Our unbelievable stretch of cold, wet, and wintry weather persists as we head into the third weekend of April. Once again we’re dealing with a thin coating of snow with snowflakes flying around and raw northwest winds that are keeping wind chill indices in the teens and 20s. For the 9th time in 19 days so far this month, it appears we’ll be settling for high temperatures in the 30s today. There’s actually a chance that we’ll set a record today for the coldest high temperature on this date which in Rochester is 36° set in 1939. As skies clear tonight and winds diminish, we’re expecting to have some radiational cooling that will allow our temperatures to drop to the low 20s which is almost 20 degrees colder than normal for this time of he year. The record low for Saturday morning in Rochester is 21° set in 1956 and the forecast for tomorrow is 22°, so that record looks to be in striking distance.
High pressure Saturday will provide us with enough sunshine to warm us into the 40s which is a little closer to what we might consider April weather. Thus far, it’s been hardly April-like this month as our mean temperature through 18 days is 36.0° which is colder than the coldest mean April temperature of 37.6° which occurred in 1950, so we’re on pace to have the coldest April in Rochester history. However, temperatures are expected to slowly climb in the coming days with mostly 40s for highs in next week, but possibly some 50s late in the month, so it’ll be interesting to see how high that mean temperature will climb.
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This post was written by tschmidt on April 19, 2013