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Ken K. in NJ

Thanks for this writeup Rob, fascinating data. I believe that daily records were measured to a tenth of a degree until the Weather Bureau Moved to Central Park in early 1961. (Note, I think I mentioned this before, records had been kept in both the Battery and Central Park all along, but the "official" records became those measured in Central Park, even retroactively). I'm not sure what the rationale was for using whole degrees, but that's the way they had always been kept at Central Park.

If you can find old copies of the NY Daily News on Microfilm (I don't think they are online anywhere), you'll note that the "Daily Almanac" box usually listed the high and low temperatures to a tenth of a degree prior to 1961. For some reason the NY Times always published the rounded temperatures.


January 10 and November 9 are the only days (at least that I can think of) to have its record high and low occur one year apart from each other. on 1/10, the record high is 60° set in 1876 while the record low of -6° was set in 1875. on 11/9, the record high is 75° set in 1975 while the record low of 24° was set in 1976.

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