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Today in New York Weather History: Leap Year Day (February 29)

 

1884

The day after an Arctic front changed rain to snow that accumulated five inches, today's high/low was just 12°/4° (twenty-seven degrees below average).  This was the second coldest day of the winter after 12/23 and its high/low of 10°/-1°.  The next five days (March 1-5) would have moderating temperatures but all had highs below freezing (average high of these five days was 23°/12°).

1968

The month of February would have had no measurable snowfall if not for this extra day as a winter storm moved in during the afternoon.  Precipitation began as rain (more than a half-inch was measured) and changed over to snow after 11 PM, accumulating 1.1" - the only Leap Year Day to have an inch or more snow.  The temperature stayed above freezing all day, with a high/low of 39°/33°.  Heavy, wet snow would continue through daybreak on 3/1, accumulating an additional 5.5".

1976

After the first nine days of February averaged four degrees below average, the rest of the month had temperatures 11 degrees above average.  And the final five days of the month, under mostly clear skies, had highs that averaged 22 degrees above average: 70°-62°-67°-67°-66° (today).  

1980

The morning low of 12° was the coldest reading of the winter - and it occurred on the last day of "meteorological winter" (Dec. 1-Feb. 29).  The high recovered to just 21°, twenty-three degrees below average.

 

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1992

After rising to 50° shortly before midnight the day before (Feb. 28), the temperature plummeted into the 20s this morning and was down to 19° by midnight.  Gusty winds produced below-zero wind chills.  This was the first colder than average day since Feb. 13.

 

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Today's high of 59° was the mildest reading in three months.

2008

This was the wettest February since 1981.  And this year's extra day added 0.14" of precipitation to the rain bucket.  Additionally, 0.2" of snow fell, the most snowfall on Leap Year Day since 1968 when 1.1" fell (the most for the date).  This was the last measurable snow of the winter, a season in which just 11.9" of snow fell - slightly less than last year's paltry 12.4".

 

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2012

The mildest February on record (since passed by Feb. 2017 and 2018) ended on a raw and rainy note, with a high/low of 42°/low of 37° and 0.37" of rain.  The winter of 2011-12 was the second mildest on record, behind the winter of 2001-02 (now ranked third, passed by the winter of 2015-16).  Furthermore, this was the eleventh month in a row with above average temperatures, the longest such streak since 1998-99 when there were twelve consecutive months.  (The streak would continue for three more months.)


New York Weather Highlights of 2011

 2011

JANUARY 

1 - With a high/low of 53°/40°, today was the mildest day of January, fourteen degrees above average.  The year began sunny but gave way to overcast skies in the afternoon.  

12 - Snow that began last night (and accumulated three inches by midnight) was over by daybreak, measuring 9.1".  The 6.1" that fell this morning was a record for the date. 

18 - It was a sloppy day as an inch of snow fell in the wee hours of the morning (when the temperature was in the mid-20s), changed to freezing rain around daybreak and then to plain rain later on.  Total precipitation for the day was 1.27", making this the sixth year in a row in which precipitation fell on this date. 

19 - Today's and yesterday's high temperatures of 41° were the mildest readings between Jan. 3 and Feb. 4. 

24 - A high/low of 24°/6° made this the coldest day of the winter (based on mean temperature).

26-27 - Snow began falling heavily by late afternoon and blizzard conditions developed after nightfall.  By midnight close to 13" had fallen and by the time the snow wound down at daybreak 19" had piled up.  (This was just one month after the post-Christmas blizzard socked NYC with 20".)  Shortly after midnight I ventured outside to snap photos and found traffic mostly at a standstill on Seventh Ave. South in the West Village with taxis pointed every which way.  The quiet usually associated with a snowfall was broken by the sound of spinning tires.  This furious spinning created an odor of burning rubber that pervaded the air.      

The 6.7" of snow that fell before daybreak on the 27th was a record for the date and brought the month's total to 36.0", the most ever in January.  (Just one year ago 36.9" of snow fell in February.)  In the past thirty-three days, beginning with the Christmas blizzard, an incredible 56" of snow fell.  And for the first time New York had two snowstorms of 19" or more in one winter. 

 

FEBRUARY

1 - The 1.1" of snow/sleet that fell today, mostly before daybreak, is the most to fall on this date in the past 50 years.The rest of the day was gray and raw with a high/low of 30°/25°.

24 - This was the first day since Dec. 25 with less than an inch of snow on the ground in Central Park, a span of sixty-one days. 

 

MARCH 

6 - It was a good Sunday to stay indoors as rain began mid-morning and continued for the rest of the day.  It fell heaviest between 4-11:00 PM when 1.30" came down; total for the day was 2.02".  Only four degrees separated the day's high and low of 54°/50°.

18 - Today's record high of 77° was the warmest reading in nearly six months.

24 - An inch of snow fell overnight, the final snow of the winter.  The winter's total snowfall was 61.9" and most of it, 56", fell in just one month's time, between Dec. 26 and Jan. 27.     

31 - This was the earliest date for a Yankees home opener (until 2019) and it was played in raw and damp conditions.  The high was only 43°, twelve degrees colder than average.  After morning showers, no rain fell during game time but showers resumed in the evening.

 

APRIL

1 - 0.18" of rain fell today making this the 13th time in the past sixteen years it's rained on this date. 

8 - The Mets home opener was played in gray and raw conditions with afternoon temperatures well below average (upper 40s).  This was quite a difference from last season's home opener which was played under sunny skies and with temperatures in the 70s.

16 - A nasty storm system moved in later in the afternoon and buffeted the area with 40-50 mph winds and 1.78" of rain, most of which fell today.  Nearly half of the rain poured down between 8-10:00 PM. 

 

MAY

8 - It was a near perfect Mother's Day day as the high reached 74°, five degrees milder than average.  Bright sunshine in the morning gave way to a mix of sun and puffy cumulus clouds during the afternoon.   

12 - This was the last of a seven-day stretch of splendid springtime weather when it's a delight to stroll along the streets of Manhattan.  Under sunny skies temperatures each day were in the low to mid-70s, four degrees above average. 

18 - Today was the fourth day in a row with rain and it culminated with a record for the date as 2.18" fell.  The four-day rain total of 3.91" accounted for 3/4 of the month's total rainfall.  This was the fourth year since 2000 that more than an inch of rain fell on this date. 

30 - For the sixth year in a row Memorial Day (Monday) had an afternoon highs in the 80s.  However, a quick downpour at daybreak was the first rain to fall on this Monday holiday in six years.  

 

JUNE

1 - Today had the first 90-degree reading of the year.

2 - The past ten days were nice and balmy with sunny skies predominating.  Afternoon highs averaged close to 84°, ten above average. 

9 - A day after a high of 93°, today's high reached a sizzling 95°.  Meanwhile Newark, as usual, out-fried New York with highs of 99° and 102°, both which were records. 

14 - A plethora of fives as today was the third day in a row in which 0.05" of rain fell after 0.55" fell on June 11.

17 - Two thunderstorms moved through before dawn and then two more during the afternoon, dropping 1.82" in Central Park's rain bucket, a record for the date (breaking the previous record from ten years ago).  During one 15-minute period between 2-2:15PM, 0.46" of rain poured down.       

 

JULY 

3 - 0.75" of rain fell between 7-9:00 AM and clouds persisted for the rest of the today.  The bleak sky conditions held the high temperature to just 74° - it would be the only day this month not to reach 80 or higher.  Since 1979 only two other Julys had all but one day in the 80s, 1994 and 1983.  A typical July has a half dozen days below 80°.    

18 - Today's high was 95°, the seventeenth time since 1979 the high on this date rose into the 90s.   

21 - This was the fourth morning in a row with a low of 75°, five-and-a-half degrees warmer than average.  (New York's average morning low is 70° for only three days, between July 20-22).  The dew point in the afternoon was in the incredibly uncomfortable 75° to 77° range which, combined with an air temperature of 97°, produced a heat index of 110°.

22 - Today's high soared to an inferno-like 104° (and the "feels-like" temperature was 114°), the hottest temperature in Central Park since another 104° was reached during the summer of 1977.  The only reading hotter than today's was 1936's all-time high of 106°.  And for the first time since the mid-1950s triple-digit heat occurred in consecutive summers.  To our west Newark hit 108°, its highest temperature ever

23 - Although there was a light overcast during the afternoon the temperature soared to 100°, a record for the date.  Despite the cloud cover, no rain fell - the first rain-free July 23 since 2001.

24 - Today was the eighth day of the past nine with a high in the 90s.  (And the one day that didn't reach 90° had a high of 89°.)  During these nine days the average high was 95° (including 104° on 7/22 and 100° on 7/23).

29 - An evening thunderstorm dumped 0.32" of rain in a five-minute period between 6:21-6:26 PM. 

30 - For the 11th year in a row no rain fell on this date.

 

AUGUST 

2 - This was the fourth day in a row with a high in the 90s.  Three of the four days had a high of 91° (today was one of them).  Yesterday was the outlier, with a high of 94°.  This was the fourth four-day heat wave since July 16.

8 - Today's high reached 90°, the twentieth, and last, 90-degree day of the summer, not far from the average number (eighteen).  However, 20 days by this date is well above average.

9 - 2.09" of rain fell mostly around lunchtime, causing subway and street flooding.  This was the first of four days this month that saw more than two inches of rain. 

13 - Today was the 41st day in a row with a high in the 80s, tying the summer of 1943 for the second longest such streak on record (the longest was 59° days during the summer of 1944). 

14 - Nearly six inches of rain flooded the area, more than double what was predicted.  Counting 0.56" that would fall early next morning, total rainfall measured 6.37".  East of New York, areas around Long Beach, on the south shore of Long Island, received eleven inches of rain. 

19 - A severe thunderstorm rumbled through between 7:15-8:15 PM, dumping 1.24" of rain.  At its most intense 0.43" fell in a 5-minute period between 7:30-7:35.  This was the the third time this month that an inch or more of rain fell in less than an hour.  Today's rain pushed August's total over ten inches, the 11th month with this much precipitation since 1979.   

27 - The wind and rain from Hurricane Irene began lashing the area in the evening as it slowly made its way north from the North Carolina and Virginia coasts.  By midnight 2.88" of rain had fallen - with much more to come.  As a precaution New York's transportation system was shut down at noon and 350,000 of the City's residents were evacuated from low-lying areas. 

28 - Between yesterday afternoon and this morning tropical storm Irene dumped 6.87" of rain (2.88" yesterday and 3.99" this morning), one of the greatest 24-hour rain totals in NYC history (and just two weeks after more than six inches rain fell from another monsoon-like rainstorm).  Irene brought August's total rainfall to 18.95" - the most to fall in any month.  In addition to the flooding rains, winds gusted between 50-70 mph (a 60 mph gust was recorded at Central Park), downing more than 2,000 trees on City streets and in parks. 

 

SEPTEMBER

5 - This was the eighth year in a row in which no rain fell on Labor Day, the longest such streak since one of ten years between 1958-1967.  This was also the mildest three-day weekend since 1983, five degrees warmer than average. 

8 - Over the past three days 5.33"  of rain fell from the combination of a cold front and remnants of tropical storm Lee.  Since Aug. 9 Central Park received an incredible 23.16" of rain - normal is 4.32".  During this 31-day period there were four major rainstorms: 2.09" fell on August 8; 6.37" on Aug. 14-15; 6.87" on Aug. 27-28 (from Hurricane Irene) and 5.33" between Sept. 6-8 (including 0.25" in a 5-minute period today between 5:44-5:49 AM).  So much rain had fallen this year that the 55 inches measured in the Park was already five inches above its annual average.  Even if no more precipitation fell for the rest of the year, 2011 would still be New York's wettest year since 2008.   

20 - The 0.06" of rain that fell during late AM showers was the first rain on this date in ten years.  This was also the third day in a row with a high of 68°, six degrees cooler than average.

