Looking Back at New York Weather: May 22
Weather Highlights of 1971 in New York

Today in New York Weather History: May 23



After today's high of 91°, the next eight days would have highs of 65° or chillier. 


It was a very soggy day as 2.70" of rain fell, the rainiest day of the month and a record for the date.  Between 9-10 PM, 1.10" poured down.




It was a beautiful first day of Memorial Day weekend as temperatures were in the upper 70s under clear skies.  And the next two days were equally nice - and would be even warmer.


Today had the first reading of 80°+ of the year, tying 1984 for the latest date of this occurrence since 1946 (when it happened on May 25).  However, despite this late date the summer would be a hot one, with thirty-two days with highs in the 90s.


This was the Saturday of what would be a Jekyll & Hyde Memorial Day weekend.  Today was scorching hot, with a high of 92°, but a drastic change would occur on Sunday when a strong cold front moved through.  This set up a Memorial Day that felt more like late October.  


After a refreshing morning low of 56° the temperature rocketed to 91° under sunny skies - the year's first reading in the 90s.  Today also happened to be the funeral of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, which was held in Manhattan.  Additionally, this was the tenth day this year with a diurnal temperature variation of 30 degrees or more, the greatest number of such days of any year (breaking a tie with 1939). 




Scattered showers that fell throughout the day amounted to 0.30", the first rain on this date in 10 years. 


Strong thunderstorms from 4:00 to 8 PM dumped 1.81" of rain.  This brought the month's rainfall to just over seven inches, making it the wettest May since 1990.  It was also New York's wettest month since September 2011.




Much of today's 0.65" rainfall, on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, poured down between 11 AM and noon.  Up until today, less than an inch of rain had fallen this month (0.95").  The amount that fell today was 0.03" shy of the greatest amount to fall on the Saturday of the three-day Memorial Day weekend, which was in 1982.Save



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