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On occasion I've been asked to give my viewpoint about weather events on New York TV station WPIX. PIX-11 news reporter James Ford came across my blog and has contacted me at least eight times to provide my historical perspective. Five of those times I had the time to meet with him. (It helps that PIX's office is down the street from my office on 42nd St.) Here are the appearances I've made (so far) including links to each:
This month DirectTV stopped carrying The Weather Channel due to a financial dispute between the two companies about carriage fees. This meant that 20 million homes that subscribe to DirectTV no longer received the station. This has resulted in all sorts of alarmist talk by The Weather Channel about how the public's welfare is in jeopardy. Oh, puleez! There are so many other sources available for weather forecast information nowadays, e.g. local TV stations, alerts on smartphones, radio broadcasts, online, that no one is going to be surprised by bad weather.
The Weather Channel is great if you want to know what's going on across the country. But the fact that some viewers in Wyoming won't be able to see Jim Cantore knee-deep in snow in Milwaukee or getting tossed about by hurricane winds in South Carolina isn't going to threaten their well being where they live. If people want to be apprised of their local weather they can still tune to one of their local stations, all of which have a "Storm Team" or "Severe Weather Experts" who tout their latest razzle dazzle radar equipment. And, like The Weather Channel, they all send their reporters out into the field to brave the elements on camera.
Of course, employees of The Weather Channel can be expected to come to its defense. Except that there's not much of an argument to make. Viewers still know when it's going to snow in their city or when a severe thunderstorm is about to rake the neighborhood by watching any number of local telegenic forecasters. (And since The Weather Channel has put more emphasis on lifestyle and science oriented programs in the past ten years chances are good viewers won't see a detailed local forecast information when they tune in.)
April 6, June 12, June 13, and November 11 are the dates New York is most likely to have had rainfalls of an inch or more. Since 1869 it's happened eleven times on these four days. June 13 joined this exclusive club in 2014 when 1.28" of rain fell (see below).
It was a beautiful day for the ticker tape parade held in Lower Manhattan to honor Charles Lindbergh after his non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Skies were mostly sunny, the humidity was low and the high/low was a seasonable of 77/60.
It was a damp and very cool day as 1.65" of rain fell and the high was just 55°, twenty-three degrees below average. Only three degrees separated the high from the morning low.
I was at the Waverly Theater in Greenwich Village watching Ghostbusters when a fierce thunderstorm struck between 5-6PM. For a while the thunder outside coincided with a scene in the movie with thunder and lightning. Before the storm struck it had been a stifling hot afternoon, with a high of 94°.
1.16" of rain poured down in a two-hour period during a thunderstorm in the wee hours of the morning (1-3AM).
1.31" of rain fell between 10AM-noon. It came down especially hard in the second hour when 0.85" fell. This heavy rainfall followed a steady rain yesterday that amounted to 1.29".
Just two days after a sweltering high of 92°, today's high was an autumn-like 60°.
The day was dreary, cool and wet, with two periods of heavy rain, one in the morning between 9:30 and 11:00 and the second in the evening. In total, a little more than an inch of rain was measured in Central Park, bringing the month's total rainfall to more than nine inches. Coming after eight inches of rain fell in May, this was only the seventh time NYC had experienced consecutive months with eight inches or more of precipitation.
Heavy showers moved through around 9AM and a severe thunderstorm struck between 5:45 and 7:30PM. In between, during the afternoon, the sun broke through for the first time in five days. The 1.28" of rain that fell came one year after 1.26" fell on the same date.
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It was a raw and damp day with a high/low of only 46/42. Winds out of the northeast gusted between 25 and 30 mph, producing wind chills close to 32°. Light showers and drizzle fell throughout the day. The day's high, 26 degrees below average, was more typical of the second week of March.
This afternoon's temperature was in the upper 50s, one day after a sizzling high of 93°.
The weather was very nice for New Yorkers when they formed their part of the "Hand Across America" chain this afternoon. Skies were partly cloudy and the high temperature reached 80°.
It was a very cool Memorial Day as the high of 63° was eleven degrees below average. Weatherwise, the holiday came one week too early as temperatures would be in the 90s the following weekend.
Today was Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and the day's high reached 93°, nineteen degrees above average. This tied the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend in 1975 for the hottest reading for any day during this holiday in the 1971-2015 period.
An evening thunderstorm (including hail, a rarity in Manhattan) delayed by three hours my 8:15 flight to Pittsburgh, where I was going to help my family make arrangements for my father's funeral. I finally arrived there shortly before 1AM.
This was the beginning a five-week dry spell in which no measurable rain fell - the longest such streak in the 1970-2015 period.
0.12" of rain fell between midnight-1AM, making this the eighth day in a row in which there was rain. 3.26" fell during these days.
