No other month has contributed so richly to New England’s reputation for changeable weather as has April. With the strength of the sunshine now equaling that of August, and the lingering cold refrigerated by the ice and snow near Hudson Bay, just about anything is possible. This balancing act almost guarantees an adventurous, wavering path toward the sweetness of spring that yet awaits. Although changes come as no surprise from week to week, it is the daily struggle that produces April’s fickle reputation. A clear night freezes the puddles and sap buckets, but the sunshine can easily suggest an outside lunch by noon. But beware the flotillas of puffy clouds, which consider the warmth of the sun to be their manna, soaking it up as the grow and billow until, without warning, they release a sudden shower that starts as rain, then mixes with sleet and finally snow.
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April Records and Averages
Warmest: 50.2°F in 1921 Coldest: 35.5°F in 1943
Wettest: 6.23” in 2000 Snowiest: 21.1” in 2007