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New York Weather Highlights of 1991

 

1991

JANUARY

11 - 5.7" of snow fell during the afternoon/evening before changing to rain overnight as temps rose into the mid-30s (close to one inch of rain fell).  Despite the changeover it was a record amount of snow for the date.

22 - This was the coldest day of a mild winter, with a high/low of 20°/10° (sixteen degrees below average).

 

FEBRUARY

5 - Today's high of 70° was an incredible 31 degrees above average and the third day in a row with a record high.  Yesterday's high was 68° and the day before that was 64°.  This was the City's earliest 70-degree temperature since Jan. 26, 1950.  (Later passed in 2007 when the high reached an incredible 72° on Jan. 6.) 

10 - In the past nine days temperatures averaged 17 degrees above normal (high/low of 56°/41°), more typical of the first week in April.

17 - Today was the 20th day in a row in which no high temperature was duplicated.  During these days the highs ranged from 27° (yesterday) to 70° (2/5).

22 - Today's high of 66° broke the record high set last year (63°).  Then a cold front moved through during the evening and the temperature fell to 38° just before midnight.  The cold was ushered in by winds that gusted near 40 mph.

26 - A surprise snowstorm dumped 8.9" of wet snow, the biggest accumulation in eight years (since 17.6" buried the City in on Feb. 11-12, 1983 ).  Because the temperature was just above freezing for much of the day the snow didn't accumulate much on the streets or sidewalks.  This was the winter's third snowfall of five inches or more.

 

MARCH

3 - 2.17" of rain fell today (2.54" when the rain that continued until the wee hours of the next day is included), with nearly an inch of it falling between 9-10 PM.  The day's rainfall was more than what fell in the entire month of February and was the biggest rainstorm since Aug. 10 of last year.

23 - Raw and drizzly with just two degrees of separation between the day's high (40°) and low (38°). 

28 - After a seasonable high of 53° yesterday, today's high soared to 77°.

30 - 0.2" of snow fell today, two days after a high in the upper 70s.  This was the only snow that fell in March, and the final snowfall of the winter.  (24.9" in total fell during the winter, the most since 25.4" fell in the winter of 1983-84.)  Despite the snow the temperature never fell below freezing.

 

APRIL

8 - Today's afternoon high was a sizzling 90°, a record for the date and the first of thirty-nine 90-degree days this year (a record number of days that would be equaled two summers later).  It was also New York's earliest date for a 90-degree reading until 2010 (when the mercury hit 92° on April 7).  Today was also the home opener for the Mets, played this afternoon (the temperature at Shea Stadium may have been a bit cooler because of its proximity to the ocean).

13 - Today was the 16th day in a row in which no high temperature was duplicated.  During these days highs ranged from 47° to 90°.

15 - In contrast to the summer-like conditions the Mets experienced during their home opener a week earlier, the Yankees' home opener was played in a steady, light rain with temperatures hovering around 50°, well below average.  

21 - A steady, cold rain, sometimes on the heavy side, fell throughout the day and amounted to 2.28" - a record for the date.  The high was only 46°, fourteen degrees below average.

 

MAY

6 - A soaking rain, mostly between 5AM-noon, amounted to 1.39".  This was the seventh year in a row in which rain fell on this date.

12 - Today was Mother's Day and it was mostly sunny and quite warm, with a high of 89°.

14 - 0.51" of rain thundered down in just 20 minutes during a nighttime thunderstorm (10:25-10:45 PM).

17 - Today's high was 83°, the seventh day in a row with a high temperature of 80° or warmer.  The average high during this week was 84°, thirteen degrees above average. 

25-27 - Highs of 93°-81°-89° made this the second warmest Memorial Day weekend of the 1971-2015 period, eleven degrees above average.  At 93°, Saturday tied the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend 1975 for the hottest day of any Memorial Day weekend in the Monday holiday period.  On the night of Memorial Day an inch of rain fell between 10 PM and 2 AM, the first rain in two weeks.

31 - This was the warmest May on record, 6.7 degrees above average.  From May 11 onward temperatures were nine degrees warmer than average.  These three weeks had temperatures more comparable to the second half of June.  Ten days had highs of 85° or warmer (and three others had highs of 84°).  And today was no exception as the high/low of 91°/71° was fourteen degrees hotter than the norm.  This was the fourth time in the past six years that the high on this date was in the 90s.

 

JUNE

1 - Fourteen of the past twenty-one days had temperatures 10+ degrees above average.  The mean temperature during these three weeks was nine degrees above normal (high of 84°/low of 63°).

3 - During a nighttime thunderstorm 1.72" of rain poured down in just 45 minutes, from 9:07-9:52 PM.  (And during that deluge 0.84" fell in a 15-minute period between 9:23-9:38 PM.)  It was also the eleventh day in a row in which the high temperature was 80° or warmer.  (As well as 20 of the past 24 days.)

11 - After a high of 90° rain moved in after 4PM and by midnight 0.99" had fallen - the first rain on this date in 12 years.  The rain came down heaviest between 8-9 PM when 0.43" fell.  Today was the 20th day in the past two months with a high temperature of 85° or warmer.

16 - It was a miserably hot and humid Father's Day under hazy sunshine.  The day's high/low of 94°/76° was fifteen degrees above average.

20 - The day after an unseasonably cool high of 66° the temperature today soared to 92°.

28 - Today's sweltering high of 96° was a record for the date.

29 - Today's high of 97° was the hottest reading of the month.

30 - This was the fourth day in a row with a high in the 90s.  Temperatures during these days: 91°-96°-97°-90°.

 

JULY

18 - The high today was a blistering 99°.

21 - Today's scorching high of 102° made this the hottest day of the summer.  The last time it was this hot in New York was on this very date in 1980.  Some relief arrived when a thunderstorm dropped 0.46" of rain between 5-6 PM.

23 - Today was the sixth day in the past seven in which the high temperature was 96° or hotter (the exception was yesterday's 89°).  After a high of 99° a thunderstorm between 4-6 PM dropped a half inch of rain. 

24 - Nine of the past ten days had highs in the 90s; four days were at 99° or higher.  In addition to today's heat ("only" 90), a late afternoon thunderstorm dropped 0.39" of rain in an hour (4-5 PM).

26 - In just 30 minutes 1.10" of rain flooded the area in the middle of the afternoon (2-2:30 PM).  During this half hour 0.33" fell in five minutes and 0.73" in fifteen minutes.  For the entire five-hour rain event (between 1:30-6:30 PM) 1.85" fell.

 

AUGUST

9 -  Three inches of rain fell in a 12-hour period between 11AM-11PM.  During one of these hours (8:22-9:22 PM) 1.04" poured down.

19 - Hurricane Bob struck the eastern end of Long Island and then southeastern New England and Cape Cod.  The impact on New York City was heavy rain, mostly between 2 AM-noon, that amounted to 2.53".

20 - The day after Hurricane Bob brushed the City an additional 1.19" of rain fell today between 2 PM and midnight, but it was unrelated to the hurricane.

 

SEPTEMBER

2 - Today was Labor Day and the morning low of 53° tied it with 1976 and 1883 as the chilliest reading on the holiday.  

11 - Today was the 100th 80-degree high of the year, the first time that threshold was passed in the years since 1970.  (It would be joined later by 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2016.)

16 - Today's steamy high of 91°/low of 72° was 13 degrees above what's typical for mid-September.

17 - Today's high of 93°, seventeen degrees above average, was the record setting 39th 90-degree day of the year - tied two years later (18 days is the average).  It was also a record for the date. 

25 - 1.97" of rain fell but it was dry during the daylight hours (between 9AM-6PM).  Today's rain accounted for more than half of the month's 3.71" total.

 

OCTOBER

5 - Today was the 19th day this year with a low of 65°, which is the most times a low temperature occurred in any one year in the 1980-2019 period.  (In 2005 the high of 82° occurred twenty times, which is the most frequent high temperature during any year.) 

25 - Today's high temperature and that of the past two days: 72°-71°-70° (today).  This compares to the average high of 61°.

27 - Although skies were mostly cloudy the afternoon high reached 75°, fifteen degrees above average.  This was also the sixth day in a row with a high in the 70s.

31 -  An intense nor'easter (made famous by Sebastian Junger's book The Perfect Storm) brought gusty 30-40 mph winds but stayed far enough off the coast that New York received just a a trace of rain.  

 

NOVEMBER

9 - Today was the 23rd day in a row with no rain, the longest dry spell since the winter of 1979-80 when one of twenty-four days occurred.   

13 - This was the tenth day in a row with a morning low in the 30s.  However, none of the readings were at freezing or below.  The average during these days was 37°, six colder than average.   

20 - Today's high was 74°, twenty-two degrees warmer than average.

21 - This morning's low was a very mild 62°, twenty-four degrees above average and a record for the date.  It was the mildest low temperature in nearly seven weeks.

23 - Today was the fifth day in a row with temperatures 10 degrees or more above average.  During these days the average high/low of 67°/54° was 16 degrees above average.

30 - A very balmy high of 70°, 22 degrees above average, and a record for the date.

 

DECEMBER

5 - The first snow of the season fell between 10 PM and 3 AM but amounted to just 0.7" (most of it fell before midnight).  This would be the only measurable snow of the month and the amount wouldn't be topped for more than seven weeks (when 1.3" fell on Jan. 26).  Today was also quite cold with a high/low of 33°/24°, ten degrees below average.  This came just six days after the mercury hit 70°.

10 - In the three weeks between 11/30 and 12/20, today's high of 50° (six degrees above average) was the only one that occurred twice.  During these days the highs ranged between 27° and 70°.

19 - With a high/low of 27°/13°, today was the first day of the winter completely below freezing.  There would be just eight more of these days for the rest of the winter (the average is 17).

 

Chart - 1991 hottest and coldest

 

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New York Weather Highlights of 1990

1990

JANUARY

29 - Although it was just 1.03", today's rainfall was enough to set a record for the date.  Only three other dates have had less precipitation for their daily record: 0.86" on Sept. 9, 1904; 0.91" on April 29, 1909; and 1.02" on June 8, 1900.  