21 - Today's 0.06" of rain in the early evening was the same amount that fell yesterday and, also like yesterday, it was the first time it rained on this date in ten years.

23 - Heavy rain fell, mostly in the two hours between 11AM-1PM, totaling 2.62".  Since Aug. 3 more than twenty-seven inches of rain fell.  This was more than what fell during the entire drought-stricken year of 1965 when just 26.09" was measured. 

28 - For the past seven days the morning lows were between 68° and 70°, twelve degrees above average and more typical of mid-August.  The high during these days averaged 77°, five above average. 

 

OCTOBER 

1 - Today's rainfall of 0.39" brought the year's total precipitation above 60 inches, making 2011 the sixth wettest year on record - with three months remaining.  (Unlike most other weather pundits, I don't count 1983 as the wettest year since it was revealed that the rain gauge in Central Park was broken, thus invalidating that year's rainfall totals.)   

10 - Today's high of 81° was the latest date for an 80-degree reading since 1995 when it occurred on Oct. 13.

12 - A thundershower between 11:30 PM-midnight dumped 0.43" of rain. (It actually occurred between 12:30-1:00 AM on 10/13, but the National Weather Service uses Standard Time all year round, which occasionally results in this type of peculiarity during Daylight Saving Time.) 

14 - Between 1:00 and 2:00 AM a thunderstorm dumped 0.85" of rain, most of which poured down in a five-minute period.  Between 1:37-1:42 AM 0.63" fell, making this the heaviest five-minute downpour in the 1979-2013 period (topping the 0.54" which fell on June 2, 2006).

25 - This was the third day in a row with a morning low of 50°. (And the AM low on 10/26 would be 51°.)  Although the high temperatures on these days weren't identical, they were very similar: 59°, 61° and 62°.

26 - The streak of 50-degree lows was broken today - with a low of 51°.

29 - An intense nor'easter lashed the area with high winds and outrageously early snowfall.  The 2.9" of heavy, wet snow that was measured in Central Park was the most to ever fall in October (5.2" fell in Newark and over a foot buried northern NJ, parts of NY state, CT, western MA and NH). 

Since the temperature never fell below freezing there was mostly just slushy accumulation on City streets.  However, the day's low of 33°, which occurred in the early afternoon, was the coldest reading in October since 1988.  Total liquid precipitation from the storm was two inches.  Remarkably, twelve weeks would pass before the next measurable snowfall occurred (4.3" fell on Jan. 21, 2012).  

 

NOVEMBER 

15- Today was the first overcast day since Oct. 29, the day of the Northeast's freak snowstorm.  Between that day and today we had more than two weeks of delightful fair skies. 

16 - Today was the first dreary and rainy day since the area's freak snowstorm two-and-a-half weeks ago.  Rain fell for much of the day and amounted to 0.75".

18 - The morning low of 36° was the chilliest reading of the month (along with Nov. 5).  This was the first time since 1988 that November's coldest reading was higher than October's (33° on 10/29 and 10/30).  This was also the third year in a row in which November had no reading of 32° or colder.  This 36° low joined Nov. 1998 as the mildest chilliest ever reported in November.

19 - Today would be the last day for three weeks (until Dec. 10) with colder than average temperatures.

22 - With today's rainfall 2011 became New York's wettest year ever, passing 1972. With thirty-nine days remaining in 2011 67.88" of precipitation had fallen.  (Although 1983 had 80.56" of precipitation this was invalidated when it was revealed that Central Park's rain gauge had been broken for much of the year.)  

28 - Today's high of 70° was twenty-one degrees above average and a record for the date.  It was the warmest reading in seven weeks, since a high of 73° on Oct. 11.  In the past three weeks temperatures have been six degrees above average and eight days had highs of 65° or warmer.

30 - November was 4.2 degrees milder than average and was the eighth month in a row with above-average temperatures. 

 

DECEMBER 

6 - This morning's low of 56° was twenty-two degrees milder than average.  With a high of 62°, the day's mean temperature of 59° was the mildest of the month (and wouldn't be topped for three months). 

7 - Today's rainfall (more than one inch) brought the year's total precipitation past 70 inches - more than 20 inches above a typical year.

10 - Although the temperature fell to 33° back on Oct. 29 and 30 (during the Northeast's freak snowstorm), Central Park's first freezing temperature of the season didn't occur until midnight tonight when the temperature dropped to 32°.  This was the latest first freeze in ten years (when it occurred on Dec. 16) and the fourth latest on record.

11 - Today was the first colder than average day in three weeks as the high/low of 39/29 was five degrees below average.  Between Nov. 20 and yesterday temperatures were 7.4 degrees above average.

18 - Today's high/low of 31°/22° (ten degrees colder than average) was the first day completely below freezing since Feb. 10 when it was 29°/22°.  This morning's low would end up being the coldest reading in December.  It was the "mildest" minimum temperature for December since 1984 when the lowest reading was 25°.    

27 - For the the second year in a row I had difficulty returning to New York after visiting my mother for Christmas in Pittsburgh.  Last year's trip was impacted by the blizzard.  This year New York was lashed by a rainstorm (1.02" fell) with high winds between 5-9:00 PM that delayed my 5:30 flight to JFK until 9:30.  With a high of 57°/low of 38°, the day was 14 degrees above average, the eighth day this month with temperatures 10 degrees+ milder than average. This was also the 24th day this year with an inch or more of precipitation, the second most of any year, breaking a tie with 2007 and 2010 (the greatest number of days was in 1983, which had thirty).  

31 - The year ended on a mid note with a high of 54°/low of 46°, the tenth day of the month in which temperatures were ten degrees or more above average.  Today was sixteen degrees above the norm.  The month was the fourth mildest December on record - and the third to have no measurable snowfall or a "trace" of snowfall.  It was also the ninth month in a row with above-average temperatures.  This followed 2010 which also had nine consecutive months with above average temperatures (between March and November).

 

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New York Weather Highlights of 2009

2009

JANUARY

1 - A bone-chilling start to the year, with a high/low of 26°/15°, twelve degrees below average.

15 - After a light snowfall during the AM (one inch fell), the afternoon was clear and quite cold, with a high temperature of only 22°.  These were the conditions that met US Airways Flight 1549 when it made its famous "miracle" landing on the Hudson River in the middle of the afternoon.

16 - With a high/low of 16°/9°, today was the coldest day of the winter, nineteen degrees below average.  This was also the coldest winter day in five years.

23 - Today's high of 47° was the mildest reading of a very cold month. 

 

FEBRUARY 

3 - 4.3" of snow fell, the only snowfall of the month. 

5 - Today's high/low of 23°/12° made this the coldest day of the month.

 

MARCH  

2 - 8.3" of snow fell from a quick-moving storm that moved in last night (when 1.8" fell), making it the largest accumulation of the winter - and the most in three years.  12-15" fell out on Long Island.  This was the last snow of the winter.

3 - Following yesterday's snowstorm, this morning dawned very cold with a low of 12° degrees.  And today's afternoon high of 26° was a record for coldest high temperature for the date.

7 - Just four days after a low of 12° degrees today's high reached 70°.

26 - A gray day and rainy late afternoon/evening (0.40" fell) limited the day's temperature range to just three degrees (high/low of 45°/42°).     

 

APRIL 

3 - Rain that fell mostly during the morning hours ended with an early afternoon downpour that dumped 0.42" of rain in a 30-minute period between 12:37-1:07 PM.  During that half hour 0.25" fell in one 5-minute period.  

20 - Rain during the PM hours dumped 1.79", with 0.87" falling between 8:19-10:19 PM.  More precipitation fell today than in the entire month of March (1.75").  Temperatures were on the chilly side, with a high/low of 50°/42°, eight degrees below average.  

25 - What a spectacular start to my weekend summer share out at Fire Island as the afternoon high soared to 88° (in New York) after a low of 52°.

26 - Today's high reached 92°, a record for the date and twenty-seven degrees above average.  It came just three days after a cool high of 57°.  It would be nearly four months before it got this hot again.  This was the second day of a four-day springtime heat wave that saw high temperatures of 88°-92°-84°-90°.  (The typical high in late April is in the mid-60s.) 

29 - One day after the high reached 90° today's temperature fell steadily throughout the day and was in the 50s by afternoon. 

 

MAY

2 - The 0.11" of rain that fell between 3-5 AM made this the sixth year out of the past seven in which some rain fell on this date (and in nine out of the past twelve years).

5 - Gray and drizzly conditions persisted for a fifth day in a row, keeping the temperature from rising very much; the high was 54° (fourteen degrees below average) after a morning low of 51°. 

6 - Between 11:30 and midnight 0.63" of rain poured down; half of it fell in just five minutes.

7 - Rain fell for the seventh day in a row, a period in which 3.81" fell (1.06" fell today). 

9 - Rain fell for eight of the past nine days.  4.43" fell during this damp beginning of May, but only 0.74" would fall for the rest of the month.  

 

JUNE 

4 - Rain that began late last night continued until daybreak today, amounting to 0.87" (0.54" fell this morning).  This was the fifth year in a row that rain fell on this date.

9 - In just fifteen minutes time 0.75" of rain thundered down in the wee hours of the morning (1:41-1:56 AM).  Rain continued until 7 AM and totaled 1.80".

12 - Today was the last day this month with above-average temperatures.  The next day with above-average readings wouldn't be until July 28, a stretch of 46 days!

18 - 2.30" of rain fell today, a record for the date.  Rain fell until 4:30 PM, preventing the afternoon temperature from getting no higher than 64°, sixteen degrees below average.  Today's rain brought the month's total to 7.61", making this the rainiest month since April 2007.   

23 - This morning's low of 66° was nothing remarkable except for the fact that it was the warmest low temperature of the month, making it the coolest maximum low temperature (got that?) in the period 1979-2019.  1979 was the only other year in the period that didn't have a low of 70° or warmer in June.

30 - Today's high of 84° was the warmest reading of a cool June - the coolest since 1958.  The 0.66" of rain that fell today brought the month's total past ten inches.  It missed passing June 2003 as the wettest by 0.20".  Rain fell on eighteen days.

 

JULY

4 - In the sixteen days between June 19 and today morning lows fell in the narrow range of 63° to 66°, two degrees cooler than average.  

8 - The day's low of 58° was the last time July had a low in the 50s until 2021 (when a low of 59° was reported on 7/3).

15 - For the fifteenth day in a row temperatures were below average in what became one of the coolest Julys on record (only two days had above-average readings).  During this fifteen-day period temperatures averaged five degrees below average.  Eleven of the days had highs in the 70s.

16 - Today's low of 70° was the first in the 70s this year, the latest of any year since 1920 (when it occurred on 8/9).  It came six weeks after the typical date of this occurrence (June 4).  In total, the year would have eighteen such days, half of the average number (and the fewest since 1992's fourteen).

17 - The afternoon high of 86° was the warmest reading of the month, the coolest July maximum temperature on record.

26 - In just five minutes 0.46" of rain fell between 5:23-5:28 PM, and 0.99" fell in the half hour between 5:12-5:42 PM.

28 - Today was the first day this month with an above-average mean temperature (high of 85°/low of 71° = mean of 78°) - and it was just one degree above average.

 

AUGUST

2 - 0.59" of rain fell between noon-1 PM.  All told, 1.05" of rain fell today, making it the rainiest day of the month.  This was also the fourth rainstorm of an inch or more since 7/21.

10 - Today's high of 91° was the first 90-degree reading since April 28 (four more would follow next week).

17 - Today's high/low of 92°/75°, nine degrees above average, made this the hottest day of a cool summer.  

18 - A quick-moving, but severe, thunderstorm struck shortly before 10 PM and produced a micro-burst that downed more than 500 trees in Central Park and Riverside Park between West 90th and 106th Streets - the most destructive storm in the history of these storied parks.  0.64" fell during the short lived storm.  Besides the violent wind and rain the storm was noteworthy for its vivid lightning and booming thunder.

