April 2014 will be remembered as a cool month that saved the maple syrup season by extending our colder than normal temperatures. For anyone looking for an extended period of warm spring days it was a big disappointment.
The average high temperature was 54.1 degrees and the average low was 27.1 degrees giving us an average temperature of 40.6 degrees, 2.0 degrees below normal and the seventh coolest on record. The coldest April on record was in 1982 when the average temperature was 38.0 degrees and the warmest was in 2010 when the average was 47.2 degrees. The highest temperature, 76 degrees, was recorded on April 14 and the lowest temperature, 19 degrees, was recorded on April 17. There were 703.5 degree days, bringing our seasonal total to 7381.5 degrees.
Melted precipitation for the month was 3.39 inches, only 0.21 inches below normal. This brings our seasonal total to 12.67 inches, 0.26 inches above normal. There was measurable precipitation on 10 days with the largest amount, 1.32 inches, falling on April 15.
Snowfall for the month was only 0.4 inches, 3.4 inches below normal. Seasonal snowfall is now 79.2 inches which is only 0.7 inches above normal. Thus the Winter of 2013-2014 was a long, colder than normal Winter but not a Winter with a large amount of snow.
The Hudson River reached its highest level, 11.54 feet, at 12:30 a.m. on the April 16. This level is 1.54 feet above flood stage causing some roads in the area to be covered with water but causing little or no damage. This was the highest level since the flood of April 28, 2011 when the river reached a record level of 13.65 feet. The river reached its lowest level, 4.20 feet, on April 1.