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Looking Back at New York Weather: March 10



The 0.3" of snow that fell today was the last measurable snow of what was New York's snowiest winter for the next 50 years, with 60.3" measured.  (The winter of 1923 would top it by 0.1").  It's now ranked fifth.


The day after the mildest reading of the month (57°), the temperature at daybreak was 21°.  This was the first of eleven days in a row in which there were no highs milder than 40°; four days in a row would see lows in the teens (coldest reading was 10° on 3/19).  The average high/low during this Arctic outbreak was 32°/22° (fifteen degrees colder than average).


Today and yesterday was the first time since Dec. 16-17 to have back-to-back days with lows above 32°.


Although the snow that fell was of the wet, "junk" variety (today's high/low was 41°/32°), the 0.7" that accumulated brought the winter's total to 60.3", tying it with the winter of 1873 as snowiest on record.  (Nine days later it would claim the title of snowiest when 0.1" fell; it would hold this title until the winter of 1948.) 


For the fourth day in a row the high was 39° (eight degrees below average); however, every day had a different low temperature.  Today was the only day of the four that had sunny skies.


On a rainy day (mid-morning thru mid-afternoon), just two degrees separated the high (42°) and low (40°), something that occurs just once every two or three years.


Befitting March's reputation for changeable weather, this morning's low of 15° came less than 48 hours after a high of 76°.  These were also the month's extremes in temperature.




The half-inch of snow that fell today was the most significant accumulation on this date in the years since 1960.  However, it was quickly washed away by rain as the temperature rose into the low 50s. 


This was the nineteenth day in a row with above-average readings.  During these days, the average high/low was 55°/39°, nearly 10 degrees above average.  Not only was it a mild period, but dry, as just 0.29" of rain fell. 





Today's high of 74° was a record for the date, a jump of twenty-seven degrees from the morning low.  It was also the mildest reading of the month.


For the second day in a row the area basked in record-breaking warmth, with today's high two degrees warmer than yesterday's (although today had more clouds than yesterday).  Today's high/low of 79°/63° was 31 degrees above average, and was comparable to temperatures in mid-June. 


For the first time since 1934 more than an inch of snow fell on this date, as 2.1" accumulated between 8 AM and noon.  This was a day after the temperature reached 61° in the late afternoon, similar to what happened on Feb. 9, when 9.4" of snow fell the day after the high was 62°.


Snow on march 10 2017 














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in 2016, how could today be warmer than yesterday despite having more clouds?


Although there were more clouds it wasn't overcast, there were just more clouds than yesterday, which had mostly clear skies.


The first ten days of March 2019 had no highs in the fifties, the first time this has happened in March since 2001, and only the seventh time since 1960.


also in 2016, the low of 63° was the second warmest daily low temperature that ever happened in March (behind 1998’s low of 66° on 3/31). this was one degree warmer than April 2016’s warmest low temp. this would happen again in 2020, where March’s warmest low temp was 54° (on 3/10) and April’s warmest low temp was 53° (on 4/13).

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