The 1930s stand out in New York's weather history because it is the decade the City experienced its hottest and coldest readings - 106° on July 6, 1936 and -15° on February 9, 1934. Other noteworthy occurrences include NYC's coldest month on record (February 1934); the great New England hurricane, which brushed the City in September 1938; an 18.1" snowstorm in January 22-23, 1935 which, for a while, was the second biggest of all time; October's coldest reading, in 1936 (28°), followed two years later by the same month's first 90-degree reading; and the biggest November snowfall (8.8"), in 1938, which began Thanksgiving evening.
Feb 25 - Today's high soared to 75°, the mildest reading ever recorded in February (duplicated in 1985). Besides today's warmth, there were highs of 69° and 68° on 2/20 and 2/21 (both records) and 65° yesterday. (Average highs during this time of year are in the low 40s.)
May 23 - After today's high of 91° the next eight days all had highs of 65° or chillier.
July 3 - Between 7-8PM a thunderstorm dumped 2.11" of rain in just 15 minutes (and 2.75" in half an hour), perhaps the most torrential downpour in NYC history. In the course of the storm the temperature dropped from the upper 70s to the low 60s.
July 21 - Today's high reached 102°, which at the time was the hottest temperature ever reported in Central Park.
July 24 - A thunderstorm between 3-4PM dumped 0.62" in 15 minutes.
July 29 - An early evening thunderstorm (6-7PM) dumped 1.33" of rain in thirty minutes.
August 16 - In just ten minutes' time a half-inch of rain poured down during a mid-afternoon thunderstorm.
August 23 - A nor'easter dumped 3.03" of rain in less than 12 hours (3AM-2PM). Nearly half of this amount fell between 10AM and noon. Temperatures were very cool, only in the upper 50s. Today's rainfall was a record for the date (which still stands).
October 13 - This was the third day in a row with very similar, and well above average, highs/lows: 77/59 (two days ago); 77/58 (yesterday); and 78/57 (today).
November 22 - After today's high of 63°, the next 60-degree reading wouldn't be for another four-and-a-half months (April 4).
November 28 - Today would have been quite cold even by the standards of mid-winter as the high/low was only 27/15, making this the coldest Thanksgiving Day of all time (21 degrees below average). During the morning wind chills were in the single digits. Four days later would be equally cold, with a high of 26/16 (winds gusting to 37 mph produced sub-zero wind chills).
December 23-24 - 3.9" of snow, which ended late in the morning on the 24th, provided a mantle of white for Christmas Day. This would be the biggest snowfall of the winter.
April 4 - Today's high of 61° was the first 60-degree reading in four-and-a-half months (since Nov. 22).
August 30 - For the fourth day in a row 0.05" of rain fell.
September 11 - The day after a high of 97°, today's high soared to 99° - both records for the date. (And in 1983 the same dates had the same high temperatures.)
October 8 - The first eight days of the month had an average high of 81°, fourteen degrees above average. Highs ranged between 76° and 86°, with five of the days reporting highs in the 80s. Today's high was 86°, a record which lasted until 2007.
November 23 - This was the third day in a row with a high of 72°, twenty degrees above average. Yesterday's and today's highs were records (that are still standing).
Jan 15 - This was the third day in a row of extraordinarily mild temperatures. Today's high/low was 67/48, yesterday's was 70/55, and the day before that it was 68/56. Each day's high temperatures were records, thirty-one degrees above average, which are all still standing.
March 15 - Blustery and very cold with a high/low of only 26/16, twenty-two degrees colder than average. And winds from the northwest gusting to 25-30 mph produced wind chills in the single digits. One week before the start of spring, today was colder than any day of the winter.
March 16 - This was the tenth day in a row with low temperatures in the teens or twenties. During this stretch of days lows averaged 21°, which was thirteen degrees below average. Despite the chill during these days, only 0.2" of snow fell, and it occurred today between 11PM and midnight.
