Can you believe 2018 is almost over? It's been another interesting year of weather in our local areas. Here are some of the highlights:
We started the New Year at -22°, which turned out to be the coldest day of the year. Almost six months to the day later, a high of 97° on July 2nd. 2018 is best known for these temperaures. We not only saw some crazy stretches of cold and warmth, they often occurred close together. April was one of the coldest on record, with temperatures 7.2 degrees below average. This was followed by a record warm May, with temperatures 5.1 degrees above average. That's a 12 degree swing in temperature in the spring, on top of the usual warming that happens in spring!
The summer was one of the hottest we've had in decades. From the extreme heat, we saw 14 days at or above 90 degrees. An average year sees only 5 days. The odds of getting a day at or aobe 95 is only one out of every 4 years. This year, we saw three days at or above 95!
Summer lasted into fall, which turned abruptly into winter. November ended up being one of the coldest and snowiest on record. Things settled down in December.
Overall 5 months were above average, 5 months were average, and 2 months were below average.
Winter's end in 2018 was quite active. The largest snowstorm for Utica was 17.2" on March 2nd. That month was active, with several nor'easters swinging up the coast. We didn't get hit with all of them, but it was enough to put our 2017-2018 season snowfall total over 100".
The summer featured a borderline drought early, but we did manage to close the gap with rainfall during the second half.
Precipitation for the year totaled about 39". This is about 4" below average. The driest month was June with 1.6" of rain. The wettest month was October with 5.1" of rainfall.