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Today in New York Weather History: January 6



The first six days of the year had very similar high temperatures: 40° (Jan. 1)-41°-42°-40°-42°-40° (Jan. 6).  This streak was slightly milder than average.  This followed a similar streak of highs at the end of December (Dec. 23-28): 42°-43°-43°-42°-43°-44°.


Ten of the past eleven days had highs of 32° or colder.  The average high/low during this time was 25°/13°  Yesterday had the coldest reading, -4° (the decade's only sub-zero reading).  And Jan. 2 had eight inches of snow (2.3" of snow accumulated from two other snowfalls in late December).


The high rose into the 60s for the fourth day in a row.  Highs on these days: 60° (1/3)-66°-64°-63° (today).


60s with flowers


With a high of 28°, today was the first day of the winter to have a high of 32° or colder, breaking by one day the previous record for the latest date for this occurrence (winter of 1923).  This new record would hold for just three winters, when the latest date became 1/14; then, during the winter of 1987 it fell on 1/20. 


The five inches of snow that began falling after 9 AM was the biggest snowfall of a winter that had only 8.1" of snow in total.  Ironically, this was a record accumulation for the date.




Today's high/low of 40°/30° made this the first day since Dec. 17 with an above average mean temperature, a span of nearly three weeks.


For the eighth day in a row precipitation fell, amounting to 2.20" in total.


Today's high of 72° tied Jan. 26, 1950 for the warmest reading ever recorded in January.  This was 33 degrees warmer than normal, and more typical of mid-May.  As an added bonus, it happened on a Saturday.




Today was the twelfth day in a row with a high colder than 32°, and it was the coldest of them all, with a high/low of just 13°/6°.  And while Feb. 14, 2016 had a colder mean temperature (high/low of 15°/-1°), today's high was the coldest since Jan. 16, 1994, when it was 10°.


Coldest high temperatures


Today was the last day of an 18-day streak with above average temperatures in Central Park, the lengthiest in three years, since the record 34-day streak of Dec. 1, 2015 thru Jan. 3, 2016.  During these 18 days the high/low averaged 48°/37°, which was eight degrees above the average of 40°/29°.  The coldest temperature during the streak was 31°, which was reported tonight shortly before midnight.

18 days






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Dalton Higbee

January 6, 2018 was a complete reversal from January 6, 2007.


2021 was the first time since 2007, and only the eighth time overall, with no reading of 32° or colder in the first six days of January.

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