June 27 - On a sweltering day (high of 90°, heat index of 100°) strong thunderstorms moved through between 3:00 and 11PM, dumping 2.11" of rain, most of which fell in the two hours between 7-9:00.
September 2 - Today's high of 96° was the hottest temperature of the year, and the year's last 90-degree reading. (The preceding fourteen 90-degree days this summer were either 90°, 91°, or 92°.) The day, which was the Friday leading into Labor Day weekend, was also uncomfortably humid, with a heat index of 108° in the early afternoon.
November 19 - Today saw the fourth rainstorm of an inch or more since Nov. 1. In addition to the 1.95" that fell today (a record for the date), 2.06" fell on 11/9-10, 1.83" on 11/6-7 and 1.21" on 11/1.
November 27 - The morning low of 12° at 6AM was a 40-degree drop from 26 hours earlier. Winds gusting between 15-25 mph produced wind chills around -5°.
December 17 - Snow that began late in the morning continued through the early AM on 12/18 and amounted to 7.2". It was also a very cold day, with a high/low of only 21/10. (The snow was gone by Christmas Day, which had a high of 59°.) The next measurable snowfall wouldn't be for another seven weeks (2/4).
February 8 - The temperature fell from 60° in the early afternoon to 21° by midnight (on the way down to 12° at daybreak on 2/9).
February 11 - In just eight hours (1:00-9:00 AM) ten inches of snow fell. Sleet mixed in during the final few hours even though temperatures were in the low 20s.
June 9 - Hot and humid, with a high/low of 97/76. The high was a record and the heat index reached 110° during lunchtime.
June 15 - Less than a week after a record high, this morning's low of 48° was half that temperature and also a record.
July 1 - A severe thunderstorm from 7:30-9:30 PM dumped 2.17" of rain. During the storm the temperature dropped from 88° to 72°.
July 3 - The high was only 65°, two days after a high of 94°.
August 2 - This was the fifth day in a row of intense heat that saw highs of 95°, 98°, 102°, 100° and 98° (today). Four of these five highs set records.
August 23 - A rainstorm of 2.37" came just two days after an even bigger rainstorm dumped 3.28". Much of today's rain fell between 3PM-midnight.
September 15 - Yesterday's all-day soaking rain, which totaled 2.84", continued unabated today and flooded the City with an additional 4.16" - and the rain would continue as showers through midday on 9/16. The day was also very chilly, with temperatures mostly in the mid-50s, nearly 20 degrees below average.
October 31 - Today's high of 76° was the warmest reading since 10/1 and occurred less than a week after there were two days with morning lows of 32°.
November 16 - The day after a winter-like high/low of 32/21, today was even colder, with a high/low of 30/17 (twenty degrees colder than average). Today's low, a record for the date that still stands, is the earliest reading in the teens.
December 26 - A little more than 24 hours after temperatures were in the mid-50s, a snowstorm swept into the City shortly after daybreak and by early afternoon ten inches had fallen and temperatures were in the mid-20s. An additional inch of snow fell in the early evening, bringing the day's snowfall total to 11.2".
December 30 - The morning low was six degrees below zero, the coldest reading since February 1918. Temperatures were sub-zero for ten hours (from 11P last night thru 9:00 this morning). And although this was one of New York's coldest readings, it would be topped six weeks later by a low of -15°, New York's coldest reading of all time.
Jan. 29 - The temperature at 9AM was 6° above zero, eighteen hours after the 3PM temperature had reached 58° - one of the greatest temperature drops in less than 24 hours in NYC history. Winds gusting between 20-30 mph in the morning produced sub-zero wind chills.
Feb. 9 - New York's coldest temperature off all time, 15° below zero, was recorded this morning. This was 40 degrees below average. The temperature was -10° or colder for eight consecutive hours (and it was zero degrees or colder for 16 consecutive hours beginning at 9PM last night). By 5PM the temperature had "recovered" to 8° above zero.
