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Today in New York Weather History: June 13

1978 Weather Highlights for New York

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JANUARY

1 - An inch of snow fell during the evening hours, the last time there's been an accumulation of an inch or more on New Year's Day (thru 2021).

9 - Just two days after there was a one-degree difference between the day's high/low (36°/35°) today saw the temperature plummet 43 degrees, from 58° at 4AM to 15° at midnight. 

20 - Snow that began yesterday evening fell at a rate of an inch per hour between 2-7AM, and by 2PM 13.6" had fallen.  This was New York's biggest snowfall since the "Lindsay snowstorm" of February 1969.  (However, in less than three weeks this storm would be largely forgotten, overshadowed by the great blizzard of February 1978.)  

26 - Between Jan. 8 and today, a period of less than three weeks, 8.19" of precipitation fell, including four days that received an inch or more.  And 0.45" of rain fell early this morning, making this the wettest January on record (passing Jan. 1915).  Today also had the mildest reading of the month, 58°, which was reached before daybreak.  This was the mildest reading in more than two months (since Nov. 17).  However, after passage of a cold front, the temperature fell sharply for the rest of the day and by midnight it was 22°.     

27 - This was the first of twelve days in a row in which the high temperature was 32° or colder.  This was the longest such streak during the 1970-1999 period, but it would be topped in the winter of 2000-01 when there was one of thirteen days.

 

FEBRUARY

4 - With a high/low of 21°/10°, today was the coldest day of the winter, sixteen degrees colder than average.  

6 - Less than three weeks after 13.6" of snow buried the City, an even bigger snowstorm struck.  Snow began before dawn and by midnight 15.5" had fallen in Central Park.  An additional 2.2" fell the next morning.  Snow, drifted by wind gusts of 30-40 mph, fell heaviest between 7PM-1AM, when it fell at a rate of more than an inch per hour.  This was the first winter in 17 years to have two snowstorms of one foot or more.

7 - Yesterday's blizzard wound down during the morning, adding 2.2" of accumulation.  This brought the storm's total to 17.7", making it New York's biggest snowstorm since Dec. 26-27, 1947 when 26.4" buried the City (later broken in February 2006).  Snow would be on the ground in Central Park for the next five weeks.  

17 - This was the only day in February that had an above average mean temperature (high/low of 40°/33°, three degrees above average).

25 - Although today's high was only 41° (and three degrees below average), it was the mildest reading of the month.

 

MARCH

9 - Today's high of 43°, four degrees below average, was the mildest reading in six weeks. 

12 - Today's high of 56° was the first above-average high temperature in six-and-a-half weeks (since January 26).

13 - For the first time since Feb. 5 there was no snow on the ground in Central Park.

16 - Rain changed to snow during the afternoon, accumulating 1.8".  This brought the winter's snowfall above 50 inches, the most since the winter of 1966/67.  It was also the last snowfall of the season.

26 - It was a cold and miserable Easter Sunday as rain fell between 9AM-3PM (0.62" was measured) and afternoon temperatures were only in the mid-30s.

 

APRIL

1 - A high of 82° (26 degrees above average and one degree shy of the 1917 record) would be the warmest day of the entire month - and the next 80-degree day wouldn't be for another seven weeks (May 19).

3 - At 40° today's high temperature was more than 1/2 of what it was two days earlier.  This high was what the average low is for this date.

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

13 - It was a beautiful day for a baseball game as the Yankees' home opener was played under sunny skies and in temperatures that rose into the mid-70s.

19 - The 1.96" of rain that fell between 8:30AM and 9:00 PM accounted for much of the month's precipitation.  It was also a record amount for the date.  Today's high got up to only 50°, twelve degrees below average.

 

MAY

1 - This morning's low of 38°, eleven degrees below average.  This would be the last time the temperature dipped into the 30s in New York in the month of May until 2020.  It was also the third May in a row to have a low in the 30s - the only time this has happened.

14 - The biggest rainstorm of the year dumped 3.58" of rain thru 3AM on 5/15.  It came down heaviest between 10:30AM and 4PM when 2.53" fell.  The 3.38" that fell today was a record for the date.

20 - Today's high of 90° was the first 90-degree reading of the year, which was a week earlier than the usual date of this occurrence.  It came just three days after three days in a row (5/15-17) had highs in the 50s.  The next 90-degree day wouldn't be for another month (6/19).

 

JUNE

17 - Winds coming from off the ocean out of the southeast created a bank of clouds that resulted in there being just a two degree separation from the high and low.  Although the low of 62° was seasonable, the high of 64° was sixteen degrees below the norm.   

 

JULY

3 - Rain began shortly before noon and continued into early afternoon on the 4th of July.  It came down heaviest between 9PM-2AM when 1.72" fell.  In total, 2.91" was measured.  The rain kept the temperature from getting no higher than 70°.

4 - Today's high/low was a shockingly cool 62°/58°.  The high was 21 degrees chillier than average. 

23 - Today was the hottest day of the year, with a high/low of 95°/81° (eleven degrees above average).

 

AUGUST

8 - The 0.10" of rain that fell between 1-2AM made this the ninth day in a row to report rain.  In total, 4.46" fell during these nine days.

24 - Today's high of 90° was the last 90-degree reading of the year.  It occurred one day before the average date of the City's last 90+ reading.  In total, the year had eleven days in the 90s, well below the average of seventeen.

26 - Today and yesterday's morning lows of 60° were the coolest readings of the month, making this the first August since 1970 not to have a reading in the 50s.

 

SEPTEMBER

8 - The 0.39" of rain that fell in the afternoon and evening was the first measurable rain to fall on this date in 20 years.

10 - The morning low of 49°, thirteen degrees below average, was the earliest date for a reading in the 40s since 1924.  (Today's record low was 43° in 1883.)

 

OCTOBER

24 - The month's warmest and coldest temperatures were experienced in less than 24 hours.  After a high of 76° yesterday (14 degrees above average), a strong cold front moved through during the evening and knocked the temperature down 40 degrees, to 36° by 8:00 AM today (12 degrees below average).

27 - The 0.19" of rain that fell, mostly between 1-2 AM, was the first rain to fall on this date since 1959 (when 0.19" also fell)

 

NOVEMBER

16 - The 0.05" of rain that fell overnight was the first precipitation this month (and since Oct. 27).

25 - Windy and cold with slowly falling temperatures.  The temperature dropped to 32° after 11PM, the first freezing temperature of the fall (about a week later than usual).

27 - For the second year in a row the season's first snowfall occurred on this date - but this year's was more substantial.  It fell mostly between 9AM and 1PM and amounted to 2.2".  However, it was largely washed away during the evening when the snow changed to rain as the temperature rose into the mid-30s (but still 13 degrees colder than average).

 

DECEMBER

25 - Santa needed an umbrella as steady rain in the pre-dawn hours amounted to 0.79" (this was on top of 0.69" that fell yesterday evening).  The rest of the day was overcast and raw with a high/low of 45°/35° - nearly identical to Easter Sunday's high/low (44°/34°).

 

To read highlights from other years between 1970 and 2020 double click here. 

 

 

 

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