Today in New York Weather History: June 14
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1974 Weather Highlights for New York




3 - Less than a month after an epic ice storm (Dec. 16-17) another winter storm brought significant sleet and freezing rain.  Beginning mid-afternoon and continuing thru daybreak on 1/4, 0.71" of liquid precipitation was measured and 1.8" of sleet/snow (much of it fell today).  Just two degrees separated today's high and low (32°/30°).

18 - Today was the coldest day of the winter, with a high/low of 23°/6° - seventeen degrees below average.

21 - Until today, it had been a cold January, with temperatures averaging three degrees below average.  But then, for the rest of the month, a big January thaw got underway as temperatures averaged 15 degrees above average (high/low of 55°/39°).

27 - Today's high of 66° was 28 degrees above average (three degrees shy of the record), and came in the midst of an eleven-day stretch (Jan. 21-31) in which temperatures were 15 degrees above average. 

31 - Today was the tenth day of the past eleven in which temperatures were ten degrees or more above average (the other day was nine above average).  After a high of 60° today, the temperature tumbled to 35° by midnight after a cold front moved through. 



8 - The weekend began with the biggest snowfall of the winter as six inches fell between 1-10 PM on Friday.  This storm followed a bout of sleet and freezing rain over five of the previous six days.  Today's high/low was 25°/20°.

13 - After eleven consecutive days with colder than normal temperatures (7.5 degrees below average), today's afternoon high shot up to 55°, 15 degrees above average.



4 - Today's high of 70° was the warmest reading of March, 24 degrees above average, and a record for the date.

8 - With a high of 69°/low of 48°, today had the mildest mean temperature of the month, twenty-one degrees above average.  The month began very mild, with the first eight days of March averaging twelve degrees above average (in addition to today, two other days were twenty degrees or more above average).  The rest of the month would be two degrees below average.

21 - Two inches of rain fell between 6 AM and 2 PM, with more than half of it pouring down between 10 AM-1 PM.  The temperature during the morning was stuck at 39°, but then jumped to 55° between noon and 1 PM (during a thunderstorm) before falling back into the upper 30s by evening. 

25 - Today's low of 20° degrees was the coldest reading in March and came three weeks after the month's mildest reading.  It was also the coldest temperature since mid-February.



6 - The Yankees' home opener was played in cold and overcast conditions, with afternoon temperatures falling into the low 40s.

10 - The Mets played their home opener in equally raw conditions as the Yankees.  The day started with some light snow that amounted to 0.3".  Although the snow was over long before the game, crowds had to contend with gusty winds which made the already cold game-time temperature of 41° feel like it was in the upper 20s.        

29 - The day after the first 80-degree reading of the year (the high was 80°), today's high of 89° was a record for the date - 23 degrees above average.



17 - Today's high temperature reached 92°.  Not only was it twenty-one degrees above average, but a record for the date and the first 90-degree day of the year.

27 - It was an overcast and chilly Memorial Day, with a high/low of 55°/52˜.  The afternoon high was 19 degrees below average and is the chilliest high temperature on Memorial Day in the Monday holiday period (1971 onward).  Despite the cloud cover, there was no rain.



10 - In a month that was on the cool side (2.6 degrees below average), today stood out because it was quite hot.  With a high/low of 95°/74°, it was fifteen degrees above average.  This was the first of four days this summer with a high of 95° (the other three were in July).

15 - High temperatures of today and the previous three days: 79° (today)-78°-77°-76°. 

21 - This was the fifth year in a row that rain fell on this date.  This year's rain amounted to 0.51", and fell during two afternoon thunderstorms.

28 - At 62°, this was the fourth day in a row in which the high temperature was only in the low-to-mid-60s, more typical of mid-April.  During this chilly spell, the high temperatures were 20 degrees below average. 

30 - Thunderstorms between 8 PM-midnight produced 0.26" of rain, making this the ninth day of rain in the past ten.  It was also a chilly ten days, seven degrees below average.  The amount of rain to fall during this period wasn't particularly excessive, as just 1.80" was measured.



1 - This was the ninth day in a row with some rain, but total rainfall during these days amounted to just 1.42" (half of it fell on the first day of rain on June 23).  Temperatures were also unseasonably cool during these days, with a high/low of 73°/59°, eight degrees below average.

