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Weather Highlights of 1970 in New York

 1970

JANUARY

9 - The morning low of 3° above zero made this the coldest reading of the winter.  And the high recovered to just 14°.  The day's mean temperature was 24 degrees below average.

17 - With a high/low of 47°/32°, this was the first day in four weeks that was warmer than average.  (It was also the first day since Dec. 29 to have a high above 40° and the first day this year with a low above 25°.)  During these four weeks temperatures were 8.3 degrees below average.  Another shot of Arctic air would arrive tomorrow afternoon, plunging the area back into the deep freeze for eight more days (with temperatures thirteen degrees colder than average).

20 - The 0.25" of precipitation that fell between 7:00 PM this evening and 3:00 AM the following morning, in the form of snow (three inches), was the most to fall all month, a month which saw a total of just 0.66" of precipitation (most of it snow).  At the time, this was the driest January on record (later broken in 1981).

24 - The day's low was 15°, the 11th day since 1/8 with a low of 15° or colder.  The mean temperature during the 1/8-1/24 period was 11 degrees below average.

28 - This was the 45th day in a row with a low temperature of 32° or colder, the longest such streak since one of 47 days in 1916.

29 - With a high/low of 51°/42°, today was the first day completely above freezing in nearly seven weeks (since Dec. 14).

 

FEBRUARY

6 - Just two degrees separated today's high and low (35°/33°), something that occurs just once every two or three years.

26 - The morning low of 9° at 7:00 AM was 45 degrees colder than it was at 2:00 PM yesterday (17 hours earlier).

 

MARCH

25 - Today's high of 56° was the mildest reading this March - the coolest temperature to have this distinction since March 1906's mildest reading was 55°.  Typically the warmest reading in March is close to 70° (one in four have had a warmest reading of 75°+).  

29 - Today was Easter Sunday, and rain that began before sunrise changed to sleet and snow after 10:00.  When it ended late in the afternoon, four inches had piled up.  This was a record amount for Easter and the only snow that fell this month. 

 

APRIL

8 - At 69°, today was the first day this year with a high of 60° or warmer - the latest date for this occurrence in the 1970-2015 era.  The last time it was this warm was nearly six months earlier (Oct. 20).

11 - This morning's low was 31°, the last low temperature of 32° or colder this winter.  It came just two days after a high of 76°.

22 - The nation's first observance of Earth Day had pleasant temperatures as the high topped out at 67°, a few degrees above average.  It was breezy and skies were a mix of sun and clouds. 

 

MAY

9 - The first 90-degree high of the year occurred today, just two days after a morning low of 38°.

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

17 - Rain fell between 8AM and 6PM and amounted to 0.56", the first rain to fall on this date in 16 years.

26 - This was the thirteenth day of the past fifteen to have rain.  In total, 3.27" fell, with the greatest daily amount, 0.93", falling today from strong thunderstorms between 3-7:30 PM.

 

JUNE

4 - After a summery first three days of the month that saw highs in the upper 80s, today was gray and raw with temperatures stuck in the 60s and periods of light rain between 10 AM and 2 PM.  The 0.15" of rain measured in Central Park was the first rain to fall on this date in fifteen years.

7 - This was the fifth day in a row with rain, the third such streak since mid-May.

 

AUGUST

6 - A quick shower between 7-8 PM brought 0.04" - the first rain on this date since 1956.

16 - This was the fifth day in a row with an afternoon high in the 90s.  Today's high reached 93°. 

22 - Today was the 15th day of the past seventeen to have highs of 85° or warmer.  The average high during these days was 87.4°, 4.5 degrees warmer than average.

23 - The 1.95" of rain that fell between 3 AM and 2 PM accounted for most of the month's total precipitation (2.47").  It was also greater than what fell in the past six weeks.

 

SEPTEMBER

13 - The first New York City Marathon was held today, under sunny skies.  Participants were greeted with a chillier than average temperature at start time (58°), which was great for running, but the afternoon was warmer than average (80°).

15 - For the fourth day in a row the low temperature was 58°, four degrees below average.  Each day, however, had a different afternoon high.

23 - Although the hottest temperature of the year was 94° (reached four times, including yesterday), today, with a high/low of 93°/77°, had the year's highest mean temperature.  At 85°, it was 20 degrees above average.

26 - Between Sept. 22 and today, four of the days had afternoon highs in the 90s: 94°-93°-87°-90°-91° (today).  Furthermore, all five days were fifteen degrees or more warmer than average.  Yesterday and today's highs were records for the dates; today's was the latest 90-degree reading since 1941.

 

OCTOBER

12 - For the fifth morning in a row the low temperature was a mild 61° - nine degrees above average.  This came one month after there were four mornings in a row with low of 58°.

15 - Today's high was 70°, the tenth day in a row with a high of 70° or warmer.  Average high during this string of days was 74° - eight degrees above average.

 

NOVEMBER

15 - This was the sixth day in a row in which rain fell.  In total, 3.45" was measured, accounting for two-thirds of the month's total precipitation.  Today's rainfall (0.69") was mostly over by 9 AM.  Only three degrees separated the high/low (50°/47°).

23 - The temperature fell throughout the day, from 56° shortly after midnight to 24° 24 hours later.  Skies were overcast.  This marked the first time this fall that the temperature was 32° or colder.

 

DECEMBER

11 - Only three degrees separated today's high (35°) and low (32°).  This was also the first of five consecutive days in which the highs and lows never got out of the 30s.

15 - 0.3" of snow fell overnight, the first measurable snow of the winter.  However, it was mostly gone by early afternoon as the temperature rose into the upper 30s.  This was the first measurable precipitation to fall on this date since 0.1" of snow fell 1958.

22 - The first 1-inch snowfall of winter fell between mid-morning thru early afternoon, accumulating 1.8".  It was also a cold day, with a high/low of 32°/23°.

25 - Just three degrees separated today's high and low (32°/29°), the fifth day since Dec. 11 to have such a narrow diurnal variation - highly unusual since the typical year averages just two of these days.  This was the third year in a row in which Christmas Day had a high of 32° or colder, just the second time with a streak this long on 12/25 (the other occurred in 1883, 1884 and 1885).   

31 - High temperatures over the past ten days ranged between 30-34°, about eight degrees colder than average. 

 

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