 

FEBRUARY

4 - This was the 21st day in a row with above-average temperatures.  During this three-week period temperatures were 11.5 degrees above normal (high/low of 49°/36°).  It was also damp as well with 4.58" of rain measured.

10 - 0.41" of rain fell in just 45 minutes (9:45-10:30 AM).  In total, rain fell for twelve hours and amounted to 0.83".  This was the first measurable precipitation to fall on this date in 20 years.

17 - The temperature took a nosedive, from 58° to 23° by midnight.

20 - This was the fourth day of seesaw temperatures, with highs during these four days of: 58°-38°-56°-35° (today).

25 - 1.8" of snow fell in the very early hours of the morning and then bitter cold air moved in.  At midnight the temperature was down to 10° (this followed a low of 30° yesterday and 50° two days earlier).  This was the first measurable snow in five weeks and the only snowfall in February.  It was also the biggest accumulation of the winter (until March 6 when 3.1" fell). 

26 - With a high of 25° and a low of 7°, today was the coldest day of the year, but not the coldest day of the winter as that occurred back on Dec. 23 when the high/low was 22°/6°.  This was the latest date for a low in the single digits since 1967, when the mercury bottomed out at 8° on March 19.  The day's high was 40 degrees colder than the high of just three days ago.

 

MARCH

7 - For the second year in a row on this date the morning low was a frigid 13°.  However, this year's high of 35° was ten degrees warmer (but still 12 degrees below average).

13 - Winds shifted to the southwest, lifting the temperature from 43° to 85°, which was 36 degrees above average.  This was the earliest date for an 80-degree reading (breaking the previous record from 1945 by a week).

14 - One day after Central Park recorded its earliest 80-degree reading on record, the warm front that delivered this extraordinary warmth retreated south of the area.  Winds shifted to the northeast and by afternoon, under a bank of clouds and fog, temperatures tumbled into the mid-40s, forty degrees colder than yesterday. 

15 - Similar to two days ago a shift in wind direction produced a big swing in temperature.  After shifting from the chilly northeast to the balmy southwest, the temperature soared from 42° to 77°.  This was a record for the date, breaking the previous record set just last year.

16 - Today's high of 82°, thirty-two degrees warmer than average, was the third record high in the past four days.

17 - Since records began the high has reached 70+ just three times on St. Patrick's Day - and two of those times occurred this year and last.  Today's high was 72° - ten degrees cooler than yesterday!  Rain moved in mid-afternoon and amounted to 0.67".

18 - This was the last day of an extraordinarily mild eight days in which the mean temperature was 18.5 degrees above average (high/low of 71°/47°).

24 - Today's high of 39° was thirty degrees colder than yesterday's.  This was also the fourth high in the 30s this month - one more than in January.

 

APRIL

7 - The last snowfall of the winter fell at around daybreak, a surprise 0.6".  It didn't last long, however, as the temperature rebounded into the low 50s under sunny skies.  A total of 13.4" of snow fell during the winter, the third winter in a row with well below average snowfall. 

8 - Today's high was 50° (eight degrees below average), yesterday's was 51° and the day before that, 52°.  Today, however, had the most sunshine.

15 - 1.47" of rain fell one year after 1.41" fell on the very same date.

20 - Although showers that fell between 11 PM and midnight amounted to just 0.02", this was the first measurable precipitation to fall on this date since 1978.

27 - The temperature soared from 51° to 91°.  This was the earliest date for a year's first 90-degree reading since 1977 (when it occurred on 4/12).

28 - This was the second day in a row of 90-degree weather, but unlike the previous day's low of 51° today's was 69°.  The next 90-degree day wouldn't be until July 4. 

30 - Today's high of 56° (ten degrees below average) was quite a drop from 73° yesterday 90° degrees two days ago.

 

MAY

1 - Today's high temperature of 83° turned out to be the warmest temperature of the entire month.  (And the chilliest day would fall near the end of the month, on May 22, when the morning low would fall to a record 44°).  

10 - A year after more than two inches of rain fell on this date, 1.67" of rain fell today, most of it coming during thunderstorms between 3-11 PM.

13 - 0.52" of rain came down in just twenty minutes during an afternoon downpour between 4:12-4:32 PM. 

16 - 2.32" of rain fell, with much of it falling after 8 PM.  A year earlier on the same date 2.30" fell.

29 - Beginning at 9:00 AM and continuing for the rest of the day 2.40" of rain fell.  This was a little less than two weeks after 2.32" fell and brought the month's rainfall up to nine inches.  Today's heavy rain kept the temperature well below average as the high was only 60°, fourteen degrees cooler than normal.

 

JUNE

16 - For the third day in a row the low temperature was 60° (three degrees below average).  High temperatures, however, were very different: 68° on 6/14; 81° on 6/15; and 85° today.

30 - During a nighttime thunderstorm 0.27" fell in just five minutes and 0.69" in fifteen minutes (8:54-9:09 PM).

 

JULY

5 - A high of 95°/low of 76° made this the hottest day of the summer.

12 - It was a damp and chilly day as 0.56" of rain fell and the high/low of 67°/low of 58° was fourteen degrees below average.

21 - An evening thunderstorm produced 1.11" of rain in just 45 minutes (5:06-5:51 PM).

 

AUGUST

6 -  Beginning today and continuing through Aug. 11 nearly ten inches of rain would fall.  2.30" of rain fell today, much of it before 7 AM.  

7 - Like yesterday, when 1.90" of rain fell overnight, another rainstorm in the wee hours dumped 1.70" (between 11 PM yesterday thru 4 AM today).

10 - 4.64" of rain fell today, at the time the rainiest day in the years I'd been living in New York (since 1979).  1.22" fell in just half-an-hour between 6:46-7:16 PM and 2.82" fell in two hours between 6:18-8:18 PM.  There have since been four greater daily amounts (most recently on April 30, 2014, when 4.97" poured down).  

11 - This was the last day of a six-day rainy streak in which 9.85" fell.  Today 0.79" fell between 7-8 PM.  More than an inch of rain fell during four of the past six days. 

13 - Between 8/3 and today, a span of eleven days, AM lows fell in a narrow range, between 68° and 71°.

27 - Today was the year's last 90-degree day, on par with the average date for this occurrence.  In total, the year had a dozen days in the 90s - well below the average of eighteen days.

 

OCTOBER

9 - Today was the warmest day of the month, with a high of 84° after a very mild morning low of 68°.  Overall, the day was 16 degrees warmer than normal and fell in the midst of a streak of very mild days.  During this 10-day span between Oct. 6-15 temperatures were 13 degrees above the norm).  But it wasn't all sunny skies as rain fell six days in a row between Oct. 8-13, amounting to 2.88".  

10 - Today was the fifth day in row with a high temperature in the 80s.  (And there would be one more on the 14th.)  This string of unseasonably warm weather was part of ten straight days between Oct. 6-15 that all had temperatures 10 degrees or more above average.  

13 - Nearly three inches of rain fell over the past six days.  These days were also unseasonably mild, 14 degrees warmer than normal.  Today's low was a summer-like 69°, eighteen warmer than average.

14 - Today was the seventh day in a row in which the morning low was 66° or warmer, 15 degrees above mid-October's norm.

15 - Today was the tenth day in a row in which the daily mean temperature was 10+ degrees warmer than average - the longest such stretch in the 1970-2016 period.  During these days temperatures were 13 degrees above average.  This was also the thirteenth day in a row with highs in the 70s.

18 - For the third day in a row the low temperature was 52°, a few degrees milder than average.  High temperatures were also very similar, but not the same (69°,72°, 73°).  Today was also different from the other two days in that there was rain, with 0.85" falling during the evening.

23 - 2.53" of rain fell, beginning at 4 AM and continuing all day, ending shortly before 1 AM on 10/24.  0.80" poured down in the hour between 8:41-9:41 PM. 

 

NOVEMBER

4 - The New York City Marathon was run in very mild conditions, with a high of 73°/58° - fifteen degrees above average.  Skies were a mix of sun and clouds.  This followed a day that was even warmer (78°).

10 - An all-day rain amounted to 1.70", making it the rainiest Nov. 10 on record.  It accounted for much of the month's total precipitation (2.82").

24 - Today and the next three days' lows were: 44° (today)-43°-44°-43° (five degrees above average).  The day's high temperatures, however, exhibited no pattern.

 

DECEMBER

22 - After a very mild low of 58° (twenty-eight degrees above average!), the afternoon high inched up by only three degrees.

23 - It was a record-setting mild day as the high reached 66 after a low of 57° - a staggering 28 degrees above average. 

24 - High temperatures over the past four days averaged 62°, twenty-one degrees above average.  Today's high was 63°. 

25 - Today's high was a frosty 31°, the first day of the winter with a high temperature of 32° or colder. 

28 - Today's 7.2" snowfall (which began late last night), was the first snowfall of the winter, the largest accumulation in nearly four years (since January 1987) and the biggest December snowfall since 1960.  Snow ended shortly before 11AM.

 

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New York Weather Highlights of 1989

 1989

JANUARY

6 - The five inches of snow that began falling after 9:00 AM was the biggest snowfall of a winter with only 8.1" of snow in total.  It was also a record accumulation for the date.

 

FEBRUARY

1 - Today's high of 67° was the warmest reading of the month and a record for the date, breaking the record set just last year (and the month's coldest reading would be near the end of the month).  The mean temperature was 24 degrees above average, comparable to last year's mean on this date.  

2 - Between Jan. 6 and today temperatures were 9.5 degrees above average.  No snow fell during this four-week period.   

5 - Today's high of 26° came just four days after a record high of 67°. 

 

MARCH

6 - An Arctic front passed through in the wee hours of the morning and 2.5" of snow fell during AM rush hour - just the second significant snowfall of the winter.  South Jersey and the Philadelphia metro area bore the brunt of the storm.  This would be the last snowfall of the winter.  Just 8.1" fell for the entire winter, about twenty inches below average, the least since 1972-73 when 2.8" was measured (the least ever).  Since then four winters have had lesser amounts than the winter of 1989 (1998, 2002, 2012 and 2020).   

