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New York Weather History: November (1869 - 2020)

Clipart_thanksgiving_turkey Highlights:  Nor'easter on Thanksgiving Day 1971 grounds balloons at the Macy's parade; huge rainstorms flooded the tri-state area in 1972 and 1977; AM low of 17° on Nov. 30, 1976 is the coldest reading in November since 1938; 80° on Nov. 15, 1993; Veteran's Day snowstorm of 1987; AM low of 18° on Nov. 21, 1987; Thanksgiving Day snowstorm of 1989; early snowstorm of Nov. 7-8, 2012 covered NYC with 4.3" of snow less than two weeks after Sandy; November 2015 became mildest on record, edging out Nov. 2001 by 0.1 degree; Surprise afternoon/evening snowstorm on Nov. 15, 2018 dumped 6.4".

 

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Today in New York Weather History: November 30

 

1875

It was a bitterly cold day with a high/low of just 14°/5° (31 degrees below average).  This was not only the earliest date for a reading in the single digits but for a high in the teens.  It was also colder than any day of the winter to come (based on mean temperature).

1896

The City was shoveling out from a five-inch snowfall (that started the day before) three days after the high reached 72° (a record that still stands).

1898

Just three days after a snowstorm dumped ten inches, a snowfall of six inches accumulated today.  (And three inches had fallen on 11/24.)  The nineteen inches of snow that fell this month is the most on record for November.

1929 

Today's frigid high/low of 23°/12° made this New York's coldest day in November in the 20th century (based on mean temperature); these temperatures would be well below average even in the dead of winter.

 

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1941

Today's high and that of the previous three days: 61°-60°-59°-58°.  (Highs at the end of November are typically in the upper 40s.) 

1962

Today was the only day in November with a high in the 60s (62°), making this the only November to have just one such day (in the 1950-2020 period).    

1967

Snow moved in during early afternoon and by midnight 3.2" had accumulated.  Before the snow began the temperature rose to 38° late in the morning then dropped to freezing once the flakes began flying, and into the upper 20s by late afternoon.  This was the biggest November snowfall since 1938.  (Although this would be the last time a snowfall of an inch or more occurred on this date, thru 2020, 11/30 remains the day most likely to see an inch or more of snow in November.)

1976

November ended on a very cold note as the high/low of 27°/17° was nineteen degrees colder than average.  The morning low was the coldest reported in November since 1955 (when a low of 16° was reported on Nov. 29).

1977

Off and on showers amounted to 0.38", bringing the month's total precipitation to 12.26".  This was 0.15" shy of the November record set five years earlier.  Still, it was enough to make it the fifth wettest month on record (it's since fallen to tenth). 

 

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1979

The mildest November on record (until 2001) ended on a cold note, with a high/low of 41°/29°, six degrees below average.  Skies were clear.

1991

Today's very balmy high of 70° was twenty-one degrees above average and a record for the date.  This came a year and a day after a record high of 69°.

2005

1.28" of rain fell in a three-hour period between 11 PM last night and 2 AM today.

2006

It was ironic that the last day of November was the mildest day of the month as today's high/low of 69°/58° was more typical for early October - and 21 degrees above average.

 

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2011

November was 4.2 degrees milder than average and was the eighth month in a row with above-average temperatures.  This followed nine consecutive months in 2010 with above average temps (March thru November).

2012

This November was the opposite of last year's as it was 3.8 degrees chillier than average, making it the coldest since 1996.  However, although nineteen mornings had lows in the 30s, only three were at freezing or colder (the coldest reading was 31°) - and they all occurred early in the month (11/6-8).

 

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2015

The mildest November on record (passing Nov. 2001 by 0.1 degree) ended on a chilly note, three degrees below average (high/low of 47°/33°).  This would be the last day of the year with a colder than average mean temperature.  (November 2020 would top this November by 0.2 degrees.)

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Today in New York Weather History: November 29

 

1882

A snowfall of nine inches followed by four days a 4.5" snowfall.  And with a high/low of 27°/23°, today was the fourth day in a row with a high of 32° or colder. 

1902

Today's low of 34° was the coldest reading of the month, making this the first November whose coldest low wasn't 32° or colder.  (A typical November from 1870-1900 averaged eight such readings.)

1903

For the fifth day in a row the high was 32° or colder (average high in late November is in the mid-40s).

1955

With a high of only 28°/16°, this was one of the the coldest days in November this century - twenty degrees below average.

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1974

For the third day in a row the high was 43°, five degrees below average.

