Monday April 2

Cool and Active April Pattern

School Forecast through:
Friday April 6th
Last Updated: 1PM Monday April 2, 2018
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The Forecast
1PM April 2nd

The 2.6 inches of snow that fell from 4am to 11am brings the season snow total up to 48.6 inches. Clouds will thin this afternoon and temperatures will rebound into the 40s.

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Looking ahead, we will remain in a relatively cool and active weather pattern for at least the first half of April. Beginning tomorrow afternoon we can expect to be impacted by some form of precipitation roughly every 3 to 5 days through the next two weeks. Most of these potential systems look to produce light rain. Generally speaking, we can expect temperatures to rise a bit during these events and then fall in their wake. While no accumulating snow is explicitly in the forecast, we still can't completely rule out any of these storms starting or ending with some wet flakes. While some Aprils do bring shorts & tees weather, this month probably isn't one of them.



Winter Recap
1PM April 2nd

This winter Kingstonsnows issued its first ever season snow forecast. The forecast was issued on December 12th and called for "a slightly above average" season with a forecast total of 48 inches of snow. As of April 2nd, the season's actual total is 48.6 inches, which is "slightly above average". For context, the amount of snowfall in a single winter has ranged anywhere from 11 to 72 inches over the past thirteen years. The forecast was based on the science of previous years, and appears to have been endorsed by luck. The overall average temperature from December 1st through March 31st was 31.8 degrees, which is two degrees above average.

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Highlights

  • First snow: December 9th
  • New Year's Cold Wave: Very cold air the last week of December and first week of January. During these two weeks the average temperature was only 11.5 degrees, and we rang in the new year with a temperature of -10. The cold peaked at -14 degrees on January 7th. Seven daily record cold temperatures were set during this arctic outbreak.
  • January whip-lash: Less than a week after our Cold Wave temperatures rose to a maximum of 62 on January 12th. The 12th and 13th set three record warm temperatures.
  • January 17th Snowstorm: 8.0 inches; second biggest snowfall of the season.
  • February Heatwave: No notable snow events occurred in February, but the month did feature unusual warmth. The heat peaked February 21st as the temperature reached 76 degrees! This was the warmest temperature ever recorded locally in February, surpassing the previous record of 74 which was set just last year. At the time, it was only two degrees short of the warmest February temperature ever recorded in all of New York State (78) - La Guardia airport down in NYC broke the state record by recording 79 the same day.
  • February Whiplash: 1.1 inches of snow fell February 22nd. The high temperature the previous day was 76 degrees.
  • March Nor'easters: Four major nor'easters affected the northeastern states. Each one dropped a maximum of over two feet of snow in various locations keeping us on our toes, but Ulster County got pretty lucky. Of all four nor'easters the only one that really "got us" was on March 7th. 10.5 inches of snow fell during this storm making it our greatest snowfall of the season, and out 10th biggest snowfall since at least November 2004. The first nor'easter on March 2nd produced about 1.9 inches of rain in Kingston.


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