After having no high of 32° or colder this winter until 1/4, today was the thirty-first day in the six weeks since then to have a high that cold (three-fourths of the days). Today was the end of a seven-day streak with highs of 32° or colder (and eleventh day of the past twelve). It would be followed fifteen days later by another seven-day streak.
Snow that began falling last night, accumulating 1.6", continued falling heavily this morning, accumulating an additional 8.1". Until this snowstorm just 2.1" had fallen this winter. Then 5.2" would fall two days later and 14.5" would bury the City on March 1-2.
The morning low of 4° was the eighth low in the single digits since 1/29 - and there would be four more this month.
It was a wintry day as wind-blown sleet and snow fell throughout the day, accumulating 7.7" (and an additional 1.3" fell overnight). Late in the morning winds gusted to 50 mph. Temperatures fell from the low-30s in the morning to low 20s by midnight.
The temperature fell steadily through the day, from 30° to 5° (on its way to -8° the following morning).
Today's high of 54° was the first high warmer than 45° in two months (since Dec. 13).
Today's high/low of 25°/13° came in the midst of an 11-day streak (which began on 2/8) in which high temperatures failed to get above 32°.
This morning's low temperature of 3° was the sixth consecutive day with a low in the single digits. During these days the average low was 5°, twenty-two degrees colder than average.
The 0.3" of snow that fell today was the last snowfall of the winter, a winter in which just thirteen inches fell, half of the typical amount.
Rain fell throughout the afternoon and evening, amounting to 0.95", putting somewhat of a damper on romantic plans of New Yorkers.
A nasty sleet storm during the morning and afternoon hampered traffic and snarled air travel. (Jet Blue was crippled as its fleet at JFK was incapacitated for a number of days.) 0.94" of liquid precipitation was measured at Central Park, and two inches of sleet accumulated. The day's precipitation represented half of February's total. Despite a high of 29°, little of the day's precipitation fell as snow. Another severe sleet storm would hit the area in March.
The morning low of 1° below zero broke the record from 100 years ago. This was: 1) the first below-zero reading since January 1994; 2) the first sub-zero reading in February since 1963; and 3) the latest date for such a frigid reading since 1943 (when a sub-zero low occurred on 2/15). Until today, the coldest temperature this century was 1° above zero, which occurred twice in the winter of 2004. Later today, a second record was set as the high of 15° was the coldest for the date. The day's mean temperature was 28 degrees below average, the most below average reading in New York in the years since 1950. This would be the last day of the winter with a high of 32° or colder.
Through today, just 0.05" of precipitation fell in Central Park this month, making this the second driest first half of February on record. Only February 1980 had a smaller amount.