Yesterday and today were contrasts in big swings in temperature. Yesterday, the temperature climbed throughout the day, rising from 25 degrees at midnight to 54 twenty-four hours later. Today, the temperature reversed course, falling from 57 degrees just before daybreak to 25 by midnight. Additionally, a lot of rain fell in the morning and afternoon, amounting to 2.49" (a record for the date). Today's deluge pushed the month's precipitation over eight inches, making this the wettest December on record (a record that still stands). An additional 1.54" of precipitation would fall in the month's remaining ten days, bringing the month's total to just under ten inches.
A hard morning rain dropped 1.65" between midnight and 9AM. Near the end, 0.66" fell in the hour between 6:49-7:49 AM.
Today's high of 33/low of 24 felt even colder for many commuters who were forced to walk to work due to a three-day subway strike (Dec. 20-22).
Just three degrees separated today's high (39) and low (36).
One week after a five-inch snowfall, today saw a record high of 65 degrees - on the first day of winter. The high was reached shortly after 8PM. The previous record had been set just two years earlier.