the time that winter transitions to spring.
Severe Weather Season is Here.
Well, it looks like the Midwest has escaped the grip of Old Man Winter and spring has finally arrived. We now get to look forward to warmer temperatures, longer evenings, and plenty of outdoor activities. However, at the same time, severe weather becomes a concern for this part of the country. And while the Midwest can get severe weather at just about any time of the year, April – June are usually the busiest months.
It Can Snow in April!
While it doesn’t happen all that often, it still can snow in April here in the Northeast. In fact, just last April, parts of the I-95 corridor saw a minor accumulation of snow. However, there have been some very memorable April snowstorms. One in particular really stands out and that occurred April 6 – 7th, 1982. Central Park received 9.6” of snow, 13.3” fell in Boston, while 14.1” of snow fell in Hartford. Meanwhile, the storm produced over 13 inches of snow in Albany while parts of the Catskills received almost 2 feet!!
March 2019 Tamer than 2018
Unlike last year’s quadruple punch of storms, this March by comparison was much tamer to say the least. It did indeed came in like a lion with a legitimate coastal storm but quickly calmed out to a smoother and seasonable pattern by the second half of the month. Most I-95 cities actually had a snowier than normal month (by double for some) but seasonal totals ended around or below average.
Teeing Off into Spring!
All seems well under the lengthening day but that long-awaited opportunity quickly fades as the clouds above cast their shadow upon on the world below. Lightning strikes and thunder echoes in the distance… "Is my day over?" A landscaper asks on a phone call with WeatherWorks. "No." says the meteorologist, "Just a passing front for 30 - 45 min; the rest of the day will be dry."