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Looking Back at New York Weather History: January 17

Today in New York Weather History: January 16



A snowstorm during the morning and afternoon produced an accumulation of thirteen inches.  Temperatures were quite cold, with a high/low of 20°/13°.


Beginning today, when 1.9" of snow fell during the evening, and continuing for the next seven weeks (thru March 4), at least one inch of snow would be on the ground in Central Park.  Today was also frigidly cold, with a high/low of only 14°/7°.


Winter scene


The biggest snowfall of the winter, 6.7", came two days after a snowfall of 3.2".


It was quite a wintry day, with wind-blown snow and temperatures that stayed in the teens throughout the day.  Snow fell during the daytime hours and by evening 4.6" had accumulated.  Winds gusting between 25-30 mph produced sub-zero wind chills.


The morning low of 5° above zero (coldest reading of the winter) came less than two days after the temperature reached 62° (at 10 PM on 1/14).  Combined with a high of only 13°, this was the coldest day of the winter.  (Only a handful of days since 1960 have had a high temperature this cold.) 



This was the seventh day of the past ten to have measurable snow.  A total of 11.0" fell on these days; today's accumulation was just 0.6", and it fell upon passage of an Arctic front which dropped the temperature to 7° by midnight (on its way to 2° below zero at daybreak on 1/17).


This was the fourth day in a row in which the temperature was at least twenty degrees milder than average.  Highs on these four days: 61°-64°-59°-58°.  Today's high of 58° was a record for the date.  


This morning's low of 1° above zero was a record for the date and tied Jan. 10th's low as coldest temperature of the winter - and the coldest reading in ten years (since a low of minus 2° on the morning of Jan. 19, 1994).  Today was also the sixth day of the past eight with a low in the single digits.  (This morning's reading was the coldest of the 21st century, until Feb. 14, 2016's low of -1°.)




Today was the first day of a seven-week stretch of very cold weather.  This entrenched dome of Arctic air followed a 38-day stretch of above average temperatures, going back to Dec. 10, during which the temperature was 12 degrees above average.




With a high/low of 16°/9°, today was the coldest day of the winter, nineteen degrees below average.  This was also the coldest winter day in five years.


For the first time since early November (11/4-6), today and the previous two days all had colder than average temperatures.  Temperatures in the ten-week period in between were six degrees milder than average. 







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