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New York Weather Highlights of 1984

 1984

JANUARY

10 - A coastal storm pulled Arctic air down from New England, changing rain that began in the early evening to snow after 9:00 PM.  A total of 5.1" fell by 3:00 AM, with 3.4" of it falling tonight.  This was the largest accumulation of the month.

18 - 4.2" of snow fell, the second of three 4-inch+ snowfalls of the winter.  Only two degrees separated today's high/low (31°/29°).

21 - This was the coldest day of the year, with a high of 19°/low of 8°.  (However, the coldest of the winter of 1983-84 was Christmas Day, with a high/low of 13°/4°.)

22 - The past twelve days were nine degrees below average, with every day but one having a high temperature of 32° or colder.  Average high/low during these days was 28°/17°.

27 - In the six days between Jan. 22 and today high temperatures climbed from 19° to 57°, with each day warmer than the previous: 19°-24°-35°-43°-45°-49°-57° (today).  Today's high was the mildest of the month.

 

FEBRUARY

15 - 1.73" of rain fell today with 0.75" of it pouring down in a 60-minute period between 6:45-7:45 AM.

25 - Today was the last of seventeen days in a row with above-average temperatures.  During this streak temperatures were 12 degrees above normal.

 

MARCH

5 - The 0.3" of snow that fell today was the winter's eighth snowfall of less than one inch - the most for any winter in the 1970-2020 period.

9 - Snow moved in last night and by daybreak 6.9" had accumulated (5.1" of it today), making this the biggest snowfall of the winter.  It was a powdery snow with just 0.38" of water content. 

12 - For the fifth day in a row the morning low was in the teens.  The temperature range on these days was between 13° and 18°, quite cold even by January standards.  

13 - A winter brought snow in the morning, freezing rain in the afternoon, and plain rain during the evening.  1.4" of snow/iced accumulated, and 2.31" of liquid was measured, most of which fell after 4 PM.  The temperature rose from the mid-20s at at daybreak to the mid-30s by 10 PM.  This was the sixth day in a row with temperatures that were 10 degrees or more colder than average.  The average high/low during these days was 33°/18°, fourteen degrees below average.

20 - Today's high of 58° was the mildest reading of a cold March, the coldest since 1960.

28 - A developing nor'easter delivered a mix of snow and rain during the afternoon that continued through tomorrow.  1.5" of snow fell today, but forecasts had predicted substantially more.  However, the temperatures were just a bit too mild to support a snowstorm (high/low was 43°/34°).

29 - 39 consecutive hours of precipitation which began yesterday morning at 9:00 ended at midnight, totaling 2.60" (2.04" of it fell today).  There was only a two-degree difference between today's high/low (36°/34°).  3.3" of snow fell during the storm but it was washed away by regular changeovers to rain. 

 

APRIL

5 - After 1.61" of rain fell yesterday an additional 2.76" poured down today, for a two-day total of 4.37".  This storm was the biggest rain producer since November 1977.  Rain fell for thirty-one consecutive hours and ended shortly after 4:00 this afternoon.

17 - After three damp and chilly days today was sunny and pleasant with a high of 67°, seven degrees above average.  It was great weather for the home opener for the Mets but, unfortunately, the sunshine didn't inspire the Mets as they were walloped by Montreal 10-0. 

26 - Today's high reached 73°, the first 70-degree reading of the year.  This was four weeks later than average and the latest since 1956 when it occurred on 4/28.  No year since has had a later date.

 

MAY

8 - Today and the past two days had the same high and low - 69°/53°.  This was just the second time on record for this type of occurrence (joining May 8-10, 1879); a third three-day streak would happen four years later (Aug. 3-5, 1988).

23 - Today's high of 81° was the first 80-degree reading of the year, the latest date for this occurrence (later tied in 1988) since 1946, when it occurred on May 25.  On average, April 22 is the date of the first 80-degree temperature.     

24 - Rain began falling lightly at around 5 PM and became heavier as the night went on.  By midnight 1.49" had fallen, a record for the date.  In the rain's last hour, between 11 PM-midnight, 0.50" fell. 

26 - A brief but severe thunderstorm struck in the early evening on what was the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.  Just 0.11" of rain fell but there was extensive tree damage.  Before the storm struck the day was warm and humid and was the warmest day of the month (high of 85°/low of 66°).

28 - For the second year in a row more than an inch of rain fell on Memorial Day (Monday).  Last year it fell in the early morning and evening.  This year it fell during the afternoon.

30 - 2.19" of rain fell today, the third day in a row in which more than an inch of rain fell.

31 - Since May 28 more than five inches of rain fell, helping to make this the rainiest May on record (until 1989 surpassed it by half an inch, 10.24" to 9.74").

