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Ken K. in NJ

Re: 2004's High of 85 and low of 48. Do you have any data on what was the biggest range between a high and low on one date? Seems to me that late March and all of April are ideal for that in NYC, but I guess it's possible that a Winter cold front could drop the temperature 40 degrees or more in one day.




Ken, in the years since 1970 the biggest drop in temperature occurred on Jan. 9, 1978 when it fell from 58 at 5AM to 15 by midnight. And the biggest rise in temperature,40 degrees, occurred twice, both times in April: on April 12, 1977 the temp rose from 50 to 90 and on April 27, 1990 it rose from 51 to 91.

John Taylor

Also noteworthy is April 18th of 2008, a gorgeously beautiful Friday which was a welcome relief after a relatively chilly March and early April. Skies were bright and blue, the pope was in town visiting, I was home from college for Passover, and to my recollection, the temperature reached 87 degrees on the eve of the NBA playoffs opener.


2018 - with a high of 49°, this was the ninth day this month with a high below 50°. the last April with more such chilly days was in 1936 when there were thirteen. the Aprils of 2007, 2003 and 1944 all had nine sub 50° days as well.


when was the last Good Friday to have a high in the eighties before 2019? also, tomorrow would be 2019's ninth consecutive day with a trace or a measurable amount of rain. when was the last time there was a streak this long of this kind?


This was just the fifth Good Friday with a high of 80 degrees or warmer, and the first one since 1976. The four other Good Fridays were all warmer than this year's (warmest reading was 84 in 1886 and 1938). Regarding the streak of rain, I only keep track of days with measurable rain. The last one of nine days or more was in the summer of 2003 when measurable rain fell on 12 consecutive days (the longest rainy streak on record).

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