What weather events/trends characterized the 1950s in New York? The decade began with the fierce Thanksgiving weekend nor'easter of 1950. Then four tropical systems affected the area in 1954 and 1955: Carol and Edna in 1954, and Connie and Diane in 1955. 1955 also had a torrid summer, as did 1952. Then there was the summer of '53 that ended with an unprecedented 12-day heat wave. Five of the six summers from 1952 thru 1957 had 100-degree readings, the greatest concentration of any decade. The second half of March 1956 and 1958 experienced harsh winter weather while half of the Decembers during the decade had the coldest and/or snowiest weather of their respective winters.
Regarding precipitation, the only snowstorm of a foot or more came at the end of the '50s when 13.7" fell on Dec. 21-22, 1959. Finally, an extended period with below-average precipitation began at the beginning of the decade and would continue through the mid-1960s. (Ironically, the rainiest Halloween and Easter occurred this decade, in 1956 and 1958, respectively.) What follows, in chronological order, are nearly 100 weather highlights of the decade:
January 4 - Today's low of 59° is the mildest low temperature ever reported in the month of January, and more typical of the average low in the first week of June. The high was seven degrees warmer, and was a record for the date (which still stands).
January 6 - The high rose into the 60s for the fourth day in a row. Highs on these days: 60° (1/3)-66°-64°-63° (today).
January 26 - Today's high soared to 72°, the mildest reading ever reported in January (later equaled on Jan. 6, 2007).
February 21 - The morning low of 6° was the coldest reading of the winter. (The average low during the last week of February is in the upper 20s.)
March 4 - This was the seventh day since Feb. 20 with a low of 12° or colder. Additionally, eight of the days had highs of 32° or colder. The average high/low during this 13-day period was 32°/16°, twelve degrees colder than average.
April 10 - For the fifth day in a row the morning low was 32° or colder. The average low during these days was 29°, which was twelve degrees below average.
May 27 - With a high of 77° this was last of three days in a row with highs in the 70s. It was the first time it happened this year, and is the deepest into a year of any year since 1940 (thru 2021).
July 31 - Today's high of 94° was the the last reading in the 90s this year, the earliest date for this occurrence since 1934, when it fell on 7/30 (1904 and 1903 also had their last 90 on 7/31). In total, there were only six 90-degree days this summer.
September 24 - Very chilly conditions, with a high/low of only 53°/43°. Today's high, 20 degrees below average, was more typical of the second week of November. Unseasonably chilly days like this in autumn are often caused by nor'easters, but today was dry under a mix of sun and clouds.
October 1 - One week after a very chilly high of 53°, today's high was 86° (17 degrees above average).
November 2 - Today's high was a record 83°, and was the fourth day in a row of extraordinarily mild weather. Oct. 30 had a high of 79°, Halloween had a high of 76°, and yesterday had a record high of 84°. Highs during this four-day period averaged 81°, 22 degrees above average.
November 25 - One of the strongest nor'easters of the 20th century lashed New York on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, with winds as high as 70 mph, and 1.58" of rain that fell between 6 AM and 8 PM. Temperatures dropped steadily during the day, from 59° to 36°. This storm produced very heavy snowfall in Pennsylvania and the Appalachians, including 27.4" in Pittsburgh (over the course of three days).
December 26 - Although it was just 2.9", the light snow that fell today in the morning and afternoon was the biggest snowfall during the winter of 1950-51. It was also the coldest day of the winter, with a high/low of 22°/9°.
July 27 - Yesterday and today were the hottest days of the year, with both having a high/low of 94°/69°.
October 3 - The afternoon of Bobby Thomson's famed 3-run home run against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the bottom of the 9th inning that gave the New York Giants a come-from-behind win, and the National League pennant, was mostly cloudy with the temperature in the upper 60s.
November 7 - Although today's nor'easter wasn't the biggest rain producer of the year (that honor went to a storm on March 29-30 that brought 2.64"), the 2.01" that fell today poured down in less than six hours between 5:30-11 AM, while March's storm was over the course of 40 hours. Besides this morning's heavy rain, winds gusted to 40 mph. (And just four days earlier two inches of rain fell, but over the course of twenty-one hours.)
November 20 - For the second day in a row the high/low was a cold 35°/26° (16 degrees below average).
December 17 - Today's frigid high/low of 20°/8° (22 degrees below average) made this the coldest day of the winter of 1951-52. Skies were clear.
