Rain from tropical storm Doria moved in shortly before daybreak and continued through early evening. Rain fell heaviest between noon and 2PM when 1.76" came down. In total, 4.16" was measured - a record for the date. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph accompanied the rain. A second round of rain would dump an additional 1.80" between midnight and 6AM on Aug. 28. Rainfall amounts were even greater in New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania.
It was hot, hot, HOT, with a blistering high of 97°, sixteen degrees above average.
The 0.39" of rain that fell between 4-5AM was the first rain since Aug. 10.
This was the sixth day this month with a low in the 50s, the most in August in the 1970-2015 period (later tied in 2007).
Today was the year's last 90-degree day, on par with the average date for this occurrence. In total, the year had a dozen days in the 90s - below the average of seventeen days.
Between Aug. 3 and today, twelve days had morning lows of 68° or 69°.
Today's low of 72° was the last 70-degree low of the year, more than two weeks earlier than the average date of Sept. 11 - and just one day later than the earliest date for this occurrence (set in 1975 and later tied in 2009).
During the evening, wind and rain from Hurricane Irene began lashing the area as it slowly made its way northward from the North Carolina and Virginia coasts. By midnight 2.88" of rain had fallen - with a lot more to come overnight. As a precaution, NYC's transportation system was shut down at noon and 350,000 residents were evacuated from low-lying areas.
In the late morning a quick-forming thunderstorm dumped a half-inch of rain in just 15 minutes, between 11:23-11:38 AM.