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Today's high of 87°, twenty-five degrees above average, was the warmest reading in October in the years of Central Park measurement in the 19th century (since 1869).  And although this temperature would be matched in 1919 and exceeded in 1922 (89°), this year's occurred thirteen and eleven days, respectively, later than 1919's and 1922's.


Today's high of 80° came five weeks and one day after the previous reading in the 80s (Sept. 11).  If that date had stayed as having the year's last 80+ reading it would have been one of the earliest dates on record for this occurrence.  (1902 holds the record, Sept. 2.)


Temperatures were in the seasonable mid-60s, and skies a mix of sun and clouds, when the "Miracle Mets" won their first World Series this afternoon at Shea Stadium, defeating the Baltimore Orioles.





The 2.15" of rain that fell today, a record for the date, accounted for almost all of October's rainfall (2.59").  It fell throughout the day, and was over by 9:00 PM.





It appeared this was going to be the fourteenth year in a row with no measurable precipitation on this date, but then a shower produced 0.01" of rain between 11PM and midnight.  The day itself, with a high/low of 77°/61°, was the mildest of the month.  The previous time rain fell on this date, in 1978, the amount was also 0.01".  (It's worth noting that the the rain that fell before midnight was in Standard Time, which is what the National Weather Service uses year-round; however, based on Daylight Saving Time, which was in effect on this date, the rain fell after midnight on 10/17).


The temperature fell into the 40s for the first time this fall (at around 10:00 PM), the latest date since 2005 (when it occurred on 10/20, the latest date on record), and tied with 1995 and 1955 for the second latest date. This came one week after the latest date for a low in the 70s was recorded (a mark that was bested in 2018).


A nor'easter lashed the area from mid-afternoon until about 11 PM, dumping 1.83" of rain; howling winds gusted between 30-40 mph at Central Park (50-60 mph gusts were clocked elsewhere).  Today's rainfall total was greater than the amount that fell in the previous six weeks.  It was also the biggest daily rainfall of the year, besting 7/17's amount by 0.01".  However, this wasn't the year's greatest storm total as two storm systems in July, each encompassing two calendar dates, dropped more than two inches (2.33" on 7/17-18 and 2.19" on 7/22-23).


Starting this morning at around 10:00 a steady rain moved in, and by midnight 1.36" had fallen.  Two-thirds of this amount (0.91") came down between 11 AM and 2PM.  The day's high of 66° occurred in the overnight hours, but quickly dropped into the low 50s once the rain started.  This rainfall came four days after one of 1.30".  


Today was the 15th day in a row with an above-average mean temperatures (average of high/low), the longest such streak since the winter of 2019-20, when there was a streak of 18 days (Dec. 22 - Jan. 8).  This period was six degrees above average.  Meanwhile, a 13-day streak of lows of 60+ ended today, after a cold front swept through during the evening, dropping the temperature to 56 by midnight.  This cold front also produced showers that amounted to 0.25”, which was 0.01” less than what fell in the first half of the month (the least rain to fall in the first half of October since 2000).    







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also in 2017, the low of 46° broke a string of 154 days (or twenty-two weeks) with a low temperature of 50° or warmer. this actually became the second longest such streak on record, behind two such streaks of 157 days in 1898 and 1995.


despite 1955, 1995, 2005 and 2017 having an extremely late first sub 50° reading of the season, all of the winters that followed each of these four years turned out to be snowier than normal. the average first sub 50° reading usually happens in late Sep or early Oct. on average, a season usually receives about 25 inches or so of snow in New York.

the entirety of the 1955-1956 season had 33.5" of snow.
the entirety of the 1995-1996 season had 75.6" of snow.
the entirety of the 2005-2006 season had 40.0" of snow.
the entirety of the 2017-2018 season had 40.9" of snow.

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