Weather sees extremes on thermometer in 2017

    Ranging from 101 degrees Fahrenheit in July to minus 15 in January, Holyoke experienced plenty of weather extremes in 2017.
    According to official weather observer Dan Kafka, the average high temperature for the year was 65 F, and the average low was 35 F.
    On the high end, three months of the year — June, July and September — saw three-digit temps. Below-zero weather came at the beginning and end of the year — January and December.
    Total precipitation for the year came close to 20 inches, with 19.93 inches officially recorded for Holyoke.
    That’s almost exactly the same as 2016’s precipitation at 19.44 inches. Also within the last five years, Holyoke received 18.98 inches in 2015, 22.42 inches in 2014 and a mere 13.99 inches in 2013.
    April was the wettest month of 2017 with 4.35 inches of rain, while November was the driest with 0.06 inches of precipitation.
    January recorded the most snow at 6.1 inches.

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