A Glance Back at New York City's Weather: April 6
A Look Back at New York City Weather: April 8

Today in New York Weather History: April 7


Heatwave Chilly


April 7 is a study in contrasts.  Not only is it the latest date for a sub-freezing high temperature (1982), it's also the earliest date for a high in the 90s (2010). 



The temperature jumped from 46° to 89°, thirty-two degrees above average.  (Yesterday's high was 59°.)  At the time this was the earliest date for a temperature so warm.




The Yankees played their home opener under sunny skies, but in very chilly conditions.  After a morning low of 31°, the game was played with temperatures in the mid-40s.  At least skies were sunny.


A warm front moved through just as the Mets' home opener was beginning, and over the course of the afternoon the temperature rose from 47° to 63°.


In the aftermath of yesterday's snowstorm, the morning low was 21°, twenty-one degrees below average and the coldest reading so late in the year since April 1, 1923 (when the temperature dropped to 12°).  Today's afternoon high of 30° was the latest date on record for a sub-freezing high.




The last snowfall of the winter fell at around daybreak, a surprise 0.6".  It didn't last long, however, as the temperature rebounded into the low 50s under sunny skies.  A total of 13.4" of snow fell during the winter, about half the average amount, and the third winter in a row with well below average snowfall.   


Four inches of snow fell, the biggest April snowfall in twenty-one years.  This brought the season's snowfall total close to 50 inches.  And like 1982's snowfall, today's happened on the day of the Yankees' home opener, which was postponed.


The afternoon high hit 92°, an incredibly hot temperature for so early in the season.  In fact, it was New York's earliest 90-degree reading on record, besting the previous record from 1991 by one day.  This temperature was 34 degrees above average - even in mid-July, today's high would have been five degrees hotter than normal.  At 11 PM it was still 80°.  The next 90-degree reading wouldn't be for seven weeks, when the high reached 92° on May 26.  




Morning sunshine dimmed by mid-day and rain moved in late in the afternoon, but it held off until the Yankees' home opener had ended (they beat the Orioles 4-2).  The game was played under overcast skies with temperatures in the chilly low 50s. 


Two-and-a-half weeks after a four-day streak with lows of 29°, today was the fourth day in a row with a low of 42°, which was at the seasonal average.  Highs during these days were also very similar: 60°-61°-63°-62°, three or four degrees above average.


Today's high of 68° was the mildest reading of the month.  This became the first April since 1940 to have no readings in the 70s or warmer.  (Since 2000 the average warmest reading in April has been 85°.)





Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Harry Mandel

Side note about the little 0.6" of snow on April 7, 1990. They were supposed to play the Mayor's Trophy game (an annual exhibition game between the Yankees and Mets played in NYC between the end of Spring Training and Opening Day that was abolished when Interleague Play started in 1997) that day and it was cancelled.


What a notable difference of 10 years!
April 7, 2010 = 92 degrees; a record high during the warmest April on record as well as the earliest date for a 90-degree reading. I remember playing with my sister that evening in the hot weather and having a good time.
April 7, 2020 = 68 degrees; the warmest day of a cool April that did not have any readings of 70 degrees or warmer.
These interesting observations are a few reasons why April is my favorite month to study the weather. The weather in April can be either hot, cold, or seasonable.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)