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Weather Highlights of the 1910s in New York

 

Winter 1910 flatiron building

 

The 20th century's second decade was characterized by colder than average winters and springs, especially the winter of 1918, which has the distinction of being the coldest on record.  There were also back-to-back winters (1916 and 1917) with 50.7" of snow, and an unprecedented four consecutive Aprils with significant snowfalls (1914-1917).  Additionally, the summers of 1914 and 1915 were among the coolest on record.  Still, there were a number of hot weather highlights, including the hottest temperature on record, at the time, 104°, in August 1918 (just seven months after a low of -13°).  Then there was the brief, but scorching, four-day heat wave the previous summer (July 30-Aug 2) in which one day had a high of 100° and the other three days reached 98°.  And in 1914 and 1915, late season heat waves occurred in consecutive Septembers.  Finally, looking at precipitation, 1910 was New York's driest year until 1964, while Oct. 1913, with nearly 13 inches of rain, ranks as one of the ten wettest months on record.  Highlights of each year follow:

 

> 1910 <

January 14 - The biggest snowfall of the winter covered the City with an accumulation of 10" (0.5" of it fell on 1/15).  This topped a snowfall of eight inches three weeks earlier.

 

Snowy central park 1910s

February 27 - Today's high of 51° was the first in the 50s since Dec. 14, a span of nearly eleven weeks.

September 1 - After today's rainfall of 1.20",  just 0.22" fell for the rest of the month (and none from 9/10 thru the first week of October).  This was more rain than what fell in the entirety of August (1.07"), and was associated with what was left of the season's first tropical storm.

October 6 - Today was the twenty-seventh day in a row with no measurable rain.  This would be the longest rain-free streak on record until 1924 (it's now ranked third).  This streak contributed to 1910 being New York's driest year, until 1964.  The day was also unseasonably warm, with a high/low of 84°/71°.  At the time, this was the latest date for a low in the 70s (and would remain so until 2005, when there was a low of 70° on 10/7).

November 24 - Today's high of 53° was the only high in the 50s between Nov. 11 - Dec. 28.

December 16 - The coldest day of the winter was today, with a high/low of 21°/11°. 

 

Winter 1910s

 

December 19 - Today was the first day this month with a low temperature above 32°.

Christmas Day - Today was the thirteenth (and last) day this month with a high of 32° or colder.

 

> 1911 <

March 16 - Today's frigid high/low of 20°/13° made this the second coldest day of the winter, three months after the coldest day (21°/11° on 12/16).

March 25 - On the day of New York's deadly fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Greenwich Village (147 mostly female laborers died), skies were clear and temperatures cold, with a high/low of 40°/20°.

 

Triangle.shirt.factory

 

April 2 - Today's high/low was a winter-like 35°/24°, seventeen degrees below average.  The high was a record for the date (that still stands). 

May 24 - This was the ninth day with measurable rain this month, all which had less than 0.10" (as well as April's last two days with rain).

July 6 - This was the fourth day in a row with a stifling low of  77°.  The highs on these four days were also very similar: 100°-97°-97°-98° (today).

August 31 - This was the seventh day in a row with measurable rain.  3.76" poured down today, more than the combined amount of the previous six days (3.57").  Additionally, today's high/low was a very cool 59°/55°.  This would be the only time until 2007 that a day in August had a high in the 50s.

November 12 - After reaching a high of 69° in the early afternoon, the temperature nosedived and was down to 33° as midnight approached.  The mercury would continue to fall to a record low of 26° the following morning.

December 4 - A snowfall of seven inches ended up being the biggest snowfall of the winter.  The day, with a high/low of 33°/19°, was also the coldest day of the month.

 

> 1912 <

January 4 - Today was first day this winter with a high of 32° or colder -  the first time this occurrence was in January (there have since been eleven other winters that didn't see their first high of 32° or colder until January, most recently in 2022).

January 25 - This was the start of a three-week period with frigid temperatures, in which all but two days had highs of 32° or colder.  The average high/low during this period was 27°/15°.

Valentine's Day - After having no high of 32° or colder this winter until 1/4, today was the thirty-first day in the six weeks since than to have a high that cold (three-fourths of the days).  Today was the end of a seven-day streak with highs of 32° or colder (and eleventh day of the past twelve).  It would be followed fifteen days later by another seven-day streak.

 

Winter clothing in 1910s

 

February 20 - Yesterday and today had the first back-to-back lows above 32° in eight weeks (since Dec. 26-27).

March 6 - The first six days of March all had highs colder than 32° (and 2/29 had a high of 32°).  The average high during these days, at a time when highs are typically in the mid-40s, was 28°.  From Jan. 4 thru today, a period of nine weeks, 60% of the days had highs of 32° or colder.

March 24 - Highs of the past four days: 34° (3/21); 35° (3/22); 36° (yesterday); and 37° (today).  All were well below the average high, which is around 50°.

August 10 - This was the eleventh day in a row in which the high was in the 70s (the average at this point in the summer is around 83°).  This came about three weeks after a streak of eleven days in a row with lows in the 70s (July 8-18). 

December 24 - A morning snowstorm dumped 11.4", Christmas Eve's biggest snowfall on record.  Snow fell heaviest between 4-9 AM, when it fell at a rate of 1.5" per hour.

 

> 1913 <

March 7 - Today's high/low of 20°/12° made this the coldest day of the winter, passing 2/13, which had a high/low of 25°/11°.

March 9 - The day's high of 65° followed a low of 12° the previous day.

April 16 - In the past six days, 4.58" of rain fell.  Today was the rainiest of the days, with 1.25" of rain measured (with almost all of it falling in the morning).  4/11 had 1.10", 4/12 had 0.89", 4/13 had 0.21", and yesterday's rainfall (which fell during the afternoon and evening), amounted to 1.13".   This rainy period accounted for 3/4 of the month's total rainfall.

May 10-11 - One week after back-to-back highs of 89° (both were records until 2001), yesterday's and today's lows were in the 30s.  The low of 36° on May 11 was a record that still stands.

July 28 - 11 years after an unprecedented one-hour downpour of 3.00" flooded the City on this date, nearly the same amount (2.74") fell this afternoon from 3-4 PM.

September 30 - Today was the 15th day this month with a high cooler than 70°, the most of any September in the years since 1890 (thru 2021).  Before 1890, five years that had this many, or more (Sept. 1871 and 1876 had 17 such days.)

October 1 - 4.98" of rain fell today, much of it (3.34") in just two hours during mid-afternoon (3-5 PM).  At the time, this was the third greatest daily rainfall (it's since fallen to ninth).  In addition to this tremendous amount of rain, eight inches more would fall this month, making this, at the time, the third wettest month on record (it's now ranked seventh).

 

> 1914 <

February 12 - One month after a frigid high/low of 9°/-3° (on 1/13), today was a near repeat, with a high/low of 10°/-3°.  And both days were followed by another below zero reading.

February 25 - Today, with a high/low of 26°/1°, was the 15th day of the past eighteen with a high of 32° or colder.  Average high/low during this period was 26°/12°, thirteen degrees below average.  Additionally, 17.3" of snow fell during this 18-day period.

March 1 - Rain in the morning changed to snow around lunchtime, and by midnight 13.5" had piled up (an additional inch fell after midnight.  It was a very heavy, wet snow with a high water content (2.65" of liquid) until around 9 PM, when Arctic air moved in.  This was the century's first snowstorm of a foot or more, and the first since February 1899, when 16 inches accumulated.  This remains the longest period between snowstorms of 12 inches or more.

 

Nycsnowstorm.1910s    

 

March 7 - In a little less than four weeks, 35.2" of snow fell.  Twelve days had measurable snow, including snowstorms of 9.7" on Feb. 13-14 and 14.5" on March 1-2.  This was preceded by a five-week period in which just 0.1" of snow fell (Jan. 6-Feb. 9). 

April 16 - This was the third day of the past six to have an inch or more of rain (another day had 0.89")  In total 4.30" of rain was measured.

July 29 - Today's low of 59° is the only time a low has been in the 50s on this date.  This, and Aug. 1, 1964 have the distinction of having the mildest readings that are record lows.  (However, at the time, July 26th's record reading was 60°, but it would be broken in 1920 when a low of 55° was reached.)

September 15 - The average high/low of the past eight days was an unseasonably cool 68°/51°, nearly ten degrees below average.  This cool period wasn't associated with wet weather, as just 0.01" fell.

September 23 - This was the last day of an out-of-season three-day heat wave that saw highs of 94°-95°-92° (23 degrees above average).  This came a week after an eight-day period of very cool weather.  The 95° reading on 9/22 was the year's hottest temperature.

 

Nannies in park 1910s
 

November 24 - For the eighth day in a row the low was 32° or colder - the longest such streak in the month of November in the 20th century.

December 7 - A cold rain fell (1.81") on a day that had a high/low of only 36°/32°. 

December 9 - For the fourth day in a row the high was 36°.  And three of the four days had lows of 30°.

December 26 - A bitterly cold day, with a high/low of just 15°/3°.

December 29 - Today was the eighth day this month with measurable snow, but all had accumulations of less than one inch.

 

> 1915 <

January 25 - This was the ninth day in a row with measurable precipitation, totaling 2.75".  (It was also the twelfth day in the past two weeks with precipitation, totaling 6.21".)  Today's temperatures stayed in the 30s all day (high/low of 38°/30°), but the precipitation was in the form of rain, which amounted to 0.41".

January 31 - This was the fifteenth day this winter to have measurable snow, but it was the first to have an accumulation of an inch or more.  However, the 1.6" that fell in the first half of the afternoon changed to rain and was washed away.  (A more substantial snowfall, of 4.4", would occur two days later.)

February 6 - From Jan. 12 through today 10.62" of precipitation fell (0.41" of rain fell today).  Nineteen days had measurable precipitation, including ten days with snow (8.2" in total).  This winter would be the wettest on record until the winter of 1978-79.

April 3 - The biggest snowfall of the "winter" occurred today, Easter Saturday, as ten inches of heavy snow fell between 9 AM and 11 PM (eight inches fell between 11 AM and 6 PM).  During the storm, winds from out of the north gusted to 25 mph and temperatures hovered around 30°, producing wind chills in the teens.

 

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April 4 - Many spent Easter Sunday digging out from yesterday's 10-inch snowstorm.  However, by afternoon, the mercury rose into the low 50s, twenty degrees warmer than yesterday, greatly promoting melting.  And skies were mostly sunny.

April 25 - Today saw perhaps the greatest swings in temperature of any date in New York's weather history.  After first soaring from 47° shortly after midnight to 91° at 3 PM, the temperature then plunged to 52° by midnight.  This was the result of a strong warm front moving through for about ten hours (9 AM-7 PM), then being displaced by a backdoor cold front.  No rain was produced by the passage of these fronts. 

April 27 - Two days after the temperature soared into the 90s, they did so again today.  But after reaching 92° shortly before 4:30 (one degree hotter than 4/25), a cold front moved through a few hours later and the temperature dropped to 54° by midnight. 

June 9 - Today's high/low of 81°/58° was preceded by two days with a high/low of 77°/60° and would be followed by two days with highs/lows 77°/59° and 77°/60°.

June 30 - 1.93" of rain poured down late tonight, which was 0.01" more than what fell during the first 29 days of the month.  1.27" of tonight's rain fell between 11 PM-midnight.  (In reality, this torrential rain fell between midnight-1 AM on 7/1, but since the National Weather Service uses Standard Time year-round for its official records, the rain is credited to 6/30.)

August 4 - The remnants of what was the first hurricane of the season produced 3.25" of rain, a record for the date (which still stands); most of the rain fell between 6-10 AM. 

August 9 - Each of the first nine days of August had some rain, totaling 5.14" (3.25" fell on 8/4 from a tropical storm that tracked over the area).  This was the second time this year there were nine days in a row with measurable precipitation (the first was Jan. 17-25).

September 17 - This was the last day of a four-day heat wave, the second year in a row that had one in the second half of September - the only time this has happened.  The highs during these four days were 90°-91°-93°-91°.

December 17 - Today was the 18th consecutive day in which highs got no warmer than 43°.  Although this period was seven degrees colder than average, there was no extreme cold (i.e., readings colder than 20°, and only three days with highs of 32° or colder).


> 1916 <

January 27-28 - Yesterday's and today's highs of 69° and 66°, respectively, were records that are still standing.  These  very mild temperatures came less than two weeks after back-to-back days with lows in the single digits.

February 1 - This was the fifth day this week with a high in the 60s.  But after today's high of 60°, it would be eight more weeks before the next reading above 60° occurred.  And nearly 40" of snow would fall during this 8-week period.

March 6 - For the third year in a row (and the fifth time in the past six years), an inch or more of snow fell on this date.  The 7.6" that accumulated this year was the greatest amount; the other four years reported 6.9" in 1915; 2.9" in 1914; 1.0" in 1912; and 2.8" in 1911.  Today's snowfall was one of eleven days with measurable snow from March 2 thru 22.  In total 25.5" fell. 

March 17 - What was a very cold day (high of 26°) became even colder when a reinforcement of Arctic air moved in after dark, and by 11 PM the temperature had fallen to 9°.  This was the first single-digit reading in March in the 20th century (there were 15 occurrences between 1872 and 1891; there would be five more this century, including the next day, with a low of 7°; the most recent was in 1967).  Winds gusting close to 30 mph at night produced sub-zero wind chill readings.  

March 22 - Today's snowfall of 2.9" followed a snowfall of 2.1" yesterday, and was the sixth in the past three weeks of two inches or more (the month had eleven days with measurable snowfall).  This was also the fourth storm to produce significant sleet.  In total, snow/sleet amounted to 25.5" this month, making it New York's second snowiest March after March 1896.  (It would also be the fifth coldest March on record, and the coldest of the 20th century.)

 

Oldmanwinter2

 

May 16-17 - The remnants of the year's first (and very early) tropical system produced a record amount of rain for the date (2.66"), with almost all of it falling after 4 PM.  And an additional 0.30" fell in the pre-dawn hours of the 17th. 

