No April Fools: Today's Northeast Snow Not Extraordinary

For a real April Fools' Day storm, try 1997. (Image credit: NOAA.)

Mother Nature is playing a cruel April Fools' Day joke across the northeast today. That early spring that the groundhog predicted? Forget about it. Even baseball's opening day yesterday was dampened by wintry weather.

Snow flurries were spotted across New York City today (April 1), and cities further north had more serious snow . April snow, unpleasant as it may be, is not unusual weather , according to data from the National Weather Service.

To get an idea of how common it is in the Northeast and to honor the start of baseball season we compared New York's April snowfall records to the city of its bitter baseball rival, Boston. Here are the stats:

Average April snowfall for NYC: 0.5 inches (1.27 centimeters)

Average April snowfall for Boston: 0.3 inches (0.8 cm)

Snowiest April in NYC: 13.5 inches (34 cm), 1875

Snowiest April in Boston: 22.4 inches (57 cm), 1997

Biggest April snowstorm in NYC: 10.2 inches (26 cm), April 3 to April 4, 1915.

Biggest April snowstorm in Boston: 25.4 inches (65 cm), March 31 to April 1, 1997

Latest inch or more of snow in NYC: 3 inches (8 cm), April 25, 1875

Latest inch or more in of snow Boston: 1 inch (2.54 cm), April 28, 1987

Boston seems to come out on top, but both cities share an equally miserable spring record the earliest date for the first 90 degree Fahrenheit temperature. That was set last year on April 7, at 92 degrees F (33 C) in New York City and 90 degrees (32 C) in Boston.

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Brett Israel was a staff writer for Live Science with a focus on environmental issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from The University of Georgia, a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and has studied doctorate-level biochemistry at Emory University.