7 - Today was one of the coldest days of the winter, nineteen degrees colder than average, with a high/low of only 25°/13°.  This was also the coldest high temperature in March since 1967  (20° on 3/18).

17 - Today's high of 70° this the mildest St. Paddy's Day since 1945 when the temp reached 75° (warmest on record).  This was also the seventh year in a row in which no precipitation fell - a record streak.

18 - The temperature nosedived 40 degrees, from 77° to 37°.  The cold front that ushered in the sharply colder air produced a severe thunderstorm mid-afternoon in which 0.35" of rain poured down in just ten minutes (between 3:14-3:24 PM).  There was also some hail, a rarity in NYC (especially in March).

24 - Beginning at daybreak and continuing until midnight, 2.05" of rain fell, a record for the date.  It was a cold rain as the high reached only 40°, thirteen degrees below average.

30 - It was a gray, rainy (0.76"), raw and windy day, with afternoon temperatures falling into the mid-40s one day after the high was 76°.

31 - Today's high of 44° (11 below average) came just three days after a high of 82°.

 

APRIL

5 - After today's high of 77° degrees (20 above average), the next 11 days would see no high above 58°.

 

MAY

1 - The rainstorm that moved in this evening was the first of five to produce an inch or more of rain between now and May 24.  Today's rain, which continued through 9:00 AM tomorrow, amounted to 1.58".

10 - A steady, all-day rain (heaviest between 10:00 AM-8:00 PM) amounted to 2.10".  Besides being very wet, the day was also very chilly, with a high/low of only 53°/46°, eleven degrees below average.  This was also the first measurable rain to fall on this date since 1974.

16 - Just before daybreak 0.58" of rain poured down in one hour between 5:23-6:23 AM. This came in the opening hours of a rainstorm (lasting through mid-morning tomorrow) that dumped 3.35" of rain (2.30" fell today).  And it came six days after a rainstorm of 2.37". 

17 - 3.35" fell during a rainstorm that began the previous day.  Rain fell for twenty-nine consecutive hours and ended shortly before 9:00 this morning.  Today's rain total of 1.05" was a record for the date, a relatively low amount for such a designation.  This is also the only time an inch of rain fell on this date since record-keeping began in 1872.

22 - This was the 21st consecutive day in which no high temperature was duplicated.  During this three-week period highs ranged between 53° and 86°, with six days well above average and five days well below average.   

24 - 0.70" of rain fell this morning, bringing the month's total rainfall to more than ten inches.  This amount pushed it past May 1984 to make it the rainiest May on record (a record that still stands).  An additional 0.21" of rain would fall before the end of the month.

31 - For the second year in a row the year's first 70-degree low was on May 31 (the typical date is June 4).  However, this year's afternoon high was significantly cooler compared to last year (82° vs. 91°).

 

JUNE

1 - Today's high was 91°, the fourth year in a row the high on June 1 was in the 90s.  It was also the first 90-degree day of the year.  Last year's first 90-degree day occurred one day earlier.

4 - This was the beginning of a two-week stretch in which rain fell on twelve of the days.  Last year a similar rainy spell occurred in the second half of July.  This year 7.28" of rain was measured while 7.44" fell during last year's soggy fortnight.  Today's rainfall was a minimal 0.09" which fell shortly before daybreak.

6 - During an afternoon thunderstorm 1.18" of rain fell in just half an hour (1:30-2:00).

7 - This was the sixth day in a row with declining high temperatures: 91° (6/1)-89°-86°-84°-79°-75°-64° (today).  During these days temperatures went from 16 above to 13 below average.

9 - 2.55" of rain fell, with 0.75" of it pouring down between 10:00 AM-noon and another 1.15" fell between 7-10:00 PM.  It was a record for the date.  This was the sixth day in a row with rain, totaling 4.95". 

13 - 1.16" of rain poured down in a two-hour period during a thunderstorm in the wee hours of the morning (1-3:00 AM).  

15 - Overcast skies, AM drizzle and winds coming off the ocean resulted in only a three-degree difference between today's high (61°) and low (58°).  The low was five degrees below average but the high was 18 degrees below the norm.

16 - Low temperatures between June 9 and today were all in the 58°-60° range; average low during this eight-day period is in the low 60s.  High temperatures, however, ranged between 61° and 84°.

17 - In the past two weeks rain fell on twelve of the days, amounting to 7.28".

26 - 0.65" of rain fell in an hour during a strong thunderstorm between 8-9:00 PM.  This followed a day with an afternoon high of 90°. 

28 - This was the last day of rain this month, bringing May and June's combined rainfall to nineteen inches (normal is eight inches.)  Rain fell in more than half of the days between May 1-June 28.  (Twenty-two years later, in August 2011, the same amount of rain would fall in just one month.) 

30 - The AM low of 58° was the coolest reading of the month - and it was also the low on five other days.  Additionally, this was the mildest minimum temperature in June in the 1970-2019 period (also occurring in June 1981 and 1973). 

 

JULY

5 - 2.05" of rain fell today, most of it between 10AM-1PM.  This was the fourth rainstorm of two inches+ in the past two months.

22 - This was the last day of an 11-day stretch with below average temperatures.  During these it was six degrees cooler than normal and four days had afternoon highs that were only in the low 70s. 

26 - This was the hottest day of the summer, with a high/low of 96°/75°.

 

AUGUST

4 - Today was a hot day (93°), and the third day in a row in which the high temperature was four degrees warmer than the preceding day: 93°-89°-85°-81°.

8 - This morning's low of 56° was in sharp contrast to a high of 94° just two days earlier.

12 - Three inches of rain fell (3.50" including rain that fell last night between 10:00 PM-midnight).  This was the greatest 24-hour rainfall since 3.54" fell during Hurricane Gloria in late September 1985.  At one point 0.43" poured down in just five minutes (12:54-12:59 PM), one inch in fifteen minutes and 1.97" in forty-five minutes).   

14 - Seven inches of rain fell in the past four days.  And today 0.95" poured down in a one-hour period (6-7PM).

27 - This was the sixth day this month with a low in the 50s, the most in August in the 1970-2019 period (tied in 2007). 

 

SEPTEMBER

10 - Today's high was a sizzling 94°, sixteen degrees above average.

11 - Today, with a high of 91°, was the last 90-degree day of the year.  This was the latest 90-degree day since 1983 (when it occurred on Sept. 20).  In total, 1989 had sixteen 90-degree days, two fewer than average.

14 - 0.55" of rain fell between 3-4:00 PM and an additional 0.41" between 4-5:00 PM.  Despite the rain this was the eighth day in row with a high temperature in the 80s.

20 - 2.32" of rain fell, with nearly half of it (1.05") falling in 60 minutes (5:37-6:37 PM).  4.21" fell in the past two days and six inches in the past week.  Today's rainfall was a record for the date.

22 - Powerful category 4 Hurricane Hugo made landfall near Charleston, South Carolina overnight.  The NYC metro area was prepared for five to ten inches of rain when the storm's remnants moved up the coast, but the storm moved inland instead and stayed well to the west.  This was a big relief since six inches of rain had already fallen between Sept. 14-20.  

23 - In less than 12 hours the temperature dropped from 81° (9 above average) to 47° (11 below). 

 

OCTOBER

2 - 1.10" of rain fell during the morning, making this the eighth time in the past ten years that rain fell on this date.

18 - It was a raw and overcast day with afternoon temperatures in the upper 40s just 24 hours after the high reached a mild 70°.

20 - 2.78" of wind-swept rain fell today, and 5.34" over the past four days.  With today's rainfall (a record for the date) Central Park's total precipitation for the year topped sixty inches, making 1989 one of the five wettest years on record - with more than two months remaining in the year.  Winds today gusted to 40 mph.

28 - Today's high of 77° tied with two days ago as the warmest temperature of the month.

30 - For the sixth day in a row we enjoyed high temperatures in the 70s.  This stretch of days, which included four with highs of 76° or higher, averaged 15 degrees above average.

31 - A rainy Halloween.  Over a 12-hour period (10AM-10PM) 0.89" fell.  On the positive side, it was the sixth day in a row with temperatures 10 degrees or more above average.  Today's rain was the first to fall on this date since 1976.

 

NOVEMBER

4 - For the seventh day in a row the high temperature was cooler than the day before: 77° (10/28)-76°-73°-66°-63°-56°-53°-48° (today).  Today's high was ten degrees below average.

13 - High temperatures today and the previous three days: 56°-55°-56°-55° (today).

15 - Today's morning low was a balmy 61°, twenty degrees above average (and eight degrees warmer than the day's average high).  Under overcast skies the afternoon high rose to 69°.

23 - A Thanksgiving Day snowstorm along the Mid-Atlantic (which began late last night) dumped 4.7" of snow on NYC; however, it was over by the time the Macy's parade (right) began.  Although this wasn't a wintertime snowfall it was larger than any accumulation during the 1989-90 season.  The day's high topped out at just 31°, 20 degrees below average.  This was the earliest date for a sub-freezing high temperature since 1933, when there was a high of 30° on 11/16 (and in 2018 the high on 11/22 was 28°).

 

DECEMBER

22 - In the midst of a brutally cold December (second coldest on record) today's high/low of 18°/8° was not only the coldest day of the month - but of the entire year.

23 - The morning low of 6° was the coldest reading of the month and the year, twenty-three degrees below average.  With today's frigid temperatures 1989 became the year with the most days with mean temperatures 10 degrees above or below average (in the years since 1960; later broken in 2015).

24 - This morning's low of 9° was the third day in a row that dawned with a low in the single digits (it was 6° yesterday and 8° two days ago).

27 - Eighteen of the past twenty-seven days had mean temperatures that were 10 degrees or more colder than average.  The past seven days all had morning lows of 14° or colder - and the average low during this week was just 10°, nineteen degrees colder than average.

30 - This was the 32nd day in a row with below normal temperatures, a period in which readings were close to 11 degrees colder than normal.  However, despite these ice-box conditions just 1.4" of snow fell. 

