Last month ranked as the sixth wettest April in Buffalo’s recorded weather history.
In all, more than 5 inches of precipitation fell, with 16 days receiving at least 0.01 inch of rain or snow. It was nearly two inches above a normal April for precipitation and two inches higher than last year, according to the National Weather Service.
The increased precipitation, besides causing some localized flooding from time to time, is also being watched closely by those living around Lake Erie, where wet spring months could result in algal problems on the lake later in the summer.
Other cities around the Lake Erie watershed also recorded higher-than-normal precipitation readings in April: Cleveland, 1.5 inches above normal; Fort Wayne, Ind. and Erie, Pa., a half-inch above normal; and Toledo, Ohio, 0.12 inches above normal.
Meanwhile, Detroit finished the month about one-third inch below average for precipitation.
The snowy winter and wet April helped replenish lake waters. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports Lake Erie is up seven inches from this time last year. Lake Ontario is up eight inches.