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Second driest stretch of April-May since 1943

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 12:33:32-04

April showers bring May flowers. However, showers have been replaced with sprinklers and garden hoses over the past couple of months, as there hasn't been a lot of rain to go around for most folks living in Western New York. 

For example, a total of 3.11 inches of liquid has fallen at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport through April and May. According to the National Weather Service, that is the second driest stretch of April-May weather since 1943. The normal precipitation numbers out at the airport, including rain and snowfall, is just over six inches.

The Buffalo area isn't the only area that's been parched for water.  

Warsaw has a liquid deficit of a little over four inches over the past two months.  If there is one place in Western New York that came out on par, it's Olean. Neighbors there saw an average amount of rain and snowfall for both April and May.

There wasn't much use for the snow blower this past winter. The Queen City shoveled a total of 55.1 inches of snow. That wasn't enough to land Buffalo in the top 10 of least snowiest winters.

We've had a great stretch of weather to end the month of May. Not many folks living in Western New York would trade 80 degree temperatures and sunny skies for a cool rainy day. 
 
However, all good weather days come to an end, as the pattern will switch from summer to spring next week. Nature will deliver on its promise of April showers too, just a couple of months late.