With fits and spits of drizzle and mist falling from the sky yesterday afternoon, the weather was more befitting of late March than late April. Doesn't help the high yesterday was just 51 degrees, coolest day since April 12th locally and fifteen degrees below normal for this time of the year. East breezes and an overcast sky that wouldn't budge will do that.
Occasional chilly days in late April aren't terribly unusual, however. Last year's high in Philadelphia on the 23rd was 50 degrees...we at least did not undo that. Two years ago, April 22nd's high was 52. In fact, you have to go back to 1994 before you run into a year where we avoided a high in the 50's during the last ten days of April. These chilled days do happen...sometimes in bunches like this year...but usually a day or two of such weather is not unusual in late April.
With today's highs likely to get into the lower and middle 70's across the region, yesterday's chill may end up being forgotten by most of us. If you want the memory to linger a bit longer, here are a few photos from yesterday's chill taken out at Rivercrest Golf Course in Upper Providence, Montgomery County, to remind you of raw, rotten late April weather.