Weather as Recorded at the UMass Cranberry Station:
Prepared by Peter Jeranyama
April 2020 was a cold, slightly wet, and an overcast month with 10 days with virtually no sunshine. The month had measurable precipitation on 16 days and 1 inch wetter than normal.
Overall, the temperature averaged 43.2 degrees, 3 degrees colder than the 30-year average. The maximum temperature was 70 degrees on the 3rd, this is 2 degrees colder than the 30-year maximum temperature and a minimum temperature of 28 degrees was recorded on three nights (1st 12th and 21st) which is 1.8 degrees warmer than the long-term average. Daytime high temperatures averaged 51.6 degrees; 2.9 degrees colder than the norm. Evening low temperatures averaged 34.4 degrees; 3.1 degree colder than the norm.
Sunshine, recorded at the Blue Hills Observatory, averaged 36% of the possible sunshine hours (same as April 2019). Total sunshine hours were 144 hours, and this represents 49 hours less than the long-term average. There were only 2 days with 90% or better sunshine and 10 days with virtually no sunshine.
Precipitation totaled 5.63 inches, which is 1 inch above normal. We had measurable precipitation on 16 days; 13 days had 0.10 inches or greater rainfall. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 0.73 inches recorded on three days (4th, 14th and 27th). Year-to-date rainfall for 2020 stands at 15.48 inches; this is 3.97 inches less than last year’s total at this time and 2.2 inches above the normal average for this time of year.
We had no snowfall in April. The total snowfall so far for the year (2020) is 5 inches which is 3 inches above this time in 2019.