31 - This was the only day of this very cold month in which temperatures were above average (high/low of 53°/31°).  It was also the wettest New Year's Eve since 1948 as 0.52" fell - the only significant rainfall of a bone-dry month in which just 0.31" was measured before today.  (Going into December it appeared that 1989 would go down as the wettest year on record as only 2.76" was needed to pass 1972's total of 67.03", but it was not to be.)

 

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New York Weather Highlights of 1988

1988JANUARY

4 - Woke up to 5.8" of snow that fell overnight.  It was the winter's biggest snowfall.

5 - Today was the 15th day in a row in which no high temperature was duplicated.  During these days the highs ranged from 21° to 59°.

8 - Beginning early this morning, and continuing for 24 hours, light snow fell steadily and accumulated 5.4". 

14 - This was the coldest day of the winter, with a high/low of 17°/5°, twenty-one degrees colder than average.

15 - A second day in a row with a low temperature of 5° above zero. (Yesterday was the coldest day as its high was 17° while today's was 26°.)  Seventeen of the past eighteen days had below normal temperatures, with an average high/low of 31°/17°, eight degrees colder than average.  Ten days had morning lows of 15° or colder.

 

FEBRUARY

1 - After a morning low of 50°, more typical of late April, the high reached 62°.  The day's mean temperature was 24 degrees milder than average. 

7 - Since Feb. 1 low temperatures were in steady decline: 50° (2/1)-34°-28°-22°-19°-14°-9° (today). 

27 - A raw Saturday with periods of wet snow that accumulated 0.6", which was the last snowfall of the winter.  In total, just 18" of snow fell all winter (eleven inches below average). 

 

MARCH

24 - After a nippy low of 17° two days earlier, today's high was a record-setting 76°.  These were also the temperature extremes for the month.

26 - After a three-day cold snap between the 20th and 22nd in which temperatures were 13 degrees colder than average (high/low of 39°/21°), the past three days were 14 degrees milder than average (68°/48°).

 

APRIL

5 - The Yankees' home opener was played under sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s.  Today's high reached 73°, sixteen degrees above average and the mildest reading of the month.  The Yankees wouldn't play another home opener with temperatures in the 70s until 2017.

 

MAY

5 - 0.83" of rain fell in three hours between 4-7 PM.  1.11" fell for the entire day.

9 - The 0.01" of rain that fell between 9-10 PM on this chilly day (high/low of 61°/47°) was the first measurable rain on this date in ten years.

23 - Today was the first 80-degree day of the year, tying 1984 for the latest date of this occurrence (for the period 1970-2020).  However, despite this late date the summer would be a very hot one, with thirty-two 90-degree days.

31 - For the third year in a row the high reached the 90s on this date.  Today's high of 91° was also the first ninety-degree day of the year; thirty-one more would follow in the next eleven weeks (thru Aug. 15). 

 

JUNE

2 - Today's high of 63° was twenty-seven degrees cooler than yesterday's high of 90°.

12 - This was the first of twelve consecutive days of above average temperatures, seven of which had highs in the 90s, including today's 90°.  Temperatures averaged 7.5 degrees above average during this extended hot spell. 

15 - For the second day in a row the high was 96°.

16 - This was the fifth day in a row with 90-degree temperatures, the longest spell of hot weather since a seven-day heat wave in July 1983.  The average high during these five days was 93°.

21 - The high today was a blistering 97°.  This was the first reading in the 90s on this date since 1966 (which was the third year in a row with a high in the 90s). 

22 - Today's high hit 98°, a record for the date and the hottest reading in June since 1966 when the mercury shot up to 101° on June 27. 

 

JULY

1 - In the midst of a scorching summer (and one of the hottest Julys on record), today's low of 53° was the second coolest temperature ever reported in July (the coolest reading was 52° degrees on July 1, 1943).

5 - For a third day in a row the high was 88°.

6 - A six-week heat wave began, with twenty-three days of 90-degree temperatures.  The average high and low during these days was 91°/73°.

11 - Today's high of 98° was a record for the date.

15 - A thundershower between midnight-1AM brought 0.14" of rain, the first of twelve days of rain during the next fourteen.  A total of 7.44" of rain would fall in Central Park during this wet two-week period.  Also, today's high of 93° was the eighth 90-degree reading of the past ten days.  

17 - After a steamy afternoon high of 94° degrees, an inch of rain poured down in an hour during an early evening thunderstorm between 5:40-6:40 PM.

18 - For the third year in a row on this date (and in seven of the past nine years) the high reached into the 90s.

19 - 0.54" of rain thundered down in fifteen minutes between 7:38-7:53 PM.  By 1 AM 1.20" of rain had fallen.  Today's high was 89°, snapping a six-day streak of 90-degree high temperatures.

21 - In the past five days more than five inches of rain fell during tropical downpours.  Today 1.65" poured down between 6 PM-midnight.  This was also the eighteenth day in a row with above-average temperatures.  Sixteen of the days had highs of 88° or hotter.

28 - Rain fell on twelve of the past fourteen days, amounting to 7.44" (and rain fell on fifteen of the past twenty days measuring 8.13").  It was a tropical wetness as as eight days had highs in the 90s and twelve hit 88° or above.

30 - Today's high topped out at 98°, a record for the date.  Later in the day I escaped the heat by leaving on vacation in the Canadian Rockies (where a few inches of snow fell four days later near Lake Louise). 

 

AUGUST

6 - Today and the past three days all had a high temperature of 89°.  And the past three days also had the same low of 76° (today's low was 75°).

14 - Today was the hottest day of a very hot summer with a high/low of 99°/80°, fourteen degrees above average. 

15 - Today's high was 97°, the thirty-second, and last, 90-degree day of the year.  (Of the ten years with 30 or more days in the 90s/100s this is the earliest date for the last 90+ reading.)  It was also the eighteenth day in a row in which the high temperature was 87° or hotter (twelve of these days were in the 90s).  During this two-and-a-half week period temperatures were eight degrees above average.  The morning low the past four days averaged 80°.  Today's low tied 1985 for the latest date for a low in the 80s (later broken in 2018, when a low of 81° occurred on 8/29.)

17 - The 0.14" of rain that fell today was the first rainfall this month; quite a contrast from July, which was the ninth wettest on record (now ranked tenth).  Today was was also the 24th day in a row with a high temperature of 85° or warmer, the longest such streak in the 1979-2014 period (later tied in 1995).

18 - This was the twenty-first day in a row with above-average temperatures.  During these three weeks twelve days had highs in the 90s; temperatures were seven degrees warmer than normal.

24 - Half of the month's rain fell today in two hours between 4-6 PM when 1.11" fell.

 

SEPTEMBER

2 - 0.33" of rain fell in a 10-minute period between 7:18-7:28 PM.

 

OCTOBER

8 - Since Oct. 2 low temperatures fell steadily: 63°-56°-55°-48°-45°-43°-37° (today).  The last three mornings were well below average.

14 - Temperatures over the past nine days were 10 degrees colder than average (high/low 58°/42°).  Four of the days had morning lows of 37°, three of which were record lows for the date.

31 - This morning's low of 31° was the earliest sub-freezing reading since 1976.

 

NOVEMBER

1 - A steady, cold rain between 8 AM and 8 PM amounted to 1.69", a record for the date.  This was the first measurable rain to fall on this date since 1973.

9 - The high today was 55°, one day after a high of 56° and two days after the high was 57°.

20 - 3.37" of rain fell, a record for the date.  It came down heaviest during a 45-minute period between 7:34-8:19 PM when 0.56" poured down.

 

DECEMBER

1- Morning lows between Nov. 28 and today were: 39°-37°-39°-37° (today), all a few degrees above average.

11 - A blustery and very cold day.  With a high of 29° (15 degrees colder than average), today was the first day of the winter with a maximum temperature below freezing.  And by midnight the temperature had plummeted to 12°. 

12 - This morning's low of 5° above zero, a record for the date, was the coldest reading so early in December since a low of 3° way back on Dec. 10, 1876.  It tied Jan. 14 and 15 as coldest reading of the year.  This extremely cold day (the high was only 20°) was part of a prolonged 10-day cold snap in which temperatures averaged 10 degrees below average.  Six of the days had high temperatures below freezing.

13 - The first snow of the season fell, a dusting of 0.3".  It was the only snow to fall in December, and just 7.8" more would fall for the rest of the winter.  It continued to be quite cold, with a high/low of 29°/16°.   

20 - This was the 22nd consecutive day with no measurable precipitation.  (Curiously, although 0.3" of snow was measured on 12/13, it was recorded in Central Park as just a "trace" of liquid precipitation.)  The dry spell began at the end of November, a month in which 8.90" of rain fell.  December would end with just 1.13" of precipitation.

25 - This was the third Christmas Day in a row with a mild high of 53°.

28 - After a nine-day stretch between Dec. 10-18 when temperatures were nearly 11 degrees colder than normal, temperatures rebounded and the next nine days (today was the last) were 8 degrees milder than average.

 

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New York Weather Highlights of 1987

 1987

JANUARY

1 - A half-inch of snow fell, the most to fall on New Year's Day since 1978 (when one inch fell).  However, the snow was short lived, changing to rain as the temperature rose to 38°.  

2 - A cold rain (high of 38°/low of 32°) amounted to 1.65", with 1.02" falling between 2-5 AM.  For the entire storm, which began yesterday evening 2.23" fell. 

3 - This was the last of a 20-day stretch in which temperatures were never below average.  However, there were no temperature extremes as only one day had a high above 50°.

19 - A cold rain during the afternoon (amounting to 0.71") changed to snow after 7 PM and by 11 PM 1.3" of snow had accumulated - the first one-inch snowfall of the winter.  

20 - Today was the first day this winter with a high temperature of 32° or colder, the latest date for this occurrence in the 1980-2020 period. 

