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Today in New York Weather History: April 29

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April 29 is one of only two calendar dates that has never had a rainfall of an inch or more (the greatest amount was 0.89" in 1909).  The other date is September 9.  (April 30 was on this short list until 2014 when 4.97" fell.) 

 

1928

Low temperatures ranged from 38° to 40° for the past nine days (the average low in late April is in the mid-40s).  Besides chilly mornings, this period was also rainy, with slightly more than four inches of rain measured.

1974

The day after the year's first reading in the 80s (the high was 80°), today's high of 89° was a record for the date (a record that still stands) - 23 degrees above average.

 

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2009

The day after the high reached 90°, today's temperature fell steadily throughout the day and was in the 50s during the afternoon.  

2017

For the second day in a row the high reached 85°.  And although 4/16 had the warmest reading of the month (87°), today had the warmest mean temperature as the low of 64° was five degrees warmer than 4/16's.

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Looking Back at New York City Weather: April 28

 

1921

With a high of 72°, this was the 13th day this month with a high of 70° or warmer, the most of any April on record (April 1941 and April 1977 had 12 such days).  This would be New York's warmest April until 1941 (now ranked sixth).

 

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1938

Today's high of 89° came eight days after a high of 85°, which came five days after a high of 84° (average highs in the second half of April are in the 60°-65° range).  At the time the highs on 4/28 and 4/15 were records, which have since been broken. 

1939

Three days after the high reached 86°, afternoon temperatures today were half that, and twenty degrees below average.  Skies were overcast and winds from the northeast.

1956

Today's high of 84° was the first time in six months that the temperature rose above 70°.  This is also the latest date for a year's first reading of 70°+ in the second half of the century.  And it came just two days after the high was just 47°.

 

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1966

It was a dreary, raw and damp day, with light rain in the morning.  With a high/low of only 42°/39°, today had the coldest mean temperature of the month; the high was 23 degrees below average.  Also, this was the eighth day of the past nine to have rain.  1.71" fell during these days, with the most falling today (0.53"). 

1980

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

 

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1990

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. 

1995

Partly cloudy and mild, with temperatures in the low 70s, a perfect day for the Mets home opener, a game in which they slowly wore down the Cardinals and overtook them late in the game to win 10-8.

 

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2003

After today's high of 80° (the third high in the 80s this month), it would be six weeks before the next reading in the 80s occurred.   

2009

During a four-day stretch of hot weather (4/25-28), high temperatures averaged 24 degrees above normal.  Highs during these four days: 88°-92°-84°-90° (today).

2010

This morning's low of 40° was the chilliest reading of the month, and the first time in more than 50 years that the coldest reading in April wasn't in the 20s or 30s.  (This was the mildest April on record.)

 

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2012

The morning low of 38° was far from the record of 31°, but it was the chilliest reading so late in April since 2000, when the low fell to 37° on 4/27.

2016

Three months after a blizzard stopped the City with 26.8" of snow (0.1" shy of the all-time record), the National Weather Service today announced that it had revised the total upward to 27.5", making this New York's biggest snowstorm of all time.

 

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2021

In a span of ten hours the mercury shot from 52° (at 4AM) to 85° (2PM), the warmest reading since Sept. 5 (when the high also reached 85°).  Yesterday's high, by contrast, was a slightly below average 64°.  Today's diurnal variation of 33 degrees was the greatest since Jan. 13, 2018, when it was 39 degrees (high/low of 58°/19°).  This was the year's second reading in the 80s, following by five weeks the first occurrence (82° on 3/26; the high was 30 degrees warmer than the day's low ). 

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Today in New York Weather History: April 17

 

1918

This was the third day in a row with a high of 74° (fourteen degrees above average).  These warm days came less than a week after three cold days, with highs of 38°, 35°, and 42° (twenty degrees below average).

1976

Today was the beginning of a four-day heat wave in which high temperatures averaged 31 degrees above average: 91° (today)-96°-92°-89°.  This was unprecedented for so early in the year, until 2002 when there was another nearly identical heat wave from April 16-19.  

 

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1980

The morning low was 32°, thirteen degrees colder than average, and one of the latest dates in Central Park for a last frost.  (The typical date is April 1.)

1984

After three damp and chilly days, today was sunny and pleasant, with a high of 67°.  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.

 

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1986

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"). 

2002

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

 

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2003

After a back-door cold front dropped yesterday's temperature from a summery 88° to 51°, today's temperature fell slowly throughout the day and was down to 36° by midnight.

2005

After a low of 42°, the temperature recovered to 77°.

2012

For the 15th day in a row, no precipitation fell.  This would be the longest dry spell of 2012, and was the longest since Aug./Sept. 2010, when there was a rain-free streak of seventeen days.

2013

This was the 18th day in a row in which no high temperature was duplicated.  During these days, high temperatures ranged between 43° and 82° degrees (with eleven of the highs falling between 52° and 64°.)

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Weather Conditions During New York Yankees Home Openers (1970 - 2021)

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This post combines my two loves - weather and baseball.  Because the Yankees, for the most part, start their season in the first half of April, chances are good the game will be played in brisk conditions.  Looking back at Yankees home openers played since 1970, game day temperatures have averaged in the mid-50s - but they've ranged from the mid-30s to mid-70s (including 74° in 2017).  Opening Day in 1982 was postponed because of a blizzard that dumped nearly 10 inches of snow on the City; the home openers in 2003 and 2018 were also "snowed out"; 1998's and 2016's home openers were rained out; and the game in 1999 was called after 7 innings because of rain. 

