Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — Last week, a snowstorm dropped 18 inches of snow across parts of Central New York. But this past Sunday, temperatures in Syracuse reached 77°— 3° degrees short of the all-time recorded temperature record for April 24 of 81° set in 1960. On Monday, temperatures reached 80°. While undoubtedly enjoyable, weather this warm on the heels of a snowstorm may feel out of the norm. Peter Hall, a Meteorologist who has covered weather in Syracuse and Central New York for NBC-3 and CNY Central since 1995, said, “it’s more normal than you might think.”
“If you take all the days on record since 1903 until this year and average it out, the mean is April 30, I believe, is the day Syracuse typically gets its first 80[°], and today’s the 25 [of April at time of recording], so that’s pretty close!”
With Earth Day fresh in our minds, the thought that the recent seemingly unseasonably warm weather could in some way be connected to climate change, may have crossed people’s minds. However, Meteorologist Hall said that before one makes conclusions, they must look further than Syracuse.
“The last few years have certainly been warmer than average…[but] whatever happens in Syracuse, is one tiny point on the globe. So even if Syracuse has a really cold day or a really cold month, the doesn’t mean the whole globe is average or way above [average]. When we talk about either climate change or global warming…yes, there are definitely local changes—but it’s also looking at the whole thing as a globe.”