Today in New York Weather History: July 23
Days With Significantly Above or Below Average Temperatures in New York City

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All of July's rain fell during 11 of the past 15 days, amounting to 4.28".  Nearly an inch of rain fell this afternoon between 3:30 and 4:30 during a strong thunderstorm.  It was also a hot day, with a high of 90°.


Rain drops


There were just three days of measurable rain in July, and today was the third day, which accounted for most of the month's rain as afternoon thunderstorms dumped 2.02", most of which fell between 1:30 and 2:30.  At the time this was a record for the date (later broken in 1997). 


Today's high was a refreshing 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° .


Nine of the past ten days had highs in the 90s; four were 99° or hotter.  In addition to today's heat ("only" 90°), a late afternoon thunderstorm dropped 0.39" of rain in an hour (5-6 PM).




The remnants of tropical storm Danny dumped 3.75" of rain, the rainiest 24-hour period on record for the month of July.  (Rain that fell after midnight brought the storm's total rainfall to 4.62".)  Rain was heaviest between 8:21-9:21PM when 0.94" fell.  With winds out of the east-northeast it was also a very cool day; the high/low of 68°/58° was fifteen degrees below average.



Today's high was a record 97°, and the heat index reached 105°.  Late in the afternoon I went to a baseball game on Staten Island to see the farm teams of the Mets (the Brooklyn Cyclones) and Yankees play, and I was drenched in sweat before the game even began.  There was no breeze to speak of.  Even at 11 PM the temperature was a sweltering 88°.  




Today was the eighth day of the past nine with a high in the 90s.  And the one day that didn't reach 90° had a high of 89°.  During these nine days the average high was 95° (including 104° on 7/22 and 100° on 7/23).


Due to widespread closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mets didn't play their home opener until today.  And although this game 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°); however, it was on the humid side, with dew points hovering around 70°.  As for the game, the Mets beat Atlanta, 1-0.


Mets 2020 home opener






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1950 - 0.03" of rain fell today. this was the first time rain fell on this date since 1938, when 0.33" fell. interestingly, both years had a similar high/low on this date. 77/66 in 1950 and 76/68 in 1938.

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