Just three degrees separated today's high and low (32/29), the fifth day since Dec. 11 to have such a narrow diurnal variation. This was highly unusual since the typical year averages just two of these days.
One month after the first measurable snow of the season fell, the second snowfall of the season occurred early in the evening. And like last month, it was the same insignificant amount - 0.1".
Most of the 1.8" of snow that fell on Dec. 23 was gone, but a mix of sleet/snow/freezing rain this afternoon and evening accumulated 0.5", giving NYC a touch of a white Christmas. The day's high occurred as midnight approached, with the temperature reaching 33 degrees.
The first snow of the season arrived on Christmas night, and by daybreak on Dec. 26, 3.1" had fallen.
Santa needed an umbrella as steady rain in the pre-dawn hours amounted to 0.79" (this was on top of 0.69" that fell yesterday evening). The rest of the day was overcast and raw with a high/low of 45/35.
It was a very mild holiday that started off rainy; 0.87" fell, mostly around daybreak (5-8AM). While the day's high of 61 was the mildest since Christmas Day 1940's 62 degrees, the morning low of 50 was the mildest ever on Dec. 25. Today was milder than this year's Easter Sunday (55/42).
This morning's frigid morning low of 1 below zero (30 degrees below average) was the coldest reading of the year and a record for Christmas Day. And if that wasn't cold enough, gale force winds produced a "feels like" temperature of -25 degrees.
Two years after the coldest temperature ever recorded on Christmas Day, today's high of 64 tied 1889 as the mildest Christmas on record. It was also eight degrees milder than this year's Easter Sunday.
Similar to three years ago, Christmas Day turned out to be the coldest day of the year, with a high of 13/low of 4 above zero. The day was 27 degrees colder than a typical Dec. 25 (41/29).
Today was the twentieth this year in which 0.01" of precipitation was measured (between 1-2:00 AM), the most of any year in the 1970-2014 period. The average is eleven days.
The temperature tumbled all day, from a morning high of 48 to a biting cold 20 degrees by midnight.
It was a wet Christmas Eve/Christmas Day morning as 1.05" of rain fell during Santa's peak travel time, 7PM-3AM.
This was the third year in a row in which Christmas Day had the mild high temperature of 53 degrees.
Just two days after a high/low of 66/57, today's high was a frosty 31 degrees - the first day of the winter with a high temperature of 32 or colder.
Today's high of 59/low of 41, fifteen degrees above average, made this the mildest Christmas in twelve years. The high/low was on-par with this year's Easter Sunday (61/43).
Today's high of 28/low of 19 made this the coldest day of the month.
With a high of 27/low of 15, this was the coldest Christmas Day since 1989. It was also the coldest day of the winter, later tied by Feb. 22.
A sloppy winter storm produced the most precipitation ever measured on Christmas Day (1.30") and the most snow (five inches) since 1909 when seven inches fell (the most ever on 12/25). Morning/afternoon rain changed to snow later in the afternoon. This was the first Christmas snowfall of one inch or more in thirty-three years.
It was calm and cold (high 32/low 25) the day before a blizzard moved up the coast, a storm that seemed to come out of nowhere.
With a high of 31/19, this was the coldest Christmas Day since 2000. This was quite a contrast from three days earlier when the high/low was 71/61.