19 - Today was the fourth day in a row of 90-degree weather, and the last 90-degree day of the year.  In total, only seven days were in the 90s this year - the fourth year in a row that was well below the average of eighteen days.  (Last year had twelve, 2007 had ten and 2006 had eight).

21 - As a cool summer wound down, today was the seventh day in a row with a high temperature of 88° or higher.

22 - 0.40" of rain fell between 2-3 AM and 0.74" in total.  A lot more rain fell in New Jersey and north of Westchester County.  

26 - This morning had the last 70-degree low of the year - the earliest date for this occurrence since 1968 (when it happened one day earlier). The average date for the last 70-degree reading is Sept. 11.

 

SEPTEMBER 

11 - A coastal storm that somewhat resembled a tropical storm buffeted the area with wind gusts of 30-45 mph and 0.84" of rain. 

 

OCTOBER 

1 - Today's high was a chilly 55°, more typical of the second week of November, and the chilliest high on the first day of October in the years since 1960.

2 - Although the showers that moved through after 11 PM produced just 0.06" of rain, it was the first rain on this date in 13 years.

15 - Today was raw, windy, rainy and unseasonably cold (high of 48°/low of 37°).  Outlying suburbs of New Jersey picked up one to two inches of snow.  This came in the midst of a nine-day stretch (10/12-19) in which temperatures were 11 degrees below the norm for mid-October.  

18 - This was the fourth day in a row in which temperatures failed to get out of the 40s.  It was also the sixth day of the past seven in which temperatures were 10 degrees or more colder than average.

28 - 1.29" of rain fell thru mid-afternoon, making this the third year of the past four to receive more than an inch of rain on this date.

31 - It was a very mild day (high of 71°) but light rain began falling just as the Greenwich Village Halloween parade was getting underway.  Although just 0.17" fell over five hours this was the first rain to fall on Halloween night in 14 years.   

 

NOVEMBER

6 - Sunny and brisk, a perfect day for the Yankees victory parade in lower Manhattan to honor the team upon winning their 27th World Series title a few days earlier over the Philadelphia Phillies.  The high/low of 50°/37° was six degrees chillier than average. 

8 - Today's high of 69° was the mildest reading of the month, rebounding from the month's chilliest reading (35°)  the day before. 

13 - Light showers after 9 PM amounted to 0.04", making this the seventh time in eight years that rain fell on this date.

25 - There was just a two-degree variation between today's high (51°) and low (49°). 

 

DECEMBER 

3 - Today's high of 66°/low of 49° was seventeen degrees above average.

11 - Windy and quite cold.  Today's high of 29° was the first high temperature below freezing this winter.

13 - Today's rainfall of 0.95" brought the year's total precipitation over fifty inches for an unprecedented seventh year in a row.

19-20 - A snowstorm moved in late in the afternoon and by the time it ended at around 4 AM on Sunday 10.9" had fallen.  This was the first snowfall of the winter.  Long Island received considerably more, with parts of Suffolk County buried by more than 20".  There was still plenty of snow on the ground when Christmas arrived.

29 - Today was 10 degrees colder than average.  This was the year's 50th day with a variation in mean temperature of +/- 10 degrees, the fewest such days since 1969 (which had 48). 

31 - 1.5" of snow fell, the first snowfall on New Year's Eve since 1967 when three inches fell.  2009 was the seventh year in a row with more than 50 inches of precipitation.  The average over these years was 56.40", seven inches above average.  This December's total precipitation of 7.27" surpassed the previous December's 6.62", making it the wettest since 1973.   

This precipitation also brought the year's total precipitation to 53.62", which was 0.01" more than last year - the closest any two consecutive years have been to each other.  This passed the 0.03" difference between 1945 and 1944.

 

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New York Weather Highlights of 2008

 2008

JANUARY

1 - Rain fell for the seventh day in a row, totaling 1.66" during these days.  Today's amount was 0.17". 

3 - With a bone chilling high of just 20° (and wind chills in the single digits), today was the first day this winter to be completely below freezing.  This was the latest date for this first freezing-or-colder occurrence in 21 years (when it happened on Jan. 20, 1987 - the latest date ever).  Combined with a low of 12°, this would be the coldest day of the winter - seventeen degrees below average.

7 - For the third year of the past four the year's first reading of 60° or milder happened in the first week of the year, a month earlier than average.  (The other year's first 60+, in 2006, was on 1/9.)

11 - 0.54" of rain fell between 2:11-3:11 PM.  Including rain that fell in the pre-dawn hours, 1.29" fell in total. 

12 - This was the seventh day in a row with a mean temperature at least 11 degrees above average.  The average high/low of 56°/43° during this week-long mild spell was 18 degrees warmer than normal, more typical of early April.

31 - Only a trace of snow fell this month, tying 1933 as the least snowy January on record.

 

FEBRUARY 

1 - Although rain fell for twelve straight hours (9 AM-9 PM) nearly half of it, 0.77", fell in two hours (5:47-7:47 PM).  Over the course of the storm 1.63" was measured. 

6 - Today's high of 68° broke the previous record by 10 degrees.

11 - This morning's low of 10° was the coldest reading of the winter, five days after a record-high of 68°.

12 - Snow began during the afternoon and after 2.8" accumulated it changed over to sleet and freezing rain during the evening.  The next day the storm continued as a big rainmaker.

13 - 1.94" of rain fell today, making it the rainiest day in February since 1973.  (2.49" of precipitation fell during the storm's entirety.)  After a low temperature of 10° two days ago today's high climbed to 54°. 

22 - Six inches of slushy snow fell during the morning thru early afternoon, the biggest snowfall of the winter - and the largest accumulation since New York's all-time snowstorm two Februarys ago.  Today's snow was also a record for the date. 

28 - Today's high of 28°/low of 18° was fifteen degrees colder than average. 

29 - This was the wettest February since 1981.  And on this year's extra day 0.14" more precipitation filled the rain bucket.  Additionally, 0.2" of snow fell, the most snowfall on Leap Year Day since 1968 when 1.1" fell (the most for the date).  This was the last measurable snow of the winter, a season in which just 11.9" of snow fell - slightly less than last year's paltry 12.4".   

 

MARCH 

1 - Not only was today's high/low of 46°/33° the same as last year's on March 1, both year's first day of March had 0.14" of rain!  However, this year it fell between 10 PM and midnight while last year's rain fell in the morning hours. 

7 - 0.79" of rain fell in a three-hour period (between 6-9 PM) and 1.21" overall.

 

APRIL

1 - Game-time temperature was 67° (eleven degrees above average) under mostly overcast skies as the Yankees won their eleventh home opener in a row (after yesterday's game was postponed due to rain).   

 

MAY

12 - A showery Monday morning (0.33") was followed by a raw and chilly afternoon.  This was the sixth year of the past seven in which rain fell on this date.  Today's high/low of 54°/45° was eleven degrees chillier than average.

 

JUNE 

7 - This was the fourth year since 1971 to have its first 90-degree temperature on this date.  And like 1999 (one of those four years), the high reached 94°.  This was the first day of a four-day heat wave.

8 - A hot day as the high/low of 93°/74° was fifteen degrees above average. 

9 - Today was a scorcher, with a high of 96°/low of 76°, sixteen degrees above average.

10 - For the second day in a row the high hit 96°, a record for the date.  This was the last day of a four-day heat wave.

14 - 2.01" of rain fell, most of it between 3-9 PM.  At one point 0.24" fell in a five-minute period between 7:07-7:12 PM and 0.84" fell in a 60-minute period between 3:26-4:26 PM.

29 - New York's Gay Pride Parade was interrupted by occasional tropical downpours between 1:30-5 PM (amounting to 0.59").  Before these thunderstorms popped up the temperature rose to 89°.  (For weather highlights during other Gay Pride Parades click here.) 

 

JULY  

5 - Showers between 11 AM and 2 PM amounted to 0.25", making this the fifth year in a row that rain fell on this date.  With a high of 74°/low of 68°, the day's mean temperature of 71° was the coolest of the month (four degrees below average). 

19 - At 96°/78°, today was the hottest day of the summer.

20 - The 0.01" of rain that fell today in the late evening was just the second time measurable rain fell on this date in the past 19 years.  During the daytime the temperature rose to 94°, the fifth day in a row of 90-degree heat. 

21 - This was the last day of six-day heat wave, which accounted for half of the summer's 90-degree days.  High temperatures during these days ranged between 92° and 96°. 

22 - For the third day in a row 0.01" of rain was measured.

23 - 0.76" of rain fell in an hour (9:30-10:30 PM) and 0.34" in a five-minute period during that hour. 

28 - The morning low of 66° was the coolest reading of the month (also reported on 7/11 and 7/25), the mildest coolest reading in July on record (one degree warmer than July 1993, 1970 and 1955). 

 

AUGUST 

1 - This was the third year in a row in which the high made it into the 90s on this date.  Today's high of 90° was the only day in the 90s this month.

6 -Today's high of 87° was one degree above yesterday's high, two degrees warmer than two days ago and three higher than three days ago.

11 - 0.83" of rain thundered down in fifteen minutes between 9:45-10 AM.  In total 1.18" was measured by the time the rain ended somewhat before 2 PM.  

30 - 2.18" of rain fell today, most of it falling in the pre-dawn hours between 4-6 AM.

 

SEPTEMBER 

4 - Today's high of 90° was the twelfth, and last 90-degree day of the year.  Although this was below the average number of hot days for a year (seventeen), it was more than the previous two years (ten in 2007, eight in 2006).  This was the seventh year in which Sept. 4 had the last 90-degree of the year - the second most of any date (after 9/6).

6 - Tropical storm Hanna dumped 3.54" of rain, mostly between 2-8 PM.  Rain was heaviest between 4-5 PM when 0.97" poured down.  As a hurricane Hanna devastated Haiti and killed more than 500 people.  It made landfall in the US near Myrtle Beach, SC.  The rainfall Hanna dumped on New York was the biggest 24-hour soaker of the year and the most in sixteen months.  It was also a record rainfall for the date (and the first rain on this date in 12 years).

12 - The 0.39" of rain that fell today between 1-10 PM was the first rain on this date in 21 years.

26 - The morning was a very soggy one as heavy rain amounted to 2.34", most of which fell between 2-9 AM.  This was a record rainfall for the date.

 

OCTOBER 

14 - The mildest low of the month was 58°, which happened today and on three previous days (all since 10/9).  This was the last year the mildest low in October failed to reach 60° or milder (thru 2018).

21 -Although it was an inconsequential amount, the 0.01" of rain that fell during lunchtime was the first rain on this date in 12 years.

25 - Mostly light rain fell between 4-9 PM but then 0.62" fell in the hour between 9-10 PM.

28 - Two inches of rain fell, with the greatest amount (0.87") falling between 10 AM and noon.  Besides the rain it was also unseasonably chilly, with a high of only 47° and a low of 39°. 

 

NOVEMBER

4 - With a high of 63° this was the mildest presidential Election Day since the election of 1956 when the temperature rose to 64° (when president Eisenhower was re-elected).  However, today's temperature was just five degrees milder than average. 

22 - Today's high of 32° was the earliest date for a freezing high temperature in the past 40 years (and bested 1989 by one day).

23 - This was the sixth day in a row with temperatures 10 degrees or more below average.  It was also the sixth consecutive day in which the low temperature was at freezing or below, matching November streaks of similar length in 1997 and 2000 (the lengthiest in the 1962-2013 period).  The average high/low of 37°/26° during this cold snap was 14 degrees colder than normal.  

 

DECEMBER 

9 - In a 36-hour period the temperature jumped from 19° yesterday morning to 58° this evening as warm air streamed in.

11 - An all-day rain that continued overnight into the next day dumped 2.35" today and 3.28" overall.  Most of it fell after 6 PM.

