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Today in New York Weather History: December 11



One of the most extended December cold waves on record, lasting two weeks, began today.  During this exceptionally cold period the average high/low was 28°/17°, which was fourteen degrees below average.  Eleven days had highs of 32° or colder and eleven had lows in the teens.  Additionally, twelve inches of snow fell during the period (with eight inches falling on 12/19).




With a high of 23°/14° (eighteen degrees below average), today was the coldest day of a 10-day cold wave (between Dec. 7-16) in which every day had a sub-freezing high temperature.  And the day seemed even colder because of overcast skies.


Only three degrees separated today's high (35°) and low (32°).  This was also the first of five consecutive days in which the highs and lows never got out of the 30s.


A blustery and very cold day.  With a high of 29° (15 degrees colder than average), today was the first day of the winter with a maximum temperature below freezing.  And by midnight the temperature had fallen to 12°.  


A vicious nor'easter pounded the City this Friday morning with winds that gusted between 50-75 mph (Central Park had a 64 mph gust) and heavy rain (2.41" was measured, a record for the date).  The high winds created a storm surge that flooded New Jersey's PATH stations and pushed the East River up over parts of the FDR Drive during morning rush hour.  The winds also caused elevators to malfunction in some office towers and high rise apartment buildings.




The first snowfall of the season dropped a surprise 2.9" this Saturday afternoon.  Temperatures fell all day, from the upper 40s during the morning to 22° by midnight.  


After drizzle and ice pellets fell overnight, the daylight hours were gray and raw, with just two degrees separating the high (35°) and low (33°).


Fourteen of the past fifteen days were colder than normal, with temperatures eight degrees below average (high of 38°/ low of 27°).  This afternoon a cold rain fell, measuring 1.11".


An all-day rain that continued overnight into the next day dumped 2.35" today and 3.28" overall.  Most of it poured down after 6:00 PM.


Windy and quite cold.  Today's high of 29° was the first high temperature below freezing this winter.  


Today was the first colder than average day in three weeks as the high/low of 39°/29° was five degrees below average.  Between Nov. 20 and yesterday temperatures were seven degrees above average.


The first measurable snow of the winter fell this evening as 0.4" accumulated.  This was the same amount as last winter's first snowfall (which didn't occur until Jan. 17).  Today's high/low of 35°/28° was the same as yesterday's.


First snow











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