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New York Weather Highlights of 1992
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New York Weather Highlights of 1993

1993JANUARY

5 - Rainy and mild with a high of 64°, tying the record for the date and the mildest reading of the month.  1.42" of rain fell during the morning, with 0.63" falling in sixty minutes between 7:48-8:48 AM.

10 - It was overcast, breezy and cold, with the winter's first snowfall of an inch or more falling after dark; by midnight 1.1" had accumulated.  With a high of 27°, today was the only day this month to have a high of 32° or colder.

 

FEBRUARY

2 - This morning's low of +7° was the coldest reading of the winter.

6 - Arctic air moved in early in the day, dropping the temperature from 46° to 10° by midnight (the high the previous day was 56°).  1.9" of snow fell during the morning.

16 - Today's low temperature of 33° was the only above-freezing low temperature of the month (and between Jan. 25 - Mar. 1).  Still, 1.0" of sleet/snow fell upon passage of a cold front during the evening.

21 - 4.3" of wet snow fell on this Sunday evening, mixing with some freezing rain and then rain near the end as the temperature hovered around the freezing mark.  This was the largest accumulation of the winter so far.

26 - It was cold (mid-20s) and overcast with a touch of snow (0.1" accumulated) when a van with explosives in it was detonated during lunchtime in a parking garage under the North Tower (killing five and injuring more than 1,000).

 

MARCH

13 - The great March Superstorm (also referred to as "Storm of the Century") paralyzed the Eastern third of the nation and dumped 10.4" of snow on NYC.  The heavy snow changed to sleet and rain later in the afternoon, reducing the predicted snow total by about six inches.  The sound of the sleet lashing against my windows, propelled by 40-60 mph wind gusts, was deafening.  All told, 2.37" of precipitation fell. 

15 - Arctic cold moved in after the departure of the March Superstorm and this morning's low of 14° was twenty-one degrees below average.

17 - The 0.75" of precipitation that fell was the most on this date since 1972, when 1.20" was measured.  Rain changed to snow and 0.8" accumulated, the most snow to fall on St. Patrick's Day since three inches fell in 1967 (the most for the date).  This wintry mix came less than a week after the "Storm of the Century" dumped 10 inches of snow on the City.  This would also be the last snowfall of the winter.

18 - This morning's low of 13° was the coldest reading this month, 23 degrees colder than average.  The last time it was this cold in March was in 1984.

20 - This was the 11th day in a row with a low temperature of 32° or colder (four of the lows were in the teens).  The average low during these days was 23°, 12 below average.

24 - This was the 15th consecutive day with below-average temperatures.  The average high/low during these days was 41°/26°, nine degrees colder than normal.  It was also a very wet period, with precipitation on seven days amounting to 4.66". 

 

APRIL

1 - 0.52" of rain fell in a 60-minute period between 5:53-6:53 AM and 0.87" poured down in the two hours ending at 7:48 AM.

11 - High temperatures in the 61-65 range occurred today and the previous four days - and all were different: 61° (on 4/7)-64°-63°-62°-65° (today).  All were milder than the average high in the upper-50s.

12 - Today was the 16th day in a row in which no high temperature was duplicated.  They ranged between 41° (15 degrees below average) and 68° (13 above).

 

MAY

4 - Low temperatures of the past four days were: 54°-53°-52°-51° (today), all slightly above average.

5 - For the third day in a row the high temperature was 69°, close to the seasonal average.

9 - Bright sunshine and low humidity propelled the temperature from 55° to 89° degrees on Mother's Day.

11 - After a morning low of 57° the mercury climbed rapidly and topped out at 92°, a record for the date.  This was the first of thirty-nine 90-degree days this year.

31 - Much of the month's meager rainfall (of 1.56") fell today as 0.90" was measured.

 

JUNE

20 - It was a warm and humid Father's Day, with a high of 86°.  Thunderstorms after 9 PM produced 0.50" of rain, making this the rainiest day of a dry June.

 

JULY

1 - This was the twenty-third day in a row with a high temperature in the 80s. 

2 - 0.76" of of rain fell during the PM hours, with two-thirds of it falling between 10-11 PM (which was actually midnight-1 AM on 7/3, but the NWS doesn't recognize Daylight Saving Time; rather, it uses Standard Time year-round for its records). Then just 0.94" fell during the rest of the month. This followed an equally dry May and June in which just 1.56" and 1.49" was measured, respectively.  Today's conditions kept temperatures cool, with a high of only 69° reported (14 degrees below average). 