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January 28 - Rain in the morning (when temperatures fell from the low 40s through the 30s) changed to snow early in the afternoon, accumulating 5.8" by early morning the next day - the winter's biggest snowfall.
February 21-26 - High temperatures for this six-day period: 38°-38°-40°-40°-42°-42°. These readings were slightly below average.
March 9 - The low was 31° for the fifth day in a row (which followed two days that had lows of 32°).
April 2 - For the tenth year in a row measurable precipitation fell on this date - the longest such streak on record. The amount of rain that fell today (during the late morning) was just 0.09", and was the same amount that fell last year on this date.
April 23 - This was the sixth day in a row with a high of 74° or warmer. The average high during this streak was 78°, which was 15 degrees above average.
June 26 - Today's high/low was a torrid 100°/81°. The low was New York's warmest ever recorded in June and the high was the earliest reading in the triple digits (next earliest would come in 1966 on June 27). This heat came three days after a high/low of 64°/58°.
September 13 - Today's high of 94° was the hottest temperature so late in the year since 1941 when the high on 10/5 was also 94°. Today, the last day of a three-day heat wave, was also the last 90-degree reading of the year (there were 24 in total).
December 2-3 - The biggest snowfall of the winter of 1952-53 brought 4.5". It was a sloppy snowfall, with snow changing to rain after 2.3" fell, before changing back to snow during the morning of the 3rd, when an additional 2.2" accumulated.
December 28 - Today's high/low of 30°/12° made this the coldest day of the winter. And there would be just one more day this winter with a sub-freezing high (Feb. 2).
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February 2 - Today was the second, and last, day of this mild winter with a sub-freezing high, with a high/low of 29°/14°. (A typical winter has 18 days with highs of 32° or colder.) It came the day after the high was 52°.
March 24 - Today saw the fourth rainstorm of an inch or more in the past three weeks. It moved in shortly after daybreak and was over by early afternoon. Half of the day's 1.04" rainfall fell between 11 AM and noon. At the time, March 1953, with 8.76" of precipitation measured, was the second wettest March on record (it's since fallen to fifth place).
July 18 - This was the second day in a row with a high in the triple digits, the first time with consecutive 100°+ readings since late August 1948, when there were three such days in a row.
July 23 - Heavy rain that fell in the morning hours between 8 AM and 1 PM amounted to 2.41", breaking the previous record amount for the date, from 1938, by 0.01".
August 24 - Today was the first day of a record twelve-day heat wave. It followed a seven-day heat wave in mid-July.
August 28 - In the midst of a 12-day heat wave, today was the first of six days in a row with highs of 97° or hotter.
September 2 - Today's high of 102° was the hottest reading of the year, and the fourth time the mercury reached triple digits this year - a first (later duplicated in 1966). This was also just the second time a high of 100+ occurred in September (the first was on Sept. 7, 1881).
September 4 - Today was the twelfth day in a row with highs in the 90s - New York's lengthiest heat wave on record (a record that still stands). The average high/low during this torrid streak was 95°/74° - fourteen degrees above average. Today was also the seventh day in a row with a low of 75° or warmer.
November 6 - Three days after the high reached 73°, 2.2" of snow fell - the earliest accumulation of two inches or more on record (4.0" fell at LaGuardia Airport). The snow began around noon but later changed to rain (the day's high/low was 38°/30°). This was part of an intense storm system that pummeled the City with 50 mph winds.
November 20 - Four the fourth day in a row temperatures were very mild and nearly identical, with highs/lows of: 71°/50° today and yesterday, 72°/50° two days ago and 71°/49° on 11/17. This compares to the average high/low of 53°/41°.
December 14 - This was the ninth day of the past eleven with temperatures ten degrees or more above average (including seven in a row between 12/4-10). This was also a wet period, with rain falling on eight of the days, totaling 4.25", which accounted for almost all of the month's precipitation. Today was the rainiest, with 1.46" falling during the morning from a nor'easter that moved in yesterday afternoon (dropping 0.42"). Wind gusts of 35-40 mph were reported.
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January 10-12 - Light snow fell for 39 hours, beginning mid-afternoon on 1/10 and ending in the pre-dawn hours of 1/12. A total of 8.4" piled up, with 2.2" falling on the 10th, 5.4" accumulating on the 11th, and 0.8" falling on the 12th. This was the biggest snowfall in five years.