15 - Today's high temperature of 67° was a record for the date, 21 degrees above average.  It was one of seven days between Dec. 9 and 28 with a high of 57° or warmer (three days were 65+).  This was also the third year in a row in which 0.01" of precipitation fell on this date.

16 - Overnight the temperature plummeted from 62° at 11 PM to 37° by daybreak.  After a raw and gray day an inch of snow fell during the evening, the first measurable snowfall of the season.  

19 - Four inches of wet snow fell (an additional 0.5" fell overnight).  This would be the biggest snowfall of the winter until March 1-2 when 8.3" fell.  

22 - A high of 27°/low of 13° made this the coldest day of the month.  Two days later the temp would jump into the upper 50s.

28 - Today's high of 65° was a record for the date, 25 degrees above average.

31 - This morning's low of 18° was the coldest on this date in ten years.

 

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New York Weather Highlights of 2007

 2007

JANUARY

1 - A very rainy day, with 1.52" measured.  Interestingly, the previous time it rained on New Year's Day, in 2003, the same amount of rain fell.  Today was also very mild, with a high of 56°/low of 45° (eighteen degrees above average).

6 - Today's high of 72° tied Jan. 26, 1950 for the warmest reading ever recorded in January.  This was 33 degrees warmer than normal and more typical of mid-May.  A bonus was that it happened on a Saturday. 

8 - Although it was a record for the date, today's rainfall was a relatively modest 1.25".  Much of it fell between midnight and 4:00 AM, but it continued through midday.  This was also the last day of an eight-day streak with mean temperatures 10 degrees or more above average (including Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, which were 26 and 31 degrees above average, respectively).  The last time temperatures were below average was on Dec. 9.

10 - The winter's first trace of snow fell today, the latest date in New York's history for this occurrence.  It was also the 32nd day in a row with an above average daily mean temperature - and the first day to have a below-freezing low since Dec. 9).  During this span temperatures averaged 12 degrees above normal. 

16 - Today was the first day of a seven-week stretch of very cold weather.  This entrenched dome of cold air followed a 38-day stretch of above average temperatures, going back to Dec. 10, during which the temperature was 12 degrees above average.     

19 - After four consecutive winters with 40+ inches of snow this winter's first measurable accumulation which fell this morning was one of the latest on record.  And it wasn't much as just 0.3" fell shortly after sunrise.

29 - Today was the fifth day this month to have 0.01" of precipitation, the most of any month in the 1970-2018 era (later tied in April 2019).  Today's precipitation was in the form of snow as the high/low was 30°/21°.

31 - Today was the fourth day in a row in which measurable snow fell.  This has happened only one other time in the 1970-2018 period (Jan. 27-30, 1986).  However, snowfall during these four days was more of the "nuisance" variety, with 0.6" falling today, one inch yesterday, 0.1" on 1/29 and 0.4" on 1/28.

 

FEBRUARY

5 - Today's high/low of 18°/8° made this the coldest day of the winter - and of the past three years.

12 - Today's seasonably cold high of 40° was the mildest reading in the three-week period between Jan. 29 and Feb. 19.  During these days temperatures were nearly nine degrees colder than average.

14 - A nasty sleet storm during the morning and afternoon hampered traffic and snarled air travel.  Jet Blue was crippled as its fleet at Kennedy Airport was incapacitated for a number of days.  0.94" of liquid precipitation was measured at Central Park, and two inches of sleet accumulated on the ground.  The day's precipitation represented half of February's total.  Despite a high of 29°, little of the day's precipitation fell as snow. 

19 - Thirteen of the past sixteen days had morning lows in the teens and eleven had highs at freezing or below.  Average high/low during these days was 30°/17°, 11 degrees colder than normal.

20 - Today was the 36th day in a row with a low temperature of 32° or colder, the longest such streak since one of 51 days in the winter of 1976-77. (There would be a streak of 38 days during the winter of 2015.)

21 - At just 49°, today had the mildest reading of a February that was the coldest in 28 years.  This reading was colder than the low temperatures on two days in January (53° on 1/5 and 54° on 1/6).

28 - This was the coldest February since 1979, 6.3 degrees colder than normal.  However, despite the cold conditions just 3.8 inches of snow fell.  Today was one of the handful of days with above average temperatures (high/low of 46°/35°). 

 

MARCH

2 - 2.41" of rain poured down in the morning with the last drops over by 11 AM (with 2.03" falling between 1:00 and 8:00).  It was a record amount for the date.

6 - Bitterly cold, with a high/low of just 21°/11°, twenty-three degrees colder than average. 

9 - Today's low of 13° was the fourth day in a row with a morning low in the teens.  The average low of 14° during these four days was 21 degrees colder than normal. 

16 - An all-day onslaught of sleet and snow dumped 5.5" of icy precipitation, the biggest snow of the winter.  This storm somewhat resembled last month's severe sleet storm on Valentine's Day, but this one had considerably more snow.  The total amount of precipitation was 2.07", a record for the date.  This was the last snowfall of the winter, a winter in which just 12.4" of snow fell, quite a contrast from the previous four winters, all which had at least forty inches of snow.    

17 - The morning low of 25° was the coldest reading on St. Patrick's Day since 1994's 21°.   

30 - Today had one of the lowest humidity levels on record as it fell to a Sahara-like 6% at 4 PM (typical humidity level at this time of day is around 47%).  Although the temperature rose into the upper 60s (13 degrees above average) the extreme dry air made the air feel chillier, especially when the sun went down.

 

APRIL

4 - Under rainy skies (0.85" fell) only two degrees separated today's high/low (42°/40°). 

8 - With a high of only 41° and a frosty low of 30°, this was the coldest Easter Sunday since 1940 (based on mean temperature). 

9 - The Mets home opener was played under sunny skies but chilly temperatures as the high of 49° was nine degrees below average.   

15 - An intense nor'easter that struck on this Sunday dumped 7.57" of rain, the second greatest 24-hour rainfall in New York history.  Three inches fell between noon-4 PM (including 1.19" in one one-hour period); another period of torrential rain dumped an additional 1.70" between 9-11 PM.  In between these two periods of torrential rain there was a period of calm, even a bit of clearing, somewhat resembling the eye of a hurricane. 

16 - After yesterday's tremendous rainfall an additional 0.84" fell this morning.  In total, rain fell for 36 consecutive hours.

19 - Today was the 16th day in a row with colder than average temperatures, the longest such string of days during springtime for the period 1980-2015.  During this streak the mean temperature was eight degrees chillier than average.  Nine days had lows in the 30s. 

21 - After a seasonable low of 45° the afternoon temperature jumped to a high of 79° (sixteen degrees above average).

25 - For the sixth year in a row rain fell on this date as mid-afternoon showers amounted to 0.14".

27 - 2.07" of rain, a record for the date, brought April's total to 13.05".  This was a morning rainfall with a little more than half of the amount falling between 3:00 and 5:00 AM.

 

MAY

5 - This was the fifth day in a row in which the morning low was 50° or 51°.

14 - Today was my 50th birthday and the high/low of 70°/49° was the same as on my 40th birthday!

16 - It was a muggy day with a high of 85° before thunderstorms moved in between 3-9 PM, dropping 0.83" of rain.

25 - Today, with a high of 90°, was the first 90-degree day of the year, about a week earlier than the average date for this occurrence.  This broke a string of four years that had their first 90-degree temperature in June.

 

JUNE

2 - This was the tenth day in a row with a high temperature of 80° or higher.  The average high during these days was 86°, twelve degrees warmer than normal.

3 - Rain began in the evening and by midnight 1.62" had fallen.  This was the fifth year in a row in which rain fell on this date. 

4 - After beginning the night before, nearly four inches of rain was dumped on the City as the remnants of tropical storm Barry moved through.  The rain was over by noon.  The amount that fell from the storm was twice as much as fell during the entire month of May.

12 - 0.85" of rain poured down in just 15 minutes between 2:07-2:22 PM. (This was even greater than the 15-minute deluge of 0.68" on this date in 1995).

 

JULY

5 - One year after heavy rain fell in the AM hours (1.05"), 1.15" poured down between midnight and 3 AM.  The highs/lows in both years were also very similar (78°/67° this year, 79°/68° last year).

9 - Today's high/low of 92°/76° made this the hottest day of the summer - relatively mild considering how torrid summers can be.  (And the high was just 20 degrees above the high of 72° on Jan. 6.)

11 - A thick haze prevailed during the daylight hours but then a cleansing cold front moved through in the early evening, producing thunderstorms that dropped 1.10" of rain between 5-8 PM.  Much of it, 0.78", poured down between 5-6 PM.

18 - 1.44" of rain fell during AM rush hour (6-9 AM) with half of it falling in fifteen minutes (6:03-6:18 AM).  The day's total rainfall of 1.59" was a record for the date (broken five years later).

23 - In the past four weeks rainfalls of one-inch+ occurred each week.  Today 2.31" of rain fell, with most of it (1.91") falling between 7 AM-noon.  Because of the rainy conditions the high only made it to 72°, thirteen degrees cooler than average.

 

AUGUST

1 - Low temperatures during the past week were between 70° and 72°.

2 - This was the third year in a row with a high in the 90s on this date.  Today's high was 92°, tying July 9 and 10 for the hottest reading of the year.

3 - 1.06" of rain poured down in just fifteen minutes tonight between 10:06-10:21 PM.  And during that fifteen minutes 0.46" fell in a five-minute period.

8 - Tremendous thunderstorms moved through the City before daybreak, dumping 2.50" of rain and shutting down much of the City's subway system.  Between 4:36-5:36 AM 1.91" of rain came down, the greatest one-hour downpour since July 17, 1995 (when 2.09" fell).  Also, a rare tornado wreaked havoc in parts of Brooklyn.  Later in the afternoon the temperature rose to 90°, which was the last 90-degree reading of the year, three weeks earlier than usual.  In total the year had only ten days in the 90s, well below the average of eighteen.  All of the highs were in the 90° to 92° range.

21 - On a rainy day (1.27" fell) the high reached just 59°, twenty-two degrees below average - tying Aug. 31, 1911 as the coolest high temperature recorded for any day in August.

22 - Today was the sixth day this month with a low in the 50s, tying August 1989 for the most days with mornings cooler than 60° during August in the 1970-2019 period. 

 

SEPTEMBER

10 - A couple of showers at daybreak and during lunchtime produced 0.13", breaking a streak of nineteen rain-free days.

11 - Two-thirds of September's rain fell today.  Of the day's 1.21" total, 0.75" of it came down in a torrential 15-minute downpour between 12:58-1:13 PM.

15 - Early morning showers between 3-6 AM amounted to 0.08", making this the sixth year in a row in which rain fell on this date (and in eight of the past nine years).

26 - Today's high was a sultry 87°, fourteen degrees warmer than average.

 

OCTOBER

8 - Today's sultry high of 87° was a record for the date and the fifth day in a row of 80-degree weather, the longest such streak in October since 1990.  Normal highs for the first week of October are typically in the mid-to-upper 60s.  

11 - Today was the 22nd consecutive day with above-average temperatures, the longest such stretch during the autumn in the period 1980-2019.  During these days temperatures were nine degrees milder than average.  A cold front moving through during the afternoon triggered storms that dumped nearly an inch-and-a-half of rain, with an inch of it falling in a two-hour period ending at 6:30 PM. 

23 - Today's low was a balmy 66°, nineteen degrees above average and five degrees warmer than the typical high for the date.  The afternoon high got up to 78°.  The past three weeks were nearly ten degrees warmer than normal with fourteen days having temperatures 10 degrees or more above average.  No big surprise, this would be the mildest October on record.  Today was the 12th day this month with a low in the 60s, the most in October since Oct. 1879's 13 (Oct. 2017 would also have 12 such lows). 

