Today's high was 88°, the nineteenth day this year with a high of 88° or 89° - the most of any year in the 1950-2014 period (later tied in 2015; the average number is nine). Additionally, there were 29 days in the 90s (the 29th would occur on 9/23).
Today's high was 94°, one degree shy of the record. And although this was a late date for a high in the 90s there would be three more to come: on 9/23 (93°), 9/25 (90°) and 9/26 (91°). Today's reading was the hottest of the year, shared with three other dates in July and August.
This morning's low of 58° was the first low in the 50s this month - the latest date on record for the first low cooler than 60° in September. (Since then the latest date has been 9/17, which occurred in 2004.)
Today, and the previous five days, had three matching pairs of high temperatures: 78° on the 17th and 18th; 81° on the 19th and 20th; and 68° today and yesterday.
Today's unseasonably hot high of 94°, twenty-two degrees above average (but one degree shy of the record for the date) was the latest 90-degree reading since 1970 (when it occurred on Sept. 26). It was also the 32nd 90-degree day of the year - the most since 1966 (which had 35).
Powerful category 4 Hurricane Hugo made landfall near Charleston,South Carolina overnight. The NYC metro area was prepared for 5-10 inches of rain when the storm's remnants moved up the coast, but the storm moved inland instead and stayed well to our west. This was a great relief since six inches of rain had already fallen between Sept. 14-20.
0.55'' of rain poured down between 11 PM-midnight. (It actually fell between midnight and 1 AM on the 23rd, but the National Weather Service uses Standard Time year-round for record-keeping and doesn't recognize Daylight Saving Time).
For the past nine days, high temperatures were between 82° and 85°, averaging 10 degrees above average.