Jones Beach opened today, but the passage of a cold front late in the morning made it a cool day for beach goers as the high/low was 75/63. A stiff breeze from the northwest gave a fall-like feel to the air. It was probably even chillier on the south shore of Long Island.
Today's beautiful weather (clear skies with a high of 81 degrees) belied the mood of the City after receiving the news that the bodies of three missing civil rights volunteers from New York were found in shallow graves in Mississippi.
Today was a hot one (93 degrees), and the third day in a row in which the high temperature was four degrees warmer than the preceding day: 93-89-85-81.
The 0.04" of rain that fell during a mid-afternoon thunder shower was the first rain on this date since 1979 (when just 0.02" fell).
Eleven of the past twelve days had high temperatures in the 90s, including a stretch of seven in a row. The mean temperature during these twelve days was seven degrees above average. During this streak the highest temperature was 96 degrees, which occurred twice (one of them was today). The one day that didn't reach into the 90s had a high of 88.
Today was the sixteenth day in a row with below average temperatures, the longest such stretch during any summer between 1970-2014. The mean temperature during these days was 5.7 degrees cooler than average, with high temperatures ranging between 70 and 81 (typical high is 85). This was quite a contrast to the hot conditions of the previous year.
The low this morning of 65 was the "coolest" reading on this date for the period 1979-2014.
1.98" of rain fell, with much of it coming down between 2-5PM. The rain fell heaviest between 4-5PM when 0.77" was measured.
Today's high was 95 degrees, the third day in a row with 90-degree temperatures.
Despite a strong thunderstorm around 4AM, the daylight hours were delightful as we experienced our fifth day in a row of beautiful summer weather. Today, like three of the past four days had a high of 89 degrees (the other day reached 90). This was the sixteenth day this year to have a high of 88 or 89, the greatest number on record at this point in the year.