1976

0.32" of the month's 0.34" of precipitation fell this morning (the only other day with rain was 11/10).  This became the driest November on record (breaking the 1930 record of 0.60") and the ninth driest month overall (now ranked tenth).  It was also the first time since November 1974 that any month had less than an inch of precipitation.

Temperatures fell throughout the day, dropping from 48° to 26°.  This was the beginning of a ten-week period (thru the first week of February) of unrelenting cold in which temperatures averaged eight degrees below average.

 

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1985

It was a gray day with just two degrees separating the high (38°) and low (36°).

1995

2.9" of snow fell this morning, the first snowfall of what would be a record-setting 75.6" during the upcoming winter.  Today's snow was the last in November of one inch or more until 2012.

 

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2016

It was a mild (high of 60°) and rainy day.  The 2.20" that fell during the 12-hour period between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM was a record for the date and came just two weeks after a 1.81" rainstorm.  No day in the last ten days of any November has ever had this much rain.  Today's amount was the most in a 24-hour period since Dec. 9, 2014.  With today's two+ inches this became the wettest November in ten years (when 7.34" fell in 2006).

 

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Today in New York Weather History: November 28

 

1880

This was the eighth day in a row with a high of 32° or colder.  The average high during the unseasonably cold streak was 29°/18°.

1901

Today would have been quite cold even by the standards of mid-winter as the high/low was only 26°/19°, making this the coldest Thanksgiving Day of the 20th century (based on mean temperature). 

1905

Today had the first significant rain of the past 38 days, a period when just 0.20" fell.  0.56" fell during the PM hours and continued the following day, with an additional 1.01" measured.

1930

Similar to 1901, today would have been quite cold even by the standards of mid-winter as the high/low was only 27°/15° (21 degrees below average).  During the morning wind chills were in the single digits.  Four days later would be equally cold, with a high of 26°/16° (and winds gusting to 37 mph produced sub-zero wind chills).

 

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1937

For the second time in the past fifteen days the City had a rainstorm that produced more than two inches of rain. (And the two days' high/lows were nearly identical, at 61°/49° and 61°/50°.)  These two storms accounted for 4.52" of the month's 4.73" in precipitation.

1979

Today was the ninth day in a row with a mean temperature 10 degrees or more above average.  The high/low during these days was 66°/53°, sixteen degrees above normal - more typical of late-April.

1980

1.05" of rain fell between 10 AM-1 PM.  1.68" fell during the entire rain event.

 

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1985

It was a raw and rainy Thanksgiving Day.  The high/low was just 41°/37° and 1.15" of rain fell, mostly during the afternoon and evening.  At the time it tied 1935 as the rainiest Turkey Day (later topped in 2006).  

1993

It rained for most of the morning (3 AM-noon), but well over half of the 1.45" total, 0.89", fell in just an hour (10:09-11:09 AM) - and 0.44" of that amount fell in a 15-minute period.   

1994

1.05" of rain fell today, ending by 5:00 PM.  This was the fifth time an inch or more of rain fell on this date since 1980.  (It hasn't happened since.)

1996

It was a very cold Thanksgiving Day as the temperature stayed below freezing the entire day (high/low of 31°/23°) - the first time in seven years this happened in November.  Additionally, the first measurable snow of the season dusted Central Park with 0.1".  (The next snowfall wouldn't be for another six weeks, on Jan. 9.)

2011

Today's high of 70° was twenty-one degrees above average and a record for the date.  It was the warmest reading in seven weeks, since a high of 73° on Oct. 11.  In the past three weeks temperatures were six degrees above average, with eight days having highs of 65° or warmer.

 

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2013

This was the third consecutive Thanksgiving to fall on 11/28 with a subfreezing temperature at the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  This year it was 30° at 9 AM (in 2002 it was 27° and in 1996 it was 26°).

 

 

 

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Today in New York Weather History: November 27

 

1917

For the third day in a row the high was colder than 32° (average high at the end of November is in the upper 40s).  Highs/lows of the three days: 30°/21°, 31°/21°, 31°/19° (Nov. 27).

1924

Sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 30s greeted parade goers who lined the streets for Macy's first Thanksgiving Day Parade.  The day's high and low were a seasonable 49°/34°. 

1932

The morning low of 12° at 6:00 AM was a 40-degree drop from 26 hours earlier.  Winds gusting between 15-25 mph produced a wind chill around -5°.  This low tied Nov. 29, 1929 as the  coldest reading reported in November during the 20th/21st centuries. 12 deg1938

Just six weeks after the latest 90-degree reading on record (which still stands), back-to-back snowstorms dropped nearly 13 inches of snow in four days.  The first, on 11/24-25 (beginning the night of Thanksgiving Day) measured 8.8" while the snowfall that ended before dawn today (and began late last night) brought an additional four inches.  The high/low during these four days was 32°/20°, which was 18 degrees below average.  This was the snowiest month of the winter and the third snowiest November on record (after Nov. 1898 and 1881).

