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July 2018

Comparing Central Park's Weather to That of New York's Three Major Airports



New York City's official reporting site for weather conditions is situated in Central Park, but LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports also collect data, as well as Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey (the airports are 7, 16 and 27 miles away from Central Park, respectively).  Central Park is one of the few reporting sites in the US not located at an airport.  Although the park is surrounded by the "heat island" of Manhattan, its temperatures are influenced by the grass and trees, which retain the humidity more than the concrete surroundings of airports.  As a result, afternoon temperatures in the summertime don't rise as much as they do at the three airports, and nighttime temperatures don't fall as much during the winter or summer. 

I've looked at five statistics, which cover temperatures and precipitation for the 2000-2020 period.  Of the four weather stations, Central Park averages the most days with highs of 32° or colder and receives the most precipitation.  Newark is tops in the number of 90-degree days, lows of 32° or colder and snowfall. 



Central Park: Averages 16.0 days. The biggest difference between CPK and Newark was in 2006, when CPK had only eight days, 50% below average, while Newark had 27, an average number for that site.

Newark: The hottest site, with 27.7 days.  It's the site that's reported the most in all but two years; in 2018 its 10-year streak of having the most was snapped.

LaGuardia: 22.8 days.  It was the site with the most hot days in 2007, 2018 and 2020.

Kennedy: 11.1 days.  In 2018 CPK, NWK and LGA were well above their averages, but JFK had a below average number (eight).



Central Park: Averages 16.9 days.  It had the most of the four stations in twelve years, and four first-place ties.

Newark: 15.0 days.  It reported the most in one year (2016), and one first-place tie.

LaGuardia: 15.2 days.  It reported the most in two years (2004 and 2008), and one first-place tie.

Kennedy: 15.1 days.  It reported the most in two years (2005 and 2009), and two first-place ties.



Central Park:  An average of 67.6 days.  It's never led in this category.  The closest it got was in 2000, when it had seven fewer days than JFK.

Newark: 80.3 days.  In addition to having the most days with highs in the 90s, it also averages the most cold nights.  It had the most in all but four years, including 2018 and 2020.

LaGuardia: 62.3 days.  Like CPK, it's never led in this category.

Kennedy: 75.1 days.  It had the most in four years, including 2018 and 2020.



Central Park:  The wettest site, with an average of 51.16".  Six  of the 21 years in the period reported 55"+, and two years had less than 40"; the wettest station every year but three, which were in the last four years.

Newark: 47.64".  Four years had 55"+; reported the most of the four sites in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

LaGuardia: 46.61".  Eight years had 50"+; it's never reported the most.

Kennedy: 44.67".  Five years had 50"+, five years had less than 40"; it reported the most once, during the dry year of 2012 (when all four stations had less than 40").



Central Park: 32.1".  50"+ fell in three of the years; it had the most snow in three years, including 2018.

Newark: 33.6".  Four years had 50"+; the snowiest site, it had the most in eleven of the years of the period, and tied with CPK in 2010 (when both measured 59.1").

LaGuardia: 31.1".  Two years had 50"+; it had the most in five of the years.

Kennedy: 27.8".  One year had 50"+; it had the most snow of the four stations in 2016.






June 2018 Weather Recap for New York

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Following an April that was significantly colder than average, by 3.6 degrees, and a May that was 4.5 degrees milder than average, June was "just right" as it was close to average, 0.2 degrees above average.  This was the closest to average for any month since June 2015 (0.2 below average).  However, despite the month being average overall, the first half was cooler (and drier) than average while the second half was warmer (five days had highs of 88° or hotter) and wetter (relative to the first half, since the amount that fell was average).  Here are a few other observations of interest: 


  • Father's Day had a high of 91°, which was 37 degrees hotter than Mother's Day (typical difference between the two holidays is thirteen degrees).  It joined Father's Day 2010 as having the greatest difference in high temperature from Mother's Day (going back to 1960).  Also, this was the first Father's Day with a high in the 90s in twelve years (and the seventh since 1960).
  • The hottest day of the first half of the year occurred on the last day of the period as the high reached 93° on 6/30. (The second half of the year began with a high of 96° on 7/1).
  • Rainfall was below average, 3.11" vs. a norm of 4.41".  Three-fourths of this amount fell in the last two weeks of the month.  And much of it, 1.36", fell on 6/28, highlighted by the downpour during the evening rush hour, which saw 0.93" pour down in about an hour.  This storm brought to mind the severe thunderstorm of 5/15 that snarled rush hour traffic.  However, despite producing less rain (0.58") it was characterized by destructive winds that killed five people who were struck by falling trees.
  • June was the closest to average a month has been since June 2015, which was 0.2 degrees below average.  Of the twelve months that have been 0.2 degrees or closer to average since 2000, five of them have been in June.


Chart - Months Closest to Average


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