June 11 - This was the fourth day of the past five with afternoon temperatures only in the 50s.  All five days were overcast with light winds out of the northeast.  The typical high temperature in the second week of June is in the upper 70s.

December 15 - A snowstorm dumped 12.7" of snow between 7 AM-9 PM, with nearly ten inches on the ground by mid-afternoon.  The snow was very fluffy, produced from just 0.59" of water (and by daybreak on 12/16 it had packed down to nine inches on the ground).  The day's high was 28°, the first of five days in a row with highs in the 20s.

 

> 1917 <

February 12 - With a high/low of  12°/3°, today was the coldest day of the winter, and nearly identical to last winter's coldest day, which had a high/low of 12°/2° on 2/14.   (Although tomorrow's low of  0° would be the coldest reading of the winter, the high of 24° made the day's mean temperature "warmer" than today's.)

March 5 - This was the fifth day of the past six, and the fourth day in a row, to have measurable snowfall.  In total 13.9" fell.

April 1 - In the span of just eight hours the temperature plummeted from 83° to 44° as a "backdoor" cold front moved through and winds shifted from the southwest to the northeast.  This would be the warmest reading of the month.  The next reading in the 80s wouldn't occur for seven weeks (May 20).  Today's high reading came the day after the high was 62°, the year's first reading of 60°+.

 

Backdoor.coldfront

 

April 9 - One of April's biggest snowstorms dumped 6.5" (0.1" of it fell late last night).  This brought the winter's total snowfall to 50.7" for the second year in a row.

June 29 - Showers during the pre-dawn hours, and late in the afternoon, amounted to 0.18", bringing the month's total rainfall to 3.83" - the same amount that was measured in May.  This was the first time for such an occurrence (it's happened four other times since then: Nov./Dec. 1945; Dec. 1980/Jan. 1981; June/July 1985; and Sept./Oct. 1997). 

August 2 - Although the summer had just six days with temperatures of 90+, the high today was 98° and the previous three days saw highs of 98° (8/1), 100° (7/31) and 98° (7/30). Today's high has the distinction of being the hottest of any year's last 90+ reading (before or after this year).

 

Kids.water.fountain

 

September 3 - The low was 64° for the third day in a row, and would be the mildest low temperature of the month - the "coolest" reading for warmest low temperature in September on record (later tied in 1935).  This broke the previous record set in 1871 and 1883.

November 27 - For the third day in a row the high was colder than 32° (average high at the end of November is in the upper 40s).  Highs/lows of the three days: 30°/21°, 31°/21°, and 31°/19° (Nov. 27).

December 1 - Today's high of 47°, seasonable for the beginning of December, would be the mildest reading of what would be the second coldest December on record.  Not surprisingly, this was the chilliest reading to be the mildest reading of any December.

December 13 - The biggest snowfall of the winter began late in the afternoon, and by the time the snow ended in the early hours of 12/14, 9.5" had accumulated (eight inches fell today).  The temperature rose into the mid-30s as midnight approached, making it a very wet snow, with rain mixed in at times.  (Between today and 1/11 there would be an inch or more of snow on the ground in Central Park.)  This was the third year in a row to have a significant snowfall in mid-December. 

December 28 - Beginning today, and continuing through Jan. 4, record lows were set on seven of the eight days - and all of them are still standing.  (Only 1/3, with a low of zero degrees, didn't set a record.)

December 29 - Beginning at 5 PM and lasting thru 2 PM on 12/30 (21 consecutive hours), the temperature was below zero.  Today's low, at midnight, was -6°, while tomorrow's would be -13°.  This would be New York's coldest reading of all time until the winter of 1934.  

December 31 - The year ended on a bitterly cold note, one of New York's coldest days on record, as the high/low was only 6°/-7.  When the ball dropped in Times Square, the temperature was one degree above zero - by far the coldest ball-drop temperature (the second coldest reading, 9°, occurred 100 years later).  And the wind chill was around -20°.

 

> 1918 <

January 2 - At 4 PM the temperature reached 10°, ending a streak of 114 hours (since 10 PM on 12/28) in which the temperature was in the single digits or colder.  But it fell back into the single digits an hour later.

January 4 - This was the eighth day in a row with a low temperature in the single digits or colder, the longest such streak on record.  The average high/low during this streak was 13°/-3°.  Six of the days had lows of zero degrees or colder, including today (-3°).  Also, today's high of 18° was the "warmest" reading since 12/28.

 

Winter of 1917-18

 

January 13 - In a span of little more than 24 hours the temperature plummeted from 53° yesterday at 6:30 AM to 6° above zero this morning at 8 AM.  This was the tenth low in the single digits or colder in the past 30 days, and there would be ten more in the next six weeks.

February 7 - This was the first day since 12/24 to be completely above freezing.

February 20 - After soaring to 59° shortly before daybreak (the mildest reading in three months), the temperature fell sharply all day and was at 18° by midnight (on its way down to 8° by 8 AM on the 21st).

February 21 - This was the nineteenth day this winter with a low in the single digits, which established a new record (breaking a tie with the winter of 1885).  And tomorrow would be the twentieth day with a reading below 10°.  A typical winter sees six such days (based on 1869-1917 records).

March 19 - After a balmy high of 76° was reached at 3 PM (a record that still stands), the temperature dropped like a rock and was half that reading by midnight.

April 17 - This was the third day in a row with a high of 74° (fourteen degrees above average).  These warm days came less than a week after three cold days with highs of 38°, 35°, and 42° (twenty degrees below average).

June 23 - During a time in June when highs average around 80°, today's temperature got no higher than 59°.  And the low of 49° was a record (which still stands).

August 7 - In the midst of a five-day heat wave, today's high of 104° was, at the time, the hottest reading on record (later topped during the summer of 1936).  This was the only day of the heat wave to have temperatures in triple digits.

Aug. 31-Sept. 3 - Highs of this four-day period were 80°-79°-78°-77° (9/3).

October 30 - This was the fifth day in a row in which highs were in the 70s and lows in the 60s; the average high/low at this time of year is in the upper 50s/low 40s.

November 11 - The day of the signing of the armistice (in France) that ended World War I was overcast and a bit chillier than average, with a high of 49°/38°.

 

Armistice day in new york nov 11 1918

 

> 1919 <

January 2 - Quite a contrast in how this year and last year started, as the first two days of this year had highs in the low 60s, while last year the first two days had highs of 10°.

January 25 - This was the twelfth day in a row with the high temperature stuck in the 40s (42°-47°).

March 14 - Today saw the winter's first snowfall of one inch or more as 1.3" accumulated in the early afternoon.  This would be the latest date for the first snowfall of an inch or more until the winter of 1998 ( when it occurred on March 22).  Until today, a total of 1.1" had fallen this winter from four snowfalls.  When today's snow was falling temperatures were only in the mid-20s. 

March 28 - 1.4" of snow fell in the afternoon, the biggest snowfall of the winter (coming two weeks after 1.3" fell).  This was the last snowfall of the winter, which had just 3.8" of snow - the least snow until the winter of 1973 when 2.8" fell (and later passed by the winter of 2002).  Temperatures during the afternoon were only in the mid-20s, half of what the usual afternoon temperatures are at the end of March.  

March 29 - Today's high was just 31°, twenty-two degrees below average and the coldest high temperature since 1/12.

April 2 - This was the sixth day in a row with a low in the 20s.  The average reading during these days was 24°, fifteen degrees below average.  This morning's low of 22° was a record that still stands.

April 25 - It was a cold day, with temperatures more like winter than the middle of the spring.  The high/low was just 43°/29°, nineteen degrees below average.  And tomorrow's readings would be very similar (of 44°/31°).  Both morning lows were records (that still stand).  Both days also had winds that gusted to 25 mph, making it feel like the temperature was in the 20s.

May 6 - Today's high of 61° was quite a contrast to yesterday's high of 88°.

July 23 - For the ninth day in a row measurable rain fell.  Total rainfall during this streak amounted to 5.81", one-third more than what falls in a typical July.

 


Rainy day in the 1910s

 

August 18 - More than twelve inches of rain fell in the past five weeks.  During this period, measurable rain fell on twenty-two days.  Today's rainfall was the fifth rainstorm of an inch or more.  Besides significant rainfall, today (1.74") it was also very cool, with a high/low of 65°/63°.

October 28 - Today's high of 83° was a record, and 24 degrees warmer than average.  However, a strong cold front moved through later in the day, dropping the temperature to 48° shortly before midnight (which is what the average low is for the date).

December 17 - Four days after the temperature reached 61° (at 9 PM), tonight at 11 PM it was all the way down to +1°.  This was the first of fifteen days this winter with lows in the single digits or colder.

December 18 - The morning low was -1°, New York's earliest date for a sub-zero reading.  The high rose to 11° in mid-afternoon and then stayed at 10° degrees for the rest of the day.

December 19 - Today's 1.9" of snow brought the season's snowfall to 4.0", which exceeded last winter's total of 3.8" (the least snowy winter until 1973).  Besides the snow it was also very cold, with a high/low of 20°/10° - but this was bearable compared to yesterday's 11°/-1°.


Muff

 

December 30 - Last winter the biggest snowfall was 1.4".  By contrast, in the past two weeks four snowfalls exceeded that amount: 2.1" on Dec. 16-17; 1.9" on Dec. 19; 2.8" on Dec. 24-25 and 2.0" today.

 

To read about weather highlights in other decades:

Late 19th Century (1869-99)

First Decade of 20th Century

1920s

1930s

1940s

1950s

1960s

 

 


2018 Weather Highlights in New York

 2018
JANUARY 

1 - The morning low of 7° was the coldest reading on New Year's Day in 100 years (since it was -4° in 1918).  Today was also the seventh day in a row with a high of 32° or colder (the longest such streak since Feb. 2014) and the sixth consecutive day with a high of 25° or colder (the first time since Jan. 1981).  

4 - A powerful coastal storm created near whiteout conditions late in the morning, with snow accumulating close to ten inches by the time it ended later in the afternoon.  (Much of Long Island and towns along the Jersey shore were buried under 12"-15".)  Today's snow easily broke the previous record for snowfall on this date, which was 4.0" - and today's accumulation of 9.8" was slightly more than last winter's biggest snowfall (9.4").  Temperatures held in the mid-20s throughout the storm; wind gusts between 35-45 mph produced wind chills in the single digits.  The snow and wind kept LaGuardia Airport closed for much of the day while JFK didn't reopen until the following morning.  Today was also the tenth consecutive day in which the high was colder than 32°, making this the longest such streak since one of 12 days in January 2003. 

6 - Today was the twelfth day in a row with a high colder than 32°, and it was the coldest day of them all, with a high/low of just 13°/6°.  And while Feb. 14, 2016 had a colder mean temperature (high/low of 15°/-1°), today's high was the coldest since Jan. 16, 1994, when it was just 10°.

7 - Today, with a frigid high/low of 18°/5, was the thirteenth day in a row with a high below 32°.  This tied it with another 13-day streak during the winter of of 2001 for second longest on record (in the years since 1900).  This winter's streak, however, had much colder temperatures, with an average high of 22°/13° (sixteen degrees below average) versus 30°/19° for the 2001 streak. 

8 - Today, with a high/low of 31°/17°, was the fourteenth day in a row with a high of 32° or colder, making it the third longest cold streak on record (behind a 16-day streak in the winter of 1961 and a 15-day streak in the winter of 1881).  Today's high was somewhat of a surprise because last week the high forecast for today was 40°, and even today the forecast was for a high of 33°.  The average high/low during these two weeks was 23°/13°, fifteen degrees below average.

12 - The temperature rose to 61°, just five days after a low of 5°.  This mild air streamed in as a storm system approached from the west, bringing periods of rain that amounted to slightly more than a half inch (much less than the two inches that had been predicted).  Temperatures were at 55° or milder from daybreak until early the following morning (on 1/13). 

13 - Between 6 AM and 10 AM the temperature nosedived from 58° to 28°, and by midnight it had fallen to 19° (and by 6:00 AM on 1/14 the temperature had fallen to 15°).  This somewhat mirrored the plummeting temperature on this date 100 years ago.

15 - Today's high of 30° was the nineteenth so far this winter that was 32° or colder, the most by mid-January since the winter of 1981.  (The typical number for an entire winter is seventeen.)  In the past 100 years only three winters have had more freezing or colder high temperatures: 1977 (25), 1918 (23) and 1981 (21).

 

FEBRUARY

4 - Nearly an inch of rain fell tonight, mostly between 5:00 and 11:00 PM.  This was the biggest rainstorm since the end of October when more than three inches fell (the biggest rainstorm of 2017).

10 - The 0.58" of rain that fell today brought February's precipitation to 2.62", which was more than the entire month of January (2.18"), December (2.21") or November (1.58").  Today's rain was the third significant rainfall this week (and more was expected for tomorrow).

11 - Yesterday's rain continued through early evening, adding 1.21" to yesterday's amount for a total of 1.79".  This was nearly the same amount that fell from two storms last week, on 2/4 (0.96") and 2/7 (0.85").  The heaviest rain fell in the early afternoon when 0.35" poured down between 1:00 and 2:00.  Temperatures, which had hovered in the upper 40s since yesterday, jumped from 47° at 1 PM to 62° shortly before 5 PM - the mildest reading since the end of November. 

12 - For the second day in a row the high reached 62° (twenty-one degrees above average), but while yesterday's high occurred in the early evening, today's was reached shortly after 1:30 AM.  Today's high also tied the record for the date.  These were the first back-to-back readings in the 60s since the first week of November.

17 - Despite the temperature going no lower than 33°, a heavy, wet snow accumulated 4.4" between 5 PM and midnight.  This came at the end of a week that had three days with highs of 62° and one with a high of 58° (yesterday).

