Easter Weather is Like a Box of Chocolates

…or maybe like an egg you grab on an egg hunt; you never know what you’re going to get! This partially has to do with the date which Easter falls, which can range from March 22 through April 25, which makes the climatology of the holiday a bit different than holidays with fixed dates. However, the fact that these “shoulder” months are prime for a multitude of different weather types also increases the uncertainty of the weather.

In Albany, New York, the air temperature has ranged from a frigid 5 degrees (March 29, 1959) to a sweltering 90 degrees (April 18, 1976) on Easter. Albany natives have seen dry weather, rain, and snow. The snowiest Easter on record brought 3.9 inches of snowfall on March 26, 1978. This year’s forecast (as of the time of this writing at 3:30 PM on March 31) calls for a mostly cloudy day, with a low temperature in the mid thirties and a high near 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Easter weather variability is not local to the Capital Region though. Take Paducah, Kentucky, for instance, where the air temperature can range from the 20s to the 90s, though the high temperatures most commonly fall between 60 and 80 degrees. In Birmingham, Alabama, the temperature spread is a bit smaller, generally ranging from the low 40s to the low 80s. Though snow isn’t something that typically occurs on Easter this far south, severe weather is possible in the forecast. Just last Easter, a widespread tornado outbreak impacted the Southeastern United States, and a total of 140 tornadoes touched down across 10 states.

Map of confirmed tornadoes and tornado warnings issued by the National Weather Service from April 12 through April 13, 2020, over the southeastern United States and tornadoes confirmed and surveyed by the National Weather Service. Map courtesy: @TheAustinMan

On a holiday when many are either traveling near and far to see family, or are locally out and about at church, Easter egg hunts, picnics, or other gatherings, it is especially important to be cognizant of the weather conditions going into the holiday weekend. The best way to stay safe is by being prepared ahead of time. Thankfully this Easter should have quiet weather though as a large area of high pressure brings dry and relatively warm temperatures to much of the country!

  • Check your local forecast on weather.gov
  • Download a trusted weather app and turn on alerts
  • Make sure your Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are turned on on your phone
  • Have a plan, and make sure to discuss it with your family

We wish you a safe and happy Easter holiday with your loved ones!

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