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Today in New York Weather History: Christmas Day Highlights (December 25)

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1909

Snow began falling mid-afternoon and by midnight seven inches had accumulated (and an additional inch fell after midnight).  After 9:00 PM winds gusted to 30 mph.  This snowfall exceeded the Christmas snowfall of 1902 by half an inch, making this the snowiest Christmas Day on record (a record that still stands).

1910

Today was the thirteenth (and last) day this month with a high of 32° or colder.

1920

Today had the winter's first high of 32° or colder (but there was no white Christmas - the winter's first measurable snowfall would arrive tomorrow evening).

1940

Under clear skies, today's very mild high of 62° (two degrees shy of the 1889 record) was twice as warm as Easter's bitingly cold high of 31° (the only Easter with a sub-freezing high). 

1945

A two-week deep-freeze loosened its grip as the temperature climbed from 20° to 51° after dark.  (The average high/low of the previous two weeks was 28°/17°.)  The milder air was drawn up by a coastal storm that lashed the area in the PM hours with 50 mph winds and 1.26" of rain. 

 

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1955

Every day between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2 had well below average temperatures except for today, which had a high of 51° under mostly sunny skies.

1963

With a high/low of 39°/33° this was the first Christmas since 1955 that was completely above freezing.  Despite these temperatures the day dawned with a thick mantle of white left from the snowstorm of 12/23-24 that dumped 6.6" of snow on the City.  This was the fourth Christmas Day of the past five to have an inch or more of snow on the ground.

1965

One year after the high reached 60° on Christmas Day, today's high was 59°.  It was also rainy, with 0.65" falling between 11:00 AM and 9:00 PM.  Today's high was seven degrees warmer than Easter Sunday's.  Today's rain was the last measurable precipitation to fall this year, which was by far the driest year on record - just 26.09" was measured at Central Park, nearly seven inches less than the previous driest year - which was last year.

1966

Yesterday's snowstorm ended in the wee hours of Christmas morning, leaving seven inches on the ground at daybreak.  Skies cleared in the morning and temperatures were well below average, with a high/low of 32°/23°. 

1968

Under clear skies it was windy and very cold, with a high/low of 23°/13° (sixteen degrees below average).  Wind chills were between zero and +5° for much of the day.

1969

The day started sunny, but as an intense winter storm approached clouds moved in during the afternoon and light snow began falling after dark, with 2.1" on the ground by midnight.  Temperatures were quite cold, with a high/low of 29°/14°.  (The worst of the storm would be on the 26th, with the City getting an additional 4.2" of snow and then a lashing of rain accompanied by winds gusting over 40 mph.) 

1970

Just three degrees separated today's high and low (32°/29°), the fifth day since Dec. 11 to have such a narrow diurnal variation - highly unusual since a typical year averages just two days with a variation this narrow.  This was the third year in a row in which Christmas Day had a high of 32° or colder, just the second time with a streak this long on 12/25 (the other occurred in 1883, 1884 and 1885).  

1974

One month after the first measurable snow of the season fell, the second snowfall of the season occurred early in the evening.  And like last month, it was the same insignificant amount - 0.1".

1975

Most of the 1.8" of snow that fell on Dec. 23 was gone, but a mix of sleet/snow/freezing rain this afternoon and evening accumulated 0.5", giving the City a touch of a white Christmas.  The day's high occurred as midnight approached, with the temperature reaching 33°.

1976

The first snow of the season arrived on Christmas night, and by daybreak on 12/26, 3.1" had accumulated (just 0.4" fell on 12/25).  This was the third year in a row in which measurable snow fell on Christmas Day, the only time snow has fallen on the holiday in three consecutive years (but none of the years had an inch or more of accumulation).

1978

Santa needed an umbrella as steady rain in the pre-dawn hours amounted to 0.79" (this was on top of 0.69" that fell yesterday evening).  The rest of the day was overcast and raw with a high/low of 45°/35° - which was almost identical to Easter's high/low (44°/34°).

 

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1979

It was a very mild holiday that started off rainy; 0.87" fell, mostly around daybreak (5-8:00 AM).  While the day's high of 61° was the mildest since Christmas Day 1940's 62°, the morning low of 50° was the mildest ever on Dec. 25.  Today's high/low was nearly identical to that of this year's mild Thanksgiving Day (61°/50° vs. 60°/51°) - and it was milder than this year's Easter Sunday (55°/42°).