22 - A daytime snowstorm dumped 8.1" of snow on the City while much of Long Island picked up a foot or more.  (Virginia, DC, Maryland, Delaware and South Jersey bore the brunt of the storm with much higher accumulations.)  The City's accumulation was held down when sleet mixed in.  This was New York's biggest snowfall in four years and would be the biggest until the March 1993 Superstorm. 

28 - The past five days were 13 degrees colder than average, with a high/low during these days of just 25°/12°.

 

FEBRUARY

15 - Today was the coldest day of the winter, with a high/low of 22°/4°, twenty degrees colder than average.

23 - 4.2" of heavy, wet snow fell between 2-11 AM, accounting for half of the month's precipitation.  The temperature rose into the low 40s in the afternoon. 

 

MARCH

1 - March came in like a lion wearing galoshes as an all-day rain dumped 2.36" before ending shortly before 9PM.  The rain came down heaviest between 6-9 AM when 0.99" poured down.  This was more than twice the amount of rain that fell in the entire month of February (1.01").

8 - Today's high was 76°, twenty-nine degrees above average and a record for the date.

9 - The temperature fell all day, from 62° to 23° by midnight.

10 - Befitting March's reputation for changeable weather, this morning's low of 15° degrees came less than two days after a high of 76°.  These were also the month's extremes in temperature.

12 - Four days after the temperature soared to 76°, the final snow of the winter fell, accumulating 1.9" between this afternoon into early morning on 3/13.  Additionally, there was only a two-degree difference between today's high (33°) and low (31°).

30 - The mean temperature over the past eight days was 12 degrees above average, with a high/low of 66°/47°.  Today was the coolest of these days with a high of 61°, but it was still six degrees above average.

31 - March ended as it began, with a big rainmaker.  Beginning last night, rain continued thru early afternoon today, amounting to 2.00".  In the days between these two storms just 0.57" of rain fell. 

 

APRIL

4 - 1.99" of rain, a record amount for the date, fell throughout the day and ended late in the afternoon.  Including rain that began late last night the storm total was 2.48".  It was the biggest rainstorm since the beginning of last December when 2.74" fell.

13 - Today was the home opener for the Yankees and after early showers between 5-8 AM the rest of the day was gray and chilly with a game time temperature in the low 50s.  This came after three days of 70-degree temperatures.  Happily, the Yankee bats were hot as they rolled over the Indians 11-3.

21 - For the third day in a row temperatures were well above average and very similar: 77°/57° today, 75°/57° yesterday and 76°/57° two days ago. 

 

MAY

4 - Showery and unseasonably chilly with a high of just 48° (eighteen degrees below average) after a low of 44°.  The 0.41" of rain that fell (most of it between noon and 11 PM) made this the rainiest day of a dry month (1.45").  

10 - Today, with a high of 90°, was the first 90-degree reading of the year, three weeks ahead of the typical occurrence.

17 - This was the 18th day in a row in which no high temperature was duplicated (the streak began on 4/30).  During these days, highs ranged from a chilly 48° to a hot 90°.

25 - It was a very cool Memorial Day as the high of 63° was eleven degrees below average.  Weatherwise, the holiday came one week too early as the following weekend had temperatures in the 90s.

30 - Today was the hottest day of the year, with a high/low of 97°/74°.  97° was also the hottest temperature in May in twenty-five years, since May 19, 1962 when the high reached 99°.  Today's sizzling high was a record for the date, breaking the previous record set just last year.

31 - It was a scorching hot day just like last year with a high of 94°/low of 76°.

 

JUNE

1 - This was the last day of an early four-day heat wave.  Highs on these days were: 96°-97°-94°-93°, for an average of 95°, twenty degrees above average.

20 - The high temperature today reached 96°.  This was the sixth day of the past seven to have a high of 88° or warmer, nine degrees above average.

21 - Today was Father's Day and an early morning thunderstorm dumped 1.03" of rain between 3:00 and 4:00 AM.  Within that hour 0.60" fell in a 15-minute period between 3:18-3:33 AM.  The daylight hours remained mostly overcast, keeping the temperature considerably cooler than yesterday's torrid conditions.

 

JULY

8 - During an overnight thunderstorm 0.30" of rain fell in 15 minutes between 2:55-3:10 AM.  

14 - In a 30-minute period between 3:34-4:04 PM, 0.44" of rain fell during a thunderstorm.  Rain continued until 9 PM and amounted to just under an inch.  

 

AUGUST

6 - 0.81" of rain fell in the two hours between 11 PM last night and 1 AM this morning.

10 - 0.40" of rain fell in half-an-hour in the wee hours of the morning (12:43-1:13 AM).

17 - The high reached 94°, eleven degrees hotter than a typical mid-August day.

18 - For the second day in a row the high was 94°.  This was the 22nd, and last, 90-degree day of the summer.   

25 - For the seventh day in a row the high temperature was lower than the preceding day, going from above average to below average: 76° (today)-77°-78°-84°-87°-88°-89°-94° (Aug. 18).

27 - The 0.39" of rain that fell between 4-5:00 AM was the first rain since Aug. 10.

29 - There was a gradual increase in the low temperatures of the past five days: 57°-58°-59°-61°-62° (today).  High temperatures, however, didn't exhibit a similar pattern.

 

SEPTEMBER

6 - Today was the 15th day in a row with below-average temperatures.  For the period temperatures were five degrees below normal.

8 - 0.30" of rain fell in a 15-minute period between 7:49-8:04 PM.  Overall, 1.25" fell between 11 AM and 9 PM.

12 - 0.53" of rain fell in an hour (8:08-9:08 PM).  This downpour occurred shortly after the rain started to fall and continued through the next day.  When it was over 1.89" had fallen.  Unfortunately, the rain coincided with the wedding of friends who were married in Westchester Country (on Sept. 13).  Although their guests were protected by a tent, rain trickled in at the edges.  The rainfall on the 13th was the first on this date since 1974. 

 

OCTOBER

15 - Today was the 15th day in a row in which the daily mean temperature never rose above average.  During these days temperatures were seven degrees colder than average.

18 - Today's low of 53° was the mildest low temperature of the month (it also occurred on 10/7) - the chilliest reading to have this distinction in October.  (On average, October's mildest low is 64°.)  The previous chilliest reading to be the mildest low in October was 55° in October 1888.  

27 - 1.82" of rain fell tonight between 7 PM and 2 AM.  As the rain wound down, one last heavy band delivered 0.63" between 11 PM-midnight (it actually took place between midnight-1 AM but the National Weather Service doesn't recognize Daylight Saving Time in its record keeping).  It was a record rainfall for the date, later broken in 2003 when 1.88" fell.

 

NOVEMBER

4 - Today's high of 77°, 20 degrees above average, was the warmest day in November and milder than any day in October.

11 - 1.1" of snow fell, the earliest snowfall of at least one inch since 2.2" fell on Nov. 6, 1953 (later topped in 2011 when 2.9" fell on Oct. 29).  The high temperature was just 33°, one week after a high of 77°.  The area escaped the much heavier accumulations that fell to our south in Maryland, Delaware, south Jersey, Virginia and D.C. (where 11.5" fell at National Airport). 

21 - This morning's low of 18° (twenty degrees below average) would be quite cold even in mid-winter.  It followed by just three days a 70-degree reading and was the coldest reading in November since 1976.

 

DECEMBER

26 - Today was the end of a mild stretch of eighteen days in which temperatures were eight degrees above average.

29 - 2.6" of snow fell, the month's only snowfall.  And the afternoon high of 31° made this the first day of the winter with a maximum temperature of 32° or colder. 

30 - Yesterday's snowfall was followed by an Arctic blast and today's high of 21°/low of 8° made this by far the coldest day of December.  These readings were 20 degrees below average. 

31 - After a very cold morning low of 15° the temperature rose to 40° by midnight.

 

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New York Weather Highlights of 1986

 

1986

JANUARY

15 - Today's high of 24°/low of 8° made this the coldest day of the winter, sixteen degrees below average.

18 - The mildest reading of the month (63°) occurred three days after the coldest (8° above zero).

22 - The average high/low during the past five days was 56°/40°, sixteen degrees above average. 

26 - 2.19" of rain fell, a record for the date.  Much of it fell before 9:00 AM, but a second round of rain, from another low pressure system, moved in after 10:00 PM.  It was this second period of rain that pushed the day's rainfall past the previous 1895 record for the date (1.95").

28 - The winter's first one-inch snowfall came in the wee hours of the morning and the daylight hours were clear and cold with a high/low of 23°/14°.  (This was also the day the space shuttle Challenger blew up shortly after lift-off down at Cape Kennedy.)   

29 - Today's high/low of 23°/14° was the same as yesterday's, which is the coldest pair of identical highs/lows on record (out of nearly 350 such pairs that have occurred). 

30 - This was the fourth day in a row in which measurable snow fell.  In the 1980-2020 period, this would happen just two other times (Jan. 28-31, 2007 and during the winter of 2019 there were five days in a row, Feb. 28 - Mar. 4).  However, the snow during these days was more of the "nuisance" variety, with just 0.2" falling today, 0.4" yesterday, 1.4" on Jan. 28 and 0.2" on Jan. 27.

 

FEBRUARY

7 - It was a snowy Friday as 4.5" of snow fell (0.2" of it after midnight into Saturday).

11 - The second 4.5" snowfall in the past four days occurred today.  These two small snowstorms accounted for most of the winter's 13 inches of snow.

16 - The 0.3" of snow that fell today was the last snowfall of the winter, a winter in which just 13 inches fell, less than half of the normal amount.

22 - For the fourth day in a row the high temperature was 40°.

 

MARCH

2 - Since Feb. 18 every day but one had a high between 37° and 40°.  The lows during these thirteen days, however, had a much wider range (from 18° to 36°).

15 - The 0.06" of rain that fell just before sunrise was the first measurable precipitation on this date since 1975 (when just 0.01" fell).

20 - A vigorous cold front moved through and the temperature plummeted from 62° to 21°.

21 - Today was 16 degrees colder than normal (low of 18°) two days after it was 16 degrees milder than average (high of 70°). 

26 - Today's high of 75° (twenty-two degrees above average) was 57 degrees warmer than the low on 3/21 (nineteen degrees below average), which was 52 degrees colder than the high on 3/19.

