Nick Diller's garden beds in Great Barrington.

Nick Diller’s Berkshire April 2020 weather summary: Gloomy

This April was the first month with average temperatures below the norm since November. Only four days were completely fair.

Great Barrington — We are ready for spring. We have all our gardening supplies ready, fertilizer ready, barrels of compost at the ready. The pepper, cucumbers, melon seeds started. Yes, we are ready! All we need is some nice spring weather. Please! Just a few days.

How to best describe April 2020 with words that can be used here? I am going to use the word gloomy. If you combine cloudy, damp and cool weather conditions with the pandemic we are in, it was indeed a gloomy month.

Yes, we’ve had weather like this before in April but not COVID-19.

This April was the first month with average temperatures below the norm since November. Twenty-one of the 30 days were colder because the month featured lots of clouds. Only four days were completely fair. And that’s what made it so gloomy.  The month finished 2 degrees below “normal,” a term I hesitate to use because the weather we’re getting now may be the new normal.

Cooler and wetter finishes winter, we hope. We had only 47 inches of snow, less than last year and the least amount since 1965 by 14 inches. But, If we discounted the 18 inches in early December, the total would have the ninth least.

So, as the Chad & Jeremy song from the mid 1960s said, “That was Yesterday’s and Yesterday’s  Gone,” so let us look forward to May, hopefully a better month.