Gray skies and light showers made for a very chilly day as the high reached only 53°, twenty degrees chillier than average - and more typical of March 25.
Today, with a high of 90°, was the first 90-degree day of the year, just a few days earlier than the average date for this occurrence. This broke a string of four years that had their first 90-degree temperature in June.
Today's high/low of 54/45 made this the chilliest day of any Memorial Day weekend in the 1971-2015 period. Skies were mostly overcast, winds were howling, and light showers popped up throughout the morning and afternoon. The high temperature was nineteen degrees below average.
Today was Memorial Day and it was practically a carbon copy of last year's holiday, i.e., sunny and warm. The only difference was that today's high of 85° was one degree lower than last year's. This was the ninth time in the past ten years that Memorial Day saw a high in the 80s.
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Just before daybreak 0.58" of rain poured down in an hour, between 5:23-6:23 AM. This came in the opening hours of a rainstorm (lasting through mid-morning tomorrow) that dumped 3.35" of rain (2.30" fell today). And it came six days after a rainstorm of 2.37".
2.32" of rain fell today, much of it after 7PM. A year earlier on the same date, 2.30" fell.
This was the 25th day in a row without precipitation, making it the third longest rainless streak since 1970, passing two streaks of 24 days in Jan/Feb 1980 and in August 1995.
I celebrated my 50th birthday two days after the actual date with an dinner party at a Venezuelan restaurant in Greenwich Village. Unlike my 40th birthday, which had beautiful weather, this year featured thunderstorms between 3-9PM that dropped 0.83" of rain. It was a warm and muggy day, with temperatures reaching the mid-80s before the rain moved in.
Overnight showers amounting to 0.09" made this the seventh year of the past nine in which rain fell on this date.
A light, wind-swept rain during the afternoon turned steadier and heavier after dark. The 1.54" that fell was over before midnight (an inch poured down in the hour between 9-10:00). This was the twelfth day of the past eighteen to see some rain, totaling a lucky 7.77". Most of it fell today and on 4/30 (when 4.97" fell).
Measurable rain fell for the first time since April 22, a span of 23 days (the longest dry spell since one of 26 days in April/May 2001). Showers fell before daybreak and then again tonight between 8:00 and midnight, measuring 0.30". In between, skies were overcast with temperatures rising into the mid-70s. With today's rainfall May 16 tied April 1 as the second likeliest date to have rain (June 3 is the most likely).
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I was born today in the pre-dawn hours. Although temperatures on 5/13 and 5/15 were unseasonably warm (mid-80s), today's temperatures were at seasonable levels. Rain moved in as evening approached and it fell heavily between 9-11:00 when two inches was measured. In total 2.55" fell and it was over before midnight. This rainstorm accounted for two-thirds of the month's rain.
The biggest rainstorm of the year dumped 3.58" of rain thru 3AM on 5/15. It came down heaviest between 10:30AM and 4PM when 2.53" fell. The 3.38" that fell today was a record for the date.
0.51" of rain thundered down in 20 minutes during a nighttime thunderstorm (10:25-10:45 PM).
Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures were Mother Nature's gift to me on my 40th birthday (high/low of 70/49).
The 0.05" of rain that fell between midnight and 1:30AM was the first precipitation on this date in 11 years.
Today was my 50th birthday and the high/low of 70/49 was the same as it was on my 40th birthday!
This morning's low of 42° was the chilliest reading of the month. Today was also the 11th day this year with a mean temperature ten degrees or below average - one more than all of last year.
Tags: 40th birthday, 50th birthday, birthday weather, past weather in New York on May 14, Rob Frydlewicz date of birth, weather in New York on May 14 1957, weather in New York on May 14 1978, weather in New York on May 14 1991, weather in New York on May 14 1997, weather in New York on May 14 2002, weather in New York on May 14 2007, weather in New York on May 14 2013
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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.
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 in New York, a severe thunderstorm moved through between 4:00 and 5:00, dumping nearly half an inch of rain.
Today's 0.47" of rain, which fell during a thunderstorm between 3-4AM, made this the rainiest day of a relatively dry month (1.71" fell in total).
Today's high of 92°, a record for the date, was the first 90-degree reading of the year. This was quite a contrast from 1985, which didn't see its first 90-degree day until July 14, the second latest date on record.
A soaking rain, mostly between 5AM-noon, amounted to 1.39". This was the seventh year in a row to have rain on this date.
This morning's low of 40° was the chilliest temperature in May since a 38° reading in 1978.
For the third day in a row the AM low was 55°, four degrees above average.
Between 11:30 PM and midnight 0.63" of rain poured down; half of it fell in just five minutes.