Comparing home opener weather conditions of the Yankees and Mets, the Yankees take it on the chin.  Using a 1-10 rating scale (where 1 is a strikeout and 10 is a grand slam), Yankees games have averaged a 5.1 versus the Mets 5.8.  They've had eight games that rated a 9 or 10 (eight) and ten that rated only a 1 or 2.  This is very similar to the Mets record in those weather categories.  Temperature-wise, the Yankees home openers were warmest in the '70s and 80's, around 60°, but were six degrees cooler in the following three decades.

Now that the warm-ups are over, let's "play ball"! 

 

1970 (April 7) - Skies were partly cloudy and temperature in the mid-50s at game-time.  After falling behind Boston 4-0, the Yankees scored in the bottom of the 6th, but that would be the end of the scoring for either team as the Yanks lost their third Opening Day game in a row to the Red Sox.  Weather Rating: 6 

1971 (April 13) -  Sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60s greeted fans and the Yanks responded with a 5-2 win over the Tigers.  This was in contrast to the Mets home opener played in rain and snow one week earlier and was called after five innings. Rating: 9  

1972 (April 18) - This year's home opener was a carbon copy of last year's, with sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60s.  And like last year the Yanks won, shutting out Milwaukee 2-0.  Despite the great weather only 11,319 were in attendance.  Rating: 9

1973 (April 9) - Skies were clear and the temperature in the mid-50s when the first pitch was thrown, but by the time the game ended the temperature had fallen into the upper 40s.  Besides the mercury, the Yankees also fell as they were beat by the Indians, 3-1.  Rating: 6

1974 (April 6) - The Yankees' home opener was played in cold and overcast conditions, with afternoon temperatures falling into the low 40s.  Happily, the Yankees provided some sunshine as they defeated Cleveland 6-1, with Mel Stottlemyre pitching a complete game.  Rating: 2

1975 (April 11) - It was sunny, but chillier than average, with afternoon temperatures in the mid-50s (however, it was milder than the Mets' home opener three days earlier which had temperatures in the upper 40s).  Like the Mets, the Yankees also opened at Shea Stadium, where the team would play the entire season while Yankee Stadium underwent renovation.  And while the Yanks had a 3-2 lead after the first inning, they scored no more runs and lost to Detroit, 5-3.  Rating: 6

1976 (April 15) It was a stunning day for the Yankees' return to a renovated Yankee Stadium as skies were sunny and afternoon temperatures warmed to 76°, sixteen above average.  And after an opening ceremony that included Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Don Larsen and the widows of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, the Yankees continued the upbeat energy by coming from behind and rolling over the Twins, 11-4 (the most runs scored on Opening Day since a 19-1 destruction of the Senators in 1955).  Rating: 10

 

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1977 (April 7) - Conditions were very chilly.  After a morning low of 31°, the game was played with temperatures in the mid-40s.  At least skies were sunny - and the Yankees, behind Catfish Hunter and Sparky Lyle, shut out the Brewers, 3-0.  Rating: 4

1978 (April 13) - It was a beautiful day for a baseball game as skies were sunny and the temperature rose into the mid-70s.  And on the strength of Reggie Jackson's 3-run HR in the first inning the Yankees defeated the White Sox, 4-2.  Rating: 10

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1979 (April 10) - Cooler than average temperatures (53°) but sunny skies greeted the Yankees as they received their World Series rings before the game.  Then they lost a quickly played game (2:02) to Milwaukee, 5-1.  Rating: 5   

1980 (April 18) - A very pleasant day for a ballgame, sunny and 65°, but for the first time since the mid-1960s the Yankees lost back-to-back home openers.  And like last year it was to Milwaukee, this time by a score of 3-2.  Rating: 8

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1981 (April 9) - Today's delightful high of 75° was seventeen degrees above average.  Although some light showers moved through between 2-4PM, amounting to 0.05", it didn't prevent the Yankees from easily beating the Rangers 10-3.  Rating: 8

 

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1982 (April 11) - Originally scheduled for April 6, the home opener had to be postponed because of a blizzard that dumped ten inches of snow.  The rescheduled game was played today, Easter Sunday, at 5 PM with temperatures in the lower 50s.  The Yankees lost to the White Sox in 12 innings, 7-6.  Only 31,000 were in attendance.  Rating: 1 (based on original home opener date)

1983 (April 12) - The Yanks were thrashed by the Tigers 13-2 on a day with close to seasonable temperatures (upper 50s).  This was the most runs ever given up by the Yankees during a home opener.  Rating: 5 

1984 (April 10) - After a chilly start (35°, seven degrees below average) the afternoon high rebounded into the upper 50s.  And on the ball field the Yankees beat Minnesota 4-1.  Rating: 5

1985 (April 16) - What a glorious day for baseball as the high reached 75° and the Yankees beat the White Sox on a walk-off home run by Don Baylor in the bottom of the 9th inning.  Rating: 10

 

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1986 (April 8) - After showers at daybreak the sun came out and for the second year in a row the temperature at game time was 75°.  And like last year the Yankees won.  Rating: 10

1987 (April 13) - After early showers between 6-9 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.  Rating: 3

1988 (April 5) - Under sunny skies the high reached 73° (mildest reading of the month), the last Opening Day with temperatures in the 70s until 2017.  This added to the pleasure of Rick Rhoden's 3-hit, 8-0 shutout over the Twins.  (The Yankees won every home opener this decade when the temperature was in the 70s.)  Rating: 10

 