 

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1975

0.45" of rain fell between 5:00 AM-1:00 PM, making for a damp Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

1976

With a high/low of 61°/54°, today was the mildest day of the month (18 degrees above average).  The high of 61° was the coolest maximum reading in the month of November since 1947 (also 61°).  It would also be the last 60-degree day for more than three months (until March 5).

1977

The first measurable snow of the winter, 0.2", fell between 9-10:00 PM.  It was also the coldest day of the month, with a high/low of 33°/29°, eleven degrees below average.

 

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For the second year in a row the season's first snowfall occurred on this date - but this year's was more substantial.  It fell mostly between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM and amounted to 2.2".  However, it was largely washed away during the evening when the snow changed to rain as the temperature rose into the mid-30s (but still 13 degrees colder than average).

1990

Today's and the previous three days' lows were: 44° (today)-43°-44°-43° (five degrees above average).  The day's high temperatures didn't exhibit a similar pattern.

1999

Today was the eighth day in a row in which temperatures were 10 degrees or more milder than average.  The average high and low during these days, 63°/52°, was 12 degrees above typical late November temperatures.

2013

The 2.49" of rain that poured down from a nor'easter that moved in last night (when 0.51" of the storm's total fell) was more rain than what fell in the previous 11 weeks (since 9/12).  Winds gusted between 30 and 40 mph.  The high temperature of 62° occurred shortly after daybreak and fell steadily throughout the day.

 

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2014

It was a raw and gray Thanksgiving Day, with temperatures in the 30s (high/low of 38°/34°).  Snow flurries fell during the Macy's parade.

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Today in New York Weather History: November 26

 

Clip art - rain cloudSince 1970, along with October 28, November 26 is the date most likely to have reported an inch or more of precipitation.  It's happened in six years: 1979, 1986, 1996, 2000, 2007 and 2014 (and in 1998 0.97" of rain fell).  

 

 

1940

For the sixth year in a row the first measurable snow of the winter fell in November.  This year's amounted to 1.7" and fell after dark, mixed at times with sleet.

 

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1979

It was a mild (mid-60s) and very windy day (gusts to 40 mph) with periodic downpours through early evening that amounted to 1.26".

1981

Between 11/20 and today each day's low temperature was colder than the previous day, dropping from 50° on 11/19 (ten above average) to 29° today (nine below average).  Today's reading was also the coldest of the month.

1986

A 12-hour rainstorm between 9:00 AM-9:00 PM dumped 1.72" of rain, with 0.51" falling in an hour-long period shortly before the rain came to an end (6:46-7:46PM).

1996

1.91" of rain fell during the morning, a record amount for the date (breaking the previous record from 1900 by 0.01").

1998

Two-thirds of the month's below-average rainfall fell today (0.97"), most of it between 7:00 AM-noon. Today was also Thanksgiving Day and half of today's rain poured down during the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.  Until today it appeared this was the going to be the second driest November on record (but it ended up being 18th driest - now 19th). 

2014

A coastal storm the day before Thanksgiving brought 1.25" of rain.  It also produced the season's first snowfall, but it was just 0.2" as the temperature never got colder than 34°.  However, significant snowfall (six inches+) piled up in northern NJ, eastern PA, New York State and New England.  This early winter storm came just two days after the temperature reached 69°.

2018

Rain fell from late afternoon onward and 0.85" was measured (thru midnight).  This amount brought November's total precipitation to 7.57", making it the wettest November since 1988 (and seventh wettest of all Novembers).  It also brought the year's total precipitation to 58.99", making it one of the ten wettest.  Lastly, this became just the ninth year to have three or more months with seven or more inches of precipitation.

 

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2020

A pre-dawn deluge was a distant memory by this afternoon when the sun came out and the temperature rose into the mid-60s.  Not only was today's high of 65° tied for third warmest on Thanksgiving Day (behind 1933's 69° and 2007's 66°), its low of 55° was the mildest of any Turkey Day as was the mean temperature of 60.0°.  And the 0.79" of rain that poured down this morning was the seventh greatest amount to fall on the holiday, and the most since 2006 (which was the rainiest Thanksgiving, with 1.72" measured).   

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Today in New York City Weather History: November 25

 

1926

For the second year in a row the high/low on Thanksgiving Day was 43°/32°; skies were clear in both years as well.