20 - Overcast skies in the morning gave way to sunshine by lunchtime and the temperature soared to 67°, the warmest reading since Nov. 3.  This was the fourth day this month with a high of 60°, making it the third February in a row with four or more such days - a record streak.  This followed three Februarys in a row with no highs in the 60s.   

21 - Today's high soared to 78°, breaking the previous record by ten degrees.  This was the warmest reading ever reported during the month of February; the warmest reading previously was 75°, which occurred in 1930 and again in 1985.  This was only the eleventh time a reading in the 70s was reported in February at Central Park (on average, the mildest temperature in February is around 60°).  Last year also had a reading in the 70s in February - the only time for this occurrence (last year it happened on the 24th).

25 - This was the eleventh day of the past twelve to have measurable precipitation.  The 0.73" of rain that fell this morning through early afternoon today was the most to fall during this 12-day period (2.01" fell in total).  Today was also the seventeenth day this month with measurable precipitation, the most since December 2012.  Additionally, this number of days tied February 1884 for the most days of precipitation in February.

 

MARCH

2 - The day after March came in like a lamb (high of 60°), a fierce nor'easter battered the area.  Throughout the day the City was lashed by a wind-driven mix of rain and wet snow that amounted to 2.24" (0.38" of it fell last night).  And although Manhattan was spared gale force winds (peak gust was 34 mph), gusts of 50-70 mph were common at the three major airports, on Long Island, the Jersey shore, and southern New England. 

7 - A nor'easter that produced heavy, wet snow left far less in New York than had been predicted, while many suburbs in New Jersey and the Hudson Valley were buried by one to two feet of snow.  (This was the second March in a row to have an under performing snowstorm in the City.)  Despite snow falling steadily from late morning (accompanied by thunder) until 8 PM, just 3.2" was measured in Central Park (but it was the first snowfall of an inch or more on this date since 1969).  This was largely due to temperatures that stayed above freezing for the entire event.  Curiously, the snowfall forecast had been adjusted upward later in the morning to 8-12".  Despite the modest snowfall, the amount of liquid that fell amounted to 1.41". 

17 - Although today's high of 48° was close to average, the morning low was a nippy 27°.  This broke a twelve-day string of days with lows that ranged from 30° to 33°.  It was also the first low colder than 30° in a month (2/17), and the coldest since 2/13 (26°). 

18 - The weekend featured clear skies and very low humidity.  Yesterday afternoon it ranged between 22%-25% while today it was even lower, falling to 15% during lunchtime.  Today was also the twelfth day in a row with below average temperatures.

21 - Snow began falling shortly after daybreak and continued for the rest of the day into the wee hours of 3/21.  By midnight 8.2" had accumulated, making this one of the biggest snowstorms to occur after March 15 (an additional 0.2" fell after midnight).  This was the fourth nor'easter this month, but the first in which the temperature was 32° or colder in New York. 

22 - Less than twelve hours after the last snowflakes from yesterday's snowstorm fell around dawn, skies were clear and the temperature rose to 50°.  Although this was slightly below average, it was the mildest reading since March 1 (when the high reached 60°). Today was also the sixteenth day in a row with below average temperatures; the last time there was a streak this long was in April 2007.

28 - Today, with a high/low of 52°/38° (one degree below average) was the 22nd day in a row with a below average mean temperature, the fifth longest streak of this kind in the years since 1950.  Temperatures during this streak, however, were just 4.5 degrees below average, which is the least below average of any streak of 15 days or longer.

 

APRIL

2 - A heavy, wet snow fell between 5:00 and 10:00 this morning, accumulating 5.5" - the biggest snowfall in April since the blizzard of April 6, 1982 (9.6").  Like the snowfalls of 2/17 (4.4") and 3/9 (3.2"), the temperature during this morning's snowfall remained above freezing.  This was the fifth snowfall of four inches or more this season, each occurring in a different month.  Today's snow brought the season total to 40.9", making this the ninth season in the past sixteen with 40 inches or more (average snowfall is 25.8").  As a result of this snowfall the Yankees home opener was postponed.     

12 - Although today's high of 63° was only slightly milder than average it was the warmest reading since Feb. 21's extraordinary high of 78°.

13 - Today's high of 82° was nearly twenty degrees warmer than yesterday's, and was nine days earlier than the typical date of a year's first 80-degree reading.  And this morning's low of 60° was what the average high should be.

14 - After the temperature peaked at 77° in the middle of the afternoon a back-door cold front moved through and by midnight the temperature had dropped to 44°.  This was the greatest drop in temperature since 1/13 when it plummeted from 58° to 19°.

15 - After two days of summer-like temperatures, today was windy, raw and overcast with temperatures only in the low 40s.  And conditions became even more miserable in the evening when rain moved in and the temperature dropped into the upper 30s.

16 - The steady rain that moved in last night continued through noon today, heavy at times, and was accompanied by winds that gusted to 43 mph.  Total rainfall was 3.29", 2.82" which poured down this morning, with more than half falling in the three-hours between 7:30 and 10:30 (1.54").  This was the greatest 24-hour rainfall in four years, since nearly five inches flooded the city on 4/30 in 2014.  As today's rain exited the temperature jumped fourteen degrees in the hour between 11 AM and noon (from 46° to 60°). 

22 - On a mostly clear day, with afternoon temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s, the humidity dropped to 13% for a few hours during mid-afternoon.  This was the lowest humidity level in New York since March of last year, when it fell to 12% on 3/5.  Typical afternoon humidity (on a day without rain) is around 45%.

25 - It was a dreary, showery, fog-shrouded day.  The 0.95" that fell (much of it between 6:00-9:00 and then just before midnight) pushed April's total precipitation past the five-inch mark, the third month in a row with five inches or more.  The last time this happened was Sept-Oct 2011, but that three-month period had more than twice as much precipitation (34.43" vs. 16.45").

 

MAY

1 - After muddling through the chilliest April in more than 40 years, conditions on this first day of May were summer-like, with a high of 80° under clear skies.  This was 29 degrees warmer than yesterday's high.  Additionally, the humidity in mid-afternoon dropped to 12%, the lowest level this year (below 4/22's 13% and 3/18's 15%).

2 - It was a clear, dry and hot day, with a record-tying high of 90°.  This was the first 90 of the year, the earliest date for it since 2010 (when it happened on 4/7, the earliest date on record for this occurrence).  Only 11 years (going back to 1869) have had an earlier date for their first 90.  Like yesterday, today's humidity was very low, especially during the afternoon when it dropped to 13% (it bottomed out at 12% yesterday).  As a result, the "feels-like" temperature was a bit cooler than the air temperature, in the mid-80s.

3 - Yesterday's high of 90° tied the record originally set in 2001; today's high of 92°, twenty-four degrees above average, broke the previous record - also from 2001. 

4 - Today's low of 72° was a record-warm reading for the date (twenty-two degrees above average - and four degrees above the day's average high).  Today was the fourth day in a row with highs of 80° or warmer (today's was 84°), the longest such streak since one of seven days in late September.

13 - It was a cool and dismal Mothers Day holiday, with light showers, drizzle and fog throughout the day.  The high of 54° was the coolest reading in eight years on the holiday, and there was just a two-degree difference between the day's high and low.

15 - A very warm and humid afternoon, with a high of 88°, ended turbulently as a fast-moving line of severe thunderstorms struck as the evening rush hour was beginning.  This caused long delays for commuters waiting at Grand Central Station and widespread cancellations for air travelers (like me, trying to return from Pittsburgh).  Wind gusts of 55, 54 and 53 mph were clocked at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports; by contrast, Central Park was protected and a had a peak gust of only 30 mph.  Five persons were killed in the metro area from falling tree limbs.

17 - Light rain during the morning made this the sixth day in a row with measurable precipitation.  This was the third six-day streak this year, joining 1945 and 1919 as the only years with three streaks of six days (or more).  However, the amounts from this year's streaks were unimpressive: 0.90" (Feb 14-19); 1.33" (Apr 24-29) and 1.49" (May 12-17). 

20 - It was a warm and humid day, and today's high of 81° was 25 degrees warmer than yesterday's  (on a showery day shrouded in fog).  This was the reverse of what happened last year on this date, when the high of 65° was 26 degrees cooler than the previous day.

26 - Today, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, was very warm and humid, with a high/low of 89°/72° (the afternoon's heat index reached 93°).  This was the fourth day this month with a high of 88° or hotter, making this the first May with this many days since May 2000.

27 - The temperature fell from 80° at around 1 AM to the upper 50s by evening.  Today's much chillier air was ushered in by morning rain, which amounted to 0.44".  Additionally, the afternoon was breezy, with winds gusting to 27 mph.

 

JUNE

17 - Mostly clear and hot, with a high of 91°, making this the first Father's Day to reach the 90s in twelve years. This high was 36 degrees hotter than Mother's Day! Today's heat was somewhat mitigated by low humidity (24% during mid-afternoon), which produced a "feels like" temperature three degrees cooler than the air temperature.

18 - Today's high was the same as yesterday's but there was a distinct difference between the two days in terms of comfort level because today was much more humid.  As a result, today's heat index rose to 96°, which was nine degrees hotter than yesterday (this afternoon's dew point was in the low 70s while it was only in the upper 40s yesterday). 

24 - This year's conditions during the Gay Pride Parade were similar to last year, with a high/low of 84°/66° under partly cloudy skies.  The one difference was that this year's parade had to contend with humid conditions, with the afternoon dew point peaking at 70° late in the afternoon.  However, despite the high humidity, this was the tenth year in a row in which no measurable rain fell during the parade.

28 - It felt like a day in the tropics as the dew point rose into the low 70s and two periods of rain dropped 1.36" in Central Park's rain gauge.  From 4-8 AM thunderstorms produced 0.43" of rain, and then during the evening rush hour more than twice that amount (0.93") poured down in just about an hour's time (mostly 5-6 PM). Before this rush hour downpour the heat index had reached 90° at 3:00 PM (air temperature was 83°).

 

JULY

1 - Today's high/low of 96°/79° made this the hottest day since Aug. 13, 2016, when it was 96°/81°.  It was also a humid day, which resulted in a heat index of 103° at around 2 PM.  This was just the second time since 1972 that the high rose into the 90s on 7/1 (the other year was 2012).  By contrast, between 1931-1971 a high of 90+ occurred once every three or four years.  Finally, the day's low of 79° was the first low of 75+ on this date since 1968 (when it was 77°). 

3 - This was the fourth day in a row with a high in the 90s, and although the high of 92° was the lowest of the four days, today's heat index was the highest of them all - 106°, which occurred early in the afternoon (the dew point peaked at 77°).  This was three degrees hotter than the heat index two days earlier and four degrees hotter than yesterday's. 

10 - For the fourth day in a row we enjoyed clear skies, but the high temperature rose steadily each day, starting with 78° on 7/7 (six degrees below average), 84° on 7/8, 87° on 7/9, and 93° today (nine above average).

17 - A cold front moving into hot and very humid air triggered severe thunderstorms across the metro area in the middle of the afternoon (as well as a funnel cloud over New York Harbor).  In Manhattan nearly two inches of rain fell between 2:30 and 3:30, which exceeded what fell during the first sixteen days of the month.  Before the storm struck the temperature had risen into the upper 80s and the heat index reached 100°.  For the entirety of the storm 2.22" was measured in Central Park, which was three times as much as what Kennedy Airport had, twice as much as Newark received and 40% more than what fell in the rain gauge at LaGuardia.  In the past six days nearly four inches of rain fell from three torrential rainstorms.

22 - The 0.86" of rain that fell late this afternoon and tonight was 0.03" more than what fell from the coastal storm that lashed area last night and in the pre-dawn hours this morning.  Today's rainfall brought July's total to 5.88", making it the year's wettest month so far (almost all of the month's rain fell since 7/12).  Although today's air temperature stayed in the 70s all day, the air had a very tropical feel to it as dew points during the afternoon/evening ranged between 72°-74°.  

25 - The 0.73" of rain that fell today, most of it during daybreak, brought the month's total rainfall to 6.80", exceeding the amount that fell in May and June combined.  July's total is the most to fall in any month in two years, since July 2016, when 7.02" was measured. 

26 - Although an early morning shower produced just 0.03", it was the sixth day in a row with measurable precipitation, the fourth streak of this length this year.  This joined 1989 as the only year with four streaks of six days or more (two of 1989's streaks were only two days apart and produced more than seven inches of rain).

27 - Thunderstorms rumbled through the area between 4:00 and 8:00 PM, making this the seventh day in a row in which rain fell.  The last time there was a streak this long was in June 2012.  Today's rain amounted to 0.25", which brought July's total to 7.08", making it New York's wettest month since April 2014.  Central Park's rainfall, however, was light compared to Newark and Kennedy airports, which received more than an inch of rain, but it was more than LaGuardia, which reported just 0.06".

 

AUGUST

4 - Heavy showers between 9:00 and 11:30 AM made this the twelfth day of the past fifteen to have measurable rain.  During this period 4.85" of rain was measured in Central Park (0.74" fell this morning).  This was the third extended period of precipitation this year and it, by far, had the most precipitation.  And in the past 30 days 9.03" fell, which is about twice the average amount.

 

Chart - 3 lengthy periods of rain in 2018

11 -  A record amount of rain fell today (2.90"), with most of it pouring down between daybreak and 10 AM.  This amount brought total rainfall since July 12 to 12.36", nearly eight inches above average for the period. 

19 - With a high/low of 72°/67° today was the coolest day in eight weeks (since 6/23).  This was also the first day this month in which the low temperature was below 70°, joining August 1988 as the only two that had lows of 70° or warmer for the first eighteen days of the month.  (The longest streak of 70/80-degree lows is 22 days.)  And although just 0.02" of rain fell today during mid-morning, it was enough to move July-August up to the fifth wettest July-August on record (15.18").  

