4 - Today saw the end of the second 14-day streak of above-average temperatures in the past 30 days. However, unlike the first one, this streak was eight degrees above average (high/low of 47/36) while the one from Nov. 25 to Dec. 8 was +4 degrees (high/low of 51/41).
7 - It was a very wintry day as snow fell from 10AM to 8PM, accumulating 5.1", and the temperature hovered around 20°.
12 - The temperature rose into the 60s, topping out at 66°, a record for the date (the forecast high was in the upper 50s). This was the warmest reading in January in ten years. Temperatures were in the 60s from noon until 1AM; at 10PM it was still 64°. Last year the first 60-degree reading didn't occur until 2/20, and the year before that it happened on 3/26. (Typically, the first 60 occurs at the beginning of February.)
23-24 - A nor'easter brought winds that gusted between 33-47 mph throughout Jan. 23, but steady, wind-lashed rain didn't move in until late in the afternoon on that day. By midnight 1.16" had fallen - and an additional 1.18" fell the next day. It was a cold rain, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 30s; the high winds produced wind chills in the 20s. This storm struck on the one-year anniversary of the blizzard that produced New York's greatest snowfall of all time (27.5"). Interestingly, the 2.33" of rain that fell from this year's storm was 0.01" more than the amount of liquid precipitation from last year's blizzard.
31 - Light snow fell between 10AM and 2PM, amounting to 1.0" - the first snowfall of an inch or more on this date since 1949. And with a high/low of 34/26, this was the first colder than average day since 1/14; the low was the coldest since 1/10. During those sixteen days temperatures were nine degrees above average.
9 - The day after a record high of 62°, winter returned with unprecedented vengeance as 9.4" of heavy snow fell during the morning (mostly between 6AM and noon), and temperatures were in the upper 20s. Snow fell at a rate of an inch or more/hour, reducing visibility to less than 1/4 mile for six consecutive hours. By midnight temperatures had fallen to the upper teens. Snowfall was in the 12"-15" range over most of Long Island, the Hudson Valley and Connecticut. This drastic change in conditions exceeded that of Feb. 1-2, 2014 when eight inches of snow fell the day after a high of 56°.
20 - This was the end of a sunny and mild President's Day weekend. The average high of 61° during the three days was 19 degrees above average. With a high of 55°, today was the coolest of the three days. Saturday had a high of 63°, Sunday's was 65°. These conditions would have made for a fine Easter weekend.
24 - Under sunny skies the temperature rose to 70°, the earliest 70-degree reading in ten years (and one month earlier than the average date of the first 70 of the year). Although this wasn't a record, the morning low of 58° was. The day's mean temperature was 26 degrees above average and came five days after the high/low of 65/53 was 23 degrees above average.
1 - For the second time this week the high reached 70°. However, unlike the previous time, which featured sunny skies, today was overcast with a number of showers.
4 - Although cold days in March aren't unusual, today's high/low of 30/17 (average is 46/32) was a shock since it came after the mildest February on record. After dark, wind chills dropped to around 10°. The last time we had such a cold day was on Jan. 9 (high/low of 23/14).
5 - The humidity dropped to 12% during mid-afternoon, the lowest since last April, when it was 9% on 4/20. Besides the dry conditions the day's low of 14° tied Jan. 9 as the coldest reading of the winter.
10 - For the first time since 1934 more than an inch of snow fell on this date. 2.1" fell between 8AM and noon. This was a day after the temperature reached 61° in the late afternoon, which is similar to what happened on Feb. 9 when 9.4" of snow fell the day after the high was 62° (this was also the last time measurable snow fell).
11 - One week after winter-like cold (high/low of 30/19), today was a bit colder, with a high/low of 29/17 (18 degrees below average). This was the third day this month with a low in the teens, which is more than December, January or February had (each had two such days).
14 - A much-touted blizzard was a bust as snow that began in the wee hours of the morning changed over to sleet, greatly reducing the 12-18" that had been predicted. (This brought to mind the blizzard that fizzled in late January 2015 and resulted in an apology from the National Weather Service to the mayor because of the advanced closings that took place.) Although there was no blockbuster snowfall today, the 7.6" that fell set a record for the date as well as the date's precipitation record (1.97", nearly twice as much as the previous record).
15 - Today's high was only 26°, the coldest high temperature since Jan. 9. This tied the 1932 record for the coldest high temperature for the date and was the fifth day this month with a high temperature of 32° or colder, all of which occurred in the past twelve days. Winds gusted between 25 and 35 mph, producing wind chills in the single digits.