1950

One of the strongest nor'easters of the 20th century lashed New York on what was the Saturday after Thanksgiving, with winds gusting as high as 70 mph and 1.58" of rain falling between 6:00 AM and 8:00 PM.  Temperatures dropped steadily during the day, from 59° to 36°.  This storm produced very heavy snowfall in Pennsylvania and the Appalachians, including 27.4" in Pittsburgh (over the course of three days).

 

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1971

Beginning late last night and continuing through this morning, a nor'easter lashed the area.  1.06" of rain fell, making this the rainiest Thanksgiving Day since 1935.  Besides the wind and rain, it was also cold, with a high/low of 39°/33°.  Ferocious winds, with a peak gust of 63 mph in Central Park, produced wind chills that were in the low 20s.  The high winds forced parade officials to ground the famed balloons of Macy's parade - the only time this has happened.   

1972

This was the twelfth day in a row with below average temperatures.  During this stretch, temperatures were eight degrees below average. 

1974

The first measurable snow of the season, albeit a minuscule 0.1", fell between 10-11:00 PM.

1978

It was a windy day with slowly falling temperatures.  The temperature dropped to 32° after 11:00 PM, the first freezing temperature of the fall (about a week later than usual).

1979

Today's morning low was a balmy 63° and the afternoon high reached a May-like 72°, resulting in a daily mean temperature that was a whopping 25 degrees above average. 

 

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2000

Today was the sixth day in a row with a low of freezing or colder, the longest such streak in November in the years since 1940 (later equaled in November 2008).

2001

Half of the month's paltry rainfall fell in two hours this evening (6-8:00 PM) when 0.72" was measured. 

2004

It was a mild Thanksgiving Day with temperatures in the 60s during the morning hours, but after peaking at 65° in the early afternoon a cold front moved through and the mercury fell 30 degrees by midnight.

2009

There was only a two-degree variation between today's high (51°) and low (49°).  Although the high was average for the date, the low was ten degrees above average.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: November 24

 

1910

Today's high of 53° was the only high in the 50s between Nov. 11 - Dec. 28.

1914

For the eighth day in a row the low was 32° or colder - the longest such streak in the month of November in the 20th century (and through the first twenty years of the 21st century), and tied with a similar streak in November 1880.

1927

Although it was just 0.14", the light rain that fell this morning was during the fourth Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  The rain put somewhat of a damper on the debut of the parade's famous helium balloons.

 

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1938

It was a raw, cold and windy Thanksgiving Day (high/low of 34°/21°) with snow and sleet moving in late in the afternoon and continuing into the following day.  3.9" accumulated today and 4.9" the following morning.  The only three years in which more than an inch of snow fell on this date were this year, 1936 (3.2" and 1935 (2.5").

1980

Half of today's 0.90" of rain fell between 7-8 PM.  The remaining rain fell over ten hours.  Also, between 11/18 and today, each day's high temperature was warmer than the previous day's, warming from 38° (14 degrees below average) to today's 57° (seven above).

1990

Today and the next three days' lows were: 44° (today)-43°-44°-43° (five degrees above average).  The day's high temperatures, however, exhibited no pattern.

2005

It was Thanksgiving Day and very cold air moved in later in the afternoon, slicing the temperature in half, from 49° to 24° by midnight.  Light showers fell before and after the Macy's parade.  (To read more weather highlights of other Thanksgiving holidays double click here.) 

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2007

This morning's low of 26° was the coldest reading of the month and followed by just two days the month's mildest reading (66°). 

2013

Arctic air moved in overnight and temperatures were below freezing all day, making this a cold day even by the standards of mid-winter.  Today's high/low of 30°/23°, eighteen degrees below average, was the coldest November day in five years.  Howling winds throughout the day of 25-40 mph made it feel like it was between 10° and 20°.   

 

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2014

A lashing rain overnight (0.70" was measured) was accompanied by a surge of very mild air.  The sun broke through during lunchtime and the temperature warmed to 69°, making this the warmest day of the month - five days after the coldest temperature was recorded (22°).  At midnight the temperature was still 68°.

2015

The season's first freezing temperature occurred this morning shortly before 4 AM.  (Since 1980 the typical date for the first freezing reading has been 11/21.)  The rest of the day remained chilly, with a high of 46°.  (Yesterday had a chillier mean temperature, with a high/low of 44°/33°).

2018

This was the last day of a 16-day streak with below average mean temperatures, the longest streak of this kind since one of 22 days in March of this year.  However, this month's streak was a lot more below average (-8.5 degrees vs. -4.5 degrees).

