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Easter: The holiday of extremes

April 8, 2012 - 02:27 PM
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It can be a bit easier to forecast the weather on Christmas rather than Easter because of one reason: The Easter holiday can vary significantly from one year to another. How has the weather compared in past years in D.C.?

The weather in the nation’s capital can change frequently. One minute it can be sunny and the next minute an Arctic front can be delivering gusty winds, falling temperatures and snow showers. This change can be just about as dramatic with the changing weather from one Easter to another.

Since Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox (first day of spring), it can be in March or April. The date of Easter therefore varies between 22 March and 25 April. What are the extremes between these dates in the nation’s capital? Take a look below.

Easter Potential Extremes

Coldest Temperature: 15 degrees on April 1, 1923 (Easter Sunday)
Warmest Temperature: 95 degrees on April 23, 1960, April 18, 1976 (Easter Sunday), April 17, 2002
Most Snow: 11.5 inches on March 29, 1942
Most Rain: 3.04 inches on April 14, 1970

Top 2 Most Frequent Dates for Easter Sunday & Extreme Weather Occurrences on These Days

April 10: Coldest: 28/1997. Warmest: 89/1922. Snowiest: Trace
April 17: Coldest: 26/1875. Warmest: 95/2002. Snowiest: Trace

That said, the weather in the spring changes rapidly because it’s a transition season between the coldest and warmest part of the year.
Now, here is a look at the weather in D.C. during the past 6 years on Easter Day:

Past Easter Weather in D.C.
April 24, 2011: 85 degrees; 0.74 inch of rain
April 4, 2010: 77 degrees
April 12, 2009: High 56 degrees
March 23, 2008: 51 degrees
April 8, 2007: High 46 degrees

When will Easter be next year? 2013? What about Easter dates all the way through 2124? Find out here.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

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