 

JUNE

7 - Today had the year's first high in the 90s (92°).  Although the average date for this occurrence is May 31, this was the earliest date for a year's first-90 since 1980.  

9 - Today's high of 96° was the hottest reading of the summer, eighteen degrees above average.  It came in the midst of an early summer heat wave which lasted ten days between June 5-14.  The average high/low during these ten days was 91°/73°, twelve degree hotter than average.  Six of the days had highs in the 90s.  

13 - I was at the Waverly Theater in Greenwich Village watching Ghostbusters during a fierce thunderstorm that struck between 5-6:00 PM.  For a while the thunder outside coincided with a scene in the movie also with thunder and lightning.  Before the storm struck it had been a stifling hot afternoon, with a high of 94°. 

24 - Clouds moved in early in the afternoon but rain held off until much of the Gay Pride Parade was over later in the afternoon.  Then it came down heavily after 9PM and by midnight 1.46" had fallen. 

30 - 3.07" of rain fell today, a record for the date.  During the half hour between 8-8:30 AM 0.68" fell while 1.36" fell in the hour between 8:15-9:15 AM.

 

JULY

7 - Just one week after a rainstorm dumped 3.07" the area was flooded by another three-inch deluge (3.13"), all of which fell between 2-10 AM.  At its heaviest 0.75" fell in a 30-minute period (5:15-5:45 AM).  This was a record setting rainfall for the date.

 

AUGUST

12 - Although today's spritz of rain in the late afternoon amounted to just 0.01", it was enough to make this the seventh year in a row to have measurable rain on this date.

16 - Today's high was 92° and was also the last 90-degree day of the year.  In total, the summer had ten such days, the fewest since 1975, which had eight.  The average number of days is eighteen.

17 - This morning's low of 69° was the first time this month that the low fell below 70°.  During these days the low averaged 73°, five degrees above average.

 

SEPTEMBER

3 - The Labor Day holiday ended with a bang as thunderstorms dumped 0.97" of rain in a two-hour period between 9:05-11:05 PM.

28 - The month's temperature extremes occurred three days apart as this morning's low of 44° followed a high of 86° on Sept 25.

 

OCTOBER

7 - For the sixth time in the past nine days the high was 66°.

22 - In a 15-minute period (9:30-9:45 PM) 0.55" of rain poured down and 1.01" fell between 9:30-10:30 PM.  It was also a very mild day, with a high of 77°/low of 62°.  The day's total rainfall day was 1.45", enough to set a record for the date.  This was also the first time in fourteen years to see measurable rain on this date.

28 - The City basked in a balmy 79°, the warmest reading of the month.  (In a case of flip-flop, the month's chilliest reading occurred at the beginning of the month.)  This also happened to be the day of the NYC Marathon.  Later that night 0.28" of rain fell during a five-minute downpour (11:45-11:50 PM) and 0.88" between 11 PM-1 AM.

31 - Temperatures during the past two weeks were 10 degrees above average.  Half of the days had highs in the 70s, including today (average high is around 60°).

 

NOVEMBER

3 - Today was nine degrees colder than average (high of 49°/low of 37°), the first day with below average temperatures since Oct. 7.  During these four weeks temperatures were seven degrees milder than average.

5 - Heavy rain totaling 1.94" fell mostly in the two hours between 3:45-5:45 AM.  This amount was a record for the date (which still stands).  The day was very mild, 13 degrees above average, with a high of 69°/58°.  This high was the mildest reading of the month.

11 - 0.30" of rain fell in five minutes between 12:25-12:30 PM.  Total rainfall for the day, all of it during the PM hours, was 1.27" - the first time that an inch or more of precipitation fell on this date.

 

DECEMBER

3 - 0.24" of rain fell in a five-minute period during an afternoon downpour between 2:28-2:33 PM.

5 - The first snowfall of the winter began in the evening, but after 0.7" had accumulated the snow changed over to rain.  (The temperature got no lower than 33° all day.)  This storm brought heavy amounts of snow to New England the next day (and 0.96" of rain to New York).  

25 - Today was the twentieth this year in which 0.01" of precipitation was measured (between 1-2:00 AM), the most of any year in the 1970-2019 period.  The average is eleven days.

26 - This was the 18th day in a row with above average temperatures.  During these days temperatures were nearly 10 degrees milder than average.

27 - In the midst of a very mild month today was an anomaly as 4.8" of snow fell during the morning. 

29 - Just two days after a five-inch snowfall the afternoon high soared to a record-warm 70° - 31 degrees above average

30 - Although it was five degrees "cooler" than yesterday's balmy 70° it was still plenty warm enough for another record high. 

 Chart - 1984 hot and cold

To read highlights from other years between 1970 and 2019 double click here. 

 

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