4 - Today's high reached 95°, the first of twenty days with highs of 90+ this month.  Despite the heat I spent the evening in Central Park with my brother and his family to hear the New York Philharmonic give their 4th of July concert.

7 - The afternoon high was a blazing 98°.

8 - Today's high was a record-setting 100°.  The next day's high would reach 101° followed by 102° the day after that.  This was just the second time that the City experienced three days in a row in the triple digits; the first occurred in 1948 from Aug. 26-28 (103°-101°-100°). 

15 - For the third year in a row the high was in the 90s on this date.

16 - This was the last of ten consecutive days of 90-degree weather (and twelve of the last thirteen), including three days in a row of triple-digit heat.  Average high during these ten days was 96°.

18 - High temperatures were in the 90s or 100s for thirteen of the past fifteen days.

23 - Seven of the past eight days had morning lows of 65° or 66°, four degrees below average.

31 - This was the twentieth 90-degree day of the month.  (The average number is eight.)  July's average high was 90.2°, 5.5 degrees above average.

 

AUGUST

17 - 3.20" of rain fell in a 12-hour period that began yesterday evening.  What fell from this storm was comparable to the amount that fell in all of June and July.

22 - For the 16th year in a row no rain fell on this date.  This morning's low of 60° was the coolest reading of the month.  

25 - 0.44" of rain fell in an hour between 5-6 AM.

28 - The 5.41" of rain that fell this month was more than what fell in the previous three months combined.  0.53" fell today, the last rain of the month and it poured down in just one hour, between 4-5 PM.

 

SEPTEMBER

3 - Today's high of 95° marked the last day of a 10-day hot spell in which six days had readings in the nineties.  During this week-and-a-half period the mean temperature was eight degrees hotter than average. 

15 - Today was the year's 39th, and last, day of 90-degree weather, tying 1991 for the most hot days ever in one year.  However, this year's hot days were more concentrated, occurring over a span of 128 days (between May 11 - Sept. 15) while 1991's occurred over the course of 163 days (April 8 - Sept. 17).  And 1993's 90-degree days average 93.5 degrees compared to 1991's 92.7.

20 - The morning low of 44° was a record for the date and the chilliest reading of the month (14 degrees below average).  What made this temperature even more worthy of note was the fact that it was the fifth consecutive September in which the chilliest reading was 44° (but on different dates).    

26 - Beginning 10 PM last night and continuing through 10 AM this morning 1.66" of rain fell.  It came down heaviest between 5:45-7:45 AM when an inch fell.

 

OCTOBER

10 - One day after a balmy high of 78° (warmest temperature of the month), today's afternoon temperatures were only in the low 50s.  However, the cold front that moved through yesterday evening produced no rain and both days were sunny. 

31 - Rain that began yesterday morning continued thru 10PM tonight.  During this day-and-a-half of inclement weather 1.68" of rain fell, 0.71" of which fell today.  For the entire event the rain came down hardest during the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade as 0.25" fell between 7 and 8 PM.

 

NOVEMBER

14 - The NYC Marathon was held today, the latest date the race has ever been run.  Despite the late date it was very mild, with a high/low of 72°/54° - 15 degrees warmer than average.

15 - Today's high of 80° (twenty-seven degrees above average) was the latest 80-degree reading on record.  This was thirteen days later than the previous "latest 80" record set back on Nov. 2, 1950.

19 - Lows of the past four days: 49°-48°-49°-48° (today).  These were well above the average of 41°.

28 - It rained for most of the morning (3 AM-noon), but well over half of the 1.45" total, 0.89", fell in just an hour (10:09-11:09 AM) - and 0.44" fell in a 15-minute period.

 

DECEMBER

5 - 2.08" of rain fell over the past two days.  Today's 1.28" was a record for the date (a relatively unimpressive amount for a record). 

11 - The first snowfall of the season dropped a surprise 2.9" on Saturday afternoon.  

21 - A hard morning rain dropped 1.65" between midnight and 9 AM.  Near the end 0.66" fell in the hour between 6:49-7:49 AM.

26 - Today was the first day of the winter with a high temperature of 32° or colder.  The day's high/low of 32°/15° was ten degrees below average.   

29 - Four inches of snow fell between 6 PM-2 AM.  It was the largest accumulation of the month, besting the 2.9" that fell on the 11th.

31 - It was a very cold end to the year as the past six days averaged 11 degrees below average (high/low of 27°/16°).  This frigid trend would continue into January.

 

Chart - 1993 coldest and hottest

 

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