29 - The day's low of 81° established a new record for the latest date for a low temperature in the 80s, beating the previous record, set in 1985 and equaled in 1988, by 14 days.  (Last October a new record was established for the latest date for a low in the 70s, on 10/9.)  However, the afternoon high was just 92°, making the day's eleven-degree diurnal variation the smallest for a day with a low in the 80s in more than 100 years (there were seven dates between 1876 and 1908 with smaller variations).

30 - Today's low of 78° was the 23rd this month that was 70° or warmer, tying it with Aug. 2005 and 1980 for the most 70°+ lows in the month of August.  (A typical August has 13.)

 

SEPTEMBER

3 - This was just the fourth Labor Day since 1980 with a high in the 90s.  Furthermore, with a high/low of 90°/75°, today had the warmest mean temperature on Labor Day since 1980 when the high/low was 95°/76°.  And what a difference a year makes: The first three days this September had a warmer average LOW than last year's average HIGH for the same three days (71° vs. 69°).

6 - Today, with a high of 93° (and a heat index that reached 104° in the early afternoon), was the end of and eleven-day stretch of unseasonably warm weather that had an average high/low of 88°/75°.  Relief arrived in the evening when a thunderstorm between 6:00 and 7:00 produced 0.36" of rain.  This hot stretch of weather had two four-day periods of hot weather at the beginning and end, each with three days in the 90s and three days with lows of 75°+. 

13 - Overnight showers made this the sixth day in a row with measurable precipitation.  This was the fifth streak of six days or more this year - the greatest number of any year on record.

18 - The remnants of Hurricane Florence, which brought disastrous flooding to southeastern North Carolina a few days earlier, synced-up with a cold front and brought heavy rain during the afternoon (12:30-4:30), producing 1.16".  When the rain began the dew point was at a sticky 74°.  This rain came eight days after the remnants from Hurricane Gordon brought 1.38" of rain (but it fell over the course of nearly 24 hours). 

25 - Close to two inches of rain fell (1.95" to be exact), starting shortly before daybreak and continuing thru early evening.  Nearly half of it poured down in the early afternoon between 1:00 and 2:00.  Today's rain pushed September's rainfall over five inches, the sixth month this year with more than five inches of precipitation, joining 1998 as the only two years in which this occurred.

26 - A new September record was set as the day's low of 69° was the seventeenth low this month that was 67° or warmer, breaking a tie with 1971. 

28 - The 0.77" of rain that fell this morning pushed September's total rainfall past six inches, making this the third month in a row with six inches or more.  This became just the ninth such streak on record (going back to 1869), all of which have occurred since 1971.

 

OCTOBER

10 - With a low of 71° today became the latest date for a daily minimum temperature in the 70s, eclipsing the previous record established just last year (on 10/9).  Additionally, today was the tenth day in a row with a low of 60° or milder, the longest such streak ever recorded in October - and it would continue for one more day (this record was broken in 2021).  The average low of 64° during these days was eleven degrees above average.  Of these ten days, today was the only one to have a high in the 80s.  Finally, today was the 55th day this year with a low of 70° or warmer, the fourth greatest amount on record (tied with 2010).

12 - After the first eleven days of the month averaged a very mild high/low of 75°/65° (ten degrees above average), fall weather finally arrived as a cold front pushed out the remnants of hurricane Michael early in the morning and the temperature dropped from 68° shortly after midnight to 51° twenty-four hours later (the chilliest reading since June 3 and 4).

20 - Light showers in the pre-dawn hours amounted to 0.06", bringing the year's precipitation to 50.05" - just the seventh year (since 1869) with 50 inches or more thru 10/20.

 

NOVEMBER

2 - For the second day in a row temperatures rose into the 70s, with today's high being 72° after a high of 70° yesterday (normal high is 59°).  But while yesterday was sunny today's skies were overcast and it was more humid.  This year's mild start to November mirrors similar balmy beginning in four of the past five years.

4 - Skies were mostly clear and temperatures a few degrees chillier than average.  The day's high/low of 55°/43° is what the average temperature has been for the Marathons of the 2010s.  The afternoon humidity was around 40%, which was more than 50% lower than that of last year's race.

15 - An out of season snowstorm moved in during early afternoon and by evening 6.4" of heavy, wet snow had piled up, which was much more than predicted, and the earliest date on record for a snowfall this deep (and just the fifth snowfall of six+ inches in November).  When the snow began falling the temperature dropped from 36° to 28°, but then began rising after 7PM and was back at 36° by 10 PM.  Rush hour traffic was snarled for hours and hundreds of trees lost branches, which snapped off from the weight of snow.  As the storm exited winds picked up and gusted to 35 mph (and to 45 mph at the area's three major airports).  It would be three months before the next snowfall of an inch or more (1.2" on Feb. 12, 2019). 

22 - A week after one of the biggest November snowfalls on record (6.4"), today, with a winter-like high/low of 28°/17° (twenty-three degrees below average), was the first Thanksgiving Day with a sub-freezing high since 1996, and the second coldest Thanksgiving on record - only 1871's was colder (high/low of 22°/15°).

23 - For the second day in a row the high was 32° or colder, making this the first November since 1938 to have two days this cold.  And although today's high of 32° was four degrees warmer than yesterday's, its low of 15° was two degrees colder (and one of the coldest readings on record in November).

24 - This was the last day of a 16-day streak with below average mean temperatures, the longest streak of this kind since one of 22 days in March of this year.  However, this month's streak was a lot more below average (-8.5 degrees vs. -4.5 degrees).

26 - Rain fell from late afternoon onward and 0.85" was measured (thru midnight).  This amount brought November's total precipitation to 7.57", making it the wettest November since 1988 (and seventh wettest of all Novembers).  It also brought the year's total precipitation to 58.99", moving it up from eleventh to ninth wettest year (and pushing 1903 out of the top 10).  Lastly, this became the ninth year to have three or more months with seven or more inches of precipitation.

 

DECEMBER

13 - Inconsequential snow showers during the daylight hours of the morning (the temperature was above freezing) and light drizzle/mist in the afternoon amounted to 0.03" and ended a 10-day streak with no measurable precipitation.  Although that's not very lengthy it was the longest streak in this wet year (and the longest since an 18-day streak in Sept/Oct of last year).  

16 - Today was rainy, raw and windy, with temperatures hovering around 40° during the daylight hours.  1.44" of rain was measured, pushing the year's total precipitation over sixty inches, making this the eighth year since 1869 to reach this level (and placing 2018 as the sixth wettest year on record).  Today's rainfall easily topped the 0.91" that fell during the first fifteen days of the month.

17 - Light wraparound showers in the wee hours of the morning (amounting to just 0.03"), remnants from yesterday's rainstorm, made this the 152nd day of the year with measurable precipitation, tying 1996 for the all-time record.  What distinguishes 2018 from 1996 is that its total precipitation for the year is more than five inches above 1996's (with two weeks remaining in 2018).

20 - Light rain moved in during the evening, making this the record-setting 153rd day this year with measurable precipitation.  And there would be five more days of precipitation (all rain) before the end of the year (which amounted to nearly four inches). 

21 - Five days after a rainfall of 1.44" an even greater deluge occurred last night and today (thru early afternoon), with 1.84" measured (1.62" fell today).  Today's rain moved 2018 up to fifth rainiest year on record.  This storm was also accompanied by much milder air than the previous storm, with temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s during the morning and afternoon, peaking at 61° late in the morning.  This was the first reading in the 60s since 11/7.  Besides the rainy conditions the City also had to contend with dense fog.

28 - A steady rain that fell mostly during the daylight hours measured 1.15", bringing December's total precipitation over five inches, the eighth month this year with five+ inches - the most on record for any year.  This was the third rainstorm of an inch or more since 12/16.  Besides the rain, today was also unseasonably mild, with a high of 60° (quite a contrast from last year when the high/low on this date was 18/11).

31 - Light rain moved in mid-afternoon and turned heavy around 7:30 PM.  Not only was this the first New Year's Eve since 1994 in which rain fell during the ball drop in Times Square, it was also the wettest New Year's Eve since 1948.  This was the fourth day since 12/16 to have more than an inch of rain and it brought December's rainfall well above six inches (no measurable snow fell this month), making it the fifth month in the past six to have six inches or more.  Finally, today's 1.02" rainfall moved 2018 up to fourth place on the all-time list of wettest years (65.55", more than fifteen inches above average).

 

Chart - 2018 hottest and coldest

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Second Warmest Year Globally Is New York's Fourteenth Warmest

Polar bear on melting iceFollowing what was the warmest year on record worldwide, 2017 checked in as the second warmest.  In New York, however, the year didn't rank quite as high, coming in as fourteenth warmest.  But make no mistake, it was still a warm year, ranking higher than 135 others (New York's weather records go back to 1869, which is much further than most US cities).  The fact that the year had five months with below average temperatures makes its ranking rather impressive.  These five months were balanced by the warmest February and October on record.  Nine of the City's fifteen warmest years have now occurred in this century (including the past three years). 

 

 Chart - new york's 15 warmest years

 

 

 

 

 


Greatest Hits of New York Weather in 2017

Review

 

Although two months in 2017, February and October, became the warmest on record, the year may be best remembered for the Arctic outbreak that moved in on Christmas Day and stayed locked in place through the first week 2018.  It produced the year's coldest reading, 9°, which was reached minutes before the year ended.  Other highlights?  At the other end of the thermometer, the year's hottest temperature, 94°, occurred on June 13 and again on July 20.  In terms of precipitation, the biggest snowfall was 9.4" on Feb. 9; the biggest rainstorm was 3.03" on Oct. 29.  Finally, although 2017 was the fifth year of the past six to have below average precipitation, it was the fifth in a row with above average snowfall.  What follows are additional highlights of the year, arranged in chronological order.

 

JANUARY 12 - SUDDEN THAW

A record high of 66° came five days after a snowfall of 5.1" and three days after the coldest day of the winter (high/low of 23/14).  This was the warmest reading in January in 10 years.  (And on Feb. 24 a high of 70° was the earliest date in ten years for the first 70-degree reading.)

 

66 degrees

 

FEBRUARY 9 - A MARSHMALLOW WORLD

The biggest snowfall of the winter, 9.4", buried the City less than 24 hours after the temperature topped out at 62°.  This snowfall was even more impressive considering that this would be the mildest February on record.

 

Snowstorm of feb 9 2017

 

MARCH 14 - WINTER HANGS ON

An intense late-winter storm dumped 7.6" of snow and sleet on the City but was considered a "flop" since it was expected to dump between 14" and 20".  After starting as heavy snow in the pre-dawn hours the precipitation changed to sleet when the storm moved closer to the coast than expected.  This nor'easter came in the midst of a six-day period (March 11-16) that had temperatures that were 15 degrees below average (average high/low of 32/20).

 

APRIL 16 - SUNGLASSES NEEDED AS ACCESSORY FOR EASTER BONNET

The high on Easter Sunday reached 87°, the second warmest reading on record for this holiday.

 

Warm-easter-2017

 

MAY 17-19

An early three-day heat wave (with highs of 90°, 92° and 91°) was followed by six days with highs that never got out of the 60s.  This heat wave was the first in May of three days or more since 2001. 

 

AUTUMN HAS TROPICAL FEEL

After one of the coolest beginnings to September on record, the next eight weeks were seven degrees warmer than average, including the mildest October on record.  This included the latest 90-degree reading since 1970 (91° on Sept. 24) and the latest date on record for a low in the 70s, on Oct. 9.  Half of the days in the six-week period between Sept. 21 and Nov. 3 were ten degrees or more warmer than average.

 

OCTOBER 29

On the five-year anniversary of superstorm Sandy, the biggest rainstorm of the year produced 3.03", besting the deluge of May 5 by 0.01" (the rain on 5/5 poured down in just three hours).  The biggest rainstorm in three-and-a-half years, it produced more rain than four of the months in 2017.

 

Weather.downpour

 

NOVEMBER 9 - SHIVER ME TIMBERS!

A record low of 25°, reported shortly before midnight, was the earliest date for a reading this cold since 1976.  In addition to this record, another was set the next day, making this the first occurrence of back-to-back record lows since August 1994. 

 

END OF DECEMBER - CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY, SERVED CHILLED

The year ended on a teeth-chattering note with six days in a row having highs of 28° or colder, which included the coldest mean temperature in two years (high/low of 18/11 on Dec. 28).  Then shortly before midnight on New Year's Eve the temperature dropped to 9°, making it not only the coldest reading of the year, but the second coldest reading to occur during the Times Square ball-drop.  This cold streak would continue through Jan. 8, making it the third longest streak on record (two days shorter than a 16-day streak in the winter of 1961 and one day shorter than a streak in the winter of 1881).

 

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Weather Highlights of the 'Roaring Twenties' (1920-1929)

 

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In this post I've compiled more than 100 weather events from the 1920s, grouped by year, that captured my attention.  But before proceeding to each year, here is a summary of the most noteworthy occurrences by season:

 

WINTER - The decade began with one of the coldest winters on record as well as the decade's most ferocious winter storm, a 72-hour onslaught of snow (17.5"), sleet and high winds that crippled the City in February 1920; the winter of 1923 was New York's snowiest until the winter of 1947; January 1925 became the snowiest January on record (at the time), followed next winter by the snowiest February (which featured two blizzards of 10"+ less than a week apart).   

SPRING - The first 80-degree reading in March was recorded in 1921; a week later the greatest one-hour, daily and 24-hour drops in temperature occurred; the coldest reading ever reported in April, as well as on Easter Sunday, took place in 1923.  

SUMMER - The first week of June 1925 had one of the most scorching early-season heat waves on record; the only triple-digit readings of the decade occurred on consecutive days in July 1926; August 1927 became the coolest August on record (which contributed to the summer being the second coolest); 1929 experienced the second driest summer on record; unlike the 1930s, '40s and '50s, no notable tropical storms or hurricanes buffeted the area during the decade. 

AUTUMN - 1921 featured the only September that was warmer than August; the City's longest dry spell lasted 36 days in October-November 1924; the first 90-degree reading in October occurred in 1927; the coldest day in November happened in 1929.

