WESTFIELD, NJ — The town saw snowfall Saturday — a notably unusual occurrence for May.
“Holy moly,” said Westfield resident Debby Burslem, while recording video of the snowfall from her back porch. “Look at the sky. … This is incredible.”
In fact, it’s historic, according to Bill Goodman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service who, referencing the figures for nearby Newark Airport, located in Union County, said the last time this happened was in 1977.
“That ties the all-time record for the latest observed snowfall,” Goodman told TAPinto Westfield.
What that means for the summer, however, remains to be seen.
The spring snow in the era of bellbottoms “was followed by a very hot summer with a prolonged heat, so we could switch gears pretty quickly,” Goodman said.
Still, he doesn’t expect the weather to warm up this week. “Most of this week looks to be on the cool side,” Goodman said.
While the last official May snowfall came to the region in 1977, Mother Nature came pretty close five years ago.
In May 2015, 3.73 inches of precipitation fell at Newark airport, a Weather Service almanac shows. But it wasn’t snow, Goodman said.
“That was hail,” he said. “So at least as far as snow, this is the latest that we’ve seen snow, at least at Newark airport.”
The hail then took Westfield by surprise.
On March 27, 2015, TAPinto Westfield reported a Weather Service prediction of “Winter’s Last Hurrah.”
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