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1989 (April 7) - Morning sunshine gave way to overcast skies by mid-afternoon but the game was over before rain moved in during the evening.  The temperature was a chilly 50° when the first pitch was thrown.  As for the game, the Yankees scored two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning for their only runs but it wasn't enough as Cleveland, which scored three runs in the 1st inning, hung to win 4-2.  Rating: 3

 

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1990 (April 12) - Brisk conditions with a cooler than average high of 54° under partly cloudy skies.  The Yankees broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning to beat the Indians.  Rating: 4 

1991 (April 15) - A miserable day all around as the Yankees lost 6-5 to the White Sox in a steady, light rain and temperatures hovered around 50°, well below average.  Quite a contrast from the Mets' home opener last week when the temperature flirted with 90°.  Rating: 1

 

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1992 (April 7) - The Yankees beat the Red Sox (and Roger Clemens) on a pleasant day with an afternoon high of 60°.  A light cloud cover kept the temperature from getting even warmer.  Rating: 6

1993 (April 12) - The Yankees' Jim Abbott pitched a complete game win over Kansas City in slightly cooler than average conditions (high of 55°) under overcast skies.  Rating: 4 

1994 (April 4) - Under clear skies and temperatures slightly milder than average (60° degrees) the Yankees beat Texas, 5-3.  Rating: 7

1995 (April 26) - With a game time temperature of 68° this was the mildest Opening Day in seven years.  This was also the Yankees latest home opener since 1903 (a result of the players strike which started in August 1994 and wasn't settled until April 2).  As for the game, the Yankees held on to beat the Rangers, 8-6.  Rating: 8

1996 (April 9) - Hard to believe that today's home opener wasn't postponed as the temperature was in the mid-30s and wet snow fell throughout the game.  (This was a week after the Yankees' season opener in Cleveland was snowed out.)  Since the air temperature remained above freezing very little of the snow accumulated (0.3" was measured in Central Park).  Happily, the Yankees beat KC, 7-3.  Rating: 1

 

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1997 (April 11) - On a sunny and quite chilly day, with the afternoon temperature about ten degrees colder than average (upper 40s), the reigning World Champions took a 1-0 lead into the 9th but ended up losing to the A's in 12 innings.  Rating: 3

1998 (April 10) - It was sunny with seasonable temperatures but the field was soggy the day after 2.15" of rain fell (ending early this morning).  And it was a home opener for the ages as the Yankees came from behind a number of times before finally prevailing over Oakland by a score of 17-13.  Rating: 6

1999 (April 9) - 0.39" of rain fell between noon and 7 PM and the game was called after 7 innings with the Yankees in the lead 12-3.  Not only was it rainy but cold as the temperature fell all day. By game time it was down into the mid-40s - quite a change from yesterday's 80-degree weather.  Rating: 1

 

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2000 (April 12) - Sunny and breezy, with a chilly high of only 50°, nine degrees colder than average. This kept the attendance (48,487) down from the usual sell-out.  After the Yankees received their World Series rings in a pre-game ceremony they then went onto the field and, in a see-saw battle, defeated the Rangers, 8-6.  Rating: 4

2001 (April 2) - Very similar to Opening Day last season, the high was a chilly 49° under mostly overcast skies.  And like last season the World Champions won the game.  And in the course of pitching a complete game Roger Clemens became the American League's all-time leader in strikeouts in the 9th inning.  Rating: 3

2002 (April 5) - For the third season in a row, Opening Day was very chilly, with a high of only 45°, twelve degrees colder than average.  Tampa Bay's bats were chilly as well as they managed just three hits and were shut out 4-0.  Rating: 3 

2003 (April 8) - After a four-inch snowfall postponed yesterday's home opener, today was played in cold conditions, tying the snowy game of 1996 as the coldest home opener in the among those since 1970.  The temperature at game time was just 35°, twenty-three degrees below average, and more typical of mid-winter.  Happily, the Yankees' new Japanese acquisition Hideki Matsui hit a grand slam to help them beat the Twins, but only 33,000 were in attendance (compared to a usual 55,000+ sell out).  Rating: 1 

 

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2004 (April 8) - After a sunny morning clouds rolled in quickly and some showers popped up in the afternoon.  Temperature at game time as 54°, thirteen degrees cooler than yesterday, and four degrees below average.  The Yankees got two runs in the first inning and they held up as they beat the White Sox, 3-1.  Rating: 3

2005 (April 3) - After high winds and rain the day before, today's weather was more tranquil but chilly (high of 50°), damp and gray.  (This was the seventh year in a row that the home opener was played in less than optimal conditions.)  After suffering a historic collapse to them during last season's playoffs the Yankees rolled over the World Champion Red Sox, 10-3.  Rating: 3  

2006 (April 11) - With a game time temperature of 68°, this was the mildest home opener in eleven years.  The Yankees celebrated by setting a team record with their ninth Opening Day victory in a row, breaking the previous record from the 1920s.  And they did it by coming from behind with a 5-run eighth inning against Kansas City.  (The Yanks are 5-0 against KC in home openers.)  Rating: 9

 

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2007 (April 2) - Gray skies cleared shortly before game time but a persistent fog never lifted completely.  And temperatures didn't rise into the upper 60s as predicted as the warm front stalled to our south.  As for the game, the Yankees beat Tampa Bay 9-5 in the first of just two starts this season by pitching bust Carl Pavano.  Rating: 5     

2008 (April 1) - The day following yesterday's postponed home opener the game-time temperature was 67° (eleven degrees above average) and skies were mostly overcast as the Yankees won their eleventh home opener in a row.  (As in 1982 the rating for this year's home opener is based on the original game date; since it was a rainout, the rating is 1.) 