25 - Today's high was 57°, the first day this autumn with a high temperature below 60° - the latest date for this occurrence in the 1970-2021 period (average date is 10/7).  This balanced the high of 59° on 8/21, which was only the second time a high cooler than 60° occurred in the month of August.

31 - This October tied 1947's as the mildest on record, a whopping seven degrees above average.  And today was one of the twenty-five days this month with above-average temps (high/low of 64°/49°, five degrees above normal).

 

NOVEMBER

22 - Today's high of 66° was the second mildest reading on Thanksgiving Day, behind 1933's high of 69°.  (For more Thanksgiving weather highlights double click here.)

24 - This morning's low of 26° was the coldest reading of the month and came two days after the month's mildest reading. 

 

DECEMBER

2 - The first snow of the winter fell this morning, the earliest date in eleven years (when it occurred on Nov. 28).  This morning's low of 20° was the coldest reading of the entire month.  Today's 1.4" accumulation was washed away when rain moved in at around 10 PM.

10 - There was only a three degree variation between today's high and low of 40°/37°.

16 - An overnight lashing of sleet and rain produced 0.84" of precipitation and an inch of frozen precipitation.  Then a cold front moved through after dark, producing 40-60 mph wind gusts.  

21 - Just like Dec. 10, just three degrees separated today's high (39°) and low (36°).

 

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 2006

JANUARY

14 - 1.17" of rain fell today, one year after 1.04" fell on the same date.  And in both years the temperature dropped like a rock after passage of a cold front.  The mercury dropped from 57° to 31° today while last year it plummeted from 66° to 34°.

31 - Only three degrees separated today's low and high temperature (42°/39°).

 

FEBRUARY

Nyc_bigsnowstorm_feb200611-12 - New York was the bulls-eye for a record-setting amount of snow over the weekend.  Beginning the night of the 11th with light snow (2.8" fell by midnight), it turned heavier after midnight and between 4-10AM Sunday morning the snow was falling at a rate of two inches/hour (between 8:25-9:25 nearly four inches piled up).  When it was over 26.9" had fallen, 1.1" more than the City's previous record on Dec. 26-27, 1947.  Snowfall totals outside of NYC were also impressive but not nearly as much as what Central Park picked up.  This storm accounted for two-thirds of the winter's total snowfall.  Only 1.3" of snow fell for the rest of the winter.  (This storm dropped to second biggest snowstorm ten years later when 27.5" fell on Jan. 23, 2016.)

18 - Although today turned sharply colder, temperatures in the upper 50s the previous three days completely melted away the record-setting twenty-seven inches of snow that fell less than a week ago.   

19 - Today was the second coldest day of a mild winter as the high reached 30° after a low of 15°.  (The coldest day of the winter was back in mid-December).

 

MARCH

2 - After today's 0.52" of precipitation (including 1.3" of snow) the rest of the month would receive only 0.28" more, making this the driest March on record. 

10 - Today's high of 74° was a record for the date, a jump of twenty-seven degrees from the morning low.  It would be the mildest reading of the month.

26 - A light shower during mid-afternoon measured 0.02" and was the last precipitation of the month, which ended up being the driest March on record.  Its total of 0.80" was 0.10" less than the previous record from 1885.

 

APRIL

5 - The 0.1" of snow that fell today brought the season's total to exactly 40 inches, making this the unprecedented fourth winter in a row with snowfall of 40 inches or more.  

11 - With a temperature of 68° at game time, this was the mildest Yankee home opener in eleven years.

20 - Today's high of 83° was the warmest reading of the month (and came five days after the year's first 80-degree reading), but what was even more notable was the afternoon's bone dry humidity, which fell to 10% at 4 PM.  Air this dry in New York is rare.  However, ten years later on this date the humidity dropped to 9%.  (Typical late afternoon humidity in April is around 45%.)   

22 - My summer share at Fire Island was supposed to begin this weekend but I didn't go out because a whole lot of rain fell over the course of two days, 1.23" today (a Friday) and 2.34" tomorrow.  This was the most rain from one storm in six months.  It was also very chilly as the high only reached 47°, sixteen degrees below average.  This was the second year in a row in which opening weekend was a washout.

 

MAY

12 - 1.53" of rain fell between midnight and 6 AM.  It came down especially hard between 1-3:00 when 0.95" poured down.  

27-29 - Summer-like conditions prevailed throughout the Memorial Day weekend with afternoon highs of 83°-83°-88°, eleven degrees above average.  This was the first time in six years that the temperature on Memorial Day was in the 80s.

 

JUNE

1 - 0.99" of rain fell during an evening thunderstorm, with 0.73" of it falling between 7-8 PM.  Before the storms developed it was a warm & humid day with a high of 86°/low of 64°, nine degrees above average.

2 - A severe thunderstorm struck shortly after lunchtime on Friday and dumped 1.73" in an hour (2:35-3:35 PM).  During this hour 0.54" fell in five minutes and 1.02" in ten minutes.  Total rainfall for the day was 2.79", a record for the date.   

3 - Between 6 PM on June 1 and 2 PM today, 4.52" of rain fell. 

8 - A cool (high of 66°) and damp day.  The 0.13" of rain that fell from showers between 10 AM-2 PM was the first rain on this date since 1995 (when just 0.01" fell).  

18 - Today was Father's Day and the high of 91° was the first 90-degree reading of the year.

22 - Although it was a very wet month, with 8.55" measured, the thirteen days between June 10 and today had no rain.  (6.15" fell between June 1-9 and 2.50" from June 23-30.)

 

JULY

5 - 1.05" of rain fell this morning with 0.66" of it pouring down between 8-9 AM.

12 - Two periods of heavy rain fell in the PM hours.  The first occurred between 3-5 PM when 0.74" fell; then four hours later an additional 0.73" fell between 9-11 PM. 

17 - Today's high was 95° after a low of 77°.  The mean temp of 86° was the warmest of the month.

18 - A hot and humid afternoon (high of 95°) was followed tonight by a severe thunderstorm between 9-10 PM that dumped 0.69" of rain.  These storms maintained their strength as they moved eastward and lashed Fire Island where high winds snapped the flagpole in the harbor of Fire Island Pines.  Deck furniture, table umbrellas and even a few grills were blown into swimming pools there.  

21 - 1.95" of rain fell, mostly during two storms.  One from 8-9 AM dumped 0.84"; the other struck between 3-4 PM and 0.70" was measured.  During the morning deluge 0.69" fell in a 10-minute period.

26 - Today was the 13th day this month with a seasonable mean temperature (average of high/low).  This tied July 1985 for the second most such days in a month (in the 1970-2019 period).

30 - This was the third day in a row with a high of 89°.

 

AUGUST

1 - Today's high was 95° after a low of 79°.

2 - A high of 97°/low of 83° made this the hottest day of the summer.  It was 14 degrees above average.  Like yesterday the heat index in the afternoon peaked at 106°. The morning low was the warmest ever in August.

3 - The high today was 96° after a low of 78°.  This was the fourth day in a row of 90-degree weather and it turned out to be the last 90-degree reading of the summer - one of the earliest dates for the last 90 of any New York summer (about four weeks ahead of schedule).  In total, eight days were in the 90s this summer, ten below the typical number.  (Seven of them occurred after 7/15).

8 - This was the fifteenth day in a row in which the morning low was in the 70s.  The average low during these days was 75°, six degrees above average.  The warmest low during this period was 83° on Aug. 2.  This was the longest such streak in eleven years.

10 - Between 6:11-7:11 PM 2.46" of rain poured down during a severe thunderstorm, the greatest amount to fall in an hour in all the years I've lived in New York (since 1979), topping the 2.09" that fell in an hour on July 17, 1995.  In addition to the torrential rain, winds gusted near 40 mph during the storm.

24 - 0.75" of rain fell today, all of it pouring down between 5-6 PM.  This was also the first of seven days in a row with measurable rain.

30 - Rain fell for the seventh day in a row.  During this streak 3.32" fell; the high during these seven days was 74°, eight degrees cooler than average.

 

SEPTEMBER

2 - Labor Day weekend started off cool and wet as tropical storm Ernesto moved through, dropping 1.24" of rain; the day's high was just 66°, thirteen degrees below average.  Sunday and Monday, however, were very nice, but a bit cooler than average (mid-70s). 

24 - Today's morning low of 67° degrees was the mildest low temperature of the month (it also occurred on 9/9 and 9/19).  This was the coolest "maximum" low temperature for any September since 1967 (when it was also 67°).  

 

OCTOBER

4 - After a very mild day (high 78°/low 64­) a cold front passed through after dark and generated a thunderstorm that drenched the City with 0.41" of rain between 11 PM-midnight.

28 - A nor'easter that moved in last night dumped 2.54" by the time it exited around 2:00 this afternoon.  Shortly before the last raindrops fell a final rain band dumped 0.33" in a five-minute period between 1:32-1:37 PM.

 

NOVEMBER

8 - It was a day of heavy rain, with nearly half of it falling between 10 AM-2 PM.  The 3.60" that fell was the greatest 24-hour rainfall of the year and the heaviest one-day rainfall in November since 1977 when November's all-time 24-hour record of 7.40" was set.  By coincidence it occurred on Nov. 8 as well.

23 - An all-day rain totaling 1.72" made this the wettest Thanksgiving on record, easily topping the previous record from 1939 and 1985.  

30 - It was somewhat ironic that the last day of November was the mildest day of the month (oddly, tied with 11/1)  as today's high of 69°/low of 58° was more typical for early October - and 21 degrees above average.  

 

DECEMBER

1 -Today's springlike high of 70° (twenty-two degrees warmer than average) broke 2001's previous record by one degree.  It was also one degree warmer than Nov. 1, two degrees warmer than Oct. 1 and three degrees warmer than Sept. 1.

8 - During one of the mildest Decembers on record (6.3 degrees above average, today was an anomaly as it was 15 degrees colder than average, with a high of 29°/low of 18°.  This was the earliest date for a low below 20° since the brutally cold December of 1989. 

9 - This morning's low was 24°, making this the sixth consecutive day with a below-freezing low temperature - and it would be the last such low temperature this month.  As a result, this December tied that of 1984 for the fewest number of days in December with minimum temperatures of freezing or colder.  (However, this record would be shattered nine years later when December had no days with lows colder than 32°.)  The next low below 32° wouldn't occur until Jan. 9. 

31 - The year ended with twenty-one days in a row of above normal temperatures, averaging 12 degrees milder than is typical.  During these days there was no temperature of freezing or colder reported.  Additionally, this was just the second December to have neither measurable snow or a trace of it.

 

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 2005

JANUARY

1 - Today's afternoon high of 60° was the mildest start to a year since New Year's Day 1979 and 1973, and two degrees shy of the all-time warmest back in 1966.  It also marked the start of a very mild first half of January in which temperatures averaged 11 degrees above the norm.

14 - Today's high of 66°, which occurred in the pre-dawn hours, was the 17th day in a row with above average readings.  A streak of 17 consecutive days with below average temps would begin tomorrow.  About an inch of rain fell in the morning and afternoon as cold air moved in. 

15 - For the first time this year (and since 12/29) the temperature dropped below freezing - and the following nineteen days in a row would also have lows of 32° colder (as well as eleven of the high temperatures).  This was the latest into the year for the first low of 32°.  Today's low of 26° was forty degrees colder than yesterday's high.

22 - A weekend snowstorm began early Saturday afternoon and by daybreak Sunday had dumped 13.8" (8.5" fell today, 5.3" on Sunday).  After a very cold a.m. low of 9°, the high of 25° was reached at midnight.  This was the biggest January snowfall since the blizzard of 1996. 

24 - This was the third year in a row to have a low in the single digits on this date, the third time a streak like this has occurred.  Today's low was 8°, last year's was 9° and in 2003 it was 7°.  The other two streaks occurred from 1920 to 1922 on Jan. 25, and on Feb. 5 from 1893 to 1895.

