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A Look Back at New York Weather: May 8
Today in New York Weather History: May 12

Today in New York Weather History: May 10

 

1879

For the third day in a row the high/low was 69°/49°.  This was the first time for a three-day streak with the same high/low; it has been replicated just two other times (in May 1984 and August 1988).

1889

The first reading in the 90s this year (91°) was early, but after today there would be just one more (on June 9).

1914

The first Mother's Day to be observed as a national holiday was a beauty, with sunny skies and a high of 77°.

1947

This was the third day in a row with lows in the 30s.  Today's was 36°, yesterday's was 35° and 5/8's was 37°.  All three were records (and all of them stood until 2020, when new records were set on 5/8 and 5/9).  Average low this time of the month is around 50°.

1970

Today's high was 93°, making this the hottest Mother's Day on record.

 

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1979

For the second day in a row the high temperature was a record 94°.

 

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1987

Today, with a high of 90°, was the first 90-degree reading of the year, three weeks ahead of the typical occurrence.  It was also the second hottest Mother's Day on record.

1989

A steady, all-day rain (heaviest between 9 AM- 9 PM) amounted to 2.10".  Besides being very wet, the day was also chilly, with a high/low of only 53°/46°, eleven degrees below average.  This was also the first rain to fall on this date since 1974.

 

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1990

One year after more than two inches of rain fell on this date, 1.67" of rain fell, most of it from thunderstorms between 3-11 PM.  

2000

After three days in a row with highs in the 90s (and five of 85°+), today saw a return to reality as temperatures fell from 78° shortly after midnight to the mid-50s during the afternoon.  And then rain moved in during the evening, lasting until about 10 PM; 0.56" was measured.

2012

The rain that fell mostly before daybreak made this the eighth day of the past ten in which measurable rain fell, totaling 1.84".     

2014

With a high of 83°, today was the first day this year to warm into the 80s - the latest "first 80" since 1997.  The air had a tropical feel to it and strong thunderstorms moved through at around 5 PM, accompanied by winds that gusted between 40-50 mph.

 

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2015

Today was Mother's Day and it was partly cloudy, warm and humid, with a high of 83°.  This was one degree warmer than last year's Mother's Day, and the warmest Mother's Day since 1993 (when the high reached 89°).

2020

For the third year in a row Mother's Day had well below average temperatures.  This year, the low of 39° was the chilliest reading on Mother's Day since 1977 (low of 38°).  However, unlike the previous two years, skies were sunny and the temperature rose to 64°.  Although this was five degrees cooler than average, last year's afternoon temperatures were only in the mid-40s, and the year before that they were in the mid-50s. 

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Harry

With a low of 39 today, that makes 3 May days in a row with lows in the 30s (after not having a May day with a low in the 30s at all for 42 years!). Is 1947 the only other time that happened? (3 consecutive May days with lows in the 30s)

William

to respond to Harry’s question, the answer is no. the Mays of 1891 and 1923 also had three days in a row with a low in the thirties.

in 1891, May 5, 6 & 7 had lows of 34°, 32° & 37° respectively.
in 1923, May 9, 10 & 11 had lows of 38°, 38° & 37° respectively.

please note that there have only been six Mays with at least three lows in the thirties. the other two are 1874 and 1963. however, the three lows in the thirties during those two Mays didn’t happen on consecutive days.

Harry

William, just seeing your reply a year later LOL! Thanks for the info.

Interesting side note about 1963. The third low in the 30s that May occurred on May 24 and is the "latest in the season" low in the 30s recorded at Central Park.

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