Feb. 14 - The morning low of 4° was the eighth in the single digits since 1/29 - and there would be four more this month.
Feb. 25 - On a brutally cold day (high/low of 16/9) light snow began falling mid-afternoon and fell steadily thru the following afternoon, accumulating 9.3". This was the third snowfall of 7.5" or more this month and brought February's total snowfall to 27.9". At the time this was the second snowiest month on record (now ranked sixth) and the snowiest February (since topped by Feb. 2010 and 2014).
May 6 - This was the second day in a row with a high of 89° (average high is in the upper 60s); however, today's low of 68° was fourteen degrees milder than yesterday's. And today was sunnier.
May 24 - After a a low of 59° the high jumped to 90°, making this the sixth consecutive May with a high in the 90s, the longest such streak on record.
June 29 - Today's high soared to 101° after a low of 68°. At the time this was the earliest date for a triple-digit high (later passed in 1952 and 1966), but the AM low remains the coolest for a day with a high of 100+.
July 31 - Today had the last 90-degree reading of the year, the earliest date for this occurrence since 1904, when it was also on 7/31 (in 1903 it was on 7/30).
September 8 - The strongest hurricane of the season brought heavy rain when it crossed over the eastern end of Long Island. There were two periods of heavy rain, the first between 4:00 and 8AM when 1.23" fell and then much heavier rain fell from 3:00 and 9PM when 3.26" poured down. (An additional 0.37" fell at other times during the day, bringing the day's total rainfall to 4.86".) During the early evening winds gusted between 45-50 mph.
October 6 - Today saw the fifth rainstorm of 1.50" or more in the past 30 days: 5.48" on 9/7-8; 2.01" on 9/16-17; 1.54" on 9/22; 1.51" on 9/29-30 and 1.93" on 10/5-6 (most of it fell today). During this period nearly 14 inches of rain was measured. Then less than an inch of rain fell for the next four weeks.
December 12 - This was the last day of a six-day cold wave that had temperatures that were 18 degrees below average (high/low of 26/14). Three of the days had morning lows of 11°. However, despite the cold there was no measurable snowfall.
January 23 - Today saw the second phase of a major snowstorm that dumped a total of 18.1"of snow. Yesterday had five inches of snow, which began as rain in the morning. Then after a 13-hour break, winds shifted from the northwest to northeast and snow resumed late this morning. Between 1:00 and 7PM it fell at a rate of an inch or more per hour. Flakes fell until the wee hours of the next day. Temperatures fell slowly throughout the day, dropping from 26° to 18° (and they'd continue to fall slowly throughout the following day). This was the first snowstorm of a foot or more in nine years. At the time it was New York's second biggest snowfall (it's now tied for tenth.)
February 1 - Today, with a high/low of 26/4, was the ninth day of the past ten with a sub-freezing high temperature (and seven days had lows in the single digits or colder). The average high/low during these ten days was 23/7, sixteen degrees below average.
March 16 - After a low of 39°, the high temperature soared to 77° (thirty degrees above average), the day after the high was just 43°. It would be six weeks before a warmer high occurred.
July 6 - Today had the first 90-degree reading of the year, the latest date for this occurrence since 1927. (Each of the previous six years had their first 90 in May.)
July 19-20 - For the fourth year in a row the high was in the 90s on these two dates. And on the 20th, 1.07" of rain thundered down in just ten minutes during a severe thunderstorm from 1:50-2PM. And during the storm the temperature tumbled from 85° to 68°.
November 28 - For the third year in a row Thanksgiving Day was very mild. Today's high/low was 62/50 and followed a high/low of 69/50 in 1933 and 60/54 last year. All are still among the ten mildest Thanksgivings.
December 31 - This was the eleventh day in a row with a sub-freezing high temperature. The average high/low during these days was 26/16, fourteen degrees below average.
