Looking Back at New York City Weather: April 1
In the span of eight hours the temperature plummeted from 83° to 44° as a "back-door" cold front moved through and winds shifted from the southwest to the northeast. This would be the warmest reading of the month. The next reading in the 80s wouldn't occur until May 20. Today's high came the day after the high was 62°, the year's first reading of 60°+.
Easter Sunday dawned bitterly cold, with a reading of 12° at 6 AM, making this, easily, the coldest reading of any Easter (and the coldest reading on record for the month of April). Winds gusting to 25 mph produced wind chills around -5°. The afternoon high "recovered" to 36°. (Three days later the high would reach 70°.)
It was no April Fool's joke as 8.5" of heavy, wet snow fell, from mid-afternoon through midnight. Interestingly, snow fell mostly with temperatures two or three degrees above freezing (the temperature was above freezing through 9 PM). Besides the snow, gale force winds gusted to 35 mph.
Today had the first reading in the 60s the year (the high was 60°), the fifth latest date for this occurrence in the years since 1900 (now ranked seventh). This followed a very late date for the first reading in the 50s, on March 3.
More than half of April's 2.80" of rain fell today between midnight and 10 AM, when 1.51" was measured in Central Park. (May 1976 would start the same way.)
A high of 82° (26 degrees above average, and one degree shy of the 1917 record) would make this the warmest day of the entire month - and, very similar to 1917, the next 80-degree day wouldn't be for another seven weeks (May 19).
0.52" of rain fell in a 60-minute period between 5:53 and 6:53 AM, and 0.87" poured down in the two hours ending at 7:48 AM.
1.78" of rain fell today, with 1.16" of it coming down in a two-hour period between 6-8 PM.
The Yankees' home opener was rained out yesterday, but today was dry. Under mostly cloudy skies, the temperature at game-time was a mild 67° (eleven degrees above average) as the Yankees won their eleventh home opener in a row.
0.51" of rain fell today, making this the fourteenth year in the past seventeen to have rain on this date.
Today felt like a day in early summer as the air was a bit sticky and the high/low was a warm 79°/61°, which was more typical of the second week in June. After a mostly cloudy morning, the sun broke through in the afternoon, making for balmy conditions. Despite today's unseasonably warm temperatures, March 10 had an even milder mean temperature, with a high/low of 79°/63° (31 degrees above average).
Temperatures were in the chilly 44°-50° range during the Yankees' home opener, made even chillier by blustery conditions, as winds gusted between 25-30 mph. The only positive aspect of the day (the Yankees lost to Toronto in 10 innings) was that the sun began to break through the overcast skies during the second half of the game.