Under clear skies, today's very mild high of 62° (two degrees shy of the 1889 record) was twice as warm as Easter's bitingly cold high of 31° (the only Easter with a sub-freezing high).
A two-week deep-freeze loosened its grip as the temperature climbed from 20° to 51° after dark. (The average high/low of the previous two weeks was 28/17.) The milder air was drawn up by a coastal storm that lashed the area in the PM hours with 50 mph winds and 1.26" of rain.
Every day between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2 had well below average temperatures except for today, which had a high of 51° under mostly sunny skies.
With a high/low of 39/33 this was the first Christmas since 1955 that was completely above freezing. Despite these temperatures the day dawned with a thick mantle of white left from the snowstorm of 12/23-24 that dumped 6.6" of snow on the City. This was the fourth Christmas of the past five to have an inch or more of snow on the ground.
One year after the high reached 60° on Christmas Day, today's high was 59°. It was also rainy, with 0.65" falling between 11AM and 9PM. Today's high was seven degrees warmer than Easter Sunday's. Today's rain was the last precipitation to fall this year, which was by far the driest year on record - just 26.09" was measured at Central Park, nearly seven inches less than the previous driest year, which was just last year.
Yesterday's snowstorm ended in the wee hours of Christmas morning, leaving seven inches on the ground at daybreak. Skies cleared in the morning and temperatures were cold, with a high/low of 32/23.
Under clear skies it was windy and very cold, with a high/low of 23/13 (sixteen degrees below average). Wind chills were between zero and 5° above zero for much of the day.
The day started sunny, but as an intense winter storm approached clouds moved in during the afternoon and light snow began falling after dark, with 2.1" on the ground by midnight. Temperatures were quite cold, with a high/low of 29/14. (The worst of the storm would be on the 26th, with the City getting an additional 4.2" of snow and then a lashing of rain accompanied by winds gusting over 40 mph.)
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°.
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 - which was almost identical to Easter's high/low (44/34).
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°, 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°.
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 day this year in which 0.01" of precipitation was measured (between 1-2:00 AM), the most of any year in the 1970-2015 period. The annual average is eleven days.
The temperature tumbled all day, from a morning high of 48° to a biting cold 20° by midnight.
It was a wet Christmas Eve/Christmas 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°.
Just two days after a high/low of 66/57, today's high was a frosty 31° - 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 Day 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.
Today's mild high of 62° (reached shortly before 4AM) was twice as warm as last Christmas - and two degrees warmer than Easter. Showers in the early morning hours made this the fifteenth day with precipitation this month, the most of any month this year.
For the second day in a row a record high maximum and minimum temperature were set. The high of 66° occurred just after midnight. The low of 57° was seven degrees milder than the previous record. This was the month's fourth record maximum and fifth record minimum. For the second year in a row Christmas Day was warmer than Easter Sunday.