January 19 - It was a day of heavy snow, sleet and gusty winds. After beginning as light rain late last night, nine inches of snow piled up in the morning (mostly between 3-9:00) and then the afternoon saw an onslaught of sleet that was propelled by 25-35 mph winds, which produced wind chills in the single digits (the air temperature was in the mid-20s). 2.5" of sleet accumulated.
January 23 - The temperature plummeted from 41° at 10:00 last night to -3° by 7:00 this morning. This was the third winter in a row to have a sub-zero reading, the longest such streak.
February 3 - Today was the twelfth day in a row with a high colder than 32° (and the fourteenth of fifteen days since 1/20). The average high/low during this streak was a teeth-chattering 22/9 (sixteen degrees below average). This came one month after a streak of eleven sub-freeing days at the end of December, and a year after nine of ten days were 32° or colder.
July 9 - The temperature at 4PM reached 106°, New York's hottest temperature of all time. (The previous record was 104° in August 1918.) When the temperature reached 106° at 4PM, the relative humidity was 36% - producing a heat index of 119°. The temperature was in triple digits for seven hours but then tumbled from 103° to 94° between 6:00 and 7:00. Tomorrow would also be very hot, with a high of 102°.
September 7 - Today, Labor Day, was the fourth day in a row with a low of 60°, which was a few degrees below average. The highs, however, were different each day.
October 27 - The morning low of 28° was the coldest temperature ever recorded in October (a record that still stands). And for ten consecutive hours the temperature was 32° or colder (from 11PM on 10/26 thru 9AM today). Under clear skies the afternoon high struggled to get to 43°, producing a daily mean temperature that was 16 degrees below average.
December 20 - Today's rainstorm was the third in the past three weeks to produce more than an inch of rain, and the sixth with more than half-an-inch. Beginning last night, more than half of the 2.08" that fell poured down between midnight and 3AM today. In total, seven inches of rain fell during these three weeks, making this, at the time, the wettest December on record (it's now ranked third).
January 20 - A winter storm with snow, sleet and freezing rain produced 5.7" of snow, which fell mostly during the afternoon - it was the biggest snowfall of the winter. During the evening the snow changed to freezing rain. This winter storm followed three days with highs in the 50s. (And the next two days would have highs in the upper 40s.)
January 28 - The morning low of 25°, a seasonably cold reading, was the coldest temperature of the month, making it the mildest coldest reading on record for the month of January.
March 31 - The low today and the previous three days: 31-30-29-28 - all well below average (37°).
May 6 - The crash of the Hindenburg occurred this evening in Lakehurst, NJ, about 75 miles southwest of NYC. It's never been determined what exactly caused the explosion, but thunderstorms were in the area at the time (7:30PM) so there is speculation it was lightning that ignited the helium. A few hours earlier a severe thunderstorm moved through New York between 4:00 and 5:00, dumping nearly half an inch of rain.
July 11 - Both this summer and last summer had five-day heat waves that ended on this date. Each year's heat wave also had two days in the triple digits on July 9 and 10. Last year's were highs of 106° (hottest reading on record) and 102° while this year's were both 100°. Today's high was a relatively bearable 91.°
July 12 - In less than 45 minutes an afternoon thunderstorm (2:04-2:56 PM) drenched the City with more than two inches of rain (2.18").
September 4 - This was the last day of the summer's second five-day heat wave. There were also two heat waves of this length in 1936.
September 12 - This was the fourth day in a row with a low of 60° and it came one year after another four-day streak of lows at 60° in September (9/4-9/7). High temperatures on all four days were in the upper 70s.
September 13 - It was a very rainy Monday as the biggest rainstorm of the year (and in three years) dumped 3.07" of rain in just ten hours, from daybreak to late afternoon.
November 28 - For the second time in the past fifteen days the City had a rainstorm of two-inches+. These two storms accounted for 4.52" of the month's 4.73" in precipitation.
March 3 - The temperature fell throughout the day, from 49° shortly after midnight to 11° twenty-four hours later (a record, which still stands).
