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January, 2018
    
The new year started off with a bang with the coldest temperatures ever reported here in Syracuse for the first day of any year.  Reading dropped to a record -15.  Temperatures warmed to 62 degrees on Friday January 12 only to drop 75 degrees by late Saturday night with a low of -13 degrees reported for January 14.  Flash freezes were the order of the weekend with amazing footage of cars being frozen in more than a foot of ice on Massachusetts highways.  Syracuse reported 66 consecutive hours of snow from Thursday January 4 at 6pm through Sunday January 7 at noon.  There was significant ice jam flooding in Sylvan Beach.  Snowfall for the month registered 44.5 inches.  Rainfall and melted snow together measured 3.13 inches, a bit less than normal,  The average temperature for January was 21.5, a little more than two degrees colder than usual.  Readings ranged from 62 to -15.  A wind gust of 48 mph was measured on January 23. 
  
Records for the month:  Record low of -15 degrees on January 1.
February, 2018
    
February was a fairly quiet month for Central New York.  We smashed the all-time February and winter high temperature record on February 21 when the mercury climbed to an amazing 75 degrees!  For the month, readings ranged from 75 to 9.  Close to 24 inches of snow fell during February.  Rain and melted snow came in at 2.94", close to an inch below normal. 
  
Records for the month:  Record February and winter high temperature of 75 degrees set on February 21.  Record high temperature of 69 degrees on February 20.
March, 2018
    
March was a very active month for Central New York with lots of snowfall reported. A total of 43.6 inches of snow were measured during the month, a month that featured three nor'easters. Even though the last, third storm did not directly impact us, there was still a fair amount of lake-effect snow. For the second consecutive year and for the eighth time since records began in 1902, March was significantly colder than February. For the second time since records began March featured both colder temperatures and more snow then the preceding February. The average temperature for the month was 30.8 degrees, 3.4 degrees colder than normal. Temperatures ranged from a near-record 8 degrees to 54 degrees. Rain and melting snow came in at 3.86 inches, close to one inch more than normal. The seasonal snowfall total climbed to 151.1 inches. There was as much as 17 inches of snow on the ground at points during the month. The month went out like a lion with wind gusts of 46 miles per hour recorded on the 31st.  
April, 2018
    
Temperatures through the first three weeks of April were only slightly warmer than those recorded in February.  April will go into the record books as a brutal month for the region with readings more than 7 degrees colder than normal.  The average monthly temperature was 39.5 degrees. Snow was still causing school delays in Cazenovia on the last day of the month! Readings ranged from 19 degrees on April 19 to 72 degrees on April 24.  April 19 is also the average date for the first grass cut of the season here.  Grass cutting was delayed! An additional 2.5 inches of snow fell during April, pushing the season's final snow tally to 153.6 inches. A wind gust of 58 mph was recorded on April 4.  
May, 2018
    
May 2018 was a dry, warm month for Central New York with no reports of severe weather.  After a very cold March and April, temperatures rebounded during May.  The average temperature for the month was just shy of 63 degrees, more than five degrees warmer than normal.  Readings ranged from 32 on May 1 to 90 on May 30.  Rainfall for the month came in at 1.90 inches, 1.32 inches less than usual.  A wind gust of 52 mph was recorded on May 4.  The grass cutting season got underway a full two weeks later than normal on May 10.
  
Records for the month:  Record high temperature of 88 on May 2.
June, 2018
    
June was a fairly quiet month with no major instances of severe weather.  Most sections of Central New York were abnormally dry by month's end.  Rainfall for the month was actually a bit more than usual with 3.55" of rain measured.  More than a third of the monthly rainfall came on June 1.  Temperatures were one degree cooler than normal with an average monthly temperature of 65.6 degrees.  Temperatures ranged from 46 degrees to 94 degrees. 
  
Records for the month: None
July, 2018
    
A prolonged stretch of intense heat led to a partial collapse of a railroad bridge in downtown Syracuse on July 5.  There was a thermal expansion of concrete and steel.  On the same day, a lane of southbound Interstate 81 had to be closed after sections of the pavement expanded causing the joints to split apart and buckle.  July was quite warm with an average temperature of 73.7 (+2.37 degrees).  Temperatures ranged from 96 degrees on June 2 and 16 to 50 degrees on July 7.  An extended dry spell through mid-month staved off any potential flooding from the heavy rain that fell later on.  Rainfall for the month came in at 4.25 inches, about  a half inch more than usual.  Six 90+ degree days were reported, pushing the season's total to 10.
  
Records for the month: None

 

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