3.26" of rain fell, most of it between 3PM and midnight. At one point, 1.28" fell in the hour between 6-7PM. The day's rainfall was just 0.06" shy of the record for the date, set five years earlier.
On this Saturday of Labor Day weekend, today's high of 90 was the last 90-degree reading of the year. In total, the year had twenty-two days in the 90s, the most since 1966 when there were thirty-five (the average number is seventeen).
The Labor Day holiday ended with a bang as thunderstorms dumped 0.97" of rain in a 2-hour period between 8:05 and 10:05 PM.
0.91" of rain fell between 1-2PM. Rain in the morning and evening added 0.74" more into the Central Park rain gauge. This was also the third day in a row with a high of 77 degrees.
With a high of 95/low 76, today marked the last day of a 10-day hot spell in which six days had readings in the nineties. During this week-and-a-half period the mean temperature was eight degrees hotter than average.
Hurricane Earl brought only overcast skies and muggy conditions to the New York area but it lashed the eastern end of Long Island. Then, as a downgraded tropical storm, it made a direct hit on Cape Cod.
No summer holiday trifecta this year. After a sunny and hot Memorial Day and 4th of July (with highs of 89 and 92, respectively), today (Labor Day) was a let down with gray skies (but no measurable rain fell) . However, the high was a seasonable 79 degrees.