March 5 - The 0.5" of snow that fell in the pre-dawn hours (before changing to rain) was the first measurable snow since 1/21.
March 23 - Three weeks after a low of 9°, today and the previous two days had highs in the mid-70s: 75-77-74 (today) - twenty degrees above average.
April 6-9 - This was a sloppy four days of weather, with 6.4" of snow falling on April 6 and 7 (the biggest snowfall of the winter) and 0.95" of rain on April 8 and 9. During these days temperatures were mostly in the 30s.
June 1 - This was the third day in a row with a low in the upper 40s, ten degrees chillier than average.
June 28 - Rain that fell over the past three days amounted to 3.70". Today's amount, 1.69", was a record for the date (which still stands). Besides the rain, today was unseasonably cool, with a high/low of just 60/57.
July 23 - 2.40" of rain fell today, which was a record (later broken in 1953 when 2.41" fell). There were three periods of heavy rain that accounted for more than half of the day's total: 0.53" from 8-9AM; 0.46" from 11A-noon; and 0.63" from 4-5PM.
August 8 - Three beach goers were killed by a lightning strike at Brooklyn's Riis Park, a year and one day after three were killed by lightning at the same beach. A severe thunderstorm moved through the City between 5-7PM, dumping 1.43" in Central Park.
September 21 - New York was spared the ravages of the history-making hurricane known as the Long Island Express, which made landfall mid-afternoon 65 miles to the east. Still, the City had to contend with near hurricane-force winds that gusted to 60-70 mph and four inches of rain, half of which fell between noon and 3PM. Besides the wind and rain, it was also chilly, with the temperature dropping slowly all day, from the low 60s to low 50s. Today's deluge followed two days of steady rain that amounted to 3.45".
October 17 - Today's high was a sizzling 90°, the latest date on record for a 90-degree reading - a record that still stands. This high was 27 degrees above average.
November 24 - It was a raw, cold and windy Thanksgiving Day (high/low of 34/21) with snow and sleet moving in late in the afternoon and continuing into the following day. 3.9" accumulated today and 4.9" the following morning.
November 27 - Just six weeks after the latest 90-degree reading on record, back-to-back snowstorms dropped nearly 13 inches of snow in four days. The first, on 11/24-25 measured 8.8" while the snowfall that ended before dawn today (and began late last night) brought an additional four inches. The high/low during these four days was 32/20, which was 18 degrees below average. This was the snowiest month of the winter and the third snowiest November on record (after Nov. 1898 and 1882).
January 13 - Beginning mid-afternoon, a snowfall of 8.8" (1.0" fell on 1/14) tied the Thanksgiving snowstorm of 11/24-25 as the biggest snowfall of the season.
February 15 - The temperature dropped from 62° late in the afternoon to 29° by midnight. And by 8AM on 2/16 it was 15°.
February 23 - Today's high of 29° came three days after a high of 69°.
March 27 - Today's high/low of 73/39 followed one of 72/39 three days earlier. However, while the low on 3/24 was in the pre-dawn hours, the low today was at midnight after winds shifted to the northeast in the PM hours.
April 25 - After rising from 53° at 4AM to 86° for a few hours in the early afternoon, the temperature dropped back to 52° by 11PM. And then three days later the high would would be only 46° (20 degrees below average).
August 19 - The biggest rainfall of the year occurred today, with 2.31" falling between noon and midnight. It fell heaviest after 8PM when more than half of the rain fell.
August 23 - Seven of the past eleven days had highs in the 90s, but six of them, like today, had a high of 90°.
October 10 - One year after the latest date for a 90-degree reading occurred (on 10/17), the second latest date was set today as the mercury soared to 91°, twenty-five degrees above average.
November 5 - The only measurable rain in November fell today from a nor'easter that produced 1.40" of rain between 9AM and 10PM. Temperatures were chilly, mostly in the low-40s (average high is in the mid-50s).