11 of the past 14 days had some rain, which amounted to 4.28". Nearly an inch of rain fell this afternoon between 2:30 and 3:30 during a strong thunderstorm. It was also a hot day, with a high of 90°.
Today's high was a refreshing 76°, the only day this month that didn't have a high of 80° or warmer. A typical July has six days with afternoon highs cooler than 80° .
Nine of the past ten days had highs in the 90s; four were 99° or hotter. In addition to today's heat ("only" 90°), a late afternoon thunderstorm dropped 0.39" of rain in an hour (4-5PM).
The remnants of tropical storm Danny dumped 3.75" of rain, the rainiest 24-hour period on record for the month of July. (Rain that fell after midnight brought the storm's total rainfall to 4.62".) Rain was heaviest between 7:21-8:21PM when 0.94" fell. With winds out of the east/northeast it was also a very cool day; the high of 68/low of 58 was fifteen degrees below average.
Today's high was a record 97° and the heat index reached 105°. Late in the afternoon I went to a baseball game on Staten Island to see the farm teams of the Mets (the Brooklyn Cyclones) and Yankees play and I was drenched in sweat before the game even began. There was no breeze to speak of. Even at 11PM the temperature was still a sweltering 88°.
Today was the eighth day of the past nine with a high in the 90s. And the one day that didn't reach 90° had a high of 89. During these nine days the average high was 95° (including 104° on 7/22 and 100° on 7/23).