A milder than average March was interrupted by one day of mid-winter temperatures as the high/low was only 30°/13° (twenty-one degrees below average); the previous day with a high of freezing or colder was five weeks ago. The low was a record for the date (which still stands).
This was the thirteenth day in a row with a high colder than 40° (at a time when the average high is around 50°). The average high/low during this period was 36°/24°. Three days had highs of 32° or colder, eight days had lows of 25° or colder. There were also two significant snowfalls, of 6.5" and 5.0", four days apart (3/15 and 3/19).
On the day of New York's deadly fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Greenwich Village (147 mostly female laborers died), skies were clear and temperatures cold, with a high/low of 40°/20°.
This was the third day in a row with very cold temperatures. Today's high/low of 33°/17° followed 31°/17° yesterday (Easter Sunday), and 28°/18° the day before that. These temperatures were 21 degrees below average. Winds that gusted between 20-27 mph throughout the three days produced wind chills in the low teens.
Today's high/low of 34°/18° was eighteen degrees below average. Wind chills were in the single digits and teens.
Today's high of 56° was the mildest reading this month - the coolest temperature in March to have this distinction since March 1906's mildest reading was 55°. Typically, the warmest reading in March is close to 70° (one in four have had a warmest reading of 75°+).
Rain moved in late, with 0.20" falling between 10 PM and midnight - the first measurable precipitation on this date in 15 years. This rain was from a nor'easter that produced a hard rain overnight (1.35" fell after midnight) that was over by daybreak on 3/26.
Today's low of 20°, 17 degrees below average, was the coldest reading in March and came three weeks after the month's mildest reading (70°). It was also the coldest temperature since mid-February.
Today was the 15th consecutive day with a low of 32° or colder, the longest such streak during March in the 1950-2021 period.