With nothing but blue skies and mild temperatures in the forecast for today, one has to wonder how this St. Patrick's Day will stack up compared to some of the others in recent history. Indeed, this is a time of year when we can see some wild variations in the weather....and looking back over the last decade we have in fact seen a little bit of everything!
The coldest St. Patrick's Day over the last 10 years occurred in 2007....at the tail end of a winter that began notoriously mild and ended notoriously harsh! The high temperature at the Binghamton Airport was 22 degrees...a far cry from the "normal" high in the lower 40s...and the low temperature was a bone-chilling 16 degrees. 3.3" of snow also fell.
The warmest St. Patrick's Day over the last 10 years occurred in 2003. The high temperature at the Binghamton Airport was 63 degrees following a morning low of 41 degrees...and no precipitation was observed.
The snowiest St. Patrick's Day over the last 10 years occurred in 2001 when 4.7" fell at the airport.
Some quick number-crunching reveals that the ten-year average high/low on St. Patrick's Day...dating back to 1999...is 39/22. Therefore, St. Patrick's Day 2009 should rank among the top three mildest of the last decade. Enjoy!