 

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January 16 - Beginning today, when 1.9" of snow fell during the evening, and continuing for the next seven weeks (thru March 4), at least one inch of snow would be on the ground in Central Park.  Today was also frigidly cold, with a high/low of only 14°/7°.

January 27 - After twelve of the past thirteen day had highs of 32° or colder (the average high was 26°), today's high jumped to 51°, which was the first reading of 50+ in six weeks.

January 31 - In less than 24 hours the temperature dropped from 41°, at 4 PM yesterday, to zero degrees this morning at 10 AM.  Temperatures were in the single digits or colder for 31 consecutive hours - and between +1° and -2° (on 2/1) for 17 consecutive hours.  This was also the tenth day this month to have a low in the single digits or colder - the most of any January (a mark that still stands). 

February 4-7 - One of New York's most extended onslaughts of winter weather of all time brought 72 hours of snow, sleet and freezing rain (beginning after 2 AM on 2/4 and ending around dawn on 2/7).  During this punishing storm, 4.41" of liquid precipitation fell, 17.5" of it in the form of snow (five to six inches of snow fell on 2/4, 2/5 and 2/6); the rest was sleet and freezing rain.  For much of the storm temperatures were in the 20s, and with winds gusting between 35 and 45 mph, the wind chill was in the single digits.

 

Snowy street in nyc in 1920   

 

June 11 - Today's high of 94° came the day after the low was 55°.

June 30 - The day's low temperature of 68° was the mildest minimum reading of the month.   July would also have no lows of 70+, the second and last July to have that distinction (the first was in 1888).  1920's first low in the 70s wouldn't be until 8/9.

July 9 - The high today was 84° and followed three days that had highs of 83° (yesterday), 82° and 81°. 

August 4 - For the fourth day in a row the high was 80°.

August 9 - Today had the year's first low in the 70s, the latest date on record for this occurrence (the typical date is in the first week of June). Not surprisingly, 1920 had the second fewest days with lows of 70+, eight (later tied by 1962), one more than 1920.  This compared to the average number of 30 (in the 50 years before 1920).

August 17 - Today had the last 70-degree low of the year, just nine days after the first 70-degree low was recorded - the shortest span on record between first and last.  During this brief span, eight of the nine days had lows in the 70s.

December 25 - Today had the winter's first high of 32° or colder (there was no white Christmas, but the winter's first measurable snowfall would arrive tomorrow evening).

 

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February 20 - The winter's biggest snowfall amounted to 12.5".  Beginning shortly after midnight as rain, it quickly changed over to snow after 1 AM and continued until early evening; it was a very wet snow, with 2.68" of liquid precipitation measured.  Winds gusted to 41 mph.  The temperature fell slowly through the day, from 35° to 22° (on the way to 14° by daybreak on the 21st).

March 21 - New York had its first reading in the 80s in the month of March, as the high reached 84° shortly after 2 PM.  But then a strong cold front passed through around 3 PM, and by daybreak on 3/22 the temperature had fallen to 37°.  Winds gusted to 35 mph during the evening.  Another reading in the 80s would occur one week later.

 

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March 28 - After the temperature jumped from 49° to 82° between 5 AM and 2 PM, New York experienced its greatest one-hour drop in temperature when it plummeted 29 degrees between 4:00 and 5:00, from 81° to 52°.  The strong cold front that ushered in this cold air was accompanied by winds that gusted between 35 and 45 mph.  By midnight the temperature was down to 34°.  This 48-degree plunge is the greatest daily temperature drop on record.  And when the mercury bottomed out at 26° the next morning at 6 AM, the drop in temperature was 56 degrees in sixteen hours.

 

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April 6 - For the third day in a row the high reached the upper 70s at a time when the average high is in the mid-50s.

April 28 - With a high of 72°, this was the 13th day this month with a high of 70° or warmer, the most on any April on record (April 1941 and April 1977 had 12 such days).  This April would be the warmest on record until 1941 (it's now ranked sixth).

July 28 - The high today was 94°, and followed three days that had highs of 93° (yesterday), 92° and 91°. 

September 3 - Today's high of 96° was the hottest reading of the year, topping three other days that had highs of 95°.  This was also the last 90-degree day of the summer.  In total there were 15 days in the 90s, three more than average (1890-1920 period).

September 24 - This morning's (and 9/19's) low of 56° was the coolest reading of the month.  (The coolest reading in September is typically in the upper 40s.)  August had a cooler reading than September (55°).  Not surprisingly, this was, at the time, the third warmest September on record (now ranked eighth).

September 30 - This September stands out for being the only one that was warmer than August.  In keeping with the warm conditions, today's high was 87°, then a severe thunderstorm between 4:00 and 5:00 dumped a little more than an inch of rain, and winds gusted to 40 mph.

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November 19 - This was the second day in a row with a high in the low 70s, about twenty degrees warmer than average.  This followed an extended period earlier in the month (11/4-16) with highs in the 40s, about ten degrees chillier than average. 

December 30 - For the second day this month the temperature dropped to 7° (the first time was on 12/22).

 

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January 26 - This was the fourth day in a row with a high of either 21° or 22°.  And three of the four days had lows in the single digits.  Although there were colder days this winter, this was the most sustained stretch of Arctic cold.  However, there was no snowfall.  

January 28-29 - New York was on the northern fringe of a winter storm that became known as the "Knickerbocker Snowstorm" after the roof a movie theater by that name in Washington, DC collapsed from the weight of snow the night of 1/28, killing 98 moviegoers.  And although New York escaped the paralyzing amounts of snow that piled up in Virginia, DC, Maryland and southeastern PA (6.5" fell in Central Park, the biggest snowfall of the winter), gale force winds clocked at between 35 and 50 mph howled for nearly 24 hours, beginning mid-day on the 28th (earlier in the month a nor'easter on 1/11 produced a peak wind gust of 54 mph).  Temperatures throughout the storm were in the 29° to 31° range, with chills in the low teens.

 

New york city winter scene 1920s

(60 years later, on Jan. 13, 1982, another DC-based disaster was tied to a winter storm when a plane crashed after it failed to gain sufficient altitude due to the weight of ice on its wings. That storm brought nearly six inches of snow to New York.)   

February 17 - There were ten days with lows colder than 10° this winter, but today was the only one with a reading that was below zero (-2°).  This tied Feb. 17, 1896 as the second latest date for a sub-zero reading (latest was in the winter of 1873 when a low of -4° was reported on 2/24.)

 

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March 26 - The temperature jumped from 37° to 76° in the span of ten hours.

July 5 - This was the fifteenth day of the past nineteen to have measurable rain (since June 17).  Nearly eight inches fell during these days (average rainfall during this period is close to three inches).  Seven of the days, including today, had more than half an inch of rain.  And with a high/low of 68°/60°, today was the coolest of the days during this rainy spell.

October 5 - Today's high soared to 89° three days after a high of 88°.  (The average high at the beginning of October is in the upper 60s.)  Today's high was a record until 1941 (when the high reached 94°, the hottest reading ever reported in October.)

December 14 - Today's 3.2" snowfall from late morning thru the afternoon was the first of ten snowfalls of three inches or more this winter, a winter that would become, at the time, the snowiest on record (60.4").

 

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January 1 - The 1.68" of rain that fell between 5 AM-1 PM made this the second rainiest New Year's Day (after 1888, which had 2.05").  The day's high of 53° would be the mildest reading of the month and came just two days after December's coldest reading (12°).

January 3-4 - The biggest snowfall of the winter began this afternoon and continued until daybreak on the 4th, accumulating 9.0".  The temperature fell slowly through the storm, dropping from 33° to 29°.

January 14 - Snow began falling after 11 AM and by 6 PM 7.8" had accumulated then it changed to light rain for the next three hours as the temperature rose into the mid-30s.


Snowy street in nyc_1923

 

February 12 - 3.1" of snow fell today, the day after 3.0" fell and two days after 3.3" piled up - all from different low pressure systems (and 6.3" fell on 2/6-7).  This brought the amount of snow that fell in the past seven weeks to 44.2".

March 6-7 - Snow began falling around 10 AM and continued light and steady (along with a mix with sleet and freezing rain after 4 PM) for the next 24 hours, accumulating 7.3".  This was the tenth snowfall of three inches or more this winter.  Besides the snow/ice, winds gusted to 30-35 mph, and temperatures were very cold on the 6th, with a high/low of only 25°/19°.

 

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March 10 - Although it was snow of the wet, "junk" variety (today's high/low was 41°/32°), the 0.7" that accumulated brought the winter's total to 60.3", tying it with the winter of 1873 as snowiest on record.  Then nine days later it would claim the title of snowiest when 0.1" fell (it held this title until the winter of 1947 and has since fallen to fifth snowiest).  

March 23 - Three days after a low of 14° today's high soared to 76°, a record.  Then a cold front moved through later in the afternoon and the temperature half that by sunrise on 3/24.

March 29 - It was a bitterly cold early spring day with a high/low of just 32°/10°, twenty-three degrees below average. (And after a respite on 3/30, with a high/low of 42°/30°, 3/31 had a high/low of 34°/14°).  This morning's low (a record that still stands) came six days after a high of 76°.

April 1 - Easter Sunday dawned bitterly cold, with a reading of 12°, making this, easily, the coldest reading of any Easter Sunday (and the coldest reading on record for the month of April).  Winds gusting to 25 mph produced wind chills around -5°.  The afternoon high "recovered" to 36°.  (Three days later the high would reach 70°.)  This was the fourth day of the past five with lows in the teens.

June 6 - Highs today and the previous four days were: 89°-88°-89°-92°-91°(today), sixteen degrees above average. 

August 23 - The morning low was a chilly 51° (which held for three hours), a record for the date (that still stands).  This came a year after a record low on 8/21 (53°).

October 23-24 - Rain began falling at daybreak on the 23rd and by the time it ended in the early afternoon the following day nearly four inches had been measured (3.92").  Temperatures during the afternoon of the 23rd were only in the mid-40s, but then rose after midnight to 67° late in the morning on the 24th before falling into the 50s.

 

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January 27 - Yesterday's and today's lows of 7° and 5° came five days after another combination of 7° and 5°. 

February 19-20 - A nor'easter dumped nearly five inches of heavy snow the night of the 19th into the wee hours of the 20th; then it changed to sleet and then rain as the temperature rose into the mid-30s by late morning (precipitation ended around noon).  Winds gusted between 30-40 mph during the rainy part of the storm.  In total, 2.62" of precipitation was measured (2.21" fell today).

 

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April 1 - It was no April Fool's joke as 8.5" of heavy, wet snow fell mostly from mid-afternoon through 9 PM.  Interestingly, snow fell mostly with temperatures two or three degrees above freezing.  Besides the snow, gale force winds gusted to 35 mph.

May 17 - Today's high of 75° was the first 70-degree reading of the month and the warmest reading of the month - the coolest reading to have that distinction in May (79° is the second coolest warmest reading, which has happened in five years).  This reading wouldn't be topped until 6/5.

May 21 - On a showery day the high/low was only 50°/47°.  The high was 22 degrees below average.

June 7 - The temperature reached 80° for the first time this year, the latest date on record and six weeks later than the average date for this occurrence.

 

New York City during the 1920s

 

July 12 - For the fourth day in a row the high was 86°.

August 7 - In the midst of a five-day heat wave, today's high reached 99° and the heat index approached 110°. 

August 25-26 - A dissipating hurricane southeast of Long Island, moving in the direction of Cape Cod, brought tropical storm winds and 3.03" of rain to New York.  Rain began the evening of the 25th, when 0.74" fell, and continued thru late morning on the 26th, with 2.29" measured (1.13" fell between midnight and 2 AM).

September 2 - This was the seventh, and last, day of a late summer hot spell, with the last four days in the 90s.  The average high during this week was 90°, eleven degrees above average.  This unseasonable warmth dissipated today after a cold front moved through around 4 PM, dropping the temperature from 92° to 60° by midnight.

October 8 - The only rain this month fell today, 0.28".  At the time this was the driest October and the second driest month on record.  (It's now the second driest October, behind October 1963, and the seventh driest of any month).

November 13 - This was the thirty-sixth day in a row with no measurable rainfall, the longest dry spell on record (a record that still stands).  The previous record was 27 days set 40 years earlier in September 1884.

November 18 - Today and yesterday were 21 degrees colder than average, with highs/lows that would be quite cold even by mid-winter standards: 30°/19° yesterday and 33°/19° today.  (The typical date for the first high of 32° or colder typically occurs in mid-December.)  Tomorrow would see a slight moderation in temperatures, to 37°/21°.

November 27 - Sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 30s greeted those who lined the streets for Macy's first Thanksgiving Day Parade.  The day's high and low were a seasonable 49/34. 

 

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January 2 - A blizzard dumped close to a foot of snow (11.5").  Snow began falling around daybreak and lasted until 11 PM.  In addition to snow there were also periods of heavy sleet in the early afternoon.  Temperatures throughout the storm were in the mid-20s, but howling winds gusting between 35-40 mph produced wind chills in the single digits.  This was the third year in a row in which more than inch of precipitation fell on one of the first three days of the new year.  Last year it happened on 1/2, while in 1923 it occurred on New Year's Day.

 

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January 26 - Today's high of 45° was the mildest reading this month, and the mildest reading since Dec. 19.  The day also had the year's first low above 32°, and the first since 12/24.

January 27 - The temperature fell steadily throughout the day, dropping from 42° at midnight to 4° twenty-four hours later (bottoming out at -2° at daybreak on the 28th).  This came a few days after lows of 2° on 1/23 and 1/24.

January 29 - The 1.3" of snow that fell later in the afternoon brought January's snowfall to 27.4", making this the snowiest January and the second snowiest of any month (now ranked third and eighth, respectively).  The month had three significant snowfalls: 11.5" on Jan. 2, seven inches on Jan. 20, and 5.1" on Jan. 27-28.  All but 2.2" of the winter's snow fell this month. 