 

APRIL 

2 - Today was the last of an eight-day stretch in which temperatures averaged 13 degrees above average - including back-to-back afternoon highs of 78° on March 29 and 30.  Average high/low during these days was 72°/51°.

8 - After showers at daybreak the sun came out and for the second year in a row the Yankees played their home opener in temperatures in the mid-70s.  And like last year the Yankees won.

17 - Rain that began the night of April 15 continued through mid-afternoon today.  Total rainfall was 2.78", with the bulk falling yesterday (1.91"). 

 

MAY

6 - Today's high of 92° was a record for the date, and the first 90-degree day of the year.  This was quite a contrast from 1985, which didn't see its first 90-degree day until July 14, the second latest date on record for this occurrence.

25 - The weather was very pleasant for New Yorkers when they formed their part of the "Hands Across America" chain this afternoon.  Skies were partly cloudy and the high temperature reached 80°.

30 - Today's high/low of 94°/73° made this the hottest day of the month.  The high was twenty degrees above average and wouldn't be topped for more than five weeks.

31 - On a sizzling hot day (high of 93°) 0.70" of rain poured down during an afternoon thunderstorm between 2:50-3:50 PM.

 

JUNE

1 - Today, with a high of 90°, was the 17th consecutive day with above-average temperatures.  During this two-and-a-half week period temperatures were 7.5 degrees warmer than normal (high of 81°/low of 63°). 

 

JULY

4 - Although hot weather and July 4th seem synonymous, this year's began at a chilly 55°, twelve degrees below average and the coolest 4th of July temperature on record.

6 - Today's mean temperature of 86.5 degrees (the average of the high and low) was the hottest of the summer after a high/low of 98°/75°.  This followed by two days the coolest reading of the month, 55°.

7 - For the second day in a row the high hit 98°.

26 - Today's high of 90° was the last 90-degree day of the summer (and eleventh overall).  This was the earliest date for a year's last 90-degree reading since 1902 (and one day earlier than 1982).  During a mid-afternoon thunderstorm 0.73" poured down between 1:54-2:54 PM.

 

AUGUST

6 - Since Aug. 2 four of the five days had highs of 85°, the other day (Aug. 4) had a high of 86°.

28 - This was the first of four mornings with unseasonably chilly morning lows in the low-50s.  Temperatures during these mornings were: 52° (today), 50°, 51° and 54°.  These readings were well below the average low of 66° and more typical of mid-October.

29 - This morning's low was a chilly 50°, tying a number of previous years for the coolest reading ever reported during this month.  The last time it was this cool in August was in 1976.  

30 - Today was the start of Labor Day weekend and the morning low of 51° was the chilliest reading of any day during Labor Day weekends between 1970-2020.  The entire holiday weekend was cool, with temperatures averaging eight degrees below normal.

 

SEPTEMBER

30 - After August ended with autumn-like temperatures, today's summer-like high of 89° was 20 degrees above average and a record for the date.

 

OCTOBER

26 - A steady light rain during the daylight hours (amounting to 0.64") forced postponement of Sunday's Game 7 of the World Series at Shea Stadium.  This followed the incredible comeback by the Mets last night in Game 6 when a ground ball went through the legs of Red Sox 1st baseman Bill Buckner in extra innings giving the Mets the improbable win. 

28 - It was a gloriously sunny and and mild day (high of 68°), perfect for the ticker tape parade in lower Manhattan celebrating the Mets World Series championship the night before over the Red Sox.  The sunny skies were particularly welcome after three damp and gloomy days.

 

NOVEMBER

19 - The 0.41" of rain that fell between midnight and 4:00 AM was the first measurable precipitation on this date since 1973.  Temperatures slowly fell throughout the day, from 40° at midnight to 27° twenty-four hours later, resulting in a mean temperature twelve degrees below average.

20 - In a reverse of yesterday, temperatures rose throughout the day, from 26° at midnight to 57° twenty-four hours later.  Rain moved in after dark, with half of the night's 0.94" of rain falling between 11:00 PM and midnight.

26 - A 12-hour rainstorm between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM dumped 1.72" of rain, with 0.51" falling in an hour-long period shortly before the rain came to an end (6:46-7:46 PM).

 

DECEMBER

3 - 2.73" of rain fell over the course of two days, beginning at 2:00 PM yesterday and continuing thru daybreak today (1.62" fell yesterday, 1.11" today).  Also, today's high of 59° was the mildest reading of the month. 

9 - The first snowfall of the season, amounting to 0.6", fell in the wee hours of the morning, but the snow changed over to rain as the temperature rose throughout the day, from 32° to 51° at midnight.  In total 0.87" of precipitation was measured.  This was the only snowfall of the month.  

25 - It was a wet Christmas Eve/Christmas Day morning as 1.05" of rain fell during Santa's peak travel time between 7:00 PM (yesterday) to 3:00 AM (today).

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New York Weather Highlights of 1985

  1985

JANUARY

2 - Today's high of 58° was the mildest reading of the month and the thirteenth day since Dec. 10 with a mean temperature 10 degrees or more above normal.  During these three-and-a-half weeks temperatures were 11 degrees above average.  And tomorrow would be the twenty-fifth day of the past twenty-six with above average readings. 

9 - With a high of 25°/low of 16°, today was the first day of the winter that was completely below freezing.  It was only the fifth time this century it occurred in January (it would happen five more time in the next 30 years).  At the time only the winter of 1975 recorded a later date for the first high temperature of 32° or colder, which was Jan. 14.  (Two years later, in 1987, that record was broken when the first such high occurred on Jan. 20.)   

17 -  For the fifth year in a row the high temperature on this date was 32° or colder.  Also, 4.1" of snow fell during the morning, the biggest snowfall of the month.

21 - The morning low was 2° below zero and the high just 9° above zero, the coldest high temperature since Feb. 15, 1943 when it was +8°.  Meanwhile, down in Washington ceremonies for President Reagan's second inauguration were forced indoors because of the bitter cold. 

22 - Temperatures over the past two weeks (1/9-22) were eight degrees colder than normal, with an average high/low of 30°/18°.

 

FEBRUARY

2 - Light snow fell throughout the day and accumulated 4.3".  It was the third snowfall over four inches so far this winter.  One more would follow in a few days.

5 - The biggest snow of the winter began this evening and continued through next morning, accumulating 5.7".  3.3" of the snow fell tonight.  After this snow just 0.2" fell for the rest of the winter.

11 - Today was the 35th day in a row with a low temperature of 32° or colder.  This was the longest such streak since the winter of 1976-77 when there was one of 51 days between Dec. 21, 1976 and Feb. 9, 1977 (the longest streak in the past 50 years).

24 - Today's high of 75° broke the old record by 10 degrees and tied Feb. 25, 1930 for the warmest reading ever reported in February.  This followed by two months a 70-degree day at the end of December (and one month after a sub-zero morning low).  

25 - The incredibly mild high/low of 69°/49° averaged in the past four days was 24 degrees warmer than average - and more typical of late April.

 

MARCH

4 - On a gloomy and damp Monday, the last measurable snow of the winter fell briefly during lunchtime.  However, after 0.2" accumulated, the snow changed over to rain.

27 - Today's high soared to 74°, twenty degrees above average, and the mildest temperature since - last month?  Yes, it was 75° on Feb. 25!

28 - Today was even warmer than yesterday as the afternoon temperature topped out at 78°, twenty-four degrees warmer than average.  However, this was not a record high as there was an even more extraordinary warm spell in 1945. 

29 - The exceedingly mild weather continued for one more day.  Despite the sun being filtered through a light overcast the temperature soared to 82°, twenty-eight degrees warmer than normal.  Not only was it warm but also uncomfortably humid.  However, just like yesterday today's temperature wasn't a record.  The average high over the past three days was 78°, a reading more typical of the second week of June.

 

APRIL

16 - What a glorious day for baseball as the high reached 75° (fourteen degrees above average) and the Yankees beat the White Sox on a walk-off home run by Don Baylor in the bottom of the 9th inning.

19 - Today's high of 88° was a rebound of forty-three degrees from yesterday morning's low of 45°.

 

MAY

21 - Heavy rain fell between 4-10 PM, amounting to 1.60".  During one 15-minute period (between 5:55-6:10 PM) 0.48" of rain thundered down.

28 - 0.54" of rain fell in 30 minutes between 4:41-5:11 PM.  0.93" fell during the entire evening.

 

JUNE

3 - Today's high of 85° was the warmest reading of the entire month, the coolest maximum temperature for June since 1916 when the warmest reading was 84°.

16 - It was Father's Day and rain fell overnight until 6 AM and then a thunderstorm moved through between 6-7 PM.  In total 1.19" of rain fell, making this the rainiest Father's Day since 1972.

24 - During a severe thunderstorm 0.50" of rain poured down in a 15-minute period between 1:50-2:05 PM.  By the time the rain moved out of the area, shortly before 5 PM, 0.89" had fallen.

 

JULY

3 - Today was the ninth consecutive day with cooler than average temperatures.  During this stretch temperatures were eight degrees below normal (high/low of 73°/60°).

14 - Today's high of 92° was the first 90-degree reading of the summer, the second latest date on record for this occurrence.  Only 1877 had a later date (July 26).  This was also the third year in a row in which the high temperature topped 90° on this date.  

26 - 1.19" of rain fell in the morning between 2-11AM.  Then after a dry afternoon/early evening an additional 0.99" fell after 7:30 PM, lasting until 4 AM.   

28 - Today was the 13th day this month with a seasonable mean temperature (average of high/low), the second most of any month in the 1970-2015 period (one behind July 1975, and later tied in July 2006). 

31 - The 0.06" of rain that fell between 4-7 PM brought the month's rainfall to 4.41", which was the same amount that was measured in June.  This joined similar occurrences in May-June 1917 and Nov.-Dec. 1945 (later joined by Dec. 1980-Jan. 1981 and Sept.-Oct. 1997).

