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Today in New York Weather History: June 4
Today in New York Weather History: June 5

Weather Highlights of 1972 for New York

 1972

JANUARY

5 - The first measurable snow of the winter, an inch, began late in the morning after changing over from rain.   

6 - With a high 28°, today was the first day this winter to have a high of 32° or colder, breaking by one day the previous record for the latest date (winter of 1923). This new record would hold for just three winters, when the latest date became 1/14; and then during the winter of 1987 it became 1/20.

16 - The morning low of 5° above zero (coldest reading of the winter) came less than two days after the temperature reached 62° (at 10PM on Jan. 14).  Combined with a high of only 13°, this was the coldest day of the winter.  (Only a handful of days have had a high temperature this cold.)

 

FEBRUARY

19 - A nor'easter packing 40 mph winds brought the biggest snowfall of the winter, 5.7", but it was part of a sloppy mix of snow, sleet and rain so there was never more than two to three inches of snow on the ground at any given time. Temperatures didn't go below freezing until evening. In total 1.64" of precipitation was measured.

23 - It was a very wintry day as a frigid morning, with a low of 9°, was followed by a nighttime snowfall of 5.2" (which fell between 7PM and 1:30AM).

 

MARCH

1 - Today's high of 73° was a record, 28 degrees above average and the warmest reading of the month.  The next day would also see record warmth (72°).  It would another seven weeks before today's temperature was topped (86° on 4/19).

4 - The morning low of 17° came two days after a high of 72°.

 

APRIL

15 - The Mets' home opener was played through sprinkles and temperatures only in the chilly mid-40s.

18 - This year's home opener for the Yankees was a carbon copy of last year's, with sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60s.

20 - The temperature at 4PM was a quite chilly 43°, a drop of forty-three degrees from yesterday afternoon's 4PM reading of 86°.

 

MAY

4 - The 0.11" of rain that fell in the morning hours was the first measurable rain on this date in 14 years.

9 - The day was rainy (1.19" fell) and very chilly, with a high/low of only 49/46.  The high was 20 degrees below average.

24- Today's high of 86° was the warmest reading of the month, and the same temperature as April's warmest reading (on April 19).

 

JUNE

4 - Although it occurred very early in the month, today's high of 86° would be the warmest reading of the entire month.  By coincidence, 86° was also the warmest temperature in April and May.

11 - This morning's low of 46° was a record, and the chilliest reading in June since 1945 (and in the 1970-2015 period).

22 - The center of circulation from what remained of Hurricane Agnes moved over NYC , bringing rain and gusty winds, mostly between 6AM-6PM.  By the standards of tropical systems, rainfall wasn't particularly heavy as just 1.19" was measured.  This paled in comparison to the catastrophic rains of 8-12 inches that Agnes dumped on parts of New York state and Pennsylvania.  Although the main thrust of the storm was today, wraparound rain would fall tomorrow and on the morning of June 25, delivering an additional 1.39".

30 - This was the eleventh day of rain in the past fifteen days.  Today's measured 0.71", making it the seventh day during this period to receive more than 0.65".  All told, 8.36" fell in the second half of June. 

 

JULY

2 - Today's high of 91° was the year's first 90-degree reading - five weeks later than the usual first occurrence.  Not since 1960 (when it occurred on 7/12) had New York had such a late date for its first 90.

13 - Heavy rain between 5-11AM amounted to 3.16", a record amount for the date.  The storm came in the early days of a two-week hot spell, but clouds kept the temperature in the mid-70s, the only day in this period not to have a high of 88° or higher.

25 - Twelve of the past fifteen days had highs of 88° or hotter, and nine of those were in the 90s (including today's high of 91).  During these days, temperatures were 4.5 degrees above average.  Additionally, all fifteen days had lows in the 70s.  

 

AUGUST

31- This was the tenth day in a row (and twelfth of the past thirteen) with a high of 85° or warmer.  The average high during these ten days was 89°, eight degrees above average.

 

SEPTEMBER

17 - This was the last 90-degree day of the year, as the high reached a record 92° (broken nineteen years later).  This was about three weeks later than the usual date of the last 90-degree day (Aug. 25).   In total there were fourteen days in the 90s, the fewest in five years and five fewer than average (from 1930-1971 period).

 

OCTOBER

7 - 4.09" of rain fell today, a record for the date.  Most of it fell between 1-10 AM(An even greater rainfall would occur a month from now.)

20 - This morning's low of 32° was one of the earliest freezing temperatures on record, coming a month earlier than the typical date of the first such frosty reading.  (The earliest frost on record was five days earlier in 1876.)  

22 - This was the 16th day in a row with below average temperatures.  During this long stretch, temperatures were eight degrees colder than average.

31 - Partly cloudy and chilly with a high/low of 48/35, eleven degrees below average.  When the kiddies were out at 7PM ringing doorbells and collecting their treats the temperature was a brisk 42°.  This was an appropriate end to the chilliest October since 1925 (4.8 degrees below average).

 

NOVEMBER

8 - Beginning shortly after 5AM and continuing for the rest of the day, 5.60" of rain flooded the area, with half of it falling between noon and 4PM.  At the time, this was the third greatest daily amount of rain; since then it's fallen to sixth place. 

15 - Following a nor'easter that dumped 2.23" of rain yesterday, today was raw and overcast with slowly falling temperatures.  Dropping from 37 to 31 degrees, the day's mean temperature was 14 degrees colder than average.

23 - With a high/low of 35/21, this was the coldest Thanksgiving Day since 1941.  It was also the coldest day in November.  One bright spot was that skies were clear.

25 - This was the twelfth day in a row with below average temperatures.  During this stretch, temperatures were eight degrees below average. 

 

DECEMBER

26 - This was the eighth day in a row with overcast skies.

31 - Today was the nineteenth day this month with precipitation (0.36" fell) - the most days for any month in the 20th century (and equaled just five months later, in May 1973).  The temperature rose throughout the day and when the ball dropped in Times Square it was a very mild 59°.

 

To read highlights from other years between 1970 and 2018 double click here. 

 

 

 



 

 




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