28 - Although today and yesterday had different highs and lows (yesterday's was 18°/9°, today's was 22°/5°), they both had the same mean temperature (13.5°), which made them the coldest days of the winter.  Today was the eighth time this month with a low temperature in the single digits.  All of them occurred in the past eleven days.  This was the same number as last January but this year's were more concentrated.

 

FEBRUARY

14 - Rain fell throughout the afternoon and evening, amounting to 0.95" and putting somewhat of a damper on New Yorkers' romantic plans. 

20 - The first measurable snow of the month fell today and over the next ten days three small snowstorms of five inches+ would pass through, dumping a total of 18.7" of snow.  The first storm moved in this evening after 9:00 and five inches had accumulated by the time the snow ended at 10 AM on the 21st. 

24 - Snow moved in during the evening and by 3:00 AM on the 25th six inches had accumulated.

 

MARCH

Feb 28-March 1, 2005 - March came in a like a lion camouflaged as a lamb from all of the snow that was covering him.  7.7" of snow fell from a storm that began the afternoon of Feb. 28 and ended at daybreak on March 1.  It wasn't a cold storm as the temperature rose into the low 40s after the snow ended. 

8 - An Arctic front combined with a rapidly developing nor'easter wreaked havoc during the afternoon and evening.  Accompanied by 40-50 mph winds, the temperature dropped like a rock, from 57° to 18° degrees.  A burst of snow fell on top of a coating of ice formed when rain-soaked pavements froze.  1.5" of snow fell in NYC while many suburbs had 3-5 inches.  Besides making driving difficult, the icy surfaces made walking very challenging, especially with the howling winds. 

9 - Today, with a high/low of 31°/16°, was colder than any day in February, and the coldest day since 1/28.  Gusty winds produced "feels like" temperatures in the single digits and teens.

23 - It was a wet and windy day with rain that began late in the morning and ended as the season's last snowfall late in the evening.  (It was also the first time in 12 years that precipitation fell on this date.)  An inch of snow fell, bringing the winter's snowfall to 41 inches.  This was the unprecedented third winter in a row with more than 40 inches.

28 - My flight back from Pittsburgh after visiting my mother for Easter took eight hours because of heavy rain and thunderstorms in the New York area.  2.98" rain fell, a record for the date.  This was the biggest rain producer in six months, since tropical storm Jeanne dumped 4.66" at the end of September. 

 

APRIL

17 - After a chilly low of 42° the temperature recovered to 77°.

20 - Today's high and low of 87°/64° was 22 degrees above average, making this the warmest day of the month.  It would be seven weeks before a hotter high temperature was reached (93° on June 8). 

 

MAY

3 - Since this morning's low of 41° (nine degrees below average) there has been no low this chilly in May since then (thru 2019).

19 - Today was the second consecutive day with a high/low of 70/53° and replicated a pair of 70°/53° highs/lows on May 18-19, 1932.

25-  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 than May 25.  

31 - The warmest temperature in May was 79°, and it occurred not only today but on 5/27 and 5/28 as well.  This was the last year (thru 2019) in which May's warmest reading failed to top 80° (the average warmest temperature in May is 88°).

 

JUNE

8 - Today's high was 93°, the first reading in the 90s this year (and it occurred one day earlier than last year).

11 - During an evening thunderstorm 0.44" of rain poured down between 6-7 PM.  It was also a warm and very humid day, with a high/low of 85°/71° (eight degrees above average) and an afternoon dew point that peaked at 75°. 

26 - The high reached 92°, making this the hottest (temperature wise) Gay Pride Day in the years I've lived in NYC (since 1979).  The 26th is also the day in June most likely to reach 90°.

 

JULY

6 - 1.26" of rain fell between midnight-1 AM.  This was the first rain that fell on this date in 13 years.

8 - Two days after 1.52" of rain fell, an additional 1.46" fell today.  And whereas most of the rain on July 6 fell in an hour (midnight-1 AM), today's rain fell throughout the day (2 AM-7 PM).  These two rainstorms accounted for most of the month's 3.36" of rainfall. 

 

AUGUST

2 - Today's high reached 94°.  This was the first of nine 90-degree days between today and Aug. 21. 

5 - Today's high was a scorching 98°, the fourth day in a row with temperatures in the mid-to-upper-90s.

11 - Today's high was 97°.

12 - Today's high was 96°, thirteen degrees above average.

13 - Today was the hottest day of the year, with a high of 99°/low of 80°.

14 - After a sizzling high of 96° (the fourth day in a row with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 90s) a strong thunderstorm dumped 3.11" of rain during the evening.  Two especially heavy periods of rain occurred between 6-7 PM, when 1.70" fell (including 0.82" in fifteen minutes), and 9-10 PM, when 0.83" came down.  Today's rain accounted for much of the month's total rainfall.  Up until today just 0.09" of rain had fallen in the past four weeks.  In the past four weeks half of the days had highs in the 90s, with the majority (nine) being 95° or hotter.

25 - This morning's low temperature of 65° was the coolest reading of a hot month. 

 

SEPTEMBER

1 - Today was the 53rd day this year with a low temperature of 70° or warmer, passing 1980 to become the year with the third most such lows on record (behind 1906 and 1908).  And there would be six more such days in September and one in October. 

13 - Today's high was 92°, fifteen degrees above average, and the last day of the year with a reading in the 90s.  In total, the year had twenty-three days of 90+ - six more than average (and quite a jump from last year's two).

20 - Today was the twentieth day this year with a high of 82°, which is the most times a high temperature occurred in any one year in the 1980-2019 period.  (In 1991 the low of 65° occurred nineteen times, which is the most frequent low temperature in any year.) 

22 - For the past nine days high temperatures were between 82° and 85°, averaging 10 degrees above average.

23 - Today's afternoon high reached a summer-like 87°, the 35th day in a row in which the temperature rose into the 80s.  During this five-week stretch temperatures averaged six degrees above the norm. 

26 - Evening showers amounted to 0.17", the "rainiest" day of what turned out to be the driest September since 1884.  By contrast, last September had 11.51" of rain, the wettest since 1934.

30 - Today's high/low of 67°/50° made this the only day this month that had cooler than average temperatures (four degrees below normal).  Not only was this one of the mildest Septembers on record (+5.8 degrees), but one of the driest (0.48 inches).

 

OCTOBER

2 - Today was the 100th day this year with a high of 80° or warmer, just the fifth time this number was reached (later joined by 2015, which established a new record with 114 such days).  A typical year has 85 days in the 80s.

7 - This morning's low of 70° was the latest date on record for a 70-degree low, breaking the previous record of Oct. 1, set in 1954.  (Average low for this date is 54°.)  This was also the year's sixtieth 70-degree low, the second greatest number on record, one less than 1906.  (Average amount is 36 days.)  Despite the day's mild low the temperature rose only six degrees due to a cloud cover. 

8 - Rain that began last night continued for thirty-two consecutive hours, totaling 4.49" by midnight.  This was the first in a series of huge rainmakers that dumped nearly 17 inches of rain on the City in a 2-1/2 week period.

12 - Four days after a rainstorm dumped 4.49" on the area, an additional 4.26" flooded the area today.  Today's rainfall was a record for the date.

13 - Following yesterday's record 4.26" rainfall a record was set for this date as well as rain fell for much of the day and amounted to 2.75". 

14 - 8.55" of rain fell in the past three days (4.26" on 10/12; 2.75" on 10/13; 1.54" today) - and 13.35" over the past eight days!  

20 -This morning's low of 49° was the first reading in the 40s of the fall, the latest date on record for this occurrence.  (The previous latest date was 10/16, which occurred in 1995 and 1955.)  The first low in the 40s typically occurs at the end of September.

25 - In less than three weeks (Oct. 8-25) nearly 17 inches of rain fell, making this the wettest October on record (and the second rainiest month overall).  During this two-and-a-half week period of deluges, seven days received an inch of rain or more.  In stark contrast, September had just 0.48" of rain.

 

NOVEMBER

24 - It was Thanksgiving Day and very cold air moved in later in the afternoon, dropping the temperature from 49° to 24° by midnight.  Light showers fell before and after the Macy's parade.  (To read more weather highlights of other Thanksgiving holidays double click here.) 

30 - 1.28" of rain fell in a 3-hour period between 11 PM last night and 2 AM today.

 

DECEMBER

- The first snow of the winter fell this morning as 2.5" accumulated between 3-9 AM.  Then it changed to a light drizzle for a few hours until the precipitation ended. 

7 - Today's high was 32°, making it the first day this winter with a temperature of freezing or below.

9 - 9.3" of snow fell in the past six days.  The 5.8" of wet snow that fell on this Friday morning was a record for the date.

14 - Today's high/low of 24°/14° made it the coldest day of the winter of 2005-06, a winter that was on the mild side (especially January, which was 8.8 degrees above average).  This was the earliest date for the coldest day of winter since the winter of 1988-89, when it arrived on Dec. 12.  Today's high/low was nineteen degrees colder than average.

15 - This was the thirteenth day in a row with a high colder than 40°.  The average high/low during this nearly two-week period was 34°/25°, ten degrees colder than average.

16 - 1.58" of rain fell between midnight and 8 AM, making this the rainiest day of the month.

21 - Today's high/low of 33°/24° felt even colder because so many of us were forced to walk to work due to a three-day subway strike (Dec. 20-22).

 

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 2004

 

JANUARY

5 - This was the fifteenth day in a row with temperatures well above average.  During this string of days the high averaged 50°, which is more typical of mid-March.  However, this period would be followed by an Arctic air mass that would stay entrenched over the Northeast for four weeks. 

10 - This was the coldest day of the winter with a high/low of 15°/1° (24 degrees below average).  The morning low was the coldest in 10 years (and the day's mean temperature of 8° made this the coldest day of the 21st century).

14 - Typically, based on a 1:10 water-to-snow conversion ratio, today's 0.15" of liquid precipitation should have produced 1.5 inches of snow.  However, because it was such a frigid day (high of 17°/low of 9°) with low humidity this amount of precipitation produced 5.7" of fluffy snow.  The snow began last night and continued until just before daybreak.

15 - The day's high of 18°/low of +2 made it the second coldest day of the winter, just behind the 15°/1° of five days earlier.

16 - This morning's low of 1° above zero tied January 10th's low as coldest temperature of the winter - and the coldest reading in ten years (since a low of minus 2° on the morning of Jan. 19, 1994).  Today was also the sixth day of the past eight with a low in the single digits.  (Through the winter of 2015 this morning's low is the coldest of the 21st century.)

25 - Today was the eighth day out of the past seventeen with a morning low in the single digits. 

27 - This was the fifth day in a row in which the high temperature was below 25°.  The highs on these days were 20°, 23°, 19°, 22° and 24° (today).  Snow moved in after 8:00 PM and by the time it ended early the next morning 10.3" inches of powdery snow had accumulated (six inches of it fell tonight).  

31 - Although the first five days of the month were 15 degrees milder than average, this ended up being the coldest January since 1977.  Twenty of the past twenty-five days had high temperatures of freezing or colder and were 11 degrees below normal.  And today was no different, with a high/low of 28/15.

 

FEBRUARY

2 - Today was the 28th day in a row with colder than average temperatures.  During this four-week period temperatures were 10 degrees below normal.

3 - This was the 29th day in a row in which the low temperature was 32° or colder, the longest such streak since December 1989.  Later in the day a cold rain (the high temperature was 38 degrees) fell during the afternoon, amounting to 0.96".

29 - Today's high of 59° was the mildest reading in three months.

 

MARCH

12 - For the fourth morning in a row the low temperature was 35°.   

16 - Today's weather was a drastic change from yesterday's upper 50s as temperatures fell below freezing by late morning and then a late winter storm dumped 3.5" of snow on the City during the afternoon (up to seven inches fell in the suburbs).  The snow was blown around by winds gusting to 40 mph, which created lots of traffic problems.

