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April snow in NYC: 7 biggest storms

This is what snow in April looks like.

This is what snow in April looks like. A remainder from a 2000 storm. Photo Credit: Newsday / John H Cornell Jr.

Luna Park is open. Smorgasburg opens April 4th. Long Island City Flea & Food is back on April 11th. Here comes the sun, New York, the lovely, lovely sun after a long and lonely winter.

Not so fast: April is the cruelest month, mainly because the threat of snow is not yet over. In honor of the 50-degree forecast this weekend, we've rounded up the biggest April snowstorms on record in Central Park.

Also just a PSA: It has snowed in May four times. Trace amounts were recorded in Central Park in 1946, 1956, 1977 and 1995.


April 3-4, 1915: 10.5 inches


The Easter Sunday Blizzard in 1915 mainly slammed the southeastern U.S., dumping more than 19 inches of snow in Philadelphia. New York, though, was not spared: 10.5 inches of snow fell and most likely ruined everyone's weekends.


April 12-14, 1875: 10 inches


1875 was not a great year for NYC, weather-wise. January had an average temperature of 23.6 degrees (the sixth-coldest on record), February had an average temperature of 25.2 (also the sixth-coldest on record) and March just 34.1 degrees (the tenth coldest on record).

But April perhaps takes the cake. With an average temperate of 43.1 degrees, it's the second-coldest April on record. Not to mention the snow: 10 inches fell on April 12-14, one of the latest snowfalls on record. That's in addition to the 3.5 inches that had already fallen, making it the snowiest April on record overall. Let's just try to forget this one happened.


April 6, 1982: 9.6 inches


Yankee Stadium Opening Day should mean sun and spring, right? Not in 1982, when the Yankees-Rangers opener was canceled due to 9.6 inches of snow being dumped on the city. ''Snow in April?'' Frank Panisello told The New York Times "Only once in your life."

The blizzard classified April 1982 as the third-snowiest April on record. But hey, at least that was the only snowfall that month, right?


April 1, 1924: 8.5 inches


The April Fool's storm in 1924 dumped 8.5 inches of snow on the city, also slamming Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia with snow. Things didn't really get any better in May, which had an average temperature of just 57.3 degrees, one of the coldest on record.



April 8-9, 1917: 6.5 inches


The winter of 1917 seems to have gotten off to a late start. A storm on March 4-5 dumped 6.7 inches of snow on the city, followed by an April storm that left 6.5 inches of snow on the ground. And then May had an average high temperature of just 54.3 degrees, the coldest May on record.


April 5, 1944: 6.5 inches


While most of the world was busy dealing with World War II (note: Don't go looking up spring 1944 in history, it is full of horrible events), New York got a dose of snow to make things just a little bit worse. Things got warmer in May, which had an average temperature of lovely 67 degrees, the third warmest on record, so at least that's something.


April 6-7, 1938: 6.4 inches


Even though snow in April sounds bad no matter what, the April 1938 storm at least wasn't as bad as it was in Chicago, where 9.1 inches of snow fell. As in, don't get your hopes up for spring yet.

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