2009 (April 16) - The Yankees played their first regular season game in the new Yankee Stadium and lost, their first loss on Opening Day since 1997.  They lost to Cleveland, 10-2, after giving up nine runs in the 7th inning.  The game was played in slightly milder than average temperatures (64°).  Rating: 7

 

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2010 (April 13) - Gray skies, a few sprinkles, chillier than average temperatures (56°).  It looked to be an easy W for the Yankees until former Yankee Bobby Abreu made it interesting when he hit a grand slam in the 9th inning, but the Yanks prevailed over the Angels, 7-5.  Rating: 4

2011 (March 31) - This was the earliest date for a Yankees home opener and it was played in raw and damp conditions.  The high was only 43°, twelve degrees colder than average.  After morning showers, no rain fell during the game, but showers resumed in the evening.  The Yanks beat the Tigers 6-3.  (By contrast, the first time the Mets played on this date, in 1998, the temperature soared to a record high 86°.)  Rating: 2

 

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2012 (April 13) - Despite it being Friday the 13th, skies were clear, temperatures pleasant (mid-60s) and the Yankees were winners as they beat the Angels 5-0.  The last time the Yankees won a home-opener shutout was ten years ago.  Rating: 7  

2013 (April 1) - It was fortuitous scheduling, weatherwise, as the game time temperature of 62° was, at the time, the mildest reading of the year.  Unfortunately, the outcome of the game, a loss to the Red Sox, somewhat negated the mild weather (which came to an end later in the day when a cold front moved through).  Rating: 8

2014 (April 7) - Morning sunshine dimmed by mid-day and rain moved in late in the afternoon, but it held off until the game had ended (the Yanks beat the Orioles 4-2).  The game was played under overcast skies with temperatures in the chilly low 50s.  Rating: 4

2015 (April 16) - Under clear skies the high reached 64°, five degrees above average.  Unfortunately, the Yankees didn't hold up their end of the bargain as they lost to Toronto, 6-1.  Rating: 8  

2016 (April 5) - After being rained out yesterday (the third Opening Day rain-out since 1970), the Yankees played their rescheduled home opener today in the chilliest conditions since Opening Day 2003.  After a low of 26° (the coldest reading in April since 1995) the game time temperature, under clear skies, was only in the upper 30s (with a wind chill in the upper 20s).  As for the game, after an early 2-0 lead, the Yankees lost to Houston 5-3, the same team that beat them in last season's Wildcard Playoff.  (Rating, based on yesterday's rainout: 1). 

2017 (April 10) - Under sunny skies the temperature rose into the 70s on Opening Day for the first time since 1988 (the high reached 74°).  And the cherry on top was an easy Yankees win over Tampa Bay by a score of 8-1, highlighted by starting pitcher Michael Pineda retiring the first 20 batters he faced.  Rating: 10

2018 (April 3) - After yesterday's home opener was postponed due to a morning snowstorm that dumped 5.5" of snow (the first "snowout" of a home opener since 2003), today's rescheduled game wasn't played in great conditions either as it was foggy, drizzly and cold (low 40s) throughout the game against Tampa Bay, which the Yankees won 11-4 on the strength of Didi Gregorious's two home runs and eight RBI.  (Rating, based on yesterday's conditions: 1).

 

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2019 (March 28) - Temperatures were seasonable for the earliest scheduled home opener in the history of the Yankees, but fans may have felt that readings in the low-50s was more ideal for a football game.  Skies were sunny, but then turned lightly overcast after the game against Baltimore ended (which the Yankees won 7-2).  Rating: 5   

2020 (July 31) - The much delayed home opener (due the COVID-19 crisis) was played this evening under fair skies.  Temperatures were in the upper 70s, making this the mildest conditions for a home-opener in the period analyzed (springtime home openers were played with temperatures in the mid-70s in 1976, 1978, 1981, 1985 and 1986).  The Yankees brought cheers from the fans watching at home as they beat rival Boston 5-1.  Rating: 10  

2021 (April 1) - Temperatures were in the chilly 44°-50° range during the game, made even chillier by blustery conditions, as winds gusted between 25-30 mph.  The only positive aspect of the day (the Yankees lost to Toronto in 10 innings) was that the sun began to break through the overcast skies during the second half of the game.  Rating: 4

 

 

 

 


Easter Sunday Weather Highlights for New York

 

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Because Easter can fall as early as March 22 and as late as April 25, weather conditions can vary greatly from year to year, so it's somewhat meaningless to talk about what the average conditions are.  Temperatures have ranged from 12° to 96°, and four Easters have had accumulating snow.  A number of Easters have been colder than Christmas Day.  Since 1870, Easter mornings with a low of 32° or colder have occurred in 18 years, with the last time being in 2008.  Afternoon highs of 75° or warmer have been recorded 16 times, the most recent being in 2017 (when the high reached 87°).

 

1915 (April 4)

Many spent Easter Sunday digging out from a 10-inch snowstorm that buried the City yesterday.  However, by afternoon temperatures rose into the low 50s, twenty degrees warmer than yesterday, greatly promoting melting.  And skies were mostly sunny.

1923 (April 1)

The day dawned bitterly cold, with a reading of 12° at 6 AM, making this, easily, the coldest reading of any Easter Sunday (and the coldest reading on record for the month of April).  Winds gusting to 25 mph produced wind chills around -5°.  The afternoon high "recovered" to 36°.  (Three days later the high would reach 70°.)

 

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1940 (March 24)

With a high/low of 31°/17°, this is the only Easter Sunday to be completely below freezing.  This came just three years after a high/low of 35°/28° on Easter.

