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Hot Weather Before & After August 1

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In a typical year, about two-thirds of New York's days in the 90s/100s occur before Aug. 1.  Since 1900 there have been 21 years that were significantly "front-loaded", including the recent years of 2011, 2012 and 2013 (see chart below).  And there have been eight years in which no 90-degree temperatures occurred on Aug. 1 or later.  The last time this happened was in 1986.  Meanwhile, the fewest number of days in the 90s before Aug. 1 is one, which occurred in 2004, 1960 and 1902.  And once every seven years the post-Aug. 1 period has had the most 90-degree days (2015 was the most recent of those years).  The two biggest "back-loaded" years were in 1970 when there were seven 90-degree days before Aug. 1 and fifteen in Aug./Sept., and 2015, with six before and fourteen after.

 

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The following two charts show the most "front loaded" and most "back loaded" years since 1900, arranged in descending chronological order.

 

Chart - split 90s

 Chart - split90s

 

1991 had the most days in the 90s before Aug. 1, twenty-seven, followed closely by 1993 and 1966, both which had twenty-six.  1980 had the most 90-degree days to occur on Aug. 1 or later, eighteen.  This was four more than the number of 90-degree days before Aug. 1 of that year.  (Both amounts were above average.)

 

Most 90-Deg Days Before Aug. 1
     
   Before August 1
Year August 1 and Later
1991 27 12
1993 26 13
1966 26 9
1999 23 3
1944 23 14
2010 22 15
1949 22 7
1988 22 10
1983 20 16
1953 20 12
1952 20 4
     
     
Most 90-Degree Days After Aug 1
     
  August 1 Before
Year and Later August 1
1980 18 14
2002 16 16
1983 16 20
1959 16 11
2010 15 22
1995 15 14
1970 15 7
2015 14 6
  1944      14  23

 

(Many thanks to Eugene Demarco who's spreadsheet showing year-by-year dates of 90-degree highs made this analysis so much easier to do.)

 

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William

2017 was a front loaded summer. the year had eleven 90° days before August first and two 90° days on August first or later.

Rob

Good catch - I wish there was an app that emitted a beep (like an Amber Alert) to indicate when a post needs to be updated!

William

2019 was a front loaded summer. the year had eleven 90° days before August first and four 90° days on August first or later.

2020 was a front loaded summer. the year had sixteen 90° days before August first and four 90° days on August first or later.

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