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Weather Services says April rainfall in Massena was well above normal

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MASSENA - Spring enthusiasts can look at the 4.17 inches of rainfall that fell in Massena during April and only hope that they lead to plenty of May flowers.

The National Weather Service reported Thursday that many regions of the north country saw well above normal rain totals last month and that April 29 and 30 were key cogs to that.

“The total rainfall for the month in Massena was 4.17 inches, which is quite a bit above normal. That is 1.35 inches above normal. The average amount is 2.82,” meteorologist Nathan Foster said. “Gouverneur had 4.45 inches, Malone had 4.12 inches and it looks like almost everybody had over 4 inches for that area.”

Mr. Foster added that last month’s numbers in Massena were the 12th highest on record, with the highest total - 7.36 inches - coming in 1993.

Gouverneur had 1.88 inches of rainfall over the final two days of April, while Massena had 1.30, Malone had 1.18 and Ogdensburg had 1.10.

The record amount of rain for April 30 in Massena - with records dating back to 1948 - was set on Wednesday with a total of 1.08 inches. Mr. Foster pointed out that the final day of the fourth month of the year has had very low numbers in the past though.

The start of May is expected to be cool, cloudy and rainy in the county, according to the National Weather Service.

“It looks like it will be cool and unsettled for the next week or so. There are a series of systems coming through with many cases of showers. It will be cool and cloudy,” Mr. Foster said. “The normal high should be in the low 60s for this time of year. It looks like it will be near normal for most days and below the normal on some days as well. It is not expected to be above the average temperature.

“This weekend we’re forecasting 61 on Saturday and 52 on Sunday. We’re not expecting any freezing temperatures at night – low 40s probably,” he said.

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