1980

This morning's frigid morning low of 1° below zero (30 degrees below average) was the coldest reading of the year and a record for Christmas Day.  And if that wasn't cold enough, gale force winds produced a "feels like" temperature of -25°.

 

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1982

Two years after the coldest temperature ever recorded on Christmas Day, today's high of 64° tied 1889 as the mildest Christmas on record.  It was also eight degrees milder than this year's Easter Sunday.

 

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1983

Similar to three years ago, Christmas Day turned out to be the coldest day of the year, with a high of 13°/low of 4°.  The day was 27 degrees colder than a typical Dec. 25 (41°/29°).

1984

Today was the twentieth day this year in which 0.01" of precipitation was measured (between 1-2:00 AM), the most of any year in the 1970-2020 period.  The annual average is eleven days.

1985

The temperature tumbled all day, from a morning high of 48° to a biting cold 20° by midnight.

1986

It was a wet Christmas Eve/Christmas morning as 1.05" of rain fell during Santa's peak travel time, 7PM-3AM.

1988

This was the third year in a row in which Christmas Day had the mild high temperature of 53°.

1990

Just two days after a high/low of 66°/57°, today's high was a frosty 31° - the first day of the winter with a high temperature of 32° or colder. 

1994

Today's high of 59°/low of 41°, fifteen degrees above average, made this the mildest Christmas in twelve years.  The high/low was on-par with this year's Easter Sunday (61/43).

1999

Today's high of 28°/low of 19° made this the coldest day of the month.

2000

With a high of 27°/low of 15°, this was the coldest Christmas Day since 1989.  It was also the coldest day of the winter, later tied by Feb. 22.

2002

A sloppy winter storm produced the most precipitation ever measured on Christmas Day (1.30") and the most snow (five inches) since 1909, when seven inches fell (the most ever on 12/25).  Morning/afternoon rain changed to snow later in the afternoon.  This was the first Christmas Day snowfall of an inch or more in thirty-three years - and the last time measurable snow fell on the holiday (through 2020) .

 

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2010

It was calm and cold (high 32°/low 25°) the day before a blizzard moved up the coast, a storm that seemed to come out of nowhere.    

2013

With a high of 31°/19°, this was the coldest Christmas Day since 2000.  This was quite a contrast from three days earlier when the high/low was 71°/61°.  

2014

Today's mild high of 62° (reached shortly before 4:00 AM) was twice as warm as last Christmas - and two degrees warmer than Easter.  Showers in the early morning hours made this the fifteenth day with precipitation this month, the most of any month this year. 

2015

For the second day in a row a record high maximum and minimum temperature were set.  The high of 66° occurred just after midnight.  The low of 57° was seven degrees milder than the previous record.  This was the month's fourth record daily maximum and fifth record minimum.  For the second year in a row Christmas Day was warmer than Easter Sunday.

2016

At 43° today's mean temperature (eight degrees above average) was identical to that of Thanksgiving Day (one degree above average).  However, the high/low were slightly different, with today's high of 50° two degrees warmer than Thanksgiving Day and the low of 36° two degrees colder.

2020

A fierce storm lashed the area overnight with rain and strong winds that gusted to 45-65 mph (a gust of 47 mph was clocked at Central Park).  The 0.92" of rain that fell was the third greatest amount to fall on the holiday (behind 1945 and 2002).  The high, reached a few hours before daybreak, was 61° - the eighth time the high was in the 60s on 12/25.  After the rain and wind exited, sharply colder air moved in, dropping the mercury to 29° by midnight.  With today's mild high, 2020 became just the second year (2015 is the other) with highs in the 60s on Christmas Day (61°), Thanksgiving Day (65°) and Easter Sunday (63°).

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Ken K. in NJ

Lots of Christmas Memories reading this (1983 and 2002 in particular). Thanks for the blog all year, and Happy Holidays to you & yours.

--Ken

Rob

And one more added from this year ...

Thank you for being a reader, Ken, and for your holiday wishes. All the best to you in the new year!

Jeff Hirschman


Rob,

Merry Christmas thanks for all your hard work. I read the weather NYC weather archive everyday what great weather memories this blog brings up.

Thanks again!!

Jeff

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