 

 

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Today in New York Weather History: November 23

 

1927

Today's high of 70° was the fifth 70-degree reading this month (the others were on 11/1, 11/2, 11/12 and 11/16).  Interspersed among these warm days were four unseasonably cold days with lows of 32° or colder: 11/7, 11/8, 11/19 and 11/20.

1931

This was the third day in a row with a high of 72°, twenty degrees above average.  Yesterday's and today's highs were records (that are still standing).  And today and yesterday, each with a high/low of 72°/58°, was the tenth pair of days this year with the same high/low - the most of any year (later tied in 2010).

 

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1970

The temperature fell throughout the day, from 56° shortly after midnight to 24° 24 hours later.  Skies were overcast.  This marked the first time this fall that the temperature was 32° or colder.

1971

Just two weeks after an early Arctic outbreak, a second one moved through today.  The high/low of 36°/26° was fourteen degrees below average.

1972

With a high/low of 35°/21°, this was the coldest Thanksgiving Day since 1941.  It was also the coldest day of this November.  One bright spot was that skies were clear.

1978

Rain moved in after 3:00 PM, long after the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade had ended, and by midnight 0.77" had been measured.  Temperatures were chillier than average, with a high/low of 49°/31°.

1989

A Thanksgiving Day snowstorm along the Mid-Atlantic (which began late last night) dumped 4.7" of snow on NYC; however, it was over by the time Macy's parade began.  Although this wasn't an official wintertime snowfall, it was larger than any accumulation during the 1989-90 season.  The day's high topped out at just 31°, 20 degrees below average, the earliest date for a sub-freezing high temperature in the 1970-2017 period (in 2018 the high on 11/22 was 28°).

 

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1991

Today was the fifth day in a row with temperatures 10 degrees or more above average.  During these days the average high/low was 67°/54° - 16 degrees above average.

2006

An all-day rain totaling 1.72" made this the wettest Thanksgiving on record, easily topping the previous record from 1939 and 1985 (1.15").  Temperatures were stuck mostly in the low 40s.

2008

This was the sixth day in a row with temperatures 10 degrees or more below average.  It was also the sixth consecutive day in which the low temperature was at freezing or below, matching November streaks of similar length in 1997 and 2000 (the lengthiest in the years since 1960). The average high/low of 37°/26° during this cold snap was 14 degrees colder than normal.   

2018

For the second day in a row the high was 32° or colder, making this the first November since 1938 to have two days this cold.  And although today's high of 32° was four degrees warmer than yesterday's, its low of 15° was two degrees colder (and one of the coldest readings on record in November).

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Today in New York Weather History: November 22

 

1930

After today's high of 63° the next 60-degree reading wouldn't be for another four-and-a-half months (April 4).

1963

The day of President Kennedy's assassination was a mild one, with a high/low of 64°/51° (13 degrees above average) under partly cloudy skies.

 

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1973

A year after the coldest Thanksgiving Day since 1938 (high/low of 35°/21°), this year's was the mildest in 40 years as the high/low was 64°/53°, fourteen degrees above average.  Skies were mostly sunny.

2007

Today's high of 66° made this the mildest Thanksgiving Day since 1933, when the high reached 69°.  (For more Thanksgiving weather highlights double click here.)

2008

Today's high of 32° was the earliest date for a freezing high temperature in the past 40 years (besting 1989 by one day).  It came in the midst of a six-day cold snap (Nov. 18-23) in which the average high/low of 37°/26° was 14 degrees colder than average. 

 

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2011

With today's rainfall 2011 became New York's wettest year ever, passing 1972.  With thirty-nine days remaining in 2011, 67.88" of precipitation had fallen.  (Although 1983 had 80.56" of precipitation this was invalidated when it was revealed that Central Park's rain gauge had been broken for part of the year.)

 

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Light showers in the morning measured 0.07", ending a streak of 60 days in which less than an inch of rain fell.  This was the third longest such streak in New York since 1950, one day less than the second longest streak back in 1964.

2014

With a low of 28° today was the fifth day in a row with a sub-freezing low temperature, just the fifth time since 1940 that there's been a streak of this many days (or more) in November.  The others occurred in 2008, 2000, 1989 and 1940.

2018

A week after one of the biggest November snowfalls on record (6.4"), today, with a winter-like high/low of 28°/17° (twenty-three degrees below average), was the first Thanksgiving Day with a sub-freezing high since 1996, and the second coldest Thanksgiving on record - only 1871's was colder (high/low of 22°/15°).

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