April 6, June 12, June 13 and Nov. 10 are the dates New York has experienced the most one-inch rainfalls. Since 1869 it's happened eleven times. Interestingly, the last time it happened on April 6 was back in 1982, when the precipitation fell mostly as snow (see below).
During the past eight days, the mildest high temperature was just 41°. And the last two days of this streak had highs below 32° (more than twenty degrees below average).
This was the sixth day in a row with a low of 32° or colder, tying two other six-day streaks in 1875 and 1891 as the longest on record in April (and there have been none of this length since then).
Today's high of 68° was the only day with a high warmer than 50° in the first thirteen days of April. The average high during the other twelve days was 47°, nine degrees chillier than average.
Today's high of 79° made this the warmest Easter Sunday since 1887, when the high also reached 79°. This was a record high for the date (which still stands) - and the coolest record high in the month of April.
2.19" of rain fell today, making this the rainiest Easter Sunday (until 1983). Most of the rain fell between 9 AM and 4 PM.
The Mets played their rain-shortened home opener this afternoon, defeating Montreal 4-2 in five innings. The game was played in raw and windy conditions, with some light showers and temperatures only in the low 40s. This was the prelude to a nor'easter that lashed the City after 6:00, producing 2.19" of precipitation (thru late morning the next day); 0.4" of the precipitation was snow, which fell between 11PM-midnight (actually, it fell between midnight and 1:00 AM on 4/7, but the NWS uses Standard Time year-round).
The Yankees' home opener was played in cold and overcast conditions, with afternoon temperatures falling into the low 40s.
Just 1.1" of snow had fallen in February and March, when a blizzard dumped 9.6" of snow on the City today, less than a week before Easter. More than a foot fell in New Jersey and Westchester County. The storm started as rain in the pre-dawn hours and changed over to snow mid-morning and lasted through late afternoon. By midnight the temperature had fallen to a record-low 21°. This was the most snow to fall so late in the season since ten inches fell on April 3, 1915. To read a first-person account click here.
The day after raw, drizzly and cold conditions, with afternoon temperatures hovering around 40°, today experienced a big rebound, with sunny skies and a high of 68°.
On a stunningly beautiful day, the high reached 70° and the humidity dropped to 7% late in the afternoon – the lowest humidity level reported in Central Park since 2007 (6% on March 30). This followed a 13% humidity level yesterday afternoon (and March had a day with 12% humidity, and two others with 13%). For five hours the humidity stayed below 10% (and dew points were in the 3°-5° range).