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Today in New York Weather History: December 21

 

1871

The first day of winter had the coldest reading of the winter, two degrees below zero.  Two days later the temperature would jump to 55°, the mildest reading since 11/1 (there were four days in November with highs of 54°).

1901

During the six days between Dec. 16-21, there were three pairs of days with identical highs/lows: 26°/20° on Dec. 16 and 17; 28°/20° on Dec. 18 and 19; and 26°/19° on Dec. 20 and 21.

1955

Today would be the coldest day of the winter of 1955-56, with a high/low of 18°/5°, twenty-three degrees below average.  This followed what was the second coldest day of the winter, yesterday's 20°/6°.

 

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1963

Today was the seventh day in a row with a sub-freezing high.  The average high/low during this Arctic outbreak was 28°/17°, which was 13 degrees colder than average.

1973

Yesterday and today were contrasts in big swings in temperature.  Yesterday, the temperature climbed throughout the day, rising from 25° at midnight to 54° nearly twenty-four hours later.  Today, the temperature reversed course, falling from 57° just before daybreak to 25° by midnight.  Additionally, a lot of rain fell in the morning and afternoon, amounting to 2.49" (a record for the date).  Today's deluge pushed the month's precipitation over eight inches, making this the wettest December on record (a record that still stands).  An additional 1.54" of precipitation would fall in the month's remaining ten days, bringing the month's total to just under ten inches.

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1993

A hard morning rain dropped 1.65" between midnight and 9:00 AM.  Near the end, 0.66" fell in the hour between 6:49-7:49 AM.

2005

Today's high of 33°/low of 24° felt even colder for many commuters who were forced to walk to work due to a three-day subway strike (Dec. 20-22).

 

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2013

One week after a five-inch snowfall, today saw a record high of 65° - on the first day of winter.  The high was reached shortly after 8:00 PM.  The previous record had been set just two years earlier.

2018

Five days after a rainfall of 1.44" an even greater deluge occurred last night and today (thru early afternoon), measuring 1.84" (1.62" fell today).  Today's rain moved 2018 up to fifth wettest year on record as the year's total precipitation topped 63 inches.  This storm was also accompanied by much milder air than the previous storm, with temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s for much of the day, peaking at 61° late in the morning.  This was the first reading in the 60s since 11/7.  Besides the rain, the City also had to contend with dense fog.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: December 20

 

1874

Ten inches of heavy snow piled up after precipitation started as rain.  As the temperature dropped below freezing (from a high of 36°) it changed over to snow.  Total liquid precipitation for the day was 1.92".  (Both amounts are records for the date that are still standing.)

1884

The day before the winter solstice began would be the coldest day of this winter as the high/low was only 7°/-3°.  Feb. 11 (1885) would come close with a high/low of 11°/-2°. 

1903

Today's rainfall of 1.34" made 1903 New York's wettest year on record, passing 1889 (which had 57.16").  This would remain New York's wettest year until 1972 (it's since fallen to eleventh place).

1936

Today's rainstorm was the third in the past three weeks to produce more than an inch of rain, and the sixth with more than half-an-inch.  Beginning last night, more than half of the 2.08" that fell poured down between midnight and 3:00 AM today.  In total, seven inches of rain fell during these three weeks, making this, at the time, the wettest December on record (it's now ranked third).

 

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1983

Today's high was a teeth chattering 25°, seventeen degrees colder than average.  It was the first high of freezing or below of the season. 

1988

This was the 22nd consecutive day with no measurable precipitation.  This dry spell began at the end of November, a month in which 8.90" of rain fell.  December would end with just 1.13" of precipitation.

2004

Brrr, today's high/low of 21°/11° was twenty degrees colder than average and the coldest day of the month.  (The temperature had fallen from 47° yesterday afternoon.)  This was the coldest day in December in eleven years, since a high/low of 20°/10° on Dec. 27, 1993.  It was also the first day this winter to be completely below freezing.  Additionally, 0.5" of snow fell in the wee hours of the morning.

