DEEP: Connecticut's Weather Fun Facts

Connecticut's Weather Fun Facts

Interesting Weather Facts {Flower}

  • Average winter snowfall in the Northwest Hills is 50 inches
  • Average winter snowfall along the coast is 30-35 inches
  • The odds of a damaging earthquake in Connecticut are 1 in 20 each year
  • Connecticut averages 1-2 earthquakes a year

January

  • January averages 3.5 inches of liquid precipitation; 12.3 inches of snowfall
  • -14th-Daylight increasing by 1.5 minutes each day
  • -16th-Record high this date 62o F in 1995; record low -8oF in 1994
  • -24th-Daylight increasing by 2 minutes each day
  • January 20-25 is the traditional January thaw

February

  • February averages 3.2 inches of liquid precipitation; 11.3 inches of snowfall
  • Blizzard of 1978 brought 2 feet of snow
  • -10th-gaining about 2.5 minutes of sunlight per day
  • -16th lowest temperature ever recorded in Connecticut (-37oF) in Norfolk, 1943

March

  • March averages 4.2 inches of liquid precipitation; 9.3 inches of snowfall
  • -11th-Blizzard of 1888 yields 40+ inches of snow
  • 83.1 inches in 1994, is the most snowfall since record keeping began in 1905
  • -19th-Blizzard leaves 9-22 inches of snow, making March 1956 the snowiest March on record

April  {Tulip}

  • April averages 4 inches of precipitation
  • -10th-Last snowfall of the 1996 season establishes new snowfall record of 115.2 inches surpassing old record set in 1993-1994, by more than 20 inches.
  • -18th-Average last frost along coast and in Central Valley

May

  • May averages 3.4 inches of precipitation
  • -9th-Average last frost in Northwest Hills

June

  • June averages 3.4 inches of precipitation
  • -19th-Record high temperature was 95
  • -28th-Record low temperature for day, 40oF, set 1995
  • 3 tornadoes touch down: Chester, Hadlyme, and Killingworth, 1998
  • Hurricane season begins and runs through November 30th
  • 8 inches of hail covered the ground in East Canaan, 1954

July {Beach Scene}

  • July averages 3.1 inches of precipitation
  • -3rd-Tornado hits the Waterbury/Wolcott line, 1996
  • -9th-Tornado hits Monroe, 1996
  • -10th-Tornado outbreak in Litchfield and New Haven Counties; Town of Hamden hit the hardest, 1989
  • -15th-2-3 inch hailstones fall on Bozrah, Franklin, and Lebanon, 1799
  • -15th-Highest temperature ever recorded in Connecticut 106oF in Danbury, 1995
  • -22nd-Second highest temperature ever recorded in Connecticut 105F in Waterbury, 1926
  • July's consistent heat makes it the most thunderstorm prone month
  • July 1994 was hottest on record; average temperature of 77.1oF was 3.4oF above normal

August

  • August averages 4 inches of precipitation
  • -18th-Hurricane Diane 1955
  • -31st-Hurricane Carol 1954
  • Connecticut's "Tornado Alley" is through Litchfield and Hartford counties, with 21 twisters passing through since 1960

September {Leaf}

  • September averages 4 inches of precipitation
  • -10th-Peak of the hurricane season
  • -11th-Hurricane Edna, 1954, causes widespread damage
  • -14th-Hurricane Donna, 1960 kills three, causes large crop losses
  • -14th-Great Atlantic Hurricane, 1944, causes $100 million in damages
  • -21st- Great New England Hurricane, 1938
  • September ranks second, to October, in clear days, averaging 8.6

October

  • October averages 3.5 inches of precipitation
  • -3rd-Windsor Locks hit by tornado 1979
  • -6th-Average first frost in Northwest Hills
  • -10th-Average first frost in Central Valley
  • -19th-Average first frost along the coast
  • October ranks first in clear days, averaging 9.1

November

  • November averages 4 inches of liquid precipitation; 2 inches of snowfall
  • -12th-first snowfalls often around this time
  • -26th- 1898,heaviest 2-day snowstorm on record in New Haven and New London
  • -30th-Hurricane season ends

December {Snow Flake}

  • December averages 4.2 inches of liquid precipitation; 10.4 inches of snowfall
  • 45.3 inches of snow in December 1945, make it the snowiest month ever in Connecticut

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