1947 (April 6)

Today's high of 79°, a record for the date (which still stands), made this the warmest Easter Sunday since 1887, when the high also reached 79°.

1957 (April 21)

This was the first Easter Sunday since 1871 with a high in the 80s, and at 85° it was the warmest on record (until 1962).  By contrast, yesterday's high was in the mid-60s as would be tomorrow's.

1958 (April 6)

2.19" of rain fell today, making it the rainiest Easter Sunday.  Most of the rain fell between 9 AM and 4 PM.

1970 (March 29)

Rain that began before sunrise changed to sleet and snow after 10 AM.  When it ended late in the afternoon, four inches had piled up - a record amount for an Easter Sunday.  And it was the only snow to fall in March.  (I was growing up in Pittsburgh at the time and we, too, had four inches of snow but it fell around daybreak.  It prevented us from going to Easter Mass.)  This is the last time accumulating snow fell on the holiday.

 

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1973 (April 22)

With a high of 86°, the reading tied 1962 as New York's warmest Easter Sunday (until 1976) - which, coincidentally, also fell on 4/22. 

1976 (April 18)

Under clear skies temperatures sizzled, and were more appropriate for frying eggs on the sidewalk rather than dying them, as the high soared to 96°.  This was 35 degrees above average and the hottest temperature ever reported in April (later tied in 2002).

1978 (March 26)

It was a miserable, raw day as rain fell between 9 AM-3 PM (0.62" was measured) and afternoon temperatures were only in the mid-30s.

1979 (April 15)

After a cold and rainy Saturday (high/low of 45°/40°, with 1.10" of rain), today was gray and cool with a high/low of 55°/42° along with some light rain/drizzle between 4-6 AM.  Today would be chillier than Christmas Day 1979, which saw a mild high/low of 61°/50°.

1981 (April 19)

Although the temperature was 11 degrees cooler than yesterday, it was still a beauty of a day, with a high of 68°  (six degrees above average) under partly cloudy skies.

1983 (April 3)

Close to two inches of rain fell during the morning, making this the second wettest Easter on record (the rainiest was 25 years earlier).  Besides the rain it was also quite chilly, with a high of only 46°.

1986 (March 30)

Although Easter fell early this year, it was the warmest since 1976 as the high hit 78°, twenty-four degrees above average.

 

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1987 (April 19)

A high of 76° this year after last year's high of 78° made these the first back-to-back Easters with highs of 75°+.  (It would happen again in 2010 and 2011, when the highs were 76° and 80°, respectively.)

1990 (April 15)

Although 1.47" of rain fell, it was over by 8 AM so the "Easter Parade" along 5th Avenue wasn't washed out.

1996 (April 7)

Chilly and raw (high of 48°/low of 34°) with 0.69" of rain, most of which fell during the afternoon.

2002 (March 31)

This was the fourth year in a row in which some rain fell on Easter.  This year showers fell between 5-8 AM and again in the evening, totaling 0.28".

2007 (April 8)

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

 

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2008 (March 23)

For the second year in a row Easter dawned with a frosty low of 30° (but Easter came 17 days earlier this year).  This was the first back-to-back Easters with sub-freezing lows since the Easter Sundays of 1950 and 1951.

2011 (April 24)

With a high of 80° (sixteen degrees above average), this was the warmest Easter Sunday since 1976 (and just the sixth Easter with a high of 80° or warmer).  However, showers between 6-9 PM put somewhat of a damper on the day.  The 0.50" of rain that fell was the most since Easter 1996.   

2012 (April 8)

Sunny and pleasant with a high of 67°, nine degrees above average.

2017 (April 16)

This was just the seventh Easter to have temperatures in the 80s (going back to 1870), and with a high of 87° this was the second warmest Easter Sunday on record (behind 1976's astounding 96°).  Today was also the warmest reading in April since 2012 when a high of 88° occurred, also on 4/16.

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2021 (April 4)

Despite starting out overcast, it turned into a beautiful Easter Sunday as skies cleared late in the morning, and the temperature rose to 65°.   The air was also quite dry, with the relative humidity falling to 23% late in the afternoon.  

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Weather Highlights of New York Mets Home Openers (1962 - 2021)

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The Mets are the neglected stepchild of New York baseball.  They've won just two World Series titles while the mighty Yankees have twenty-seven rings.  However, the Mets own bragging rights when it comes to having better weather conditions on the day of their home openers.  Since 1970 the average high temperature on the Mets big day has been in the low 60s, four degrees warmer than the Yankees' home openers.  Temperatures have ranged from 40° to near 90° (the range for the Yankees has been 37° to 75°).  Based on a scale of 1-10 (where 1 is a strikeout and 10 is a grand slam), Mets home openers have averaged a 6.0 versus the Yankees' 5.2.  They've had eleven games rated 9 or 10 (including 2021's game), and eight in the 1 or 2 range.   

What follows is a recap of weather highlights for home openers of the Mets.  So ... play ball!

