When will spring actually arrive in Rochester?

Updated: 04/24/2014 6:33 PM
Created: 04/24/2014 4:05 PM WHEC.com
By: Josh Nichols

Doesn’t it seem like this winter is still hanging on? From snow in the Bristol hills Wednesday to unseasonable low temperatures, it just feels like spring isn’t quite here yet.

If you think it's been cold in the city, people along the lakeshore have often felt colder this winter. After such a brutal winter, even just the smallest reminder of its chill is enough to set off even the hardiest Rochesterian.

If you think Thursday was cold in Rochester, imagine how lakeshore residents must have felt. The surface water temperature of Lake Ontario is just 39 degrees. That means whenever the wind is off the water, the air temperature drops on land and at times, it can be a full 20 degrees lower compared to that of downtown Rochester. That has an impact on everyone and everything. 

People who live along the lakeshore see and feel these notable effects of spring’s slow start more so than anyone else in the Rochester area.

It’s going to be a while longer before things warm up and not just for lakeshore residents who want to get the grills going. The latest indications suggest a cooler and rather unsettled pattern of damp weather straight into the first part of May. So when spring warmth does arrive, in spite of what would be a late arrival, it will have everyone all the more appreciative.

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