February 12 - This was the fourth year in a row in which an inch or more of snow fell on this date.  This year 1.3" fell; last year an inch accumulated; in 1923, 3.1" was measured; and in 1922 an inch was reported in Central Park. 

April 22 - For the second day in a row the low was 32° (average is mid-40s); today's low was a record which still stands.

April 30 - Rainy and very cool, with a high/low of 45°/42°.  The high was a record for coolest maximum temperature for this date.

May 26 - This was the third day in a row with a low in the low 40s.  The low on the 25th was a record (that still stands).  This came after a high of 91° on 5/23. 

June 7 - Today's high was 96°, the fifth day since 6/1 to have a high of 94° or hotter (the outlier was 6/2, which had a high of "only" 88°).  The highs of June 4-7 were all records - which are still standing.  This is the most intense early June heat wave of all time.  (Highs in the first week of June are typically in the mid-to-upper-70s.)

 

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July 31 - The biggest rainstorm of the year produced 2.14".  And although it was an all-day event, much of it fell between 5-10 PM, when 1.41" was measured.  The rain and clouds kept the temperature in the upper 60s all day.

August 11 - Low temperatures from Aug. 7 thru today: 65°-66°-67°-68°-69° (8/11).

October 10 - It was a cold day (high/low of 43°/36°) with howling winds that gusted to 51 mph around mid-day, producing wind chills in the mid-20s.  The high of 43° is the coldest for Oct. 10 and the low was one degree shy of the 1888 record.

October 30 - Today's high of 38° was the earliest date for a maximum daily temperature in the 30s (later topped by Oct. 26, 1962).  And 0.8" of snow fell (and wouldn't be topped until 1/9 when 2.3" fell).  The next day's low of 29° was also a record, and the third day in a row with a low colder than 32°.  And Nov. 1 would be the fourth day in a row with a low of 32° or colder (but it wasn't a record). 

December 1-5 - A large, meandering, extra-tropical system brought rain squalls and gusty winds over the course of five days.  2.76” of rain fell during this period, with the wettest day being 12/3, when 1.63” was measured (but none of the rain was torrential; the greatest two-hour totals were 0.41” from midnight-2 AM, and 0.36” between 8-10 PM.  Wind gusts of 35 mph were common on the 3rd and 4th.  (After today, only 0.54” of precipitation fell for the rest of the month.)

December 27 - Today's high/low was a frigid 16°/8°, twenty-one degrees below average.  The high was the coldest ever recorded on this date, and the day's mean temperature was the coldest in December since Dec. 18, 1919, when the high/low was 11°/-1°. 

 

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February 10 - Less than a week after a fierce blizzard brought 10.4" of snow and sleet (accompanied by wind gusts of 40-45 mph) another snowstorm dumped a foot on the City, much of it falling this morning between 3:00 and 9:00 (light snow began last night and accumulated 1.6").  Winds from this storm gusted between 30 and 35 mph.  Temperatures in the morning held steady in the low 20s and then fell slowly during the afternoon, reaching 11° by midnight.  (In a similar fashion, in early February 1994 two snowstorms of 9.2" and 12.8" struck three days apart.)

 

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February 23 - Today's snowfall of two inches brought the month's total to 26.3", making this the snowiest February on record (now ranked sixth).  This came one year after the snowiest January on record (at the time).

February 27 - Today's high of 33° was the ninth this winter, tying the winter of 1905 for the most 33-degree highs.  (There were also eight days with highs of 32° or colder.)

March 5 - Today was frigid, with a high/low of only 25°/13°, eighteen degrees below average.

March 17 - This was the seventh day in a row with highs in the 30s.  The average high during these days was 36°, eleven degrees colder than average.

April 19 - A very chilly day, with a high/low of 44°/30°, sixteen degrees below average.

April 21 - The day after winter's last below-freezing low (28°), today's high was a balmy 75° (and tomorrow's high would rise to 82°).

June 7 - One year after the five days between June 3-7 had highs that averaged 97°, the same five days this year had highs that averaged 65°, ten degrees below average.  And 6/4's low of 48° was a record (that still stands).

July 15 - Less than a week after highs of 96° and 97°, today's high on a rainy day was only 67° (more typical of early May).  Then a week later broiling heat returned with back-to-back highs of 100° on 7/21 and 7/22 - the first time for consecutive highs in the triple digits since 1901.  These would be the only highs of 100°+ this decade.

 

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August 12 - Heavy rain between 4 PM thru daybreak on 8/13, totaled 3.73".  Much of it poured down at the very beginning, with 2.45" measured from 4-6 PM.  From today thru 8/18, 6.24" of rain would fell.

September 6 - Three weeks after 6.24" of rain fell from 8/12-18, 4.17" fell from 9/2-9/6, with today seeing the most rain, 2.24".  In less than four weeks (8/12-9/6) eleven inches of rain fell.  Four days had rainfall of one inch or more.

 

1920s stormy new york

 

September 25 - After a high of 89° at 1 PM, the warmest reading of the month (and a record until 1970), the temperature fell steadily until it bottomed out at 52° by daybreak the next day.

November 11 - A cold day with a high/low of 37°/28°, sixteen degrees below average.  The low was a record (tied in 1930).  Temperatures were below freezing from 1-10 AM and after 9 PM.

December 5 - 7.9" of snow fell on a very cold day, which had a high/low of 24°/11°.  Snow fell heaviest from 1 PM until 7 PM.  This was the biggest snowfall of the winter and was the snowiest 12/5 until 2003, when 8.0" fell.

December 7 - This was the sixth day in a row with a low in the teens.  And at 10° (a record), today's was the coldest reading of these days.

December 31 - Today's snowfall of 0.4" (which fell after 9 PM) was the eleventh day this month with measurable snow, with all but one of these days getting less than an inch.

 

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January 27 - The morning low was one below zero, a record for the date (that still stands).  The next day would have a high of 44° and would be followed by seven days in a row with highs in the 40s or 50s.

 

One below zero

 

March 19 - Today was the seventh day in a row with highs in the 60s.  The average high during this week was 65°, at a time of the year when highs are typically in the upper 40s.

April 20 - The day after the high was a pleasant 64°, today's high was a summer-like 90°, 28 degrees above average, and a record for the date (which still stands).  At the time it was the second earliest date for a 90-degree reading (the temperature reached 90° on April 18 in 1896).  However, it would be seven weeks before the next 80-degree reading was reached; and the next 90-degree reading wouldn't be until July 13.

 

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April 22 - Beginning today, two days after the high reached 90°, the rest of the month would have highs that ranged between 52° and 61°.

May 24 - Today's high/low was only 51°/49°.  It came in the midst of a 48-hour period in which 2.61" of rain fell (from 1PM on 5/23 until 6 AM on 5/25).

June 5 - Today's high of 81° was the first in the 80s (or warmer) since the 90-degree high on 4/20, nearly seven weeks ago.

June 13 - It was a beautiful day for the ticker tape parade held in Lower Manhattan to honor Charles Lindbergh after his non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  Skies were mostly sunny, the humidity low and the high/low a seasonable of 77°/60°.

 

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July 13 - Today's high of 92° was the second reading in the 90s this year, coming nearly three months after the year's first, on 4/20.  The next two days would also have highs of 92°.

July 31 - Today's low of 70° was the last low in the 70s of the year, and the earliest date for the last 70-degree of any year in the 20th century.  (The last 70-degree low typically occurs in the first week of September.)

August 1 - A tremendous rainstorm between 2-3 PM inundated the City with 1.68" of rain.  This was the greatest daily rain total since last September.  Today's high of 83° would be the month's warmest reading.  In addition to today, there would be only seven more days this month with highs in the 80s (and none after 8/17).  Not surprisingly, this became the coolest August on record (a record that still stands).

August 8 - Strong thunderstorms from noon until sunrise tomorrow brought 3.36" of rain.  0.31" fell from 1-2 PM, 0.47" from 4-5PM, 1.34" from 7-9 PM and 0.97" from 11 PM-1 AM.  Also, today's low of 69° would be the mildest reading of the month, making this the second, and last, August to have no lows of 70° or warmer (the other August was in 1920).

September 1 - The year's biggest rainstorm dumped 3.84", mostly between 10 AM and 8 PM.  After this storm the next 30 days would see just 0.43" of rain (followed by an 18-day period between 10/3-20 with nine inches). 

October 2 - Today's high of 90° (following a record high of 88° yesterday) was the first reading in the 90s in the month of October.  It's since happened just five other times - in 1938, 1939, 1941 (twice), and 2019.  After today's summery conditions, the next eighteen days would see nine inches of rain.

October 19 - 48 hours of rain, which amounted to 3.80", ended around noon.  This rainstorm missed being the year's biggest, which was on 9/1, by 0.05".  Incredibly, it was the fourth nor'easter since 10/3, all which dumped more than an inch of rain: 1.60" on 10/3-4; 1.44" on 10/8-9; 2.04" on 10/12-13; and the 3.80" from this most recent one.

 

Rainyday1920s

 

November 23 - Today's high of 70° was the fifth 70-degree reading this month (the others were on 11/1, 11/2, 11/12 and 11/16).  Interspersed among these warm days were four unseasonably cold days, with lows of 32° or colder: 11/7, 11/8, 11/19 and 11/20.

November 24 - Although it was just 0.14", the light rain on Thanksgiving Day fell during the fourth Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  The rain put somewhat of a damper on the debut of the parade's famous helium balloons.

December 1 - During the time of the year when highs are typically in the upper 40s, today and the previous two days had highs of 68° (today)-67°-64°.  Yesterday's high was reached shortly before midnight while today's was in the wee hours of the morning, then the mercury began falling steadily, until it was down to 35° shortly before midnight.

December 4 - A major sleet storm, that amounted to 2.1", began around lunchtime.  Temperatures were mostly in the mid-twenties and howling winds gusted close to 40 mph, producing wind chills in the single digits.  In the few hours leading to midnight the temperature approached the freezing mark and rain mixed with the sleet.  In total, 1.07" of liquid precipitation was measured.    

December 8 - After reaching a record 65° shortly after 10 AM, the mercury dropped like a rock and by midnight the temperature was 26°.

 

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January 15 - This was the tenth day in a row with highs of 45° or warmer (warmest reading was 58° on 1/7).  The average high during these days was 50°, twelve degrees above average.

February 13 - For the fourth day in a row the high was 37°.  Each day's low, however, was different and colder: 33°-29°-25°-22° (today). 

February 26 - Today, with a high/low of 23°/7°, was the coldest day of the winter (twenty degrees below average).  This was the only day of the winter to have a reading in the single digits (the low was a record).

March 9 - The 5.3" of snow that fell today (beginning late in the morning) was the biggest snowfall of the winter.

 

New yorker snowy street scene

 

April 29 - Low temperatures ranged from 38° to 40° for the past nine days (average low temperatures in late April are in the upper 40s).  Besides cold mornings, this period was also rainy, with slightly more than four inches of rain measured.

June 2 - Today's high of 83° was the second 80-degree day of the year and came nearly two months after the year's first on April 5 (a record for the date).  In the years since 1900 (thru 2021) this 57-day hiatus is the longest on record. 

July 4 - Today had the first 90-degree reading of the year, the third year in a row the first 90 was in July (last year it happened on the thirteenth, the year before that it fell on the ninth).  Typically, the first 90 (in the years between 1870-1927) occurred around 6/14.  Today's high was 90°.

July 5 - The biggest rainstorm of the year began this evening and continued thru daybreak tomorrow, dumping 2.87" of rain.  The rain was heaviest at the onset, when 0.75" fell from 5-7 PM, and then between 3-4 AM when 0.78" fell.

July 20 - High temperatures over the past four days: 90°-89°-90°-89° (today).  Cooler air moved in this evening after a strong thunderstorm dumped 0.74" of rain between 5-6 PM.

September 19-20 - Remnants of the Great Okeechobee Hurricane (which killed 2,500+ in central Florida on 9/17) dampened the City with 1.70" of rain; 1.29" of it fell on the 19th (showers and squalls fell throughout the day, with 0.58" falling between 10 AM-noon), and 0.41" fell in the wee hours of the 20th (with 0.29" falling between midnight-1 AM).   

October 12 - Today's high of 86°, a record, was the warmest reading in six weeks (since the year's last 90-degree temperature on 8/30). 

October 18 - Today's high and low of 82°/69° were both records for the date, as was yesterday's low of 67°.  These readings were twenty degrees above average.

November 15-19 - This five-day period had an average high/low of 69°/54°, which was 16 degrees above average, and more comparable to the beginning of October.  The average low during these five days was two degrees milder than the average high in mid-November.  Two of the days, 11/16 and 11/18, had record highs in the lows 70s (records that still stand).

December 8 - The first measurable snowfall of the winter produced two inches.  The next measurable snowfall wouldn't be until 1/13, and the next snowfall of an inch or more wouldn't be until 2/20.

 

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January 31 - This was the seventh day this month to have measurable snow, and like all of the other snowfalls, it amounted to less than an inch.

February 21 - More than half of the winter's 13.8" of snow fell today as 8.0" accumulated between 6 AM and 3 PM.  Temperatures were in the low-to-mid-twenties during the storm.

 

Winter scene

 

March 9-10 - Two days of roller coaster temperatures.  After reaching the low 40s late in the morning of 3/9, the temperature dropped the rest of the day, down to 15° by midnight.  Then, after bottoming out at 12° at daybreak on 3/10, the temperature rebounded to 40° by late afternoon.  The low on the 10th was the coldest reading since 1/14, when it was 8° (the coldest reading of the winter).  

April 7 - The temperature jumped from 46° to 89°, thirty-two degrees above average.  (Yesterday's high was 59°.)  At the time this was the earliest date for a temperature so warm.  The following day's high was equally summer-like (88°), but its mean temperature was much higher as the low was 65°, nineteen degrees warmer than yesterday's.