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2014

It was a cold day under slate gray skies, with just three degrees separating the high and low (33°/30°).

2018

Light rain moved in during the evening, making this the record-setting 153rd day this year with measurable precipitation, breaking a tie with 1996.  And there would be five more days of precipitation (all rain) before the end of the year (which amounted to nearly four inches).

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Today in New York Weather History: December 19

 

1910

Today was the first day this month with a low temperature above 32°.

1919

Today's 1.9" of snow brought the season's snowfall to 4.0", which exceeded last winter's total of 3.8" (the least snowy winter until 1973).  Besides the snow it was also very cold, with a high/low of 20°/10° - but this was bearable compared to yesterday's 11°/-1°.

 

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1945

An afternoon/nighttime snowstorm dropped 8.3" (all but 0.3" fell today).  This would be the biggest snowfall of the winter (and since March 1941).  Besides the snow, temperatures were also quite cold, with a high/low of just 23°/20° (fifteen degrees below average).

1948

One year after the huge 26.4" snowstorm of Dec. 26, another formidable snowstorm crippled the City with 16.0".  At the time this was the shortest time between major snowstorms.  Since then there have been seven pairs of major snowstorms (of a foot or more) that have occurred with less than 12 months in between (the shortest hiatus being four weeks, in January and February 1978.) 

1973

For the second day in a row the high/low was the same frigid 25°/17°, the coldest days of the month.  The sub-freezing cold prevented the layer of thick ice from the ice storm of 12/16-17 from melting quickly.

1979

3.5" of snow fell, the first snowfall of the winter.  It would be the winter's largest accumulation until mid-March.  Today was also the coldest day of the month, with a high of 26° after a low of 20°.

 

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1981

Today was the first day of the winter that had temperatures completely below freezing, with a high of 28°/low of 21°.  

1985

With a high of 30°, today was the first day of the winter with a maximum temperature of 32° or colder.

1991

With a high/low of 27°/13°, today was the first day of the winter completely below freezing.

1995

Beginning today and continuing into tomorrow Central Park had its biggest December snowfall since 1960 as 7.7" fell (10-12" had been predicted).  Less than 10 miles away, LaGuardia Airport was buried by 14.9" (8.0" today, 6.9" tomorrow).

 

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2004

An Arctic front moved thru late in the afternoon and the temperature plunged from 47° to 21° by midnight.  The season's first snow fell between 9PM-3AM, but it was just 0.6".  

2008

Four inches of wet snow fell (an additional 0.5" fell overnight).  This would be the biggest snowfall of the winter until March 1-2 when 8.3" fell. 

2009

The first snowfall of the winter was a snowstorm that moved in late in the afternoon.  By the time it ended at around 4:00 AM on Sunday, 10.9" had fallen.  Long Island received considerably more, with parts of Suffolk County buried by more than 20". (Photo taken in the NYC suburb of Bronxville.)

 

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2015

Although today had the chilliest mean temperature since the end of March, the high/low of 40°/35° was still two degrees above average.  This ended a nine-day streak in which the mean temperature was ten degrees or more above average.  The last time there was a streak of this many days was in January 2002.     

2019

With a high/low of 25°/16° (fourteen degrees colder than average) today was the first day this winter with a high of 32° or colder.  This was close to the average date of this occurrence, but it was the latest date since the winter of 2015-16 when it didn't occur until Jan. 5.  Wind chills during the morning were in the single digits.  This would be the coldest day of the winter of 2019-20 - the first winter since 2005-06 to have its coldest day occur in December.

2020

Today and the previous three days had very similar, cold temperatures: 31°/24° (on 12/16); 33°/24°; 32°/24°; and 32°/20° (today).  These four days were nine degrees below average.  Coincidentally, last December had a an equally cold four-day period at about the same time (Dec. 18-21), with an average high/low of 32°/21°.