 

1962 (April 13) - After four years without a National League baseball team to call its own, New York's Mets played their first home opener in unseasonably cold conditions, with wind-blown drizzle and a cold high/low of 43°/38° (the high was 16 degrees below average).  There were showers before daybreak, and again late in the afternoon, amounting to 0.13".  As for the game, the Mets lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3.  Weather Rating: 1

 

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1963 (April 9) - Although this year's weather was an improvement over last year, with no rain and seasonable temperatures (low-50s), a stiff breeze out of the northeast put a chill in the air.  Like last year, the Mets lost, shut out by St. Louis, 7-0.  Rating: 5

1964 (April 17) - It was a beautiful day as afternoon temperatures were in the mid-60s under mostly sunny skies (the mercury rose into the mid-80s the next day).  However, the Mets, once again, were on the losing end as Pittsburgh broke a tie in the top of the 9th. Rating: 8

1965 (April 12) - After morning showers, the afternoon was partly cloudy and unseasonably warm as the temperature rose into the low-70s late in the game, the first reading in the 70s this year.  Unfortunately, the weather was the only thing to cheer about as the Dodgers won the game, 6-1.  Rating: 9 

1966 (April 15) - Under partly cloudy skies, temperatures were seasonable (around 60°).  The Mets had the lead going into the 9th inning, but then the Braves came from behind to win the game, 3-2. Rating: 7 

1967 (April 11) - Despite sunny skies, it was windy and chilly, with afternoon temperatures only in the mid-40s.  And like the home opener three years ago, the Pirates broke a 3-3 tie in the ninth to win the game. Rating: 4

1968 (April 17) - Not only were conditions optimal, with temperatures in the mid-60s and clear skies, but the Mets finally won a home opener as Jerry Koosman shut out the Giants, 3-0.  Rating: 8

 

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1969 (April 8) - Temperatures were in the pleasant mid-sixties, and skies were a mix of sun and clouds.  Tom Seaver had a weak outing as the Expos beat the Mets 11-10, but the Mets made it exciting by scoring four runs in the bottom of the 9th.  Rating: 7   

1970 (April 14) - The game was played in wind-blown drizzle, and temperatures were in the 40s as the Pirates beat the World Series champs, tying the game in the ninth, and then winning it in the tenth inning.  Rating: 1

1971 (April 6) - This year's home opener was played in probably the worst weather conditions of any Mets home opener as rain and snow moved in shortly after the game began, and winds gusting between 25-35 mph made the 40° air temperature feel like the upper 20s.  The game, which the Mets won over the Expos, was called after five innings.  Rating: 1

 

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1972 (April 15) - Although conditions weren't as miserable as last year's opener, the game was played through sprinkles, and temperatures only in the chilly mid-40s.  The Mets rewarded those fans who turned out by shutting out the reigning World Series champs, the Pirates, 4-0.  Rating: 2

1973 (April 6) - Partly cloudy, with pleasant with temperatures in the low 60s.  And for the second year in a row Tom Seaver and reliever Tug McGraw delivered a shutout against Pittsburgh, winning 3-0.  Cleon Jones hit two home runs.  Rating:  7

 

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1974 (April 10) - The Mets played in equally raw conditions as the Yankees did four days earlier.  The day started with some light snow that amounted to 0.3".  Although the snow was over long before the game's first pitch , crowds had to contend with gusty winds that made the already cold game-time temperature of 41° feel like it was in the upper 20s.  As for the game, the Mets took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and held on behind Jerry Koosman for a 3-2 victory over St. Louis.  Rating: 2

1975 (April 8) - Today, with a chilly high/low of 47°/31°, was the fifth day in a row with a mean temperature 10+ degrees below average; skies were mostly sunny.  The game pitted two of Baseball's aces, Steve Carlton of the Phillies and Tom Seaver, and the match-up didn't disappoint as both pitched complete games, with Seaver picking up the victory when the Mets scored in the bottom of the 9th for a 2-1 win.  Rating: 5 

1976 (April 9) - The game was played under clear skies, but temperatures were in the chilly md-40s.  Starting his sixth Home Opener, Tom Seaver pitched the Mets to a 3-2 W over the Expos.  Rating: 6

1977 (April 12) - After a morning low of 50°, the temperature skyrocketed to 90°, the earliest date on record for a 90-degree temperature (since passed by April 8, 1991 and April 7, 2010).  This was just three days after the low temperature was 25°.   As for the game, Tom Seaver pitched a complete game shutout over the Cardinals, 4-0.  Rating: 10

 

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1978 (April 7)A warm front moved through just as the game was beginning, and over the course of nine innings the temperature rose from 47° to 63° (but skies were on the overcast side).  Behind a complete game by Jerry Koosman, the Mets beat the Expos, 3-1.  Only 11,736 attended the game.  Rating: 5

1979 (April 10) - A game-time temperature in the mid-50s was seasonable for the first week of April.  In front of a paltry crowd that was even smaller than last year's, the Mets lost in 11 innings to the Montreal Expos, breaking their 8-game home opening win streak.  Rating: 5    

1980 (April 10) - The day after 3.42" of rain fell, today was dry and warm, with afternoon temperatures in the low 70s, thirteen degrees above average.  The Mets beat the Cubs 5-2 on the strength of a 4-run 6th inning.  Rating: 9

1981 (April 15) - Like last year, the Mets lucked out as the game was played one day after a significant rainfall (0.87").  And although it was a chilly day with temperatures in the low 50s, there was plentiful sunshine.  As for the game, the Mets scored four runs in the 2nd inning and held on to beat St. Louis 5-3.  Rating: 6

 

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1982 (April 13) - Despite sprinkles throughout the game, nearly 41,000 were in attendance, the largest home opening crowd in twelve years.  Dave Kingman hit a 3-run HR to power the Mets over Philadelphia 5-2.  (The Yankees home opener one week earlier was postponed because of a blizzard that dumped nearly ten inches of snow.)  Rating: 4

1983 (April 5) - Temperatures were in the low 60s, slightly above average, as Mets icon Tom Seaver returned to the mound for the Mets for the first time in six years.  46,000 fans (the biggest home opener crowd since 1968) came out to see him pitch his eighth home opener.  The Mets won 2-0, and Seaver pitched six scoreless innings (but didn't get the win).  Rating: 7

