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Nick Diller weather summary: April 2017, dry and warm

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By Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Life In the Berkshires

Great Barrington — Record warmth and dry conditions characterized April 2017. The month tied 1991 and 1998 as the warmest Aprils in the now 52 years of record keeping. Temperatures exceeded 80 four times including a record high of 86 on the 11th and a near record on Easter Sunday. But the key was no real cold temperatures. The lows were not as low.

The average low reading is 34 but because of many cloudy nights this year’s reading was 41, which is seven degrees warmer. Only 6 days did we see completely fair weather 24 hours.

On the precipitation side, April came in slightly below average. And this worked out very well because the snows of March melted more slowly. For April, snow and sleet measured 1.4 inches compared to an average of 2.4 and 10 inches one year ago.

So, the weather conditions for the month gone by turned out to be just right for slow flowering of plants and fruit trees.

If we can get through May with no frost — typically we might get a frost in the middle of the month — we should be good for a nice harvest this fall.

Have a wonderful month.

 

   DATE HI TEMP LO TEMP      SKY RAIN SNOW                              COMMENTS
1-Apr-17 40 34 CLOUDY 1 SLEET EARLY AM (.05) DRIZZLE PM
2-Apr-17 58 36 CHANGING BECOMING PCLDY AT SUNRISE.
3-Apr-17 63 30 CHANGING PCLDY DAY. MCLDY EVENING
4-Apr-17 50 39 CLOUDY 0.84 RAIN MODERATE MIDNIGHT TIL 9 THEN MORE RAIN AND DRIZZLE AFT.
5-Apr-17 51 39 CHANGING 0.05 LIGHT RAIN DRIZZLE AM. FAIR AFT.
6-Apr-17 47 37 CLOUDY 0.36 PERIODS OF RAIN. THUNDERSH 6P.
7-Apr-17 48 35 CLOUDY 0.06 0.4 BREEZY WITHN SHOWERS. LIGHT SNOW (.04) LATE PM
8-Apr-17 49 35 CHANGING WINDY . A FEW FLURRIES AM. PCLDY PM
9-Apr-17 68 25 FAIR
10-Apr-17 80 35 FAIR
11-Apr-17 86 46 FAIR BREEZY RECORD HIGH TEMO.
12-Apr-17 62 45 CHANGING 0.12 CLOUDING UP AT SUNRISE. RAIN LATE AM. WINDY PM.
13-Apr-17 57 37 CHANGING VCLDY WINDY
14-Apr-17 62 30 FAIR
15-Apr-17 68 28 CHANGING 0.02 FAIR AM. PCLDY TO MCLDY AFT. RAIN SHOWWER LATE AFT. CLEARING EARLY EVENING.
16-Apr-17 85 49 CHANGING 0.22 FAIR DAY. SHOWERS, WIND 6P THEN FAIR.
17-Apr-17 66 48 CHANGING 0.05 EARLY AM SHOWER THEN FAIR. BREEZY
18-Apr-17 62 35 FAIR
19-Apr-17 53 42 CHANGING 0.16 CLOUDING UP MID AM. RAIN 6P TIL LATE EVENING.
20-Apr-17 67 44 CHANGING 0.14 CLOUDING UP MID AFT. RAIN LATE EVENING
21-Apr-17 53 46 CLOUDY 0.42 RAIN TIL 6A. THEN OCCASIONAL DRIZZLE
22-Apr-17 55 46 CHANGING MCLDY SPRINKLES. PCLDY PM.
23-Apr-17 70 35 FAIR
24-Apr-17 74 35 CHANGING FAIR DAY. CLOUDING UP LATE PM.
25-Apr-17 57 49 CLOUDY 0.26 HI TEMP 12:01A. LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS TIL MIDNIGHT. WINDY.
26-Apr-17 67 49 CHANGING 0.15 PERIODS OF LIGHT RAIN AM. BECOMING PCLDY AFT. MCLDY EVENING
27-Apr-17 70 56 CHANGING 0.02 LIGHT RAIN AND DRIZZLE AM. PCLDY PM
28-Apr-17 81 60 CHANGING CLOUDY SPRNKLES til 9A. THEN CLEARING. A FAIR DAY WITH LIGHT WINDS.
29-Apr-17 77 57 CHANGING CLOUDS LIFTING TO PCLDY MID AM. TURNING WINDY AND COOLER AFTERNOON
30-Apr-17 59 42 CHANGING 0.47 CLOUDING UP MID AM. THUNDERSOWER MID DAY. LIGHT SHOWERS AFT.H
63 41 3.34 1.4 AVERAGE: Temperature: 59/34   Mean-46.5   Precip: Rain 3.61″ Snow 2.4″
Snow Melt 0.09

 


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