 

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Today in New York Weather: December 18

 

1919

The morning low was 1° below zero, New York's earliest date for a sub-zero reading.  The high rose to 11° in mid-afternoon and then stayed at 10° degrees for the rest of the day.

 

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1973

This was the third morning in a row in which the low was 17° degrees, 14 degrees below average.  These were the coldest readings of the month.

1979

With a high of 30°, today was the first day of the season with a high of 32° or colder. 

 

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Today's high of 31°/low of 22° (ten degrees colder than average) was the first day completely below freezing since Feb. 10 when it was 29°/22°.  This morning's low would end up being the coldest reading in December.  It was the "mildest" minimum temperature in December since 1984 when December's coldest reading was 25°.    

2019

An Arctic front bringing the coldest weather since the beginning of February triggered a burst of snow at around 4:00 PM.  As the front approached a "Snow Squall Warning" was issued mid-afternoon (although it's unusual for NYC, a similar warning was issued earlier in the year on 1/30).  Less than an inch of snow accumulated but it fell in such a brief period of time that it produced whiteout conditions for about ten-to-fifteen minutes.  By midnight the temperature was down to 21° on its way to 16° by daybreak on the 19th.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: December 17

32degreesDecember 17 is the average date of the first high temperature of 32° or colder (based on the period 1970-2019).  It's happened as early as Nov. 22 (in 2008) and Nov. 23 (1989) and as late as Jan. 20 (1986).  In more than half of the years the first high of 32° or colder was 31 or 32 degrees, but it's been as cold as 20°.  That happened in the winter of 2007-08 when it occurred late, on Jan 3.   

 

1904

A snowfall of six inches (three inches this evening, three inches tomorrow morning) came four days after a snowfall of seven inches.

1919

Four days after the temperature reached 61° at 9:00 PM, tonight shortly before midnight the mercury had fallen to one degree above zeroThis was the first of fifteen days this winter with lows in the single digits or colder.

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1932

Snow that began late in the morning continued through early morning on 12/18 and amounted to 7.2".  It was also a very cold day, with a high/low of only 21°/10°.  (The snow was gone by Christmas Day, which had a high of 59°.)  The next measurable snowfall wouldn't be for another seven weeks (2/4).

1951

Today's frigid high/low of 20°/8° (22 degrees below average) would be the coldest day of the winter.  Skies were clear.

1971

This was the twelfth day in a row with above average temperatures.  During these dozen days temperatures were ten degrees above average.  Even after passage of a cold front early this morning, and temperatures falling throughout the day, the mean temperature was five degrees above the norm.  This stretch of mild weather followed a two-week period of colder than average weather. 

1973

The epic ice storm that began yesterday afternoon continued through this morning.  Conditions were worse than yesterday as sleet and freezing rain fell at an even heavier rate.  In total, 1.46" of precipitation fell - all in the form of sleet or freezing rain.  The temperature stayed below freezing all day and by midnight had fallen to 17°. 

 

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Light showers through early afternoon amounted to 0.12".  This was the 146th day this year with measurable precipitation, establishing 1996 as the year with the most days of precipitation in the 20th century, passing 1972, the previous crown holder.  And there would be six additional days of precipitation before the year ended.  (The average number days of precipitation per year is 121.)

1998

Today was the 25th day in a row with above-average temperatures.  During this stretch of mild days temperatures were ten degrees above normal.  This would be the mildest December since 1984.

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2000

Today's high of 62° was a record for the date, just one of five days with above-average temperatures during a December that was quite cold (5.5 degrees below average) - the coldest since 1989. 

2001

This was the 18th day in a row in which no low temperature was duplicated.  During these days (beginning on Nov. 30) they ranged between 32° and 58° - all above average.

2012

Only three degrees separated the day's high (43°) and low (40°) on a raw, "gloomy Gus" kind of day. 

2013

Light snow, occasionally mixed with sleet, fell throughout the daytime hours and amounted to 1.5".  This was the fourth snowfall of the past ten days, totaling 8.6".  Three of these snow "events" delivered one-inch+ - the most such snowfalls in December since 2005.  Besides being snowy, the ten days since 12/8 were also quite cold, with the average high/low of 35°/26° nearly eight degrees below the norm.  