4 - Today was the hottest day of the year, with a high/low of 95°/78° under sunny skies.  Today's high was 40 degrees warmer than Memorial Day.  And although three other days this summer had a high of 95°, today's morning low was the warmest, producing the year's warmest mean temperature.

10 - Today was the fourth day in a row in the 90s.  Highs during these days were: 92°, 92°, 95° and 90° (today).


3 - Since July 30 afternoon highs were: 89°, 88°, 88°, 89° and 88° (today).

17 - 2.86" of rain fell between 1-6 PM, a record for the date, and accounting for half of the month's total rainfall.  Nearly half of today's rain fell between 5-6 PM (1.29").

24 - Today's high of 91° was the last 90-degree temperature of the year, coming one day before the average date for this occurrence.  In total, the year had 17 such days, which is just about the typical number (18). 



3 - 3.26" of rain fell, most of it falling between 4 PM-1 AM.  At one point, 1.28" fell in the hour between 7-8 PM (this came less than three weeks after 1.29" fell in an hour in the early evening of 8/17).  The day's rainfall was just 0.06" shy of the record for the date, set five years earlier.

7 - A little over an inch of rain fell during the morning, making this the tenth day of the past twelve to have rain.  Since Aug. 27, 7.10" of rain was measured.  Today's rain was the first to fall on this date since 1958.  

24 - This morning's low of 43° (14 degrees below average) was the earliest date for a temperature this chilly since 1963, when a low of 40° was posted on this date - the record for the date.

29 - This was the first New York City Marathon to see rain as thundershowers produced 0.32" of rain between 2-3 PM and 0.10" between 4-5 PM.  It was also a warm day, with a start-time temperature of 74°.



3 - It was a very chilly day, with a high/low of 50°/38° (19 degrees below average).  Winds were out of the northwest and skies were a mix of sun and clouds.  The morning low tied the record.

4 - This was the fourth day in a row with a mean temperature that was 10 degrees or more below average; during these days temperatures were 14 degrees below average.  Today's low of 38° was the same as yesterday's but this morning's reading was one shy of the record.  Skies were clear.

15 - Today saw the first rainfall of the month, 0.20", which moved in  after 8 PM.

16 - The 2.15" of rain that fell today, a record for the date, accounted for almost all of October's rainfall (2.59").  It fell throughout the day and was over by 9 PM.

19 - The morning low of 32° tied 1940 for New York's second earliest freezing temperature on record (the temperature dipped to 30° in 1940, also on 10/19).  The afternoon high of 49° was what the typical low should be.

20 - This morning's low was 31°, breaking the record set two years earlier.  This was the third earliest date for a temperature of freezing or colder. 

21 - For the third morning in a row the low was 32° or colder, the longest such streak so early in the season since a four-day streak occurred between Oct. 29 and Nov. 1, 1925.

31 - A very chilly October (4.6 degrees below average) ended very mild with a high/low of 70°/60°, 11 degrees above average.  At peak trick-or-treat time (7 PM) the temperature was still 66°.



1 - Today's high of 81°  (23 degrees above average) was warmer than any day in October, and the first 80-degree reading in six weeks.  However, this reading was still three degrees shy of the record set in 1950.

12 - Although it was just 0.44", today was the rainiest day of what was a dry month (0.94" fell in total).  Half of today's rain fell between 11 PM and midnight.

14 - Today, with a high of 61°, was the seventh day in a row in which the high temperature was between 60° and 62°,  seven degrees above average.  (In October 2021 there would be 12 days in a row with lows in the 60°-62° range.)

25 - The first measurable snow of the season, a minuscule 0.1", fell between 10-11 PM.

29 - For the third day in a row the high was 43°, five degrees below average.



2 - Rain that began last night after 9 PM continued until daybreak today and amounted to 2.49".  (The 2.16" that fell today was a record for the date.)  Just before the rain came to an end, 0.80" poured down in the hour between 5-6 AM.

16 - A hard, steady rain fell between 9 AM-10 PM and amounted to 2.25", a record for the date.

25 - One month after the first measurable snow of the season fell, the second snowfall of the season occurred early this evening.  And like last month, it was the same insignificant amount - 0.1".


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