Ithaca set a record for cold this morning, not just for April 5th, but for April. According to Finger Lakes Weather, the temperature dropped to 2°, obliterating the old record for April of 11° by nearly ten degrees.
The record temperature was recorded at the Game Farm Road weather station on Ithaca’s east hill. “Weather data for this station goes all the way back to 1893,” says meteorologist Drew Montreuil. “This is not just a daily record, but a record for the entire month of April.” The old April low record of 11° was set in 1982.
Local growers are worried how crops will be affected by the sharp cold, after an easy winter and an already-warm spring. Fruit trees and vines that have already blossomed may have this year’s crops badly damaged. Area grape vineyards and apple orchards could have their seasons affected, though the weekend’s blanket of snow may help to protect the sensitive fruit.
Finger Lakes Weather’s Montreuil says it will be cold through the week, but “temperatures will try to rebound back towards normal next week.”