Our yearlong streak of above normal temperatures each month has come to an end in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area.
The warmer than normal temperatures each month started last April.
During April 2015, our temperature was 1.1° warmer than normal for the month. For many, it was a welcome change after one of the coldest winters we’ve had in quite some time. February that year was the 3rd coldest February with an average temperature of 17.7°.
Each month from April onward featured above normal temperatures. Most notably, December 2015 was a month to remember. Our average temperature was 13.8° warmer than normal for that month.
The warm stretch continued all winter. While some areas did see a snowy winter, many of us saw a fairly quiet season. Williamsport for some perspective only had 7.7” of snow all season. Normally they see about 36”.
Here are some stats for April 2016 (for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton): The average temperature was 47.7°. We had 2.2″ of snow along with a few days of flurries. The area had 2.69″ of rain, which is -0.64″ from normal. Our temperature for the month was -0.9° below normal.
Even though the streak may be over, a warm-up heading into the summer is possible. Last week the Climate Prediction Center released the three month temperature outlook for May, June and July.
This seasonal forecast shows that our area could see a warmer than normal start to summer.