 

AUGUST

15 - The highest mean temperature (average of the high and low) of the summer was registered today as the high reached 95° after a sultry low of 80°.  Today's low became the latest date for a low in the 80s (tied three years later, and then broken in 2018 on 8/29).

30 - It was the Friday of Labor Day weekend and a brief but vicious thunderstorm struck in the middle of the afternoon.  I was walking home after seeing the movie Back to the Future on East 34th St. when the skies opened up.  I sought refuge under the awning of an apartment building in Gramercy Park to escape the torrential downpour that was accompanied by hail and high winds, but it offered little protection so I retreated inside the lobby of the building.  The storm was very brief, about 15 minutes, but it was destructive as many trees in Washington Square Park suffered damage.  It turned out the storm was very localized as areas north of 34th St. weren't hit nearly as hard (Central Park measured just 0.16" of rain).  At the time this was the worst storm I'd experienced in my years living in New York.     

 

SEPTEMBER

5 - Today had temperatures sixteen degrees above average with a high of 95° and low of 77°.

6 - Today's high of 93°/low of 78° was 15 degrees above average.  This low is the warmest minimum temperature in September, and also occurred on Sept. 11, 1983 and Sept. 2, 2010.  Today was also the last day this year with a high in the 90s.  In total, only nine days saw 90+, the fewest since 1975 (the average is eighteen).

8 - Today was the end of a five-day stretch in which the temperature averaged 12 degrees above average - including three days in the 90s.   The average high/low of these five days was 90°/75°.

13 - The morning low of 49° was the earliest date for a reading in the 40s since 1978 (when it occurred on Sept. 10).

27 - Hurricane Gloria made landfall on Long Island near the Nassau/Suffolk County border and dumped heavy rain in NYC during the morning (3.13", a record for the date); most of it fell between 9:30 AM-12:30 PM.  The sky cleared around 1:00 and the rest of the afternoon was beautiful.  The bountiful rain helped put a dent in the year's rainfall deficit. (To read my first-person account of the storm double click here.)

 

OCTOBER

15 - Today's high was an unseasonably warm 80°, fifteen degrees above average.  This was the eighth month in a row to report a high in the 80s, joining 1945 as the only other year in which this occurred.  (These two years would later be joined by 1990.) 

 

NOVEMBER

5 - For the second year in a row heavy rain fell on this date - both times in the early morning.  This year 1.63" of rain poured down during the wee hours and was over by 7 AM.  0.86" fell between 4-6 AM. 

16 - 2.39" of rain fell, a record for the date.  Most of it fell after noontime and it came down heaviest between 9-11 PM when 1.11" was measured.

20 - Today's high/low of 77°/62° was twenty-four degrees above average.  Not surprisingly the high temperature was the warmest of the month and a record for the date.  It followed by just four days the coldest reading of the month (33°).

28 - It was a raw and rainy Thanksgiving Day.  The high/low was just 41°/37° and 1.15" of rain fell, mostly during the afternoon and evening.  At the time it tied 1935 as the rainiest Turkey Day (later topped in 2006). 

29 - It was a gray day with just two degrees separating the high (38°) and low (36°).

 

DECEMBER

5 - The first measurable snow of the season fell between 11 PM and 1 AM, accumulating 0.3" before changing to rain showers.

13 - A breeze from out of the northeast, low clouds and periods of drizzle kept the temperature from moving much as just two degree separated the high (40°) and low (38°).  

19 - With a high of 30°, today was the first day of the winter with a maximum temperature of 32° or colder. 

24 - Today's high of 55° was the mildest reading of the month.

25 - The temperature tumbled all day, from a high of 48° reached in the morning to a biting cold 20° degrees by midnight.

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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. 

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New York Weather Highlights of 1982

1982

JANUARY

1 - It was a wet first day of the year as an inch of rain fell through mid-afternoon.

4 - 2.73" inches of rain fell, almost all of it during the morning.  At one point 0.75" fell in just 30 minutes between 9:30-10 AM.  This was a record amount of rain for the date and the City's biggest rainstorm since July 29, 1980 when 3.47" fell.

10 - 2.21" of rain poured down between 4-10 AM with the greatest downpour being in the last hour when 0.72" fell.

13 - A late afternoon/nighttime snowstorm that dumped 5.8" on New York was the same winter system that affected Washington, DC earlier in the afternoon when an Air Florida jet crashed into the Potomac River minutes after takeoff, killing 78.

14 - A quick-moving clipper system dumped 3.5" of snow during the afternoon, one day after 5.8" fell. 

17 - From a frigid 19° just after midnight, the temperature fell steadily all day long and by midnight the official thermometer in Central Park was at zero degrees.  (Five years earlier on this date the low was a record 2° below zero.)  This outbreak came just five days after another Arctic outbreak that produced lows in the single digits for three days in a row.

18 - This was the coldest day of the winter, with a high/low of 15°/0°.  The AM low was a record for the date. 

19 - New York City's 18-month drought emergency was lifted today.  Although 1981, with 38 inches of precipitation, was the driest year since 1970, precipitation in December was above average (5.18") and January 1982 would receive 6.46". 

22 - Today's high was 18° (after a morning low of 8°), the sixth time in the past two weeks that the high was colder than 20°.

27 - Today was the seventh day this month with a morning low in the single digits. It was also the sixteenth day of the past twenty to have a high temperature of 32° or colder.  12 inches of snow fell during this nearly three-week period.

 

FEBRUARY

15 - Today was Presidents' Day and the high/low of 57°/34° was one degree milder than the high/low reported last year on the holiday (which fell on 2/16).  Years later nearly identical temperatures would also occur on Presidents' Day 2010 and 2009, which fell on the same dates as '82 and '81.  Temperatures were colder, with the highs being the same (40°) and the lows one degree apart (28° and 27°). 

25 - Today's high was 28°, the only day in February with a below-freezing high temperature.  This was in contrast to January which had sixteen days that stayed below freezing for the entire day.

 

APRIL

3 - 0.84" of rain fell in a 60-minute period between 5:55-6:55 PM.  1.86" fell during the entire day.

6 - Just 1.1" of snow had fallen in February and March when a blizzard dumped 9.6" of snow on the City today, less than a week before Easter.  More than a foot fell in New Jersey and Westchester County.  The storm started as rain in the pre-dawn hours and changed over to snow mid-morning and lasted through late afternoon.  By midnight the temperature had fallen to a record low 21°.  This was the most snow to fall so late in the season since ten inches fell on April 3, 1915.

7 - In the aftermath of yesterday's snowstorm, the morning low was 21°, twenty-one degrees below average and the coldest reading so late in the year since April 1, 1923 (when the temperature dropped to 12°).  Today's afternoon high of 30° was the latest date for a below-freezing high.

18 - This was the eighteenth day in a row in which no high temperature was duplicated.  During these days the highs ranged from 30° to 72°.

 

MAY

22 - The 0.10" of rain that fell this afternoon was the first on this date since 1970.  It was also a chilly day, seven degrees below average, with a high/low of 60°/53°.

 

JUNE

7 - Rain fell during 14 of the past 17 days (and the last eight days in a row), amounting to 3.81".  Just 0.03" of rain fell today and it was over by 3 AM.  

13 - It was a damp and very cool day as 1.65" of rain fell and the high was just 55°, twenty-three degrees below average.  Only three degrees separated the high from the morning low.

16 - After a warm and sticky day with a high of 87°/low of 68°, thunderstorms moved in after dark.  The rain came down heaviest between 10 PM-midnight when 0.58" fell.

 

JULY

8 - Today was the first 90-degree day of the year, the latest date for this occurrence since 1960 - and one of the latest on record (1985 would see an even later date).  Typically, New York's first 90-degree reading occurs at the end of May.  (Last year's first 90-degree day was on June 16, the latest since 1963.)

18 - Today was the hottest day of the summer, with a high of 98° after a low of 78°. 

20 - During a mid-day thunderstorm 0.58" of rain fell from 11 AM-noon; in a five-minute period between 10:57-11:02 AM 0.32" poured down.  This storm snapped a four-day heat wave.  Afternoon highs during 7/16-19 were: 92°-92°-98°-96°.

27 - Today was the last 90-degree day of the year.  It came one month earlier than the usual date for this occurrence and was the sixth earliest occurrence on record (the five earliest occurrences were between 1871-1902; 1982 would fall to seventh after the summer of 1986)This summer's eleven 90-degree days were concentrated in the past twenty days.  During this nearly three-week period the average high/low was 89°/73°, 4.4 degrees above average.

28 - 2.18" of rain fell, with half of it pouring down in a one-hour period between 4:20-5:20 PM.  And within that hour 0.55" fell in the fifteen minutes that began at 4 PM.  Today's rain accounted for two-thirds of the month's total.

 

AUGUST

23 - 0.70" of rain fell from 1-2 PM during a strong thunderstorm; within that hour 0.45" poured down in five minutes (1:45-1:50 PM).  

25 - 1.53" of rain fell between 6-8 AM with 0.91" falling during the second hour.

 

OCTOBER

9 - A cold front moved through during the morning, but before it did the temperature was in the 70s for a few hours after midnight, making this the ninth day in a row with a high in the 70s.  During this string of mild days (five which had highs of 77° or warmer) the average high was 76°, eight above average.

 

NOVEMBER

2 - Today's afternoon high of 79° was 20 degrees warmer than average.

4 - For the fourth day in a row the morning low was an unseasonably mild 62° (eighteen degrees above average, and three degrees milder than the typical high ).  Today was also the fourth day in a row with a high in the 70s: 77°-79°-74°-72° (today).

 

DECEMBER

4 - Today's high of 72° set a record that held only until 1998.

6 - The day's very mild high of 67° occurred shortly after daybreak.  This was thirty-two degrees above the average temperature for that time of day.  And while the temperature fell slowly throughout the day, it was still 56° at midnight.

8 - Over the past nine days the high/low temperatures averaged 60°/50°, sixteen degrees milder than average.

9 - Five days after a record-setting high of 72° the temperature took a nosedive to 19° by midnight tonight.