January 16 - 12.5" of snow fell in the past seven days, with measurable snow falling on six of the days. After today less than an inch of snow would fall for the rest of the winter.
January 18 - The morning low of 7° was the coldest reading of the winter.
February 15 - Two days after the low was 11°, this afternoon's high soared to 69° under clear skies (31 degrees above average, but four degrees from the record set in 1949).
February 28 - Today's unseasonably mild high/low of 59°/41° was typical of temperatures experienced in the second half of this month. And at 14 degrees above average, the past two weeks' high/low of 56°/38° was more typical of the first week of April. No day during this two-week period had a temperature that went below freezing. (At the time, this February became the mildest on record, but has since fallen to eighth.)
April 22 - This was the third day in a row with identical, beautiful conditions - clear skies, with a high of 78° every day (compared to an average high in the low 60s).
July 31 - This was the second day this summer with a high of 100° (the other was on 7/14). Today, however, had the warmest mean temperature of the year as its low was 77°, compared to 69° on 7/14.
August 31 - Hurricane Carol made landfall on eastern Long Island and brushed the City with gale force winds and 1.71" of rain, which began last night and continued today through late morning.
September 11 - Less than two weeks after Hurricane Carol, Hurricane Edna made itself known, dumping 3.30" of rain, with most of it falling in the twelve hours between midnight and 12-noon. This was the biggest rainfall of the year. This was the most rain from a tropical system in 10 years, since the Great Atlantic Hurricane dumped 9.40" over the course of three days.
October 4 - Today had the third low in the 70s this month, the most ever reported in October. This was somewhat ironic considering that the year had 18 such days in total, well below the average of 25 days (1920-1950).
October 15 - Powerful Hurricane Hazel (a 'category 4' when it made landfall in North Carolina) affected NYC's weather as it moved through Pennsylvania, on its way to Ontario, Canada. Although it produced minimal rain in the City, most of the 0.39” that fell poured down between 6-7 PM. Winds gusted to 40 mph in Central Park, and 66 mph at La Guardia.
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February 2 - The biggest snowfall of the winter, 3.6", began shortly after midnight and continued thru mid-afternoon. The temperature fell throughout the day, from 28° to 10° just before midnight.
February 3 - The morning low of zero degrees was the coldest reading of the winter. The last time the temperature was this cold was on Jan. 31, 1948.
April 13 - A chilly high of 46° came just two days after a high of 84°. Skies were overcast and winds out of the northeast.
August 6 - With a high of 97°, today was the tenth day in the past three weeks to have a high of 97° or hotter.
August 7 - Every day in the first week of August had temperatures in the 90s (today's high was 93°). The average high/low during these days was 96°/75°, ten degrees above average. The heat wave came to an end this evening when thunderstorms from mid-afternoon onward dropped nearly an inch of rain.
August 11-13 - Hurricane Connie flooded New York with 7.11" of rain over the course of 39 hours, with the first band of heavy rain moving through late on 8/11. Although 8/12 had the most rain (3.62"), the heaviest sustained period of rain occurred on 8/13 from 3-9 AM when 2.50" poured down. Rain was more of an issue than wind, which gusted between 35 and 45 mph, well below hurricane force. This was the City's biggest rainstorm since the Great Hurricane of September 1944. And while this ranks as one of New York's biggest rain totals, LaGuardia Airport picked up five inches more rain than Central Park.
August 18-19 - Less than a week after the flooding rains from hurricane Connie, another tropical system, Diane, affected the region, but compared to Connie, Diane moved relatively quickly. The first band of heavy rain moved in late on the 18th, and by 9 AM on the 19th the rain was over; less than two inches fell, but significant flooding resulted since the ground was over-saturated from the large amounts of rain from Connie. Sustained winds got no higher than 30 mph (but winds gusted to 54 mph at LaGuardia Airport).
August 20 - The fierce heat of the first week of August returned for one last heat wave. Today's high reached 97°, tomorrow's was 96° and 8/22 had a high of 90°. Nearly half of the days between July 2 and Aug. 22 had highs in the 90s - and sixteen days had highs of 95° or hotter. (This followed a cool June.)
August 22 - Today was the 25th, and last day, this summer with a high in the 90s. All but one of the readings occurred in July and August. Although there have been 16 summers with more days in the 90s/100s, 1955 has the distinction of having the most days with highs of 95°+, sixteen. (Today's high, however, was 90°.)
