Snow in April, it might be Planet Earth's biggest fools joke of them all in South Jersey. After all, the average low temperature on April 1 is 37 degrees, and it only goes up from there.
April snow is unusual, but not rare in the region. Since 1945, 12 years have seen measurable April snow at Atlantic City International Airport (most recently in 2016), or 16 percent. Some may call it sweet, others despicable.
Nevertheless, there have been snows that not only required the shovel, but the plow truck as well. Here's a look back in time at the top five biggest snowstorms to greet the fourth month of the year.
Note that data goes back to 1873 and is from a combination of records kept at Atlantic City Marina and Atlantic City International Airport.
This is my first newspaper but not my first forecast for NJ. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Rutgers. Two TV internships gave me a taste for the newsroom. Then, after nearly 4 years in private NJ weather, I'm forecasting South Jersey for you.