During the past week temperatures averaged nearly 14 degrees above average (high/low of 81/62). This was one month after an eight-day span (April 1-8) averaged 16 degrees above average.
Today was the sixth day in a row with overcast skies (more than we had in the entire month of April) and raw conditions. It was also the 11th day in a row in which temperatures were below average, the longest such streak since last year's bitterly cold February. I was asked to comment about this chilly/damp start to May on this evening's 5:00 and 6:00 newscasts on PIX11.
Tags: past weather on May 6 in New York, the Hindenburg, weather in New York on May 6 1934, weather in New York on May 6 1937, weather in New York on May 6 1977, weather in New York on May 6 1986, weather in New York on May 6 1991, weather in New York on May 6 1992, weather in New York on May 6 1998, weather in New York on May 6 2009, weather in New York on May 6 2010, weather in New York on May 6 2016
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April 22 is the average date of the year's first 80-degree reading. In the years since 1970 it has occurred as early as March 13 (in 1990) and as late as May 23 (1984 and 1988). In both 2015 and 2016 it occurred on April 18.
Beginning today, two days after the mercury reached 90°, the rest of the month had highs that ranged between 52° and 61°.
This was the third day in a row with identical, beautiful conditions - clear skies with a high of 78° every day (compared to an average high in the low 60s).
Conditions were hardly ideal for the opening day day of the 1964 World's Fair as it was chilly, with a high/low of 47/41 (11 degrees below average). And there were morning and evening showers that amounted to 0.15".
The nation's first observance of Earth Day had pleasant temperatures as the high topped out at 67°, four degrees above average. It was breezy and skies were a mix of sun and clouds.
With a high of 86°, today tied 1962 as New York's warmest Easter Sunday - which, coincidentally, also fell on 4/22. (Easter 1976 would top these two by ten degrees and Easter 2017's high reached 87°.)
This was the third day in a row of nearly identical, chilly highs and lows: 49/44, 50/44 and 49/44 (today).
Today was the first of 26 days in a row with no measurable rain in Central Park, the second longest stretch of rainless days in the 1980-2016 period. (The longest dry streak in this period was 35 days in 1999.)
My summer share at Fire Island began this weekend but I didn't go out because a whole lot of rain fell over the course of two days - 1.23" today (Saturday) and 2.34" tomorrow. This was the most rain from one storm in six months. It was also very chilly as the high reached only 47°, sixteen degrees below average. This was the second year in a row in which opening weekend was a washout.
A steady light rain during the daytime hours turned heavy after dark and was whipped around by gale force winds as a powerful nor'easter made itself known. The brunt of the storm was felt from 8:00-midnight and then conditions greatly improved by 2AM. The 2.89" of rain that was measured in Central Park was greater than the paltry rainfall of the previous nine weeks. Of the storm's total, 2.45" fell today - a record for the date.
After experiencing afternoon humidity around 15% the previous five days, today felt oppressive as the humidity jumped to 50% as a frontal system that produced showers after midnight approached. It was also very mild, with a high/low of 79/62, sixteen degrees warmer than average.
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The day after winter's last below-freezing low (28°), today's high was a balmy 75° (and tomorrow's high would rise to 82°)
This was the first Easter Sunday since 1871 to have a high in the 80s, and at 85° it was the warmest on record (until 1962). By contrast, yesterday's and tomorrow's highs were in the mid-60s.
This was the 19th day in a row with no measurable precipitation, the longest stretch of dry weather since one of 26 days in October 1973.
A late cold snap saw the morning low tumble to 33°, a year after a low of 32° was reported on 4/17. (Interestingly, the warmest temperature this month, 81°, came at the beginning of April.) This morning's frosty low was the coldest reading since March 21.
A steady, cold rain, sometimes on the heavy side, fell throughout the day and amounted to 2.28" - a record for the date. The high was only 46°, seventeen degrees below average.
My flight to Pittsburgh, for an Easter visit to see my mother, was delayed by six hours due to inclement weather in the Mid-Atlantic states. 1.62" of rain fell, with more than half of it coming down between noon-3PM. It was also chilly as the high got up to just 49°, fourteen degrees below average.
Today's high of 79°, sixteen degrees above average, came after a seasonable low of 45°.
Under sunny skies, today's high reached 71°, the last day this month to be in the 70s. April had seven 70-degree days in total, one fewer than the exceptionally mild March.
Tags: April showers in New York, past weather on April 21 in New York, weather in New York on April 21 1957, weather in New York on April 21 1976, weather in New York on April 21 1981, weather in New York on April 21 1991, weather in New York on April 21 2000, weather in New York on April 21 2007, weather in New York on April 21 2012, weather in New York on April 26 1926
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