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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
August, 2018
    
Pockets of heavy rain affected parts of Central New York early in August but the Syracuse area was largely spared.  Torrential rainfalls of more than 11 inches were reported in between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes on August 13 and 14. Homes were inundated. Cars, campers, and boats were swept away. Flash flooding damaged many roads and bridges.  Just over 7 inches of rain fell in Pulaski during a four-hour period on August 14.  A 14-county State of Emergency was declared.  The Phish festival, scheduled at Watkins Glen for the August 17 - 19 weekend was cancelled due to a lack of fresh water for the 30,000 expected attendees.  Rainfall for the month here in Syracuse was 2.96 inches, a little less than usual.  Temperatures for the month averaged 72.6 degrees, close to 3 degrees warmer than normal.  Readings ranged from 92 to 53 degrees.  Smoke from western wildfires covered the skies of Central New York late in August.  There was a peak wind gust of 51 mph reported on August 6.
September, 2018
    
September was a quiet month for Central New York.  There were concerns the remnant moisture from Hurricane Florence would reach us but those remnants never reached the area. The average temperature for September was 65, some 3.5 degrees warmer than normal.  Readings ranged from 41 to a near-record 92 degrees.  The season's total number of 90+ days reached 15. The June, July, and August period featured 531 hours with dew points at or above 70 degrees, making the Summer of 2018 the region's most humid summer on record.  The previous record was 260 hours set back in 2005.  Rainfall for the month was 3.25 inches, slightly less than usual.  Close to a third of the monthly rainfall total was measured on September 10 alone.
October, 2018
    
Conditions were pleasant and mild across Central New York during the first 11 days of October.  The weather took a turn for the colder on October 12 and that cool weather continued right through to the end of the month.  Temperatures were close to 1 degree cooler than normal with an average reading of 50 degrees.  Readings ranged from 84 degrees on October 9 to 30 degrees on October 26.  October was soggy with rain falling on 24 of 31 days.  The month's rainfall tally was 4.19", about 3/4 of an inch greater than normal.  The rainy weather was one of several factors that led to a dull fall foliage season across the region. A cold front produced a 48 mph wind gust on October 15.  Only a trace of snow was recorded during October.
November, 2018
    
Anyone in Central New York holding out hope for a belated Indian Summer was in bad luck.  November 2018 was the Syracuse area's third coldest November on record.  Readings averaged 34.5 degrees, a little more than 6 degrees colder than normal.  An all-time November record low of -1 was recorded on November 23.  Reading ranged from -1 to 61 degrees.  Close to 23 inches of snow was measured with a foot of snow on the ground on November 16.  It was a rough month. 
  
Records for the month: Record daily and monthly low temperature of -1 on November 23.

 

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