Monday April 30

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June 2018
Last Updated: 5PM April 30, 2018
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Winter Recap
5PM April 30th

This winter Kingstonsnows issued its first season snow forecast ever. The forecast was issued on December 12th and called for "a slightly above average" season with a forecast total of 48 inches of snow. Heading into the month of April, the actual season total stood at 48.6 inches on April 2nd. But, with temperatures running about 5 degrees below average for the month, we managed to eek in two additional light snow events and nudge the season's actual total up to 51.6 inches. 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 April 30th was 33.3 degrees, which is right about 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.
  • April Snows: Below average temperatures persisted into the Month of April, setting the stage for multiple snow events. Three storms produced a total of 5.3 inches of snow through April 16th, making this the latest running winter season since at least 2005.

Expect the cold, snowy weather of the last month to quickly disappear as we head into the month of May. Beginning tomorrow, temperatures this week will soar into the upper 70s and 80s. As of right now the warmest temperature of 2018 is STILL the 76 degrees from February 21st, however this should change by Wednesday. The general outlook for May features near-average to above-average temperatures.

Enjoy the summer!

Regular forecasts will resume in the autumn. Summer severe weather updates will be posted on the Facebook page as needed.

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