 

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1984 (April 17) - After three damp and chilly days, today was sunny and pleasant, with a high of 66°, six degrees above average.  Unfortunately, the sunshine didn't inspire the Mets as they were walloped by Montreal 10-0, the most one-sided home opener loss in Mets history (until 2003).  Rating: 7 

1985 (April 9) - Breezy, which made the already chilly 47° temperature (eleven degrees below average) feel even colder.  This wasn't the best weather for an extra-inning game, but at least it went into the W column for the Mets as newly acquired catcher Gary Carter (RIP) hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to beat St. Louis.  Rating:  2

 

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1986 (April 14) - After a chilly morning low of 41°, the temperature rebounded nicely under sunny skies to 67°, seven degrees above average.  However, it was a long and trying day for the Mets who, after tying the score in the 9th inning, ended up losing in 14 innings to St. Louis by a score of 6-2.  Rating: 8 

1987 (April 7) - This was the fifth day in a row with rain, but the last drops were over by 10 AM, and afternoon temperatures were seasonably pleasant (upper 50s).  The three inches of rain that fell during these days left the field somewhat soggy.  After receiving their World Series rings, the reigning champs beat Pittsburgh 3-2, scoring all of their runs in the first inning on a 3-run HR by Darryl StrawberryRating: 6

 

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1988 (April 12) - Mostly cloudy and chilly, with a high of 56°.  Ron Darling pitched a complete-game shutout over Montreal, 3-0.  Rating: 4

1989 (April 3) - Morning showers were over by 12:00 noon, but gray skies and fog persisted into the afternoon.  Temperatures were seasonable.  And although he didn't pitch a great game, Dwight Gooden lasted 7 innings as the Mets beat St. Louis 8-4.  Rating: 4

1990 (April 9) - Lots of sunshine, with pleasant temperatures in the low 60s.  Despite Dwight Gooden being on the mound, the Pirates crushed the Mets 12-3.  Rating: 7

1991 (April 8) - The temperature soared to a record breaking 90°, New York's earliest 90-degree reading (later broken in 2010 on April 7).  And with Dwight Gooden on the mound the Mets defeated the Phillies 2-1.  Rating: 10 

 

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1992 (April 10) - This year's opener was twenty degrees cooler than last season's record heat, but today's high of 71° thru hazy sunshine was still twelve degrees above average.  This was also the first day in the 70s this year.  On the ball field, the Mets were blanked by the Expos 4-0, the first time they were shut out in their home opener in eight seasons (and it was the Expos who shut them out that time as well).  Rating: 9

1993 (April 5) - After a chilly start (35°), the temperature rose into the upper 50s under fair skies.  Starting his fifth home opener in a row, Dwight Gooden pitched a shutout against the Colorado Rockies, their first game as a Major League team.  Rating: 6

 

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1994 (April 11) - The temperature rebounded from a morning low of 42°, topping out at 68° under clear skies (later in the afternoon clouds moved in).  The Mets fell behind early (8-1 in the 3rd inning) and lost to the Cubs 9-5.  Rating: 8  

1995 (April 28) - Partly cloudy and mild, with temperatures in the low 70s.  The Mets slowly wore down the Cardinals and overtook them late in the game to win by a score of 10-8.  This was the latest date for a Mets home opener (until 2020), a result of the players strike, which started in August 1994 and wasn't settled until April 2.  Rating: 9     

1996 (April 1) - Light rain fell all day and temperatures were only in the low 50s.  Heavy rain moved in after the game was over.  After falling behind 6-0 the Mets rallied and beat St. Louis 7-6.  Rating: 2

 

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1997 (April 13) - Partly cloudy and mild (67°).  The Mets fell behind early and never mounted a challenge, losing to the Giants 5-1.  Rating: 8  

1998 (March 31) - The earliest home opener in Mets history was played in 86-degree weather, twenty-nine degrees warmer than average (and the fifth day in a row with highs in the 80s).  And the icing on the cake was the Mets 1-0 victory over Philadelphia in 14 innings.  Rating: 10

 

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1999 (April 12) - Morning showers ended by 9:00 and the sun was shining by lunchtime.  Temperatures in the mid-50s felt colder because of gusty winds.  This was quite a cool-down from last year's mid-80s.  The Mets won the game easily by a score of 8-1, the widest winning margin of any Mets home opener.  Rating: 3

2000 (April 3) - The Mets official home opener was played in Tokyo on March 29, where they played the Cubs.  The first game of the season at Shea was played five days later and skies were mostly overcast, but conditions were mild (high of 64°) and on the humid side.  The Mets won their game against San Diego 2-1 on a tie-breaking solo HR by Derek Bell in the eighth inning.  Rating: 6

2001 (April 9) - A warm front moved north of the City late in the morning and the accompanying balmy breezes pushed the temperature up to 78° in Central Park, twenty degrees above average.  As for the game, Mike Piazza hit two home runs to help the Mets beat arch-nemesis Atlanta 9-5.  Rating: 10  

 

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2002 (April 1) - Sunny and pleasant, with a game-time temperature of 60°, a few degrees above average.  The Mets played the Pirates for the first time in twelve years on Opening Day and beat them easily, 6-2, behind Al LeiterRating: 7

2003 (March 31) - Five years earlier the Mets were wildly lucky when their home opener on March 31 was played in record warmth (86°).  They weren't so lucky this year.  Although the game was played under clear skies, the temperature hovered around 40° and a biting wind created a "feels like" temperature of 30°.  No surprise, this was the coldest Opening Day in the 1970-2021 period.  To make it even worse, the Mets were destroyed by the Cubs by a score of 15-2.  Rating: 3

