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Nyc.iceageThe first four months of 2014 all had below average temperatures, making this the chilliest beginning of a year since 1970.  (It was 0.1 degree chillier than 2003).  However, while this year has been chilly by today's climate standards, it wouldn't have gotten much notice in the years before 1940 when half of the years were colder.  While only three years since 1940 have been chillier than 2014, between 1869-1939 more than half of the years started out colder.  Looking at all years since 1869, 2014 is ranked 40th.  That still makes it relatively chilly, but far from the colder levels experienced more than 100 years ago as shown in the chart below:     

 

5 COLDEST JAN-APRIL SINCE 1940
     
  Average  
  Temp  
1940 34.9  
1970 37.2  
1948 37.3  
2014 37.6  
2003 37.7  
     
12 COLDEST JAN-APRIL SINCE 1869
     
  Average  
  Temp   
1875 31.6  
1888 32.0  
1885 33.2  
1904 33.5  
1893 33.7  
1883 33.8  
1881 34.1  
1872 34.6  
1940 34.9  
1887 34.9  
1920 35.0  
1895 35.0  

 

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