 

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2015

It was a mild and rainy day.  The 1.25" of rain that was measured in Central Park fell mostly between 11 AM and 4 PM.  This was the eighth day in a row that had a mean temperature more than 10° degrees above average.  The average high/low during these days was 63°/52° - nineteen degrees above average.

2016

Six days after the first measurable snow of the winter (0.4"), today saw the first snowfall of one inch or more as 2.8" accumulated between 4:00-8:00 AM.  Then it changed to sleet and then to freezing rain, all of which was over by noon.  (By contrast, last winter's first one-inch snowfall wasn't until 1/23 - the blizzard that buried the City under its biggest snowfall on record.)

 

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2018

Light wraparound showers in the wee hours of the morning (amounting to just 0.03"), remnants from yesterday's rainstorm, made this the 152nd day this year with measurable precipitation, tying 1996 for the all-time record.  What distinguishes 2018 from 1996 is that its total precipitation for the year was more than five inches above 1996's (with two weeks remaining in 2018).

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Today in New York Weather History: December 16

 

1903

This was the third day in a row with a high of 26°.  Lows on these three days were 21° (12/14), 20° (12/15) and 19° (12/16).  The streak followed a high of 54° on 12/13.

1910

The coldest day of the winter of 1910-11 was today, with a high/low of 21°/11°.

1958

This was the tenth day in a row with a sub-freezing high temperature.  During this unusually early cold wave the average high/low was 29°/19°, twelve degrees below average.

1962

Today was the seventh day in a row that saw highs of 32° or colder.  The average high/low during this stretch of days was 27°/17°, fourteen degrees below average.  Despite the cold conditions there was very little snow, just 0.3" today and 0.1" on the 10th.

1973

One of New York's worst ice storms moved in during the afternoon and continued for 24 hours (the worst of it was between 11:00 PM tonight thru daybreak on 12/17).  Nearly three inches of sleet accumulated, and an inch of ice formed on sidewalks, cars and trees.  For the entirety of the storm, the temperature ranged between 27° and 30°.

 

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1974

A hard, steady rain fell between 9 AM-10 PM and amounted to 2.25", a record for the date. 

1997

Today's high of 54° was the mildest reading of the month, a relatively cool reading for that distinction.

 

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2001

This morning had the first low of 32° or colder this season - the second latest date on record for this occurrence.  (The latest date was three years earlier, on Dec. 22.) 

2005

1.58" of rain fell between midnight and 8:00 AM, making this the rainiest day of the month.

2007

An overnight lashing of sleet and rain produced 0.84" of precipitation and an inch of frozen precipitation on the ground.  Then a cold front moved through after dark, producing 40-60 mph wind gusts.  

2008

Overnight the temperature plunged from 62° at 11 PM (on 12/15) to 37° by daybreak today.  After a raw and gray day, an inch of snow fell during the evening, the first measurable snowfall of the season.  (By midnight the temperature was down to 30°.)

 

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After six days in a row with high temperatures in the 60s, today had a cool down.  However, the high/low of 53°/46° was still thirteen degrees above average.

2016

What a difference a year makes!  This morning's low of 17° was coldest reading in December in seven years.  And with a high/low of 27°/17° (fifteen degrees below average), today was the first completely below-freezing day since Feb. 14 (when the high/low was a frigid 15°/-1°). 

2018

Today was rainy, raw and windy, with temperatures hovering around 40° during the daytime hours.  1.44" of rain was measured, pushing the year's total precipitation over sixty inches, making this the eighth year since 1869 to reach this level (and placing 2018 as the sixth wettest year on record).  Today's rainfall easily topped the 0.91" that fell during the first fifteen days of the month.