 

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April 12 - Four days after back-to-back days in the upper 80s, today was the beginning of a week-long period with highs only in the low-to-mid-40s (average high in mid-April is in the upper 50s).  Besides a high/low of only 42°/37°, today also featured a cold rain that amounted to 0.98".

May 31 - Today's high was 93°, and was the seventh day in a row in which the high was warmer than the previous day: 65°-72°-74°-76°-77°-84°-88°-93°.

August 4 - Jones Beach opened today, but the passage of a cold front late in the morning made it a cool day for beach goers as the high/low was 75°/63°.  A stiff breeze from the northwest gave a fall-like feel to the air.  It was probably even chillier at the beach, situated on the south shore of Long Island.

 

Jones beach

 

August 30 - Today's rainfall was the last of the month and brought August's total to 1.91", making this the third month in a row with less than two inches.  The June-August total of 4.58" was in stark contrast to the 20" that fell during these same three months in 1928 and 1927.  This was the second driest summer, following 1894 (it has since fallen to third).

September 4 - This was last day of the third four-day heat wave this summer, and it was the hottest of the three, with highs of 95°-96°-99°-97°.  The last two highs were records for their respective dates (which still stand).  Today was also the twenty-first (and last) 90-degree day of the year, the most since 1900.

October 1-2 - The remnants of the season's second hurricane moved through eastern Pennsylvania, producing 2.55" of rain.  2.16" of it fell on 10/2, with most of it falling between 5 AM-3 PM.  This amount was a record for the date (which still stands).   

October 29 - Wall Street's "Black Tuesday", which presaged the Great Depression, was partly cloudy and chilly with a high/low of 49°/37°, about ten degrees chillier than average.

 

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November 30 - Today's frigid high/low of 23°/12° made this New York's coldest day in November in the 20th century (based on mean temperature); these temperatures would be well below average even in the dead of winter.  By contrast, the beginning of the month began with highs of 73° on 11/1 and 76° on 11/2.

 

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December 1 - This was the third day in a row with highs that were below freezing.  During these days the highs were: 30°-23°-31°.  The average high this time of year is in the upper 40s.

December 2 - The season's first measurable snow fell during the afternoon into the early evening, accumulating 3.9".  This amount was a record for the date (which still stands), and it was the biggest snowfall of the winter.  Besides snow there were also periods of sleet.  Throughout the afternoon temperatures hovered around 29°.

December 4 - This was the sixth, and last, day of an early cold snap.  The average high/low of 30°/20° was sixteen degrees below average. 

 

To read about weather highlights in New York during other decades:

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Weather Highlights of the 1930s

 

1930s

 

The 1930s stand out in New York's weather history because it's the decade the City experienced its hottest and coldest readings - 106° on July 6, 1936, and -15° on Feb. 9, 1934.  Other noteworthy occurrences include New York's coldest month on record (February 1934); the great New England hurricane, which brushed the City in September 1938; an 18.1" snowstorm on Jan. 22-23, 1935 which, for a while, was the second biggest of all time; October's coldest reading, in 1936 (28°), followed two years later by the same month's first 90-degree reading; and the biggest November snowfall (8.8"), in 1938, which began Thanksgiving evening.   

 

1930

Feb. 25 - Today's high soared to 75°, the mildest reading ever recorded in February (duplicated in 1985, and later passed in 2018).  Besides today's warmth, there were highs of 69° and 68° on 2/20 and 2/21 (both records), and 65° yesterday.  (Average highs during this time of year are in the low 40s.)

 

75degrees

 

April 24 - This was the second cold day in a row with temperatures that were more typical of the first week of March.  Today's high/low of 44°/31° followed yesterday's 42°/32°.  Both morning lows were records (which still stand).  These were the coldest days of the month.

May 23 - After today's high of 91°, the next eight days all had highs of 65° or chillier. 

July 3 - Between 7-8 PM a thunderstorm dumped 2.11" of rain in just 15 minutes (and 2.75" in half an hour), perhaps the most torrential downpour in NYC history.  (A typical year before 1930 averaged four months with less than this 30-minute amount.)  In the course of the storm, the temperature dropped from the upper 70s to the low 60s.

 

Downpour_nighttime 

 

July 21 - Today's high reached 102°, which at the time was the hottest temperature ever reported in Central Park.

July 24 - A thunderstorm between 3-4 PM dumped 0.62" in 15 minutes.

July 29 - An early evening thunderstorm (6-7 PM) dumped 1.33" of rain in thirty minutes.

Aug. 16 - In just ten-minutes time a half-inch of rain poured down during a mid-afternoon thunderstorm.

Aug. 23 - A nor'easter dumped 3.03" of rain in less than 12 hours (3AM-2PM).  Nearly half of this amount fell between 10 AM and noon. Temperatures were very cool, only in the upper 50s during the afternoon.  Today's rainfall was a record for the date (which still stands).

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Sept. 13-14 - A hurricane off the Outer Banks of North Carolina, pushed rain squalls into the area after 10 PM on the 13th that continued through the wee hours of the 14th.  The 0.75" that fell (0.56" of it on the 14th) was half the rainfall of a dry September (at the time, the tenth driest September; now ranked 21st). 

Oct. 13 - This was the third day in a row with very similar, and well above average, highs/lows: 77°/59° (two days ago); 77°/58° (yesterday); and 78°/57° (today).

Nov. 22 - After today's high of 63°, the next 60-degree reading wouldn't be for another four-and-a-half months (April 4).

Nov. 28 - Today would have been quite cold even by the standards of mid-winter as the high/low was only 27°/15°.  During the morning, wind chills were in the single digits.  Four days later would be equally cold, with a high of 26°/16° (winds gusting to 37 mph produced sub-zero wind chills).

 

Brrr 

 

Dec. 1 - This was the only day this month with temperatures in the 50s - and that lasted only until 5 AM.  After reaching a high of 58° around 1 AM the temperature fell steadily throughout the day and was 26° by midnight (and 16° by mid-morning on 12/2).

Dec. 23-24 - 3.9" of snow, which ended late in the morning on the 24th, provided a mantle of white for Christmas Day.  This would be the biggest snowfall of the winter.

 

1931

Jan. 2 - This was the last day of an 11-day period with highs that were between 33°-38°.

April 4 - Today's high of 61° was the first 60-degree reading in four-and-a-half months (since Nov. 22).

Aug. 30 - For the fourth day in a row 0.05" of rain fell.

Sept. 11 - The day after a high of 97°, today's high soared to 99° - both records for the date.  (And in 1983 the same dates had the same high temperatures.)

 

Summertime

 

Oct. 8 - The first eight days of the month had an average high of 81°, fourteen degrees above average.  Highs ranged between 76° and 86°, with five of the days reporting highs in the 80s.  Today's high was 86°, a record which lasted until 2007.

Oct. 31-Nov. 3 - Highs/lows of this four-day period were similar: 57°/43°, 56°/44°, 56°/44° and 57°/46°.

Nov. 23 - This was the third day in a row with a high of 72°, twenty degrees above average.  Yesterday's and today's highs were records (that are still standing).  And today and yesterday, each with a high/low of 72°/58°, was the tenth pair of days this year with the same high/low - the most of any year (later tied in 2010).

Nov. 27 - Light snow during the daylight hours accumulated 2.0", which would be the biggest snowfall of the winter, a winter that saw just 5.1" of snow.  During the hours when the snow fell the temperature was in the low 30s.

 

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1932

Jan. 15 -  This was the third day in a row of extraordinarily mild temperatures.  Today's high/low was 67°/48°, yesterday's was 70°/55°, and the day before that it was 68°/56° (the only three-day streak of highs of 65+ in January).  Each day's high temperatures were records, thirty-one degrees above average, which are all still standing.  These three days greatly contributed to the month becoming the mildest January on record (a record that still stands).

March 15 - Blustery and very cold, with a high/low of only 26°/16°, twenty-two degrees colder than average.  And winds from the northwest gusting to 25-30 mph produced wind chills in the single digits.  One week before the start of spring, today was colder than any day this winter.

March 16 - This was the tenth day in a row with low temperatures in the teens or twenties.  During this stretch of days, lows averaged 21°, which was thirteen degrees below average.  Despite the chill during these days, only 0.2" of snow fell, and it occurred today between 11 PM and midnight.

June 27 - On a sweltering day (high of 90°, heat index of 100°) strong thunderstorms moved through between 3:00 and 11 PM, dumping 2.11" of rain, most of which fell in the two hours between 7-9:00.

Sept. 2 - Today's high of 96° was the hottest temperature of the year, and the year's last 90-degree reading.  (The preceding fourteen 90-degree days this summer were either 90°, 91°, or 92°.)  The day, which was the Friday leading into Labor Day weekend, was also uncomfortably humid, with a heat index of 108° in the early afternoon. 

Nov. 19 - Today saw the fourth rainstorm of an inch or more since Nov. 1.  In addition to the 1.95" that fell today (a record for the date), 1.21" fell on 11/1; 1.83" on 11/6-7; and 2.06" fell 11/9-10,  .  (At the time, this was the second wettest November on record; it's now ranked eighth.)

 

Rainy new york city 1930s 

 

Nov. 27 - The morning low of 12° at 6 AM was a 40-degree drop from 26 hours earlier.  Winds gusting between 15-25 mph produced wind chills around -5°.  This low tied Nov. 30, 1929 as the coldest reading reported in November during the 20th/21st centuries. 

Dec. 17 - Snow that began late in the morning continued through the early morning on 12/18, amounting to 7.2".  It was also a very cold day, with a high/low of only 20°/11°.  (The snow was gone by Christmas Day, which had a high of 59°.)  The next measurable snowfall wouldn't be for seven weeks (2/4).

Dec. 31 - After rising to 62° between 9:00 and 10:00 AM the temperature dropped steadily for the rest of the day, and when the new year came in the mercury was down to 27° (with wind chills in the low teens).

 

1933

Jan. 1 - The low of 13° was 49 degrees colder than the reading at 9:30 AM the day before. Despite today's cold start to the month (high/low of 28°/13°) this would be the third mildest January on record (following last January, which was the mildest on record).

Jan. 23 - This was the eighth day in a row with a high of 50° or warmer.  The average high during this streak was 56°, at a time in the winter when the average high is in the upper 30s.

The 50s

Jan. 30 - A trace of snow was reported for the fifth day in a row - the snowiest period in a month with no measurable snowfall.  Only January 1890 had less snow - 0.0".  This January was later joined by January 2008 as the only Januarys with a trace of snow.

Feb. 8 - The temperature fell from 60° in the early afternoon to 21° by midnight (on the way down to 12° at daybreak on 2/9).

Feb. 10 - This morning's low of 11° was the coldest reading of the winter, making this the third winter in a row with no readings in the single digits or colder - the longest streak of its kind.  (By contrast, the next three winters would have 36 lows below 10°).

Feb. 11 - In just eight hours (1-9:00 AM) ten inches of snow fell.  Sleet mixed in during the final few hours even though temperatures were in the low 20s.

 

Ten inches of snow

 

 

June 9 - Hot and humid, with a high/low of 97°/76°.  The high was a record, and the heat index reached 110° during lunchtime.    

June 15 - Less than a week after a record high, this morning's low of 48° was half that temperature and also a record.

July 1 - A severe thunderstorm from 7:30-9:30 PM dumped 2.17" of rain.  During the storm the temperature dropped from 88° to 72°. 

July 3 - The high was only 65°, two days after a high of 94°.

Aug. 2 - This was the fifth day in a row of intense heat that saw highs of 95°, 98°, 102°, 100° and 98° (today).  Four of these five highs set records.

 

Relief

 

Aug. 23 - A rainstorm of 2.37" came just two days after an even bigger rainstorm dumped 3.28".  Much of today's rain fell between 3 PM-midnight.

Sept. 15 - Yesterday's all-day soaking rain, which totaled 2.84", continued unabated today and flooded the City with an additional 4.16" - and the rain would continue as showers through midday on 9/16.  The day was also very chilly, with temperatures mostly in the mid-50s, nearly 20 degrees below average.  

Oct. 31 - Today's high of 76° was the warmest reading since 10/1 and occurred less than a week after there were two days with morning lows of 32°.

Nov. 16 - The day after a winter-like high/low of 32°/21, today was even colder, with a high/low of 30°/17° (twenty degrees colder than average).  Today's low, a record for the date that still stands, is the earliest reading in the teens.  Also, this was the fourth November in the past five with a reading in the teens (the average coldest reading is in the mid-20s).

Nov. 30 - Today's high of 69° was not only Nov. 1933's mildest reading, it was the mildest reading of any Thanksgiving Day (a record that's still standing).  Ironically, this touch of springtime occurred during the 10th coldest November on record (now ranked 11th).

Dec. 26 - A little more than 24 hours after temperatures were in the mid-50s, a snowstorm swept into the City shortly after daybreak, and by early afternoon ten inches had fallen, and temperatures were in the mid-20s.  An additional inch of snow fell in the early evening, bringing the day's snowfall total to 11.2".

Dec. 30 - The morning low was six degrees below zero, the coldest reading since February 1918.  Temperatures were sub-zero for ten hours (from 11 PM last night thru 9:00 this morning).  And although this was one of New York's coldest readings, it would be topped six weeks later by a low of -15°, New York's coldest reading of all time.

 

Minus 6

 

1934

January 29 - The temperature at 9 AM was 6° above zero, eighteen hours after the 3:00 PM temperature on 1/28 had reached 58° - one of the greatest temperature drops in less than 24 hours in New York history (both readings were the extremes of the month).  Winds gusting between 20-30 mph in the morning produced sub-zero wind chills.  This incursion of Arctic air was accompanied by the only measurable snowfall of the month, but it was just 0.1".  This was the fourth January in a row to have less than an inch of snowfall (the average amount back then was close to 10").

February 9 - New York's coldest reading of all-time, 15° below zero, was reported today (43 degrees below average).  The mercury was at 10° below zero or colder for eight consecutive hours (and it was zero degrees or colder for 16 consecutive hours beginning at 9:00 PM the previous night).  By 5:00 PM the temperature had "recovered" to 8° above zero.  Today's reading usurped the previous all-time low, -13° on Dec. 30, 1917.

