Although no snow fell at the Albany International Airport during the month of April, 2012, a few of the nights during the month would have been cold enough to have featured some had there been some moisture availability. On the other hand, a mid-month bout of late spring and early summer weather also added a counterpoint to the chilly conditions experienced toward the beginning and end of the month respectively. In addition, a soaking rainfall during the mid month period also helped ease the precipitation deficit for the year so far.
- TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION SUMMARY
Unlike its predecessor, the month of April only saw one record high temperature be broken at the Albany International Airport. On April 16, the mercury reached a sizzling 91 degrees (a dry 91 degrees though, as dewpoints were quite low). This broke the old record of 89, which had been set in 2002. This was the also the highest temperature recorded during the month. The lowest temperature recorded was 29 degrees on April 30.
The average monthly temperature for April, 2012, was 48.1 degrees. This is three tenths (0.3) of a degree above the normal mean temperature of 47.8 degrees. This was despite the mercury plunging to or below the freezing mark (32 degrees) for overnight lows 11 out of the 30 days of the month.
Despite a burst of precipitation deposited in the rain gauge at the airport around the middle of the month, the monthly liquid equivalent precipitation totaled 2.97 inches. This comes in at 0.20 inches below the normal of 3.17 inches.
No snowfall was recorded during the month. This is 2.3 inches below the monthly average. For the sake of comparison, since July 1, 2011, only 23.3 inches of snow has fallen at Albany. This is a sizeable 35.7 inches below the normal of 59 inches!
- WIND DATA AND SUMMARY
April’s average wind speed at the Albany International Airport was 9.5 MPH. The highest sustained wind speed was 35 MPH from the west northwest (290 degree direction on the compass) on the 27th. The strongest gust during the month was recorded on the 9th , from the west northwest as well (280 degree direction on the compass), at 45 MPH readings respectively. The wind gusted to over 30 MPH on 14 days out of the 30 days of the month.
- GENERAL WEATHER SUMMARY
The month of April 2012 began and ended with upper complex low pressure systems that plagued the area, only to be followed by cold Canadian high pressure areas that brought gusty winds and chilly air. In addition, upper level impulses rotating around these large and complex weather makers, were responsible for the production of hail producing showers on the 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, and 28th of the month.
The middle of the month, namely from the 14th to the 17th, saw a pronounced warm up across the region with the mercury climbing well above seasonal averages. This was followed by a coastal storm that impacted the region through the period of the 21st through the 23rd, depositing a total of 2.82 of the 2.97 inches of total precipitation that fell during the month!
The month would end on a cold and chilly note, with gusty winds and chilly nights. This caused some concern across portions of the region with the growing season having commenced. Frost and freeze warnings were issued as the mercury dipped below 32 degrees 4 of the last 5 nights of the month.
The climate data used for this article was obtained from various products issued by the National Weather Service at Albany, NY via the following link: