SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — As the Credence Clearwater Revival song goes…”Who’ll Stop the Rain?”
Well, I don’t know who stopped the rain, but it really has shut off lately. It seemed like we couldn’t buy any dry time for the beginning of the month of May. Now, we’ve had hot weather and a long stretch of dry weather in Central New York.
Don’t get me wrong…I like dry weather as much as the next person. But a little rain would be good now and then. Plus it would help wash the pollen out of the air.
The graphic below shows that for all intents and purposes, CNY went 13 days without measurable rain at the airport in Syracuse through Tuesday (5/25).
It seems like farmers were having difficulty working in the fields in the beginning of May. Now those same fields are dusty and dry.
Just last year, Syracuse endured two stretches of 15 consecutive days without measurable rain, one in the beginning of June and the other toward the second half of September.
This month of May has also been similar to May of 2020 when the month started off unseasonably cold with a little measurable snow Mother’s Day weekend! This year Syracuse didn’t officially record any measurable snow, but in the hills south and east of Syracuse there was a little accumulating snow on the morning of the 1st and 8th!
The average high temperature the first 12 days of this month only averaged out to just over 60°, some 5° below normal! Then the switch was flipped for the past almost two weeks essentially with three 90+ degree days including a record high of 92° set back on the 20th! The last time Syracuse recorded 3 90+ degree temperatures in May was all the way back in 1977!
So how much higher was the average high temperature since the 12th? Almost 20° warmer with an average of about 81.5°, or over 12° above average!!