A dissipating hurricane stalled off the Delmarva Peninsula and brought bands of rain over the course of the past four days, amounting to 4.46", with much of it (3.34") falling yesterday and today. Except for one hour this afternoon, the temperature was stuck in the 60s. These four days were the start of streak of nine days in a row (and ten out of eleven) with some rain; total rainfall during this period was around six inches. (Last September, from the 8th thru the 21st, rain fell on eleven of the fourteen days, with nearly seven inches measured in Central Park.)
Although it was just 0.01", today's rain broke a three-week stretch with no measurable rain. (And nearly four inches would fall in the next two days.)
It was a very rainy Monday as the biggest rainstorm of the year (and in three years) dumped 3.07" of rain in just ten hours, from daybreak to late afternoon.
A rapidly intensifying hurricane north of the Bahamas spread heavy rain into the region during late morning and later in the evening. In total 3.94" of rain poured down, with 2.85" of it falling between 7-11 PM. This was in addition to 1.64" of rain that fell in the PM hours yesterday from early bands of rain. The hurricane would move into Carolinas and then the New York region tomorrow afternoon and evening, bringing even more wind and rain.
Today's high of 94° was the hottest temperature so late in the year since 1941 when the high on 10/5 was also 94°. Today, the last day of a three-day heat wave, was also the last 90-degree reading of the year (in total there were twenty-four days with highs of 90+ this year, well above average).
The first New York City Marathon was held today, a day with wall-to-wall sunshine. Participants were greeted with a chillier than average morning (58°), which was great for running, and the dew point was in the comfortable 50s. By afternoon the temperature was slightly warmer than average (80°).
From Aug. 3 thru today, a period of six weeks, just 0.81" of rain fell. This was the longest streak of days with less than an inch of rainfall since a 45-day streak in Jan/Feb 1968.
The morning low of 49° was the earliest date for a reading in the 40s since 1978 (when it occurred on Sept. 10).
It was a rainy Sunday, which happened to be the wedding day of friends from the City whose reception was held in Westchester County. Although guests were protected by a sturdy tent, rain trickled in at the edges. By the time the rain ended in the early afternoon, 1.89" was measured (including 0.80" that fell last night). Today's rain was the first on this date since 1974.
Today's high was 92°, fifteen degrees above average, and the last day of the year with a reading in the 90s. In total the year had twenty-three such days, five more than average (and quite a jump from last year's two).
This was the third day in a row with a morning low of 59°.
Overnight showers made this the sixth day in a row with measurable precipitation. This was the fifth streak of six days or more this year - the greatest number of any year on record.