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


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.)


Ladies dancing in snow  ca. 1920s


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. 


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.


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.)


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).    




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.


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.    


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.




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.


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).


Rainy day in nyc








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