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William

January had a warmer reading than April this year (69° vs 68°), a first for any year. The closest this came to happening was in 1874, 1876 and 1916.

In 1874, the warmest reading in January and April was 63° and 64° respectively.
In 1876, the warmest reading in January and April was 68° and 69° respectively.
In 1916, the warmest reading in January and April was 69° and 70° respectively.

Landen

March also had a warmer reading than April (77° vs 68°). Has this happened before?

William

To respond to the above question, the answer is yes. This has happened in six other years, which are 1988, 1946, 1945, 1998, 1921, 1989.

In 1921, the warmest reading in March and April was 84° and 79° respectively.
In 1945, the warmest reading in March and April was 86° and 83° respectively.
In 1946, the warmest reading in March and April was 79° and 78° respectively.
In 1988, the warmest reading in March and April was 76° and 73° respectively.
In 1989, the warmest reading in March and April was 82° and 77° respectively.
In 1998, the warmest reading in March and April was 86° and 73° respectively.

William

all but two days this month had a low colder than 50°, the most in April since 1999, and the last time April had more such lows was in 1975, when there were 29.

Elijah Atkinson

It is too bad that New York was not as fortunate as Philadelphia or Washington DC to get a few highs in the 70s this April. Washington’s warmest reading in April was 81 degrees on 4/13 (13 degrees warmer than New York’s warmest reading of 68 degrees) and Philadelphia’s warmest reading was 74 on 4/8 (6 degrees warmer).

Rob

It's largely due to our proximity to the ocean/Long Island Sound (same can be said for Boston). This is also the reason the number of summer days in the 90s is significantly lower than what Philly and DC see.

William

when was the last time April was the first colder than normal month of the year? this sounds like a rather rare distinction for April given that the first three months of the year have had (more than) their fair share of lengthy cold spells over the years.

Rob

I haven't done such an analysis, but perhaps one of my readers has?

Henry

On the other side of this year, November had a warmer reading than April (75 in November vs. 68 in April). Has this ever happened before? (Under normal conditions, April’s warmest reading is usually in the lower 80s while November’s is around 70.)

Rob

Since 1900 it's happened in six other years, most recently in 1993 (November 80 degrees/April 79 degrees). That was the warmest reading in April to be topped by November's warmest high. In two other years, November and April had the same warmest temperature.

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