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Today in New York Weather History: February 13



This was the fifth day in a row of a memorable cold wave in which highs were between 6° and 11° and lows between -6° and +6°.  In addition to bitterly cold temperatures, a blizzard that began yesterday continued today, burying the City under sixteen inches of snow (10.7" fell today on top of yesterday's 5.3").  Winds that gusted between 25-35 mph produced wind chills that were around -10°.  At the time this was New York's third biggest snowfall (now tied for 17th place).  This snow came just five days after a snowfall of 6.5".


For the fourth day in a row the high was 37°.  Each day's low, however, was different, and colder: 33°-29°-25°-22° (today).




For the 25th consecutive day, a blanket of snow of eight inches or more covered Central Park. During this period 27.8" of snow fell on seven days.


After eleven consecutive days with colder than normal temperatures (seven degrees below average), today's afternoon high shot up to 55°, 15 degrees above average. 


The past nine days were nine degrees colder than average, with seven having afternoon highs below freezing.  The rest of the month would have slightly above average temperatures.


Today was the 30th day in a row with above-average temperatures - and 42nd out of the last 43 (beginning Jan. 2).  The mean temperature during this six-week period was nine degrees above average.  Then, after two days of below-average temps on Feb. 14 and 15, there would be twenty-two more consecutive days with above-average readings.




1.94" of rain fell today, making it the rainiest day in February since 1973.  The storm started yesterday as a snow event, but after close to three inches fell, the snow changed over to sleet and freezing rain during the evening.  (2.49" of precipitation fell during the storm's entirety.)  After a low temperature of 10° two days ago, today's high climbed to 54°.




An intense storm system moved up the East Coast and brought with it high winds, heavy snow in the morning (9.5"), rain in the evening (accompanied by thunder & lightning) and three additional inches of snow after midnight.  This was the fourth snowfall of six inches or more in the past six weeks, bringing the season's snowfall over 50".


The coldest air of the winter moved in and the temperature fell steadily throughout the day, from the low-20s shortly after midnight to the single digits by 8 PM (on the way down to a low of -1° the next morning).  Gusty winds of 25-30 mph created wind chills during the evening that were between -5° and -10°.





1.6" of snow fell the day after the high reached 59°.  And although it was quite a turnaround, it pales in comparison to Feb. 9, 2017, when a 9.4" snowfall followed a high of 62° the day before.  And on Feb. 3, 2014, 8.0" fell the day after a high of 56°.  This was the second year in a row in which snow fell on Super Bowl Sunday.  4.5" fell last year, which was the most to fall on the NFL's big day (the game was played on 2/7); this year had the second biggest accumulation.







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