Today's 0.89" rainfall was comparable to the amount that fell in the previous seven-and-a-half weeks (since 8/31), a period that would typically receive about 6.50".
This was the fourth day in a row with very chilly temperatures. The average high/low during these four days was 48°/32°, which was 15 degrees below average. Today's low of 30° and the 30° low of 10/19 are records that are still standing.
This was the sixteenth day in a row with below average temperatures. During this long stretch, temperatures were eight degrees colder than average.
For the fifth morning in a row the low temperature was in the 30s. During these five days the readings were: 35° (10/18)-32°-31°-32°-37° (today). The average low during this time in October is in the upper 40s.
Today, with a high/low of 70°/50°, was the only day from 10/2 to 10/24 with an above average mean temperature. During this period, temperatures were eight degrees below average. And today's high of 70° was the first in the 70s since 10/1.
A flashback to summer as the temperature soared to 88°, twenty-seven degrees above average. This was the warmest reading in October since 1959 (and there wouldn't be a hotter reading in October until 2019, when the high on 10/2 reached 93°). Fortunately for runners, this freakish warmth occurred the day following the New York City Marathon (but even on that day it was a toasty 80°). But despite these few days of summer-like conditions, the month overall would be cooler than average by 1.4 degrees.
In a 15-minute period (9:30-9:45 PM), 0.55" of rain poured down, and 1.01" fell between 9:30-10:30 PM. It was also very mild, with a high/low of 77°/62°. The day's total rainfall was 1.45", enough to set a record for the date (broken 30 years later). This was also the first time in fourteen years to see measurable rain on this date.
In the past 30 days, just 0.30" of rain was measured in Central Park. If this were a calendar month, it would be tied for ninth driest on record.
It was a raw, windy and rainy day as a nor'easter slowly worked its way up the mid-Atlantic coast. Temperatures for much of the day were in the low 50s. By midnight, with rain still falling, 1.51" had been measured, a record for the date (0.06" more than 1984's amount). This was the third one-inch rainfall of the month.