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Today in New York Weather History: June 13



April 6, June 12, June 13, and November 10 are the dates New York is most likely to have had rainfalls of an inch or more.  Since 1869 it's happened eleven times on these four dates.  June 13 most recently joined this exclusive club, in 2014 when 1.28" of rain fell (see below).



It was a beautiful day for the ticker tape parade held in Lower Manhattan to honor Charles Lindbergh after his non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  Skies were mostly sunny, the humidity was low and the high/low was a seasonable of 77°/60°.




It was a damp and very cool day as 1.65" of rain fell and the high was just 55°, twenty-three degrees below average.  Only three degrees separated the high from the morning low.


I was at the Waverly Theater in Greenwich Village watching Ghostbusters when a fierce thunderstorm struck between 5-6 PM.  (For a while the thunder outside coincided with a scene in the movie with thunder and lightning.)  Before the storm struck it had been a stifling hot afternoon, with a high of 94°.




1.16" of rain poured down in a two-hour period during a thunderstorm in the wee hours of the morning (2-4 AM).  


1.31" of rain fell between 11 AM-1 PM.  It came down especially hard in the second hour when 0.85" fell.  This heavy rainfall followed a steady rain yesterday that amounted to 1.29".


Just two days after a sweltering high of 92°, today's high was an autumn-like 60°.


The day was dreary, cool and wet, with two periods of heavy rain, one in the morning between 9:30 and 11:00 and the second in the evening.  In total, a little more than an inch of rain was measured in Central Park, bringing the month's total rainfall to more than nine inches.  Coming after eight inches of rain fell in May, this was only the seventh time NYC had experienced consecutive months with eight inches or more of precipitation.  




Heavy showers moved thru around 9 AM, and a severe thunderstorm struck between 5:45 and 7:30 PM.  In between, during the afternoon, the sun broke through for the first time in five days.  The 1.28" of rain that fell came one year after 1.26" fell on the same date.


Today was  the third day in a row with temperatures in the 90s, with today being the hottest (high/low of 94°/77°).  However, compared to LaGuardia and Newark Airports, with their respective highs of 101° and 99°, Central Park was in a relative comfort zone.  With today's heat, this became the first year since 1976 to have its first 90-degree days come in back-to-back heat waves (the first heat wave was May 17-19).  Finally, yesterday's and today's lows of 76° and 77° were the first that were 75°+ on these dates in the 1970-2021 period.







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Ken K. in NJ

I remember June 13, 1982 well. A good friend/co-worker of mine and his wife (newlyweds) had a housewarming party on Long Island. 50 of us spent a shivering day outside under a big party tent, with no chance at all of going in their beautiful new pool.

I've just sent him an E-mail (they have retired to Florida recently) reminding him that it is the 33rd Anniversary of that miserable day.

Thanks for jogging my memory, I hadn't thought about that day for years until I saw your post.


One of those situations, not very pleasant at the time, where you think, "In the future, we'll laugh about this!"


prior to 2017, when did we last have 2 or more heat waves through June 13?


That would be 1976, when there was a three-day heat wave in April and another from June 9-11.


this is the eighth consecutive day in which the high temperature was warmer than the previous day: 58°, 67°, 69°, 80°, 85°, 90°, 93°, 94° (today). today was the warmest June reading since June 21, 2012 (also 94°) & the earliest we've been this warm since June 9, 2011 (95°).


And speaking of 6/21/2012, this morning's low of 77 was the warmest in June since it was 79 degrees on that date in '12.


the low of 77° on 6/13/17 is a daily record high minimum temperature, besting the previous record by 2° last set in 2005.

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