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Harry Mandel

(Assuming the temperature does not go up before midnight) 2019 - On a very cold, rainy day more characteristic of March than May, the high was just 48, breaking the "record low high" for the date (previously 50 in 1931). The low of 42 was just 3 above the record low for the date (39 in 1895). It was the 4th latest date in spring to have a high below 50 degrees (May 27, 1961, May 25, 1967 and May 19, 1950).


2016 - 0.25" of rain fell today. this was the first of four consecutive years with rain on this date. this was the first time since 2002 with rain on this date.


2019 - today's high was only 48° (five degrees colder than what the typical overnight temp is for the date). only two other May days since 1980 have had a high in the forties (May 12, 2010 and May 4, 1987). the high on both of those days was also 48°. the last time a May day had a colder high temp was on May 5, 1978 (45°). today's high broke 1914's record by one degree for the coldest high temp that ever occurred on this date. this was the first time since April fifth that a day never hit 50° during the entire 24 hour day.


Great findings, thanks for sharing them, Harry. As depressing as the conditions have been during the past few days, imagine how it felt on those even later dates with temperatures in the 40s!


Who would have thought that temperatures in the 40s would generate as much analyses as snowstorms and heat waves!


high temps in the forties in May happen almost as infrequently as high temps in the thirties in April (with the two most recent such Aprils occurring in 2003 and 1995).

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