October 4 - Skies were sunny and the temperature in the low 70s when the Brooklyn Dodgers finally won the World Series after eight tries. And they did it against the Yankees (in seven games), making their championship all the more sweeter.
November 29 - It was a very cold day, with a high/low of only 28°/16°, twenty degrees below average.
December 21 - This was the coldest day of the winter of 1955-56, with a high/low of 18°/5°, twenty-three degrees below average. This followed what was the second coldest day of the winter, 20°/6°, on 12/20.
December 22 - A snowfall of 2.7" during the afternoon was produced from 0.15" of liquid, which was the most to fall during what would be the driest December on record (0.25" of precipitation). Today's amount was the most to fall in nearly five weeks (since 11/20, when 0.37" of rain fell).
December 25 - Every day between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2 had well below average temperatures except for today, which had a high of 51° under mostly sunny skies.
December 29 - The 0.3" of snow that fell this evening was the last precipitation of the month, a month in which only 0.25" was measured - the smallest amount ever reported in December (a record that still stands), and the third driest month of all time (now ranked fifth). Additionally, 1955 became just the second year to have three months with less than an inch of precipitation (January and July were the other two months); the other year was 1881.
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January 2 - Temperatures were ten degrees colder than average for the past two weeks.
March 14 - It was a windy, raw and wet day. The 1.02" of rain that fell, mostly between 5 AM and 2 PM, was a record for the date (which still stands) - besting the old record from 1913 by 0.01".
March 18 - Less than 48 hours after a snowfall of 6.7" an even bigger storm moved in during the afternoon. By the time snow stopped falling 24 hours later 11.6" of new snow was on the ground (3.8" of it fell today). And today's high/low was just 30°/21°, seventeen degrees below average.
March 19 - After 3.8" of snow fell yesterday afternoon and evening, an additional 7.8" fell today (thru late afternoon). Temperatures stayed in the mid-20s all day. In the past four days 18.3" of snow fell from two storms (6.7" fell on 3/16-17) and temperatures were 15 degrees below average. By contrast, until four days ago just eight inches of snow had fallen all winter.
March 24 - The 1.2" of snow that fell late this morning brought the month's snowfall above 20" (21.1"). This was the fifth, and last time, that more than twenty inches of snow was reported in March (thru 2021).
March 25 - Today's high/low of 34°/18° was eighteen degrees below average.
April 3 - This was the 23rd day in a row with colder than average temperatures. During this streak temperatures were nine degrees below average.
April 8 - Rain from yesterday's nor'easter turned to snow after 4 AM and by late afternoon 4.2" of snow was on the ground - yet the temperature never got lower than 33°. This was the third significant snowfall in the past four weeks, a period in which 25" of snow fell, an unprecedented amount for so late in the season. Up until mid-March the winter had seen just eight inches. Not surprisingly, this snowy period was also cold, with temperatures six degrees below average.
April 28 - Today's high of 84° was the first time in six months that the temperature rose above 70°. This was also the latest date for a year's first reading of 70+ in the second half of the century. And it came just two days after the high was just 47°.
June 14 - With a high/low of 99°/76°, today was the hottest day of the year. The high was a record for the date, twenty degrees above average. (This was the first summer since 1951 not to have a reading in the triple digits.) Today was part of a four-day heat wave that was book-ended by a chilly high/low of 66°/56° on June 10 and 66°/55° on June 20.
July 2 - With a high of 93°, this was the fourth year in a row in which the high reached the 90s on this date.
July 6 - Although yesterday was cool (high/low of 66°/58°), today was even cooler as the high/low was just 61°/57° under gray skies and winds from out of the northeast. The day's high was 22 degrees below average.
October 8 - On the afternoon that the Yankees' Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in World Series Game 5 against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Yankee Stadium, skies were clear and temperatures were in the seasonable mid-to-upper 60s.
October 31 - 2.41" of rain fell, making this the rainiest Halloween on record (3.30" rain was measured at LaGuardia Airport). And although the bulk of the rain occurred between 11 AM and 4 PM, when 1.74" was measured, rain was still falling in the evening hours (0.33" was measured between 7-11 PM). Until today, October had received just 1.20" of rain. This was the biggest rainstorm of the year.
November 1 - The day's low temperature was a summer like 65°, a record for the date and the mildest low reading in the month of November until 1971 (when the low on 11/2 was 67°) and 2015 (66° on 11/6). Despite the day's mild start, the high temperature was only two degrees warmer because of showers and overcast skies.
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January 15 - Today's high/low was a frigid 12°/0°, making it the coldest day of the winter. Light snow moved in after dark and continued until early afternoon on the 16th, accumulating 4.9" (two inches fell today).
January 23 - After the mercury rose to 60° during the morning, the mildest reading of the month, a slap of Arctic air slashed the temperature by 40 degrees by midnight - one of Central Park's biggest temperature drops in the course of a day. Today was also the sixth day in a row with a high warmer than the day before (starting with a high of 23° on 1/18).
February 1 - A quick-moving snowstorm dumped 6.3" of snow between 2:00 and 11:00 PM. This was the biggest snowfall of the winter.
March 10 - For the fourth day in a row the high was 39° (eight degrees below average); however, every day had a different low temperature. Today was the only day of the four that had sunny skies.
April 21 - This was the first Easter Sunday since 1871 to have a high in the 80s, and at 85° it was the warmest on record (until 1962). By contrast, yesterday's and tomorrow's highs were in the mid-60s.
May 14 - I was born today in the pre-dawn hours (in the suburbs of Pittsburgh). Although temperatures on 5/13 and 5/15 were unseasonably warm (mid-80s), today's temperatures were at seasonable levels. Rain moved in as evening approached and it fell heavily between 9-11:00 when two inches was measured. In total 2.55" fell and it was over before midnight (a record amount for the date until 1978). This rainstorm accounted for two-thirds of the month's rain and was the biggest rainstorm of the year.
July 21 - Today's high reached 100°, making this the fifth summer of the past six to have at least one high in the triple digits - the highest concentration on record. (Last year was the only year of the six not to reach 100° - its hottest reading was 99°.) Tomorrow's high would reach 101° and would be the last 100-degree day until 1966.
July 22 - This was the sixth day in a row in which the high was hotter than the day before: 101° (today)-100°-97°-91°-90°-88°-83° (7/16).
December 4 - Snow that started falling late last night continued overnight, and after a five-hour break, resumed later in the morning, accumulating 8.0". The flakes came down heaviest between noon- 3 PM, when they fell at a rate of an inch per hour. This was the most snow to fall so early in the season since 1938, when 8.8" piled up on Nov. 24-25. And it was the first of six snowfalls of four inches or more this winter.
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Feb. 8 - Today's high was 32°, the first of twelve days in a row in which the high was 32° or colder (today's high was the "warmest" of the streak).
Feb. 17 - It was a bitterly cold day that saw temperatures stuck in the single digits, largely due to mostly overcast skies. The high was only 10°, which occurred shortly after midnight; the day's low of 6° was reached 24 hours later, shortly before midnight. This was the ninth day in a row with high temperatures colder than 30°.
Feb. 20 - Today's high was 33°, the first day since Feb. 7 with a high above freezing. The twelve days from Feb. 8 thru Feb. 19 had a high/low of 24°/13°, thirteen degrees colder than average.
March 20 - An intense nor'easter brought winds of 35-45 mph along with heavy, wet snow that began shortly before daybreak, and continued thru midday on the 21st. 4.7" fell today and 7.1" the following day. However, today's temperature never got colder than 33°. Philadelphia also picked up nearly a foot of snow from this storm, which buried parts of eastern and central Pennsylvania and upstate New York with 30 to 40 inches of snow.
April 6 - 2.19" of rain fell today, making this the rainiest Easter Sunday on record. Most of the rain fell between 10 AM and 5 PM.
June 12 - Today and yesterday had the year's first back-to-back days with highs in the 80s, the latest occurrence in the 1950-2021 period (it happened one day earlier in 1997).
July 2 - Today's high of 93° was the hottest reading of the year (and the fifth year of the past six to reach the 90s on this date). The last time a year's hottest temperature was this low, or cooler, was in 1927, when the hottest reading was 92°. (The next time it happened would be just two years later when the year's hottest reading was only 91°.)
July 30-August 3 - High temperatures during this five-day period were: 87°-86°-85°-84°-83°.
August 1-5 - Morning lows during this five-day period were: 67° (on 8/1)-68°-69°-70°-71° (today).