2020

An intense nor'easter brought the season's first measurable snow, which began late in the afternoon.  By midnight 6.5" had piled up in Central Park and the snow continued overnight thru daybreak (adding four inches).  There were also periods of heavy sleet between 9PM-3AM.  This was December's biggest snowfall since the post-Christmas blizzard of December 2010 that paralyzed the city with 20".  Today's snowfall was more than what fell during the previous winter (4.8").  It was also a record amount for the date and was the thirteenth December snowstorm to produce ten inches or more.  This storm dumped tremendous amounts of snow in Pennsylvania, New York State and New England, with some locations picking up between two and three feet (Binghamton, NY reported 40").

Besides the snow it was also quite cold.  Today's high/low of 31°/24° made this the first day of the winter to have a high of 32° or colder.  Winds gusting between 30-40 mph created wind chills in the 10°-15° range.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: December 15

 

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Since 1970 the average date of the first measurable snow in New York's Central Park is December 15, with the two weeks between Dec. 5 and Dec. 19 being the "sweet spot"; however, in ten years it happened in October/November (most recently in 2018) and in eight winters it didn't occur until January (most recently, in the winter of 2015-16).  The earliest measurable snow (since 1970) fell on Oct. 29, 2011 while the latest was Jan. 29, 1973. 

 

1901

After mild temperatures in the overnight hours and a hard rain in the morning that amounted to 1.16", the temperature plummeted from 60° to 22 °.

1909

This was the last day this month with a high above 40°.  (The next time the high reached 40°+ would be on Jan. 2.)

1916

A snowstorm dumped 12.7" of snow between 7:00 AM-9:00 PM, with nearly ten inches on the ground by mid-afternoon.  The snow was very fluffy, produced from just 0.59" of water (and by daybreak on 12/16 it had packed down to nine inches on the ground).  The day's high was 28°, the first of five days in a row with highs in the 20s.

1968

A storm that moved in yesterday in the late morning with rain saw a change over to snow just after midnight as the temperature dropped from mid-30s to the low 20s.  5.2" accumulated by 12:00 noon.

1970

0.3" of snow fell overnight, the first measurable snow of the winter.  However, it was mostly gone by early afternoon as the temperature rose into the upper 30s.  Today's precipitation was the first to fall on this date since 1958.

1980

For the first time this winter the high temperature remained below freezing all day (high of 31°/low of 18°).  And the first snowfall of the winter arrived after 9:00 PM, accumulating 1.1" by midnight.

 

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2005

This was the thirteenth day in a row with a high colder than 40°.  The average high/low during this nearly two-week period was 34°/25°, ten degrees colder than average.  Today's high/low of 38°/18° followed yesterday's 24°/14° (which would be the coldest day of the winter).

2008

Today's high temperature of 67° was a record for the date, twenty-four degrees above average.  This was one of seven days between Dec. 9 and Dec. 28 with a high of 57° or warmer (three days were 65°+).  This was also the third year in a row to have 0.01" of precipitation fall on this date.

2015

For the sixth day in a row temperatures were in the 60s - and today was the mildest of them all, with a high of 68° reached in the wee hours of the morning.  The only longer streak of 60°+ in December was one of seven days in 1998 during the first week of the month.  Today was the third day in a row with a record high, and the fourth day in a row with a record-mild low temperature.

 

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2017

With a high/low of 28°/20° today was the third day in a row with a high of 32° or colder, the longest such streak in December in seven years.  And during the afternoon/early evening 1.2"  of snow fell, the third day in the past seven with a snowfall of an inch or more (joining 4.6" that fell on 12/9 and 1.2" on 12/14). 

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Today in New York Weather History: December 14

 

1909

Today's high of 53°, which occurred shortly after midnight, would be the last high in the 50s until Feb. 27. 

1922

Today's 3.2" snowfall from late morning thru the afternoon was the first of ten snowfalls of three inches or more this winter, a winter that would become, at the time, the snowiest on record, with 60.4".  (It's now ranked fourth.)

