The phrase for spring 1997: Way cool!
Mt. Washington, N.H., had its old monthly snowfall record crushed for May by a whopping 43.6 inches, beating the old record of 52.2 inches 30 years ago. The new record is 95.8 inches. The Northeast's cool weather continued through May, as the average temperature for the 12-state region was 4.4 degrees cooler than normal. For the Northeast, this was the fourth coolest May in the last 103 years, according to Keith Eggleston, a climatologist at the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University.
West Virginia and Pennsylvania enjoyed their third coolest May on record, with monthly departures of -4.8 and -4.7 degrees respectively. Vermont had the region's largest departure from the long-term average this month (-5.3 degrees), while Rhode Island reported the smallest difference from the long-term average (-2.0 degrees).
The average temperature for the spring season (March through May) was 2.6 degrees cooler than normal and the ninth coolest spring on record for the Northeast.
"May showed a pronounced lack of warm days," Eggleston said.
In Burlington, Vt., for example, there were only three days during the month where the maximum temperature was above 70 degrees (28th, 29th and 31st). The average number of such days in May is 11, and the last time there were fewer than three was in 1945. It was also the first May since 1983 when the mercury failed to reach 80 degrees at that location.
In New York City's Central Park, there was only one day this spring when the temperature reached 80 degrees (83 degrees on May 19). The last time there was only one such day in the spring was in 1928, when the surrounding area was much less urbanized.
Rainfall was generally below normal around the region this month, according to the NRCC. Delaware was the driest state, with 59 percent of its May normal. The only state reporting an above normal statewide total was Maine, with 116 percent of the normal May accumulation.
New Weather Records
Monthly Average Temperature - Coldest May on Record
City New Previous Pittsburgh 54.2 54.3 in 1967 Elkins, W.Va. 52.4 52.6 in 1924 Daily Low Temperature Records City Date New Previous Burlington, Vt. (tie) 5th 27¡ 27¡ in 1924 Allentown, Pa. 8th 30¡ 32¡ in 1974 Baltimore (Airport) 8th 33¡ 34¡ in 1974 Williamsport, Pa. (tie) 8th 29¡ 29¡ in 1974 Wilmington, Del. (tie) 8th 35¡ 35¡ in 1947 Beckley, W.Va. (tie) 15th 35¡ 35¡ in 1984 Beckley, W.Va. 22nd 33¡ 36¡ in 1993 Elkins, W.Va. 22nd 29¡ 31¡ in 1907 Morgantown, W.Va. 23rd 35¡ 36¡ in 1967 Elkins, W.Va 23rd 30¡ 30¡ in 1971 Buffalo, N.Y. (tie) 26th 37¡ 37¡ in 1961 Hartford, Conn. 28th 38¡ 39¡ in 1974 Atlantic City (Airport), NJ 29th 37¡ 40¡ in 1992 Baltimore (Airport) 29th 41¡ 42¡ in 1956 Daily High Temperature Record City Date New Previous National Airport, Va. (tie) 19th 96¡ 96¡ in 1911 Monthly Snowfall Record for May (inches) City New Previous Mt. Washington, N.H. 95.8 52.2 in 1967 Monthly Precipitation Record for May (inches) City New Previous Mt. Washington, N.H. 19.00 18.82 in 1984 Daily Precipitation Record (inches) for May City Date New Previous Pittsburgh 25th 2.48 2.31 on May 24, 1973