Sunday, May 06, 2012

Weather Rewind -- April 29th-May 5th, 2012

Last week's temperatures were warmer...and more typical for this time of the year despite a predominately cloudy week thanks to the influence of the Atlantic and a stalled/slow moving frontal boundary that couldn't quite completely clear out of the region one way (last week trying to warm up) or the other (Saturday with the "cool" push).  Temperatures averaged out to a degree above normal for the whole of the week.

Rainfall totaled just under a half inch at the Airport -- thanks to rains that moved through Tuesday morning and drizzle/showers on Wednesday night into Thursday...before dying thunder moved through Philadelphia late Friday night and brought a final near tenth of an inch.   Rainfall amounts were slightly more robust to the north and northwest of town -- Reading and Allentown picked up 0.67", while Trenton picked up 1.40" of rain since Tuesday from showers/storms.

April's temperatures were more in line with reality for our part of the world -- for many locations in the Northeast and Great Lakes, this resulted in a cooler April than March.   While this didn't happen here locally in Philadelphia, it did occur as close to us as Scranton...and some locations saw April temperatures two degrees cooler than what the average was in March.    Nationally, the core of the warmth was in the Plains...generally from Colorado to West Texas...with cooler or more "typical" April conditions in our region and along the West Coast.