The was the sixteenth day of the past eighteen to have some rain. Nearly seven inches fell during this period and it came after a 15-day stretch with no rain. During these wet days there was also an 8-day streak (6/13-20) in which highs were only in the 60s (typical highs are in the upper 70s).
High temperatures over the past five days: 85-84-83-82-81 (today).
After a sweltering high of 93°, a cold front produced a thunderstorm at around 4PM that had tragic consequences. Although it produced just 0.18" of rain, the storm created a tremendous wind shear that caused Eastern Airlines Flight 66 to crash as it landed at Kennedy Airport, killing all but twelve of its 124 passengers.
Rain began falling lightly at around 5PM and became heavier as the night went on. By midnight 1.49" had fallen, a record for the date. In the rain's last hour, between 11PM-midnight, 0.50" fell.
During a severe thunderstorm 0.50" of rain poured down in a 15-minute period between 1:50-2:05 PM. By the time the rain moved out of the area, shortly before 5PM, 0.89" had fallen.
During a torrential downpour between 11:30-midnight, 0.70" fell.
Today, with a high of 93°, was the first 90-degree reading of the year, coming more than three weeks after the typical first 90. It was also the first day of a four-day heat wave.
Today's high of 92° was the first 90-degree day in a month. Thirty-three more 90-degree days would occur in the next ten weeks.