12 - Three inches of snow fell during the morning, the first snowfall of the winter (and eight days after a record high of 72° degrees).  Less snow would fall in the next eight weeks combined than fell today.

25 - Two years after the coldest Christmas Day on record, today's high of 64° tied 1889 as the mildest Christmas on record.  It was also eight degrees milder than Easter Sunday.

26 - For a second day in a row a record high was set as today's high temperature reached 63°.

29 - Today's high was 65°, the seventh day this month with a high in the 60s.  It was also the eleventh day with a mean temperature 15 degrees or more above average.  Additionally, although just 0.02" of rain fell today, it was the first measurable precipitation on this date in fifteen years.

 Chart - 1982 hottest and coldest

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New York Weather Highlights of 1983

 1983

JANUARY

15 - A predicted snowstorm failed to materialize as temperatures stayed above freezing (the day's high/low was 36°/33°).  The combination of drizzle and wet snow (one inch) that fell between mid-morning and mid-afternoon amounted to 0.65" of liquid precipitation in Central Park.  This would have produced about half a foot of snow had the temperature been a few degrees colder.  Although suburbs north and west of the City received significant snowfall, snow lovers in NYC would have to wait another month for a substantial snowfall (the blizzard of Feb. 11-12).  This was the first measurable precipitation to fall on this date since 1962.

19 - A high/low of 21°/12° made this coldest day of the winter, fifteen degrees below average.

 

FEBRUARY

6 - Snow began in the afternoon and by the time it ended early the next day 3.9" had fallen (2.5" of it fell today).  This was the largest accumulation so far this winter (but it would be easily topped in a less than a week).  

11 - A monster snowstorm moved in Friday afternoon and continued until the wee hours of the morning on Saturday.  The storm really cranked up between 8-11 PM when six inches of snow came down.  When the last flakes had fallen 17.6" had piled up.  It was the biggest snowfall in New York since 1978 (when 17.7" fell on Feb. 5-7) and at the time was the sixth biggest snowstorm in City history (it's now ranked thirteenth).

 

MARCH

1 - This was the third month in a row to begin with a high temperature of 47°.  

10 - On a rainy day (mid-morning thru mid-afternoon), just two degrees separated the high (42°) and low (40°), something that occurs just once every two or three years.

13 - The sunny finally reappeared after nine straight days of gloomy, drizzly and foggy conditions.  During those days 3.72" of rain fell and there was little variation in temperature as lows were around 40 degrees and highs in the mid-40s.

18 - 3.10" of rain fell, most of it coming down between 1-9:00 PM. 

26 - Lows during the past four days were: 25°-27°-25°-27° (today), ten degrees colder than average.

27 - 1.63" of rain fell between 2 PM and midnight, but almost all of it, 1.49", poured down between 7-11 PM.

 

APRIL

3 Close to two inches of rain fell during the morning, making this the wettest Easter Sunday on record.  This amount was a record for the date, breaking the record set just last year when 1.86" fell.  Besides the rain it was also quite chilly, with a high of only 46°. 

10 - 4.31" of rain fell with nearly 2.50" of it falling in just three hours (between 11 AM-2 PM).

19 - 0.8" of snow fell, the latest measurable snowfall since April 14, 1950 when 1.9" fell.  However, despite the snow a cold rain was the primary form of precipitation.  The high/low of 43°/34° made this the chilliest day of the month, fifteen degrees below average.

 

MAY

3 - A week-long warm spell had temperatures that averaged 12 degrees warmer than average.  Interestingly, today's high of 79° would be the mildest reading of the month - not very warm for that distinction.  In fact, the last time the warmest reading in May was this "cool" was more than 30 years ago.  It would happen again in 2003 and 2005.   

24 - Lows during the past four days: 59°-58°-59°-58° (today), three degrees above average.

 

JUNE

3 - This was the seventh year in a row that rain fell on this date.  This year's rain began after dark and amounted to 0.16" by midnight (and 0.43" poured down between midnight and 1 AM on 6/4).

4 - For the fourth day in a row the high temperature was 75°, which was very close to the average high.

12 - Today's high was 91°, the year's first day with a 90-degree high.  It came about two weeks later than the average date of this occurrence.  But despite this late start the year would end up with 36 days with highs in the 90s, the most since 1944's 37.

15 - Today's high reached 92° and was the fourth day in a row with a high in the 90s.

 

JULY

1 - Today was the 24th day in a row with highs in the 80s - very early for a string of 80-degree days of this length. 

4 - Today's high was 95° after a morning low of 78°.  On this broiling hot afternoon Yankee pitcher Dave Righetti pitched a no-hitter against the archrival Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.   

13 - For the third year in a row the temperature was in the 90s on this date.  This year it reached 93°.

15 - The high reached a stifling 98°.  (It appeared this would be the hottest reading of the year but then on Sept. 11 the mercury soared to 99°.)

17 - For the fifth year in a row the temperature rose into the 90s on this date.  This joined another five-year streak from 1936-1940 on July 10 (and later joined joined by streaks in 1990-1994 on July 9 and on July 7 from 2000-2014).

18 - This was the fourth year in a row on this date in which the high was in the nineties.  This year's high was 97°.

21 - Diana Ross' free evening concert in Central Park was interrupted and ultimately postponed when severe thunderstorms lashed the area between 5:30-9 PM (2.26" of rain fell, two-thirds of the month's total precipitation).  It was also a hot day as the high reached 95°, the ninth day of 90-degree weather in the past ten days. (To read more about the concert click here.) 

22 - On the day after severe thunderstorms forced Diana Ross' free Central Park concert to be cancelled, conditions couldn't have been nicer for today's rescheduled event.  Skies were sunny, the humidity was much lower and it was 10 degrees cooler than yesterday's mid-90s steam bath.

24 - Today's high was 76°, the only day this month that didn't have a high of 80° or warmer.  A typical July has six days with afternoon highs cooler than 80°.

 

AUGUST

15 - With a high/low of 84°/63°, today was two degrees cooler than average.  The next day with below average temperatures wouldn't be for another four weeks.  In between these two days, temperatures would average six degrees above average.

28 - 2.59" of rain fell in just an hour and twenty minutes (6:10-7:30 PM).  During this period 1.65" of rain thundered down in half an hour, 1.05" in fifteen minutes and 0.60" in five minutes.

31 - After a morning low of 72° (seven degrees above average) the afternoon high rose to only 77° (two degrees below average).

 

SEPTEMBER

1 - Although "meteorological summer" (June 1 - Aug. 31) ended yesterday today's high soared to a steamy 95°.

5 - Today was Labor Day and the high reached 91°, the last Labor Day to have temperatures in the 90s until 2015 (highs in 1996 and 1998 reached 89°). 

6 - A day under the broiler, with a high/low of 94°/77°, fifteen degrees above average.

10 - Wow, a high of 97° in the second week of September - twenty degrees above average.  No surprise, it was a record for the date.

11 - Today was the hottest day of the year.  After the day started with an uncomfortable low of 80°, the afternoon high soared to a scorching 99° (the day's low ended up being 78°, occurring shortly before midnight).  This was the hottest temperature recorded in September since 1953 when the mercury reached 102° on 9/2.  The past nine days were well above average as well (+11 degrees) and included five days in the 90s. 

12 - Today was the 12th consecutive day in which the high temperature was 84° or warmer.  This stretch of days was nine degrees warmer than average. This was also the 27th day in a row with above average mean temperatures, one of the longest such streaks on record.

19 - Today's high was a sizzling 94°, nineteen degrees above average.

20 - On the day before autumn began the high reached 93°, the last 90-degree day of the year, and 36th overall.  This was the most such days since 1944 and, at the time, the second most on record (now ranked fifth).  Today was also the seventh 90-degree day since 9/5.  And the fourth record high of the month.

30 - Rain from the remnants of tropical storm Dean moved through during the early morning.  2.64" fell between 3-8:00 AM, but the bulk of it poured down in the hour between 6:30-7:30 when 2.05" was measured.  Today's rainfall was comparable to the amount that fell between Sept. 1-29.

 

OCTOBER

1- It was one of those rare days when there was only a two-degree separation between the high and low.  The high of 62° was seven below average, while the low of 60° was five above.  A northeast wind off the Atlantic was responsible for this minimal variation as it brought a layer of clouds, some showers and drizzle.

13 - The morning low was 67°, sixteen degrees above average - and three degrees milder than the average high for the date.  Mostly overcast skies and scattered showers in the afternoon prevented the temperature from rising too much as it topped off at 74°.

 

NOVEMBER

13 - The morning low of 32° (ten degrees below average) came four days after a high of 69° (fourteen degrees above average).

16 - Overnight, New York's all-time annual precipitation record was set, exceeding the 67.02" that fell in 1972.  Still, reservoirs were only filled to 42% of capacity since New York's heavy rains had regularly missed these upstate watershed areas.  (However, at the end of the year it was revealed that the rain gauge in Central Park had been malfunctioning for much of the year, thus calling into question the year's total precipitation.)

 

DECEMBER

20 - Today's high was a teeth chattering 25°, seventeen degrees colder than average.  It was the first high of freezing or below of the season. 

22 - The first snowfall of the winter fell in the pre-dawn hours, but after 0.6" accumulated it was quickly washed away by heavy rain (about two inches).  The temperature rose steadily from 31° to 53°. 

24 - After Arctic air moved in yesterday today's temperature fell all day and by midnight it was a bone-chilling +6°, a record for the date.  Just under an inch of snow fell to deliver somewhat of a white Christmas.  This was quite a contrast to springlike temperatures experienced a year earlier on Christmas Eve.

25 - Similar to three years ago Christmas Day turned out to be the coldest day of the year, with a high/low of 13°/4°.  The day was 27 degrees colder than a typical Dec. 25 (41°/29°).

28 - Three days after a morning low of +4° today's high temperature rose to 55°.

30 - It was reported today that the year's extraordinary, and record-setting, amount of precipitation (totaling 80.56") was most likely the result of a malfunctioning rain gauge in Central Park beginning back in May. 

 Chart - 1983 hottest and coldest

 

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