17 - Today's high of 31° (19 degrees colder than normal) was the the first time since 1967 the high temperature stayed below freezing on St. Patrick's Day.  There was also a light accumulation of snow (0.5"), just the eleventh measurable snowfall on the holiday since 1870.   

18 - A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain during the morning accumulated just under an inch and was the final ice/snow of the winter.  This was the second winter in a row with more than 40 inches of snow, the first time that's happened since the winters of 1947-48 and 1948-49.

 

APRIL

12 - Not a great day for the Mets home opener as rain moved in after 2 PM and continued for the rest of the day (0.55" was measured).  Temperatures were in the low 50s.  However, the Mets won, scoring early and held off the Braves 10-6.  

19 - The afternoon temperature soared to 85° after a morning low of 48°.

 

MAY

12 - 1.45" of rain fell, with most of it falling between 1-7 PM.  The air had a tropical feel to it as the high/low was 86°/65°. 

13 - For the third day in a row the high was an unseasonably warm 86°, seventeen degrees above average.  

15 - After a sultry high of 87° (sixteen degrees above average) the day ended with heavy rain between 9 PM-midnight that amounted to 1.16".  Although it wasn't a tremendous amount, today's rainfall set a record for the date, breaking 1898's record by 0.02".

 

JUNE

9 - Today's high was 91°, the hottest reading of the year, and the first of just two 90-degree days all summer (the other would be on Aug. 28).  Only four other years had 91° or 90° as their hottest reading: 1884, 1889, 1902 and 1960.  A typical summer has eighteen days in the 90s.

17 - After a muggy afternoon in which the high reached 87°, 0.57" of rain poured down during a thunderstorm between 4-5 PM.  More thundershowers popped up later and an additional 0.42" fell.  

20 - Today was Father's Day and the morning low of 57° was the same as that on Father's Day 1997 and 1992, the coolest readings on the holiday in the 1970-2019 period.

25 - 0.95" of rain fell from thundershowers between 5-10 PM.  Rain was heaviest at the onset when 0.53" fell in the initial hour (5-6 PM).

 

JULY

2 - Today's high of 87° turned out to be the warmest reading of the month (two other days also hit 87°).  This was only the third July in the past fifty years with no 90-degree days (later joined by 2009).

5 - 0.59" of rain fell down between 3-4 AM.

13 - 2.21" of rain fell in a 24-hour period that began yesterday afternoon and ended today at noon.  Today's high was only 69°, fifteen degrees cooler than average.

23 - 2.32" of rain fell, with three especially heavy one-hour downpours: 0.57" between 10-11 AM; 0.50" from 3-4 PM (including 0.31" during one five-minute period); and 0.40" between 9-10 PM.

27 - 1.36" of rain fell between 4 PM-midnight.  Under overcast skies the high was only 71° after a low of 68°. 

 

AUGUST

11 - 0.59" of rain fell between 1-2 PM, an amount that was greater than what had fallen in the past two weeks.

28 - Today was only the second day this summer to have a high temperature in the 90s.  It was also the last day (the first was back on June 8).  This was the fewest number of 90-degree days since the summer of 1902, which had just one.  A typical year sees eighteen days in the 90s.

 

SEPTEMBER

8 - Heavy rain (3.77") from tropical storm Frances flooded the area shortly before morning rush hour (most fell between 4-7:00 AM).  1.76" fell between 5-6:00 AM.  Frances' effects were felt here three days after it made landfall as a slow-moving category 2 hurricane on Florida's East coast. 

18 - 2.18" of rain fell during the morning, most of it between 8-10 AM, as the remnants of Hurricane Ivan moved through.  Ivan's rainfall was much heavier in Pennsylvania and upstate New York.  Damage wise, the storm was one of the five costliest hurricanes (until 2010's Hurricane Irene pushed it down to sixth).     

28 - Three weeks after the remnants of Frances and ten days after Ivan, the remnants of a third tropical storm, Hurricane Jeanne, moved through.  By the time its rain ended the following morning 4.66" had fallen, the most from a storm system since tropical storm Floyd dumped 5.44" in 1999.  The rain that fell today, 3.84", was a record for the date and brought the month's total to 11.41" making this the rainiest September since 1934. 

 

OCTOBER

19 - Damp and chilly with a high of 51°/low of 48°.  The 0.70" of rain that fell accounted for more than half of the month's paltry total of 1.15".  This followed a very wet September (11.51").

 

NOVEMBER

25 - It was a mild Thanksgiving Day through early afternoon, with temperatures in the 60s during the morning hours, but after the temperature peaked at 65° a cold front moved through and the mercury fell 30 degrees by midnight.

 

DECEMBER

10 - Just two degrees separated today's morning low of 45° and the afternoon high of 47°.  This tiny diurnal variation was largely due to overcast skies and light rain during much of the day (0.41" was measured).

19 - An Arctic front moved through later in the afternoon and the temperature plunged from 47° to 21° by midnight.  The season's first snow fell between 9 PM-3 AM, but it was just 0.6".  

20 - Brrr, today's high/low of 21°/11° was twenty degrees colder than average and the coldest day of the month.  It was also the coldest day in December in eleven years since a high/low of 20°/10° on Dec. 27, 1993.

27 - The winter's first snowfall of one inch or more fell between 2:00 and 6:00 this morning, accumulating 1.8".  The rest of the day was quite cold, with a high/low of 29°/19°.

 

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JANUARY

1 - The year began on a rainy note as 1.52" fell, making this the rainiest New Year's Day since 1923.  The rest of January would be very dry so today's rain accounted for two-thirds of the month's total precipitation.  

6 - For the eighth day in a row precipitation fell, amounting to 2.20".

13 - Today's high of 40° was the mildest reading during the twenty-two days between Jan. 11- Feb. 1.  During this three-week period temperatures were ten degrees colder than average.

25 - Today was the twelfth day in a row in which the high temperature failed to rise above freezing.  The average high during these days was 27°, eleven degrees colder than normal.

28 - Fourteen of the past fifteen days had high temperatures that were below freezing.  However, despite this cold snap just 2.6" of snow fell.

29 - In the past four days very cold and dry air produced 2.5" of powder/fluffy snow from just 0.04" of liquid precipitation.  Today was the eighth day this month with measurable snowfall, which was notable since only 4.7" of snow fell during the month. 

 

FEBRUARY

1 - Only three degrees separated today's high and low of 37°/34°.

7 - 5.3" of snow fell, more than fell in all of January (4.7") and the third snowfall of five inches or more this winter.

16 - This was the coldest day of the winter, with a high of just 15° and a low of 8°, twenty-two degrees below average.  After nightfall a fierce blizzard moved up the coast and by midnight 3.5" of snow had fallen.  Winds gusted over 40 mph producing below zero wind chills.  

17 - The brunt of the Presidents' Day blizzard kicked in this morning and dumped an additional 16.3", making this New York's fourth biggest snowfall on record.  (Since then four snowstorms during the winters of 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2016 have surpassed it.)  40 to 50 mph winds created snow drifts of 3-5 feet. The day's high/low was just 26°/14°. 

18 - Eight of the past thirteen days had highs at freezing or colder and twenty-six inches of snow fell.  Temperatures were nine degrees below average during these thirteen days. 

21 - Today's and yesterday's highs of 50° were the mildest temperatures during a very cold month (the coldest since 1979).

22 - Five days after the big blizzard a cold (high/low of 42°/36°), hard rain fell from mid-morning until late afternoon, with 1.49" measured.  This was the same amount of liquid precipitation measured on 2/17 (when 16.3" of snow piled up).

 

MARCH

3 - This morning's low was a biting cold 11°, a record for the date and the coldest temperature in March since a reading of 10° in 1980.   

13 - The past twelve days were seven degrees colder than average.

21 - 0.61" of rain fell this evening with 0.17" of it pouring down in a 5-minute period between 6:21-6:26 PM.  

31 - In 1998 the Mets were wildly lucky when their home opener on March 31 was played in record warmth (86°).  Their luck didn't hold out this year.  Although the game was played under clear skies the temperature hovered around 40° and a biting wind created a "feels like" temperature of 30°.  No surprise that this was the coldest Opening Day in the 1970-2015 period.  To make it even worse they were destroyed by the Cubs by a score of 15-2. 

 

APRIL

7 - The four inches of snow that fell today, the last snowfall of the winter, was the biggest April snowfall in twenty-one years.  This brought the season's snowfall total close to 50 inches.  Today's snow forced postponement of the Yankees' home opener.

8 - Yet another cold start to the Yankees' season.  This game tied the snowy one of 1996 as the coldest home opener in the 1970-2015 period and was played one day after four inches of snow fell.  The temperature at game time was just 37°, twenty-one degrees below average, and more typical of mid-winter.

9 - For the ninth year in a row precipitation fell on this date, a cold rain that amounted to 0.30".  The high/low of 39°/35° was thirteen degrees below average.  This was the third day in a row with a high only in the 30s, the most in April since 1881, when there were five (all in a row as well) .

11 - Since March 30 (a span of thirteen days) the mean temperature was nine degrees below average, with a high/low of 46°/34°.  Today was the eighth in a row with a low temperature in the 30s, the longest such streak during the spring since one of thirteen days in 1975. 

12 - The day before the 13-day streak of chilly weather began on March 30, the high reached 69°.  And today, the day this chilly spell ended, the temperature once again topped out at 69°.

16 - The afternoon high soared to 88°, twenty-seven degrees above average.  Then a back-door cold front moved through and the temperature dropped to 51° by midnight.  Today's high wouldn't be topped for ten weeks.

17 - After a back-door cold front dropped yesterday's summery temperatures nearly 40 degrees, today's temperature fell slowly throughout the day and was down to 36° by midnight.  This was one year after the high reached a broiling 96° on this date. 

28 - After today's 80-degree high (the third 80-degree reading of the month) it would be six weeks before the next 80-degree reading occurred.

 

MAY

26 - We were stuck in an unseasonably cool pattern similar to one we had two years ago in May.  Today and the previous four days were 11 degrees cooler than average.  Two days had a high/low of 56°/50° and two others were at 56°/51°.  Not only was today cool but rainy as well, with 1.28" of rain measured (the most precipitation in a 24-hour period since the big snowstorm on President's Day).  Unfortunately, this coincided with Memorial Day weekend (5/24-26).

30 - Today's high of 79° was the warmest temperature of the month and only the second time in twenty-five years that May had no readings of 80° or higher.  (It would happen again in 2005.)

31 - This was the coolest May since 1967, 0.8 degrees cooler than the chilly May of 1997.  Much of the month's 3.40" of rain fell since May 21, including today's 0.59".

 

JUNE

4 - 2.75" of rain fell, a record for the date.  Shortly before the rain ended 0.66" fell in the hour between 8-9 PM.  The high temperature was just 57°, nineteen degrees below average.

7 - Nearly eight inches of rain fell since May 21, with rain falling on thirteen of these eighteen days.  And every day but one had cooler than average temperatures.  Today's rainfall totaled 0.90" and fell largely between 11 AM-7 PM.  Five more inches of rain would fall in June, which became the rainiest on record with 10.26" measured.

9 - Four of the past five days had a low of 57°; the other day had a low of 58°.  Also, twenty-eight of the past thirty days were cooler than average.

21 - Periods of heavy rain amounted to 1.19".  Today's rainfall brought the month's total to 9.89", passing 1972 as the wettest June on record. 

23 - Today was the 17th day this month with a low in the 50s, passing June 1965 as the June with the most such days in the years since 1960.

24 - Today, with a high of 93°, was the first 90-degree reading of the year, coming more than three weeks after the typical first 90.  It was also the first day of a four-day heat wave.

26 - The AM low of 79° degrees, thirteen degrees above average, tied June 10, 1984 for the warmest low temperature in the month of June since a low of 81° on June 26, 1952.  And today's high of 93° was the third 90-degree reading in a row, making this the fourth year in a row to start its 90-degree readings with a heat wave, the longest such streak on record (going back to 1872).

29 - With today's 0.05" of rain early this morning, June's record rainfall totaled 10.26".

 

JULY

5 - Today's high of 94° degrees, the hottest reading of the month, followed yesterday's low of 63°, which was July's coolest reading (and 7/3's high was just 72°).

6 - Despite a sultry morning low of 77°, the high failed to reach 90°, topping out at 89°. 

10 - Overcast skies, winds off the ocean and periods of drizzle kept the temperature in the 60s all day (high of 69°/low of 66°). 

22 - 0.24" of rain fell in a five-minute period between 1:38-1:43 PM.  Rain fell sporadically throughout the day and totaled 1.36".

31 - This was the first of twelve consecutive days in which rain fell.  0.12" fell today, beginning at 9PM.  During this streak 5.57" of rain would fall.

 

AUGUST

1 - 0.55" of rain thundered down in the hour between 4-5 PM.

4 - 1.98" of rain fell today, with much of it coming down between 2-5 PM.  An additional 0.77" fell between 4-5 PM.  

7 - 1.19" of rain fell between 8 PM and 2 AM.  Not only was it the eighth day in a row with some rain, but the first time in 10 years that it rained on this date.

9 - During the first nine days of August 5.42" of rain fell, but then just 0.36" was measured for the remainder of the month. 

11 - Rain fell for the twelfth consecutive day, the longest streak on record.  5.57" of rain fell during this span, but just 0.01" today and 0.02" yesterday.

14 - It was sunny and hot (91°) when the power went out late in the afternoon throughout New York, New York's third major blackout.  For much of the City the electricity remained off until the following afternoon.

22 - Today's high was 90°, the eighth, and last, 90-degree day of the year (a typical year has eighteen).

27 - 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).   

 

SEPTEMBER

1 - For the second year in a row the temperature never got out of the 60s on Labor Day.  And like the previous year it rained, but not nearly as much fell (0.59" compared to 1.63"). 

14 - Today was one of four days this month in which the high reached 80°, the warmest reading of the month - and the coolest maximum temperature for any September in more than 50 years.  However, the month's overall temperature was slightly above average (+0.5°). 

 

OCTOBER

6 - The first six days of the month had chilly highs in the 57° to 60° range, which is more typical of the last few days of October/first week of November (average highs in the first week of October range from 67° to 69°).

29 - Up until Oct. 27 this had been a very dry month, with just 1.26" of rainfall measured.  Then 3.62" fell in the past three days, including 1.63" that fell today.

 

NOVEMBER

1 - Today's high was a balmy 77°, eighteen degrees warmer than average, and the first 70-degree day on this date since another 77° high back in 1982.

2 - The NYC Marathon was held today and the afternoon high of 68° (10 degrees above average) was the mildest temperature on race day since 1994, when the high reached 70°.

3 - Today's high temperature of 79° was twenty-one degrees above average.  Besides being the warmest day of the month it was also the warmest day in 6-1/2 weeks since it was 80° on Sept. 20. 

19 - A downpour dumped 0.80" of rain between 7:30-8:30 PM.  For the entire day (a rainy morning and evening, but a dry afternoon) 1.80" fell.

 

DECEMBER

3 - Today was the first day with a high of freezing or colder this winter, one day earlier than last year.  And today's high/low of 31°/21° was very similar last year's first freezing-or-colder day (32°/20°).  

5 - Snow fell during the afternoon and lasted into early evening, accumulating eight inches, coming one year after six inches fell on the same date (and the fifth time in the past twenty years that the first snow fell on Dec. 5).  This was part of a two-stage storm that brought more significant snowfall the following day.

6 - The City was under a blizzard warning for much of the day as an additional six inches of snow fell on top of yesterday's eight-inch snowfall.  The high temperature was only 28° after a low of 23°.  Just a week into the month and this was already the snowiest December since 1960 when 19.8" fell.    

14 - 5.8" of heavy snow fell between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM before changing to a wind blown rain as the temperature rose into the lower 40s.  Total precipitation from the storm was 1.59".  Today's snow (a record for the date) brought the month's total to 19.8", the most in December since 1948 when 25.3" fell.  Four weeks would pass before the next snowfall (0.5" on Jan. 12).  

24 - It was a rainy Christmas Eve as 1.42" fell during the daylight hours (5 AM-6 PM), a record for the date.  The day's mean temperature of 51° was the mildest of the month (high of 56°/low of 46°).

31 - The last ten days of the year were close to 10 degrees milder than average (high 51°/low 38°).

 

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New York Weather Highlights of 2002

2002

JANUARY

7 - The first snow of the winter fell today, a light snow that accumulated 0.5" during the afternoon.  This was the fourth winter of the past eight in which the first measurable snow didn't occur until January (average date is Dec. 14).   

19 - The typical snow season in New York lasts about three months (from mid-December to mid-March), but this winter it was less than two weeks.  Today's 3-inch snowfall was the last measurable snow of the season and came thirteen days after the first (when 0.5" fell).  For the entire winter just 3.5" fell, the second least of any winter (the least was during the winter of 1972-73 in which 2.8" fell.) 

29 - The afternoon high soared to 69°, thirty-one degree above average, and a record for the date. 

30 - For the fourth day in a row the high temperature soared into the 60s (highs on those days: 62°, 60°, 69°, and 61° today).  This stretch of days was 17 degrees milder than normal (high of 56°/low of 42°), making it feel more like Dallas or Atlanta.  It was also the ninth consecutive day in which the mean temperature was 10+ degrees above average. 

 

FEBRUARY

5 - The morning low of 19° was the coldest reading of the winter, later tied on 3/5.  This was relatively mild for the coldest temperature since, on average, it is 9°.

27 - Light showers late in the AM amounted to 0.05" and brought February's precipitation total to 0.71", making it the driest February since 1901 and third driest on record.  (This February would also tie 1998 and 1984 as the mildest on record - later eclipsed in 2012).  

28 - The very mild temperatures in January and February were as mild as those in 1998.  In both years the mean temperature was 40.0 degrees in January and 40.6 degrees in February.  

 

MARCH

5 - With a high/low of 35°/19°, this was the first day this year with a mean temperature 10 degrees colder than average - and the first such day in five months.  The morning low tied 2/5 for the coldest reading of the winter.

6 - Today's high of 59° was one day after a morning low of 19°.

 

APRIL

3 - The temperature nosedived from 77° (twenty-one degrees above average) to 42°.  This temperature drop was accompanied by 30-40 mph wind gusts.

5 - For the third season in a row, the weather for the Yankees' home opener was very chilly, with a high of only 45°, twelve degrees colder than average.  

16 - Today was the beginning of a very early four-day heat wave, with the following high temperatures: 92° today; 96° on 4/17; 91° on 4/18; and 89° on 4/19.  This was the third earliest date for a year's first 90-degree day.  (And talk about bad timing, I had my air conditioner taken out of my apartment yesterday to have it cleaned and serviced.) 

17 - Today's high was a sizzling 96°, tying April 18, 1976 as New York's hottest day ever in April.  Today's departure from the norm was +35 degrees, one of the greatest departures on record.  Furthermore, this morning's low of 74° was the earliest date ever for a low in the 70s.   

18 - The morning low was a stifling 76°, which would be uncomfortable even in the middle of the summer.  This was 15 degrees warmer than the average high for the day.  And although the high was 92°, it wasn't a record.  The record was 96° set in 1976.

19 - The four-day summer heat wave that Mother Nature cut & paste in the middle of spring resulted in an average high/low of 92°/71°, which was 26.5 degrees above normal.  After highs in the 90s the previous three days, today "cooled down" to 89°.  The next 90-degree day wouldn't be for another two months (June 26).

25 - A steady rain, amounting to 0.55", fell during the afternoon - the first rain on this date in 12 years.  One week after a heat wave with temperatures 30 degrees above average, today was chilly, with a high/low of 52°/43°.

 

MAY

4 - Today was the fourteenth day in a row with below-average temperatures (five degrees below average).  This was in stark contrast to mid-April's heat wave in which seven days had temperatures that averaged 23 degrees above normal.

14 - The 0.05" of rain that fell between midnight and 1:30 AM was the first precipitation on this date in 11 years.

20 - This morning's chilly low of 43° was a record for the date.  (Yesterday had been even colder, at 41°, but it wasn't a record.)  

21 - This was the last of four consecutive days with morning lows in the chilly low 40s, well below the average low of 55°. 

 

JUNE

6 - 0.32" of rain poured down in just 10 minutes between 7:50-8 PM.

 

JULY

2 - Today's high reached 95°, the first of a dozen 90-degree days this month.

3 - After a very uncomfortable morning low of just 82° the steamy afternoon high topped out at 95°.  This was the earliest date for a low in the 80s since the summer of 1952.

4 - Although four other 4th of Julys had high temperatures that were hotter (in 1966, 1955, 1949 and 1911), today's mean temperature of 88.5 degrees (based on a high/low of 96/81) was the hottest of any 7/4.

19 - Half of the month's rain poured down in an hour during the early evening as 0.52" fell between 5-6 PM.

 

AUGUST

2 - Today was the fifth day in a row with a high temperature of 95° or hotter.  During an evening thunderstorm 0.42" of rain fell in just 15 minutes (7:15-7:30 PM).  This brought relief after a blistering high of 97°.

13 - With a high of 98°, today was the hottest day all summer. 

19 - This was the third day in a row in which the high hit 94° (yesterday and today set new records).  It was also the seventeenth 90-degree day since July 29, a three-week period that had heat waves of eight days and nine days.  The average high during these two heat waves was 94°, ten degrees hotter than average.

29 - 2.68" of rain fell, a record amount for the date.

31-Sept 2 - With an average high of just 68° (11 degrees below average) this was the coolest Labor Day weekend between 1980-2019.  And Labor Day itself was a washout with 1.63" of rain falling.

 

SEPTEMBER

10 - Today's high of 90° was the 32nd, and last, 90-degree day of the year.  This was the most 90-degree days in nine years and is tied for seventh most with three other years.  (The most such days, 39, occurred in 1991 and 1993.)  

 

OCTOBER

11 - An all-day rain dumped 3.06" of rain on the City, a record for the date. 

12 - Rain fell for 51 consecutive hours beginning the night of the 10th and continuing until 9:00 this evening.  In total 4.51" fell, with 1.06" measured today.  

 

NOVEMBER

17 - Although it was a relatively modest amount, today's 1.42" of rain was enough to be a record for the date (the old record was 1.37" in 1937).  Half of the rain fell between midnight and 7 AM, the other half from 3 PM-midnight.  It was all part of a nor'easter which moved in yesterday afternoon (with 0.66" of rain).  Winds gusted to 35 mph.

 

DECEMBER

4 - Today's high of 32° (after a low of 20°) made this the first day of the winter with a maximum temperature of 32° or colder, two weeks earlier than normal.

5 - One year after a day of record warmth six inches of snow fell, the biggest snow so early in the season since 1957 (when eight inches fell on 12/3-4).  

9 - Today's mean temperature of 24.5 degrees (high of 30°/low of 19°) was the coldest of a very mild year.

11 - Fourteen of the past fifteen days were colder than normal, with temperatures eight degrees below average (high of 38°/low of 27°).  This afternoon a cold rain fell, measuring 1.11".

25 - A sloppy winter storm produced the most precipitation ever measured on Christmas Day (1.30") and the most snow (five inches) since 1909 when seven inches fell (the most ever).  Morning/afternoon rain changed to snow later in the afternoon.  This was the first Christmas snowfall of one inch or more in thirty-three years - and the last time measurable snow fell on the holiday (through 2019).

 

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