 

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1953

This was the ninth day of the past eleven with temperatures ten degrees or more above average (including seven in a row between Dec. 4-10).  It was also a wet period, with rain falling on eight of the days, totaling 4.25", which accounted for almost all of the month's precipitation.  Today was the rainiest, with 1.46" falling during the morning from a nor'easter that moved in yesterday afternoon (dropping 0.42").  Wind gusts of 35-40 mph were reported. 

1981

The winter's first snowfall of an inch or more came during late afternoon, but after 1.4" accumulated the snow changed to a steady rain as the temperature rose to 37° by midnight.  In total, 1.02" of precipitation was measured.

1996

On a rainy day (0.89" fell thru mid-afternoon), today's high and low were just one degree apart (40°/39°).  This was just the tenth time a day had a one-degree variance since record keeping began in 1869.  (Through 2020 this is the last time it occurred.)

2003

5.8" of heavy snow fell between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM before changing to a wind blown rain as the temperature rose into the low-40s.  Total precipitation from the storm was 1.59".  Today's snow (a record for the date) brought the month's total to 19.8", the most in December since 1948 when 25.3" fell.  However, four weeks would pass before the next snowfall (0.5" on Jan. 12).    

 

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2005

Today's high/low of 24°/14° made this the coldest day of the entire winter, a winter that was on the mild side (especially January, which was 8.8 degrees above average).  This was the earliest date for the coldest day of winter since the winter of 1988-89, when it arrived on Dec. 12.  Today's mean temperature was nineteen degrees colder than average.

2010

It was a biting cold day, one of the coldest of the entire year, with a high/low of just 23°/19°.  The first snowfall of the winter fell shortly after midnight, but it amounted to just 0.1".  The last time we had a first snowfall that was so unsubstantial was ten years earlier.    

2013

It was a snowy day, with five inches on the ground when the snow changed over to freezing rain around 9:00 PM, and to plain rain by midnight.  The transition occurred as the temperature rose from 22° at 8:30 PM (the day's low) to 34° shortly before midnight (day's high).  This storm was somewhat similar to the one on this date 10 years earlier.

 

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2015

The day after a record high and a record mild low were set (67°/55°), today's high/low of 67°/53° tied the records for the date.  After foggy/overcast conditions during the daylight hours, there was a period of heavy rain fell between 7-8:00 PM (amounting to 0.33").  Temperatures then rose, with the record-tying temperature occurring shortly before midnight.  Today and the previous two days were 23 degrees above average.

2019

The rainstorm that moved in yesterday at mid-afternoon continued overnight and ended around 8:00 AM today.  1.96" of rain was measured (0.81" yesterday, 1.15" this morning), bringing the month's precipitation over five inches (5.04"), making this just the third December to have more than five inches in the first two weeks of the month (1983 and 1996 were the other two years).

 

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Today in New York Weather History: December 12

 

1934

This was the last day of a six-day cold wave that had temperatures that were 18 degrees below average (high/low of 26/14).  Three of the days had morning lows of 11°.  However, despite the cold there was no measurable snowfall.

1960

Snow that began late in the afternoon yesterday (accumulating 3.6") continued until shortly after 12:00 noon today, totaling 15.2".  Blizzard conditions prevailed during much of the storm, with snow falling most furiously between the hours of 2-7:00 AM when nearly seven inches piled up.  A number of other snowstorms in December have had greater accumulations but this storm produced the largest so early in the season.  (A year earlier there was another major December snowstorm that dumped 13.7" on 12/21-22.)  The snow was also accompanied by wind and Arctic cold as the temperature fell throughout the day, dropping from 21° to 9° by midnight.  At the time this was the fourth largest December snowstorm (now ranked fifth).

 

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1979

Sunny and mild with a high/low of 65°/50°.

1982

Three inches of snow fell this morning, the first snowfall of the winter (and eight days after a record high of 72°).  Less snow would fall in the next eight weeks than fell today.  This was also the first day of the season with a maximum temperature of 32° or colder (high/low of 31°/21°).

