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April Snowfall Data

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Philadelphia April Snowfall Climatology: 1886-2017

Days with measurable snowfall: 44
Days with 0.5" or more snowfall: 30
Days with 1" or more snowfall: 23
Days with 2" or more snowfall: 11
Days with 3" or more snowfall: 8
Days with 4" or more snowfall: 4
Days with 5" or more snowfall: 3
Days with 6" or more snowfall: 3
Days with 7" or more snowfall: 2
Days with 8" or more snowfall: 1
Days with 9" or more snowfall: 1
Days with 10" or more snowfall: 1

Years with 1 or more days with measurable snowfall: 32
Years with 2 or more days with measurable snowfall: 11
Years with 3 or more days with measurable snowfall: 1

Most days with measurable snowfall: 3, 1982

Highest daily snowfall: 19.0", April 3, 1915
Biggest April snowstorm: 19.4", April 3-4, 1915

Distribution of Days with Measurable Snowfall:
April 1-10: 31 (70%)
April 11-20: 12 (27%)
April 21-30: 1 (2%)

Latest measurable snowfall: April 27, 1967 (0.1")

Most recent April measurable snowfall: April 9, 2016 (0.3")

Monthly Snowfall Totals for April:
1.0” or more: 22 months
2.0” or more: 12 months
3.0” or more: 8 months
4.0” or more: 6 months
5.0” or more: 4 months
6.0” or more: 3 months
7.0” or more: 2 months
8.0” or more: 1 months
9.0” or more: 1 months
10.0” or more: 1 months
11.0” or more: 1 month
12.0” or more: 1 month

Snowiest April: 19.4”, 1915

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Thank you for posting this don. I was curious about this information myself as in my lifetime (1990) I can remember only 2 storms with greater than 3". 

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Below is a list of Philadelphia's measurable snow events in April:

April 4, 1886: 1.0"
April 1-2, 1887: 1.1"
April 16, 1888: 0.5"
April 1, 1890: 0.5"
April 15, 1892: 0.3"
April 10-11, 1894: 1.2"
April 5, 1898: 3.0"
April 7, 1898: 0.1"
April 4, 1903: 0.1"
April 9, 1911: 2.2"
April 3-4, 1915: 19.4"
April 8-9, 1916: 5.1"
April 9, 1917: 7.0"
April 11-12, 1918: 2.0"
April 11, 1921: 0.4"
April 14, 1923: 1.8"
April 1-2, 1924: 6.8"
April 12, 1928: 1.0"
April 13-14, 1940: 1.2"
April 2, 1965: 3.0"
April 27, 1967: 0.1"
April 6-7, 1971: 4.3"
April 8, 1972: 0.4"
April 4, 1982: 0.1"
April 6, 1982: 3.5"
April 9, 1982: 0.4"
April 19-20, 1983: 1.9"
April 7, 1990 2.4"
April 9, 1996: 2.4"
April 1, 1997: 1.6"
April 9, 2000: 1.6"
April 7, 2003: 1.8"
April 4, 2004: 0.3"
April 5, 2006: 0.1"
April 9, 2016: 0.3"

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7 minutes ago, donsutherland1 said:

Below is a list of Philadelphia's measurable snow events in April:

Thanks Don. I remember April 19 1983, it was raining and cool, and I was amazed to see snow mixing in the early afternoon. It became all snow early evening and snowed 4"imby (Delco) overnight. I think Chester County got 8".

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1 hour ago, KamuSnow said:

Thanks Don. I remember April 19 1983, it was raining and cool, and I was amazed to see snow mixing in the early afternoon. It became all snow early evening and snowed 4"imby (Delco) overnight. I think Chester County got 8".

I think I remember this. I know it was April. I had an afternoon paper route after school. It was a rain/snow mixture leaving school and when I jumped on my "Huffy" to deliver papers around 4-5pm it was just about all snow. I cared less about working as I was enjoying the snow!

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Dusted off my old April scribes for insight:

1983

April 18 Snow in the morning 2" 48F

April 19 Wet snow and windy 4" 34F

April 20 Snow flurries  45F

April 25 Drizzle and windy with sleet late in the day 40F

April 28 Sunny and 84F!

 

1982 

April 4 Snow showers and windy 36F

April 6 Snow 6" 32F

April 9 Snow 1" 33F

How strange is that for back to back years?

 

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