December 11 - With a high of 23°/14° (eighteen degrees below average), today was the coldest day of a 10-day cold wave (between Dec. 7-16) in which every day had a sub-freezing high temperature. And the day seemed even colder because of overcast skies.
December 16 - This was the tenth day in a row with a sub-freezing high temperature. During this unprecedented early cold wave the average high/low was 29°/19°, thirteen degrees below average.
December 26 - With a high of 34°/14°, today was the sixteenth day since 11/30 with a mean temperature ten degrees or more colder than average. This nearly four-week period was nine degrees colder than average. However, despite the cold just 3.8" of snow fell during this period.
February 2 - The morning low of 7° was the coldest reading of the winter.
February 20 - High temperatures of the past three days: 44° on 2/18, 33° yesterday, and 22° today. And although Feb. 2 had the coldest reading of the winter, today's high/low of 22°/8° produced the coldest mean temperature.
March 12 - A mix of snow and sleet produced the biggest accumulation of snow/ice of the winter, with 5.5" piling up by the time it ended early in the afternoon. This icy precipitation was blown around by winds that gusted between 30 and 35 mph.
March 22 - Two days after the high reached 71°, afternoon temperatures were in the upper 20s.
June 1 - Today's chilly high of 64°, under mostly overcast skies, followed a five-day warm spell at the end of May that had highs that averaged 87° (13 degrees above average). Today's conditions were the result of a back-door cold front that moved in from New England last night.
June 24 - High temperatures over the past five days: 85°-84°-83°-82°-81° (today).
June 29 - Today's high of 97° was the hottest reading of the summer, but tomorrow, with a high/low of 93°/79°, had the hottest mean temperature.
July 20 - This was the rainiest day of the year, with 1.80" of rain measured. Most of it (1.57") fell during a severe thunderstorm between 4:00 and 5:00 in the afternoon.
July 24 - All of July's rain fell during 11 of the past 15 days, amounting to 4.28". Nearly an inch of rain fell this afternoon between 3:30 and 4:30 during a strong thunderstorm. It was also a hot day, with the high reaching 90°
August 29 - Today was the end of a two-and-half-week period that had twelve days in the 90s (including today) and an average high/low of 89°/72° (seven degrees above average). This hot spell, at the time, helped make this the fifth hottest August on record (it's since fallen to seventeenth).
September 24 - With a high of 89°, this was the third day in a row of summertime heat. Yesterday's high was 90° and the day before that it was 89°. The average high this time of year is in the low 70s. Today's high was a record (which stood until 2017).
September 29 - The 0.02" of rain that fell shortly after midnight from a storm that began late last night (and dropped 0.34" from 11 PM-midnight) was the first measurable rainfall on this date since 1936. At the time, this 22-year streak with no rain for a calendar date was the lengthiest on record, later passed by a 25-year streak on Dec. 1 for the years 1943-1967.
September 30 - After one of the hottest Augusts on record, the unseasonably warm weather continued in September, which tied Sept. 1931 as the second warmest (it's now tied for fifth). The month's temperature patterns were divided into three ten-day periods. The first ten days were eight degrees above average, the middle ten were six below average, and then the last ten days were nine above average. Today, with a high of 82°/70°, was twelve degrees above average, and the low was what the average high should be.
October 1 - For the fourth day in a row the low temperature was in the 70s at a time of the year when lows are typically in the mid-50s.
October 6 - Under mostly clear skies today's high soared to 88°, twenty degrees above average, as the unseasonable warmth of August and September continued into October. This was the hottest reading in October since 1941.
October 11 - This was the twenty-first consecutive day with above average temperatures. During this three-week period temperatures were close to ten degrees above average, with an average high/low of 81°/65° (more like the end of August); twelve days were in the 80s.
November 18 - Today's high/low of 33°/21° made this the coldest day of the month (19 degrees below average). It would be five weeks before there was a colder day.
December 22 - Snow that began late in the afternoon yesterday continued thru 10 AM today, adding 10.3" to yesterday's 3.4" for a total accumulation of 13.7". (By contrast, LaGuardia Airport picked up just 5.6".) Snow fell heaviest between 2-7 AM when six inches accumulated. The day's temperatures were well below average, with a high/low of 28°/17°.
December 23 - Today's high/low of 23°/9° (eighteen degrees below average) made this the coldest day of the winter of 1959-60.
And here are recaps for other decades: