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New York Weather Highlights of 1979
New York Weather Highlights: 1981

New York Weather Highlights of 1980

 1980

JANUARY

5 - Two inches of snow fell in the wee hours of the morning.  It was the month's only snowfall. 

 

FEBRUARY

6 - For the fifth year in a row the high temperature on this date was colder than 32°: 31° (this year)-29°-27°-22°-24° (1976).

15 - Today was the 24th day in a row with no precipitation.  Total precipitation for Jan/Feb was just 2.76", half of what typically falls in these months.  These twenty-four days were also cold as temperatures averaged three degrees below normal. 

19 - This morning's low temperature of 28° made this the 31st day in a row with a low at freezing or colder.  There have been only six other streaks longer than this in the years since 1960 (the most recent was one of 38 days during the winter of 2015).  

22 - 1.1" of snow fell before a changeover to rain took place.  This was the month's second, and last day, of precipitation.  The last time there were so few days of precipitation in a month was back in October 1963.

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

 

MARCH

1 - This year March came in like a polar bear rather than a lion as the morning low was 10° (twenty-one degrees below average), the coldest reading in the month of March since 1967.  No day in March has had a colder reading since then.  (However, it was still six degrees above the record for the date.)

11 - Beginning last night at around 9 PM, and continuing until a little past 1:00 this morning, an inch of rain fell.  Nearly half of the precipitation, 0.44", fell between midnight-1 AM.  This was the first of six rainstorms in March that dumped 0.75" or more of rain.  All told, the month's total precipitation would amount to 10.42", making it the rainiest March on record (a record eclipsed in 2010 when 10.68" was measured).  

13 - One last gasp of winter as sleet and slow lashed the area from 5 PM into the wee hours of the next day, accumulating 4.6" (much of it today).  After a morning low of 23° the day's high of 33° was reached at midnight.  

21 - An intense nor'easter battered the area with heavy rain and gale force winds (peak gust was clocked at 46 mph).  The 2.21" of rain that fell was a record for the date; an additional 1.04" fell the next day, ending in the early afternoon.  The 3.25" of rain that fell during this 36-hour assault was the most since January 1979.  The winds were so strong that the 40-story building I worked in at 800 3rd Avenue (between 49th and 50th Streets) was swaying noticeably and the office closed mid-afternoon.  

31 - March went out like a lion as a nor'easter brought winds that gusted close to 40 mph and produced 2.02" of rain (most of it falling from late morning onward).  Afternoon temperatures were only in the 30s.  Today's rainfall made March 1980 the wettest March on record (with 10.41" measured), pushing it past March 1953 and 1876.  (It's since fallen to third, behind 2010 and 1983).    

 

APRIL

9 - 3.42" of rain fell, with nearly two inches falling in a three-hour span between 5-8 PM.  It was an especially inopportune time for so much rain because it happened during New York's 11-day subway strike (April 1-11), which forced many commuters to walk to and from work.

10 - A day after a record deluge, it was dry and warm with afternoon temperatures in the low 70s, thirteen degrees above average.  The weather was perfect for the the Mets' home opener against the Cubs.

17 - The morning low was 32°, thirteen degrees colder than average, one of the latest dates in New York City for a last frost.  (The typical date is April 1.)

18 - It was a very pleasant day for the Yankees home opener as skies were sunny and the temperature rose into the mid-60s.  Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, the Yankees lost. 

28 - 2.74" of rain poured down, a record for the date.  It came down especially hard between 11 AM-4 PM.  Not only was it damp, but chilly, as only two degrees separated the high and low (47°/45°).

 

MAY

5 - After a low of 57°, the high jumped to 90°, a record for the date.  This was the first 90-degree day of the summer; thirty-one more would follow (mostly in July and August).  It came more than three weeks ahead of the average date of New York's first 90-degree reading.

8 - Today's high of 56° came three days after a high of 90°.

18 - For the fifth year in a row rain fell on this date.  Today's measured 0.15" and fell during the morning between 6 AM and noon.

24-26 - After a hot Friday (high of 90°) each day of Memorial Day weekend gradually cooled down, but skies were sunny throughout and temperatures stayed above average: 86°-84°-76°.   

 

JUNE

3 - Two thunderstorms produced significant downpours, the first dumped 0.52" of rain from 8-9 AM and then 0.43" fell between 2-3 PM.  It was also a warm day with a high/low of 84°/67°, eight degrees above average.  Total rainfall for the day was 1.08", the first time an inch of rain fell on this date (it's happened three additional times since then).

7 - 0.60" of rain fell in the hour before daybreak (4-5 AM).

8 - 0.51" of rain fell during lunchtime (noon-1 PM).  Then much chillier air was ushered in as the temperature dropped from 80° to 52° by midnight. 

9 - This morning's low of 47°, a record for the date, was the coolest reading in June in eight years - and there hasn't been a chillier reading since.

27 - Today's high was 94°, the only 90-degree day this month, and five weeks after the last 90-degree day.  (July and August would have twenty-six 90-degree days.)

28 - Today was the eighteenth day in a row with no rain.  This was just four months after a dry spell of twenty-four days between Jan. 23 and Feb. 15.

29 - Heavy rain (0.70") fell after 10 PM, the first rain since June 10.   

 

JULY

7 - The morning low of 61° was the coolest reading of July.  It was also the first time since July 1971 that the coolest reading in July didn't fall into the 50s.

16 - Today's high of 99° was a record for the date. 

20 - The temperature soared to a record-breaking 101°.

21 - A second day in a row of triple-digit heat.  Today's high/low of 102°/82° made this the hottest day of the year.

29 - A monsoon-like rainstorm dumped 3.47" of rain during the morning rush hour (7-10 AM).  In the hour between 8-9 AM 1.38" poured down.  This was the rainiest 24-hour rainfall in July since 1960 (later topped on July 24, 1997 when 3.75" fell).  Today's rain topped a record deluge on April 9 by 0.05", making it 1980's rainiest day.

 

AUGUST

9 - Today's high was 95°, the eighth day in a row with a high in the 90s.  The average high/low during these days was 93°/75°, eight degrees above average. 

11 - During a nighttime thunderstorm 0.45" of rain fell in an hour (10-11 PM), nearly half of the month's total (1.16").  Earlier in the day the high reached 93°. 

15 - Today was the twenty-second consecutive day with a low of 70° or warmer (half of the days had lows of 75°+.)  This is the longest such streak on record (later tied in July 2010).  Average high/low during these days was 89°/74°, five-and-a-half degrees above average.  This was the longest such streak going back to the summer of 1950 (later tied in July 2010).

26 - It was a hot, late summer day with an afternoon high of 95°, fourteen degrees above average.

27 - Hot, hot, hot with a blistering high of 97°, sixteen degrees above average.

28 - The late summer heat wave persisted as the high reached 95° degrees.  This ensured that this August would go down as New York's hottest on record.

30 - Today was the start of Labor Day weekend and it would be the hottest one of the 1970-2020 period.  Highs on the three days were 86°-90°-95°. 

 

SEPTEMBER

1 - After a stifling morning low of 76° the high topped out at 95°, making this the hottest Labor Day since 1973 when it was 96°.   

2 - The hot summer of 1980 continued as today's high/low was 96°/75°, thirteen degrees above average.

8 - Today was the 18th day in a row with warmer than average temperatures (averaging 7.6 degrees above normal).

17 - Heavy rain between 11 PM-midnight amounted to 0.85", nearly half of the month's total precipitation.

22 - Today's unseasonably hot high of 94° (twenty-one degrees above average) was the latest 90-degree reading since 1970.  It was also the 32nd 90-degree day of the year.

25 - Three days after the mercury soared to a sizzling 94°, today's high temperature was a chilly 62°, 11 degrees cooler than normal.

 

OCTOBER

9 - High temperatures over the past six days were three pairs of the same reading: 64° on 10/4 and 10/5; 65° on 10/6 and 10/7; and 70° yesterday and today.

18 - A late afternoon thunderstorm dumped 0.66" of rain between 5-6:00 PM.

25 - 1.76" of rain fell, with 1.15" falling between 10 AM-1 PM.

26 - Conditions for this year's NYC Marathon couldn't have been more different from last year, when temperatures rose into the upper 70s under sunny skies.  This year runners had to contend with temperatures in the 40s throughout the day, gray skies and winds gusting between 25-40 mph.

 

NOVEMBER

3 - This was the 15th day in a row with below-normal temperatures.  During these days temperatures were six degrees chillier than average.

17 - This morning's low was a frosty 28°, thirteen degrees colder than average.  It came just three days after a high of 71°, eighteen degrees above the norm.

24 - Half of today's 0.90" of rain fell between 7-8 PM.  The remaining rain fell over ten hours.  Also, between 11/18 and today, each day's high temperature was above the previous day's, warming from 38° (14 degrees below average) to today's 57° degrees (seven above).

28 - 1.05" of rain fell between 10 AM-1 PM.  1.68" fell during the entire rain event.

 

DECEMBER

8 - The day John Lennon was shot outside his apartment building in New York was a very mild one.  With a high/low of 64°/46° it was the mildest day of the month, eighteen degrees above average.

15 - The temperature remained below freezing all day (high/low of 31°/18°) and the first snowfall of the winter arrived after 9 PM, accumulating 1.1" by midnight.    

24 - An inch of snow fell during the afternoon as Arctic air swooped in.  The temperature dropped from 37° in the morning to 20° by midnight.

25 - This morning's frigid morning low of minus 1° (thirty degrees below average) was the coldest reading of the year and a record for Christmas Day.  And if that wasn't cold enough gale force winds produced a "feels like" temperature of -25°.  This was quite a contrast from last Christmas which was one of the mildest on record.

28 - The 0.1" of sleet that fell overnight was the last measurable precipitation of the month (and year).  At just 0.58", this was the second driest December on record (behind Dec. 1955).

31 - It was a frosty end to the year with a high/low of 27°/14°.  The AM low was the coldest for the date since 1962's +4°.

 Chart - 1980 coldesthottest

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erwin makinde

thank you for the 8th December 1980 data

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