 

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2004 (April 12) - Not a great day for the game as rain moved in after 3 PM and continued for the rest of the day (0.55" was measured).  Temperatures were in the low 50s.  However, the Mets scored early and after taking a 10-0 lead after 5 innings, held off the Braves 10-6.  Rating: 2

2005 (April 11) - Although the game was played under clear skies, the temperature was nearly twenty degrees chillier than yesterday's low 70s.  However, the Mets got hot in the 8th inning, scoring five runs to come from behind to beat Houston 8-4.  Rating: 6

2006 (April 3) - After a week of fine weather, the Mets completed today's game just as rain from a coastal storm began at around 6 PM.  They beat Washington 3-2.  Rating: 5

2007 (April 9) - A sunny but chilly day with a high of 49°, nine degrees below average.  Before a record crowd, the Mets scored seven runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to come from behind and beat arch-rival Philadelphia, 11-5, improving their home opener record against them to 7-0.  The 11 runs were the most scored by the Mets in a home opener.  Rating: 4

2008 (April 8) - Sunny skies, with temperatures in the seasonable upper 50s.  This was the eighth time the Mets hosted the Phillies for their home opener, and for the first time Philadelphia beat them, rubbing salt in the wound after last September's epic collapse to them.  Rating: 7

2009 (April 13) - This was the Mets' first Opening Day that took place at night, and to be played at Citifield. After a very chilly start (34°, the coldest reading of the month), the afternoon temperature rose to 57°, a few degrees below average.  Then temperature dropped into the low 50s by game time.  Unfortunately, the Mets lost the game to San Diego.  Rating: 5   

 

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2010 (April 5) - It was a fine spring day as the temperature rose into the mid-70s, eighteen degrees above average, making it the warmest home opener in nine years.  The Mets easily put away the Marlins, 7-1, behind Johan SantanaRating: 10

 

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2011 (April 8) - Gray and raw conditions prevailed, with afternoon temperatures well below average (high of 49°).  Mirroring these dreary conditions, the Mets fell to Washington, 6-2.  Rating: 3   

 

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2012 (April 5) - Skies were sunny and temperatures in the seasonably pleasant upper 50s as the Mets beat Atlanta 1-0.  The last time they won a home opener by this score was in 1998.  Rating: 7

2013 (April 1) - It was fortuitous scheduling as the game time temperature of 62° was the mildest reading of the year.  And the day was even better as the Mets won their game over San Diego, 11-3.  Later in the day the mild weather came to an end when a cold front moved through.  Rating: 8

2014 (March 31) - After early morning showers, the rest of the day was overcast with temperatures at game-time in the seasonable low 50s.  As for the game, the Mets led through six innings, but the Nationals caught up and then won the game in the 10th inning, scoring four runs; the final score was 9-7.  Rating: 4

2015 (April 13) - It was a beauty of a day as the temperature rose into the upper 60s under clear skies.  And to top it off, the Mets shut out Philadelphia, 2-0 (they beat the Phils by the same score on Opening Day 1983).  Rating: 10

2016 (April 8) - Mostly cloudy and chilly with game-time temperatures in the mid-40s.  This was a far cry from the upper 70s in Kansas City on 4/3, where the Mets opened their season, but it was better than what the Yankees encountered for their home opener on 4/4 (a rainout).  And the Mets beat Philadelphia, 7-2.  Rating: 4 

2017 (April 3) - Temperatures were nearly 20 degrees milder than last season's opener, and skies were brighter (but clouds increased later in the game).  This was the second day in a row with a high in the low 60s, the first time since March 1 and 2 with back-to-back highs of 60° or warmer.  And best of all, the Mets shut out the Braves 6-0, in a game that went scoreless until the bottom of the 7th inning.  Rating: 8

 

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2018 (March 28) - It was a gray, foggy day, with a game-time temperature of 50° on the earliest Opening Day in Mets history.  Light showers late in the morning ended shortly before the game began.  With a high/low of 53°/49°, this was the first day with an above average mean temperature (due to the day's low) in more than three weeks.  Despite the dreary conditions, fans went home happy as the Mets beat the Cardinals, 9-4.  Rating: 4 

2019 (April 4) - Partly cloudy and breezy, with seasonable temperatures (mid-50s).  For the first time since 1992 the Mets were shut out at their home opener, falling to the Nationals, 4-0.  This broke a four-year home opener winning streak. Rating: 6 

2020 (July 24) - The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc across the nation, including sports of all kinds, which stopped playing in mid-March.  And although the Mets home opener was played in mid-summer, it didn't have the warmest reading of any home opener.  Under mostly cloudy skies, the temperature during the game was in the the upper 70s (average high is 84°), which was cooler than home openers in 1977 (90°), 1991 (90°) and 1998 (86°), and similar to 2001's season opener; however, it was on the humid side, with dew points hovering around 70°.  As for the game, the Mets beat Atlanta, 1-0 - the third time it won a home opener by this score (the other times were in 1998 and 2012; the 2012 game was also against Atlanta).  Rating: 7

 

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2021 (April 8) -  Skies were sunny, the mercury rose to 70° shortly after the first pitch, and the Mets came from behind in the bottom of the ninth inning to win their game against Miami, 3-2.  (Their first walk-off win on Opening Day since 1985.)  As so often happens, the Mets had better home-opener weather than the Yankees, as skies were brighter, and it was about twenty degrees warmer.  Rating: 10    

 

Game information cited in the recaps comes from the Baseball Almanac website.

 

 

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