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Very interesting. Where do you get the detailed historical weather reports for NYC?


I make my observations based on the data found in the monthly weather recaps provided by the National Climatic Data Center, which gathers daily conditions for every weather station in the US. Another good site is Weather Underground, but NCDC provides most everything I need. I used to subscribe to its monthly reports for New York but now the reports on their website are free (since 2012).

Joe Cummo

There was a three month period of below freezing temps in NYC probably in the early 1970's. Temperatures - day or night - never got above 32 degrees. I think it started late December and ended late March. Mounds of black frozen snow stayed on the street corners in Manhattan for weeks. Do you know when that was?


Hi Joe, your description brings to mind a number of very cold winters. Although they didn't have non-stop days of sub-freezing highs, the winters of 1970 and 1971 were quite harsh. The same can be said of the winters of 1968, 1977 and 1978. Of course, this is based on temperatures in New York City. If you lived in the suburbs you likely would have experienced more days with highs below freezing and lows that were in the single digits or sub-zero.


I make my observations from NOAA Online Weather Data (NOW Data) which, in my opinion, is so much better than Weather Underground because the website is riddled with errors and only provides data from this century. NOW Data does a much more efficient and faster job at helping the user search for what he/she wants to search for. the website is as accurate and excellent as NCDC is.

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