 

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1988

This morning's low of 5°, a record for the date, was the coldest reading so early in December in more than a hundred years (since a low of +3° back on Dec. 10, 1876).  And it tied Jan. 14 and 15 as the coldest reading of the year.  This extremely cold day (the high was only 20°) was part of a prolonged 10-day cold snap in which temperatures averaged 10 degrees below average.  Six of the days had high temperatures below freezing.

 

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1992

Today was unsettled, but it was nothing like yesterday's nasty conditions delivered by the nor'easter that barreled through the area.  Periods of wet snow fell thru mid-afternoon and a slushy 0.4" accumulated, the first snowfall of the winter and the only snow of the month.  Meanwhile much of Massachusetts was buried by 20-30" of snow.    

1994

With a high/low of 31°/24°, today was the first day of the winter completely below freezing.  And it was the only such day in December. 

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Today in New York Weather History: December 13

 

1909

A nor'easter produced 3.03" of rain, a record amount for the date, and the most to fall in one day in the month of December (3.25" fell for the entirety of the storm).  Rain fell for the entire day, but the most significant amounts fell after 11:00 AM; more than half of the rain fell between 7-11 PM.

1917

The biggest snowfall of the winter began late in the afternoon and by the time the snow ended in the early hours of Dec. 14, 9.5" had accumulated (eight inches fell today).  The temperature rose into the mid-30s as midnight approached making it a very wet snow, with rain mixed in at times.  (Between today and 1/11 there would be an inch or more of snow on the ground in Central Park.)  This was the third year in a row to have a significant snowfall in mid-December. 

1941

The biggest rainstorm of the year produced 3.03" (2.97" of it fell today), edging out the 2.96" that fell on Feb. 7.  The precipitation briefly began as snow and sleet as temperatures were in the upper 20s before 7:00 AM (0.3" accumulated) but the mercury rose into the mid-40s by nightfall.  Most of the rain fell between 3:00 PM and midnight, with one inch falling between 6-8 PM.

 

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1942

The 4.2" of snow that fell this evening was the last time an inch or more of snow fell on this date.  The temperature fell throughout the day, from 39° to 22° just before midnight.  

1977

Today, with a high/low of 38°/32°, was the 32nd day in the past six weeks (beginning Nov. 2) to have a diurnal variation of less than ten degrees.  During these days the average variation was eight degrees.  The average high/low of 47°/39° was a few degrees below average. 

1985

A breeze out of the northeast, low clouds and periods of drizzle kept the temperature from moving much as just two degree separated the high (40°) and low (38°).  

1988

The first snow of the season fell, a dusting of 0.3".  It was the only snow to fall in December, and for the rest of the winter just 7.8" more would fall.  This was the fourth day in a row of very cold temperatures, with today's high reaching just 29° after a low of 16°.  
 

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Rain fell for forty-nine of the past fifty-six hours (between 8:00 PM on 12/10 thru 5:00 AM today), amounting to 3.31".  

1997

This was the fourth day in a row with a morning low of 33°.

1999

In the two weeks ending today, no two days had the same high temperature.  They ranged between 34° and 63°.

2009

Today's rainfall of 0.95" brought the year's total precipitation to more than fifty inches for an unprecedented seventh year in a row.

 

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2015

Today's high (67°) and low (55°) both set warm temperature records for the date.  And for the second day in a row the day's mean temperature was 23 degrees above average. 

2017

With a high/low of 31°/20°, today had the winter's first high of 32° or colder, five days earlier than average (based on the years since 1980).  Last year it occurred on 12/16, and on 1/5 the previous winter.  This came four days after the first measurable snowfall (4.6").  At daybreak the wind chill was in the single digits.

2018

Inconsequential snow showers during the daylight hours this morning (the temperature was above freezing) and light drizzle/mist in the afternoon amounted to 0.03" and ended a 10-day streak with no measurable precipitation.  Although that's not very lengthy, it was the longest streak in this wet year (and the longest since an 18-day streak in Sept/Oct of last year).    

 

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