 

15 below zero

 

February 14 - The morning low of 4° was the eighth in the single digits since 1/29 - and there would be four more this month.

February 25 - On a brutally cold day (high/low of 16°/9°) light snow began falling mid-afternoon and fell steadily thru the following afternoon, accumulating 9.3".  This was the third snowfall of 7.5" or more this month and brought February's total snowfall to 27.9" (the other significant snowfalls were on 2/1 and 2/19-20).  At the time this was the second snowiest month on record (now ranked sixth) and the snowiest February (since topped by Feb. 2010 and 2014).

 

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March 18 - After peaking at 71° in the early afternoon, the temperature plummeted to 30° by midnight (and 22° by sunrise on the 19th).  This was one of the City's greatest temperature drops (and came less than two months after a drop of 52 degrees in an 18-hour period on Jan. 29-30).

March 23 - Today was very cold even by mid-winter standards as the high/low was only 25°/13°.  Skies became overcast after sunrise, which kept the temperature from rebounding much.  These readings were in the midst of a 40-hour stretch in which the temperature was below freezing.  This cold day came five days after the high was 71°.

May 6 - This was the second day in a row with a high of 89° (average high is in the upper 60s); however, today's low of 68° was fourteen degrees milder than yesterday's.  And today was sunnier.

May 24 - After a a low of 59° the high jumped to 90°, making this the sixth consecutive May with a high in the 90s, the longest such streak on record.

June 29 - Today's high soared to 101° after a low of 68°.  At the time this was the earliest date for a triple-digit high (later passed in 1952 and 1966), but the AM low remains the coolest for a day with a high of 100+.

June 30-July 3 - High temperatures during these hot four days (albeit cooler than 6/29): 91°-92°-93°-94°.   

July 31 - Today had the last 90-degree reading of the year, the earliest date for this occurrence since 1904, when it was also on 7/31 (in 1903 it was on 7/30).

Sept. 8 - The strongest hurricane of the season brought heavy rain when it crossed over the eastern end of Long Island.  There were two periods of heavy rain, the first between 6-10 AM, when 1.23" fell, and then much heavier rain fell from 5-11 PM when 3.26" poured down. (An additional  0.37" fell at other times during the day, bringing the day's total rainfall to 4.86".)  During the early evening winds gusted between 45-50 mph.  This hurricane came four days after remnants of a tropical system brought 0.68” on 9/3-4.

Sept. 24-27 - High temperatures over this four-day period: 80°-81°-82°-83°.

Oct. 6 - Today saw the fifth rainstorm of 1.50" or more in the past 30 days: 5.48" on 9/7-8; 2.01" on 9/16-17; 1.54" on 9/22; 1.51" on 9/29-30 and 1.93" on 10/5-6 (most of it fell today).  During this period nearly 14 inches of rain was measured.  Then less than an inch of rain fell for the next four weeks.

Dec. 12 - This was the last day of a six-day cold wave that had temperatures that were 18 degrees below average (high/low of 26º/14°).  Three of the days had morning lows of 11°.  However, despite the cold there was no measurable snowfall.

 

1935

Jan. 1 - Morning rain (that started out briefly as snow, with an accumulation of 0.8") amounted to 1.09", making this the fourth year to have an inch or more of precipitation on New Year's Day.  Ironically, despite the wet start, 1935 would be, at the time, the second driest year on record, with just 33.85" measured (it's now ranked fourth).  

Jan. 23 - One day after a winter storm produced 5.1" of snow, a much bigger snowstorm today dumped thirteen inches.  Yesterday's storm began as rain in the morning and changed over to snow around mid-day as the temperature fell from the low 40s into the upper 20s.  Then, after a 13-hour break, winds shifted from the northwest to northeast and heavy snow returned late this morning.  Between 1:00 and 7:00 PM it fell at a rate of an inch or more per hour.  Flakes fell until the wee hours of the next day.  Temperatures fell slowly throughout the day, dropping from 26° to 18° (and they'd continue to fall slowly throughout the following day).  This was the first snowstorm of a foot or more in nine years. 

 

1935 snowstorm

 

Feb. 1 - Today, with a high/low of 26°/4°, was the ninth day of the past ten with a sub-freezing high temperature (and seven days had lows in the single digits or colder).  The average high/low during these ten days was 23°/7°, sixteen degrees below average.

March 16 - After a low of 39°, the high temperature soared to 77° (thirty degrees above average), the day after the high was just 43° (and two days after today the high was back down to 44°).  It would be six weeks before a warmer high occurred. 

July 6 - Today had the first 90-degree reading of the year, the latest date for this occurrence since 1927.  (Each of the previous six years had their first 90 in May.)

July 19-20 - For the fourth year in a row, the high was in the 90s on these two dates.  And on the 20th, 1.07" of rain thundered down in just ten minutes during a severe thunderstorm from 1:50-2:00 PM.  And during the storm the temperature tumbled from 85° to 68°.

 

Thunderstorm in nyc 19302

 

Nov. 28 - For the third year in a row Thanksgiving Day was very mild.  Today's high/low was 62°/50°, and followed a high/low of 69°/50° in 1933 and 60°/54° last year.  All are still among the ten mildest Thanksgivings.

Dec. 31 - This was the eleventh day in a row with a sub-freezing high temperature.  The average high/low during these days was 26°/16°, fourteen degrees below average.  About six inches of snow fell from three snowfalls.

 

1936

Jan. 19 - It was a day of heavy snow, sleet and gusty winds.  After beginning as light rain late last night, nine inches of snow piled up in the morning (mostly between 3-9:00), and then the afternoon saw an onslaught of sleet that was propelled by 25-35 mph winds, which produced wind chills in the single digits (the air temperature was in the mid-20s).  2.5" of sleet accumulated.

Jan. 23 - The temperature plummeted from 41° at 10:00 last night to -3° by 7:00 this morning.  This was the third winter in a row to have a sub-zero reading, the longest such streak.

Feb. 3 - Today was the twelfth day in a row with a high colder than 32° (and the fourteenth of fifteen days since 1/20).  The average high/low during this streak was a teeth-chattering 22°/9° (sixteen degrees below average).  No day had a high above 26°.  This came one month after a streak of eleven sub-freeing days at the end of December, and a year after nine of ten days were 32° or colder.

Feb. 19 - Although 1/23 had the coldest reading of the winter, at -3°, today, with a high/low of 18°/1°, had the coldest mean temperature (0.5 degree colder than 1/24, which had a high/low of 16°/4°).

Feb. 20 - This morning's low of 9° was the twelfth, and last, low in the single digits or colder of the winter - the last winter with ten or more such frigid lows (thru the winter of 2021).  In total, there have been fourteen winters with ten or more days with lows of 10° or colder (with more than half concentrated between 1873 and 1888).

April 6 - Today's high of 68° was the only day with a high warmer than 50° in the first thirteen days of the month.  Except for this day, the average high during the other twelve days was 47°, nine degrees colder than average. 

July 9 - The temperature at 4 PM reached 106°, New York's hottest temperature of all time.  (The previous record was 104° in August 1918.)  When the temperature reached 106° at 4 PM, the relative humidity was 36% - producing a heat index of 119°.  The temperature was in triple digits for seven hours but then tumbled from 103° to 94° between 6:00 and 7:00.  Tomorrow would also be very hot, with a high of 102°.

 

106

 

Aug. 25 - Today's high of 92° was the 25th 90-degree+ day of the year, the most of any year, surpassing 1896's total (and there would be one more 90-degree day on 9/8).  Since then, however, seventeen years have had more 90+ days, led by 1991 and 1993, both which had 39.   

Sept. 7 - Today, Labor Day, was the fourth day in a row with a low of 60°, which was a few degrees below average.  The highs, however, were different each day.

Sept. 18 - After receiving just 0.08" of rain in the first two-and-a-half weeks of the month, a weakening hurricane to the southeast dumped nearly four inches, with most of it falling between 2 PM and midnight.  It was also a chilly day, with temperatures falling into the upper 50s during the afternoon.  This was the City's biggest rainstorm since 5.48" fell on  Sept. 7-8, 1934 from a hurricane that made landfall on Long Island.

Oct. 27 - The morning low of 28° was the coldest temperature ever recorded in October (a record that still stands).  And for ten consecutive hours the temperature was 32° or colder (from 11 PM on 10/26 thru 9 AM today).  Under clear skies the afternoon high struggled to get to 43°, producing a daily mean temperature that was 16 degrees below average.

 

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Nov. 3 - Today's unseasonably warm high/low of 75°/64° made this the mildest presidential Election Day on record (a record that still stands). 

Dec. 1 - The morning low of 13° would be the coldest reading of the winter. 

Dec. 20 - Today's rainstorm was the third in the past three weeks to produce more than an inch of rain, and the sixth with more than half-an-inch.  Beginning last night, more than half of the 2.08" that fell poured down between 1-4 AM today.  In total, seven inches of rain fell during these three weeks, making this, at the time, the wettest December on record (it's now ranked third).

 

1937

Jan. 20 - A winter storm with snow, sleet and freezing rain produced 5.7" of snow, which fell mostly during the afternoon - it was the biggest snowfall of the winter.  During the evening the snow changed to freezing rain.  This winter storm followed three days with highs in the 50s.  (And the next two days would have highs in the upper 40s.)

Jan. 28 - The morning low of 25°, a seasonably cold reading, was the coldest temperature of the month, making it the mildest coldest reading on record for the month of January. 

March 31 - The low today and the previous three days: 31°-30°-29°-28° - all well below average (37°).

April 23-26 - This four-day period had very similar, and unseasonably cool, highs/lows: 54°/39°, 54°/40°, 53°/39° and 54°/40°.

May 6 - The crash of the Hindenburg occurred this evening in Lakehurst, NJ, about 75 miles southwest of New York.  It's never been determined what exactly caused the explosion, but thunderstorms were in the area at the time (7:30 PM) so there is speculation it was lightning that ignited the helium.  A few hours earlier a severe thunderstorm moved through New York between 4-5:00, dumping nearly half an inch of rain.

 

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July 9 - For the second year in a row the high reached triple digits on 7/9, the first time a high in the 100s occurred on the same date in back-to-back years (and it would be repeated tomorrow - the last time it happened).  Although today's high was six degrees lower than last year's 106°, its low of 79° was two degrees warmer.

July 11 - Both this summer and last summer had five-day heat waves that ended on this date.  Each year's heat wave also had two days in the triple digits on July 9 and 10.  Last year's were highs of 106° (hottest reading on record) and 102° while this year's were both 100°. Today's high was a relatively bearable 91°.

July 12 - In less than an hour (2:06-2:51 PM) an afternoon thunderstorm drenched the City with 2.18" of rain.  This was on top of half an inch of rain that fell between 8-9 AM, bringing the day's total to 2.68", which was a record for the date (a record that still stands).

Sept. 4 - This was the last day of the summer's second five-day heat wave (and the year's last reading in the 90s).  The first one was between July 7-11, and was hotter, with an average high of 96.6° vs. 91.2° for this most recent one.  There were also two heat waves of this length in 1936.

Sept. 12 - This was the fourth day in a row with a low of 60° and it came one year after another four-day streak of lows at 60° in September (9/4-9/7).  High temperatures on all four days were in the upper 70s.

 

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September 13 - It was a very rainy Monday as the biggest rainstorm of the year (and in three years) dumped 3.07" of rain in just ten hours, from daybreak to late afternoon. 

November 28 - For the second time in the past fifteen days the City had a rainstorm of two-inches+.  (And the two days' high/lows were nearly identical, at 61°/49° and 61°/50°.)  These two storms accounted for 4.52" of the month's 4.73" in precipitation.

 

1938

Feb. 7 - Today's high of 54° was a record for the date, the coolest reading to become a record high (the record stood until 2020, when the high reached 56°, which is still the coolest reading for a record high).  It is one of just four record highs to be in the 50s; the others are: Jan. 16 (58°); Feb. 2 (59°); and Dec. 19 (58°). 

March 3 - The temperature fell throughout the day, from 49° shortly after midnight to 11° twenty-four hours later (a record that still stands).  And it would fall two more degrees by sunrise on 3/4.

March 5 - The 0.5" of snow that fell in the pre-dawn hours (before changing to rain) was the first measurable snow since 1/21.

March 23 - Three weeks after a low of 9°, today and the previous two days had highs in the mid-70s: 75°-77°-74° (today) - twenty degrees above average.

April 6-9 - This was a sloppy four days of weather, with 6.4" of snow falling on April 6 and 7 (the biggest snowfall of the winter), and 0.95" of rain on April 8 and 9.  During these days temperatures were mostly in the 30s.  The low of 28 °on April 6 was the only April day in the 1930s with a low in the 20s.

April 28 - Today's high of 89° came eight days after a high of 85°, which came five days after a high of 84° (average highs in the second half of April are in the 60°-65° range).  At the time, the highs on 4/28 and 4/15 were records, later broken.

June 28 - Rain that fell over the past three days amounted to 3.70".  Today's amount, 1.69", was a record for the date (which still stands).  Besides the rain, today was unseasonably cool, with a high/low of just 60°/57°.

July 23 - 2.40" of rain fell today, which was a record (later broken in 1953 when 2.41" fell).  There were three periods of heavy rain that accounted for more than half of the day's total: 0.53" from 8-9 AM; 0.46" from 11 AM-noon; and 0.63" from 4-5 PM.  

Aug. 8 - Three beach goers were killed by a lightning strike at Brooklyn's Riis Park, a year and one day after three were killed by lightning at the same beach.  A severe thunderstorm moved through the City between 5-7:00 PM, dumping 1.43" in Central Park.

 

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September 21 - New York was spared the ravages of the history-making hurricane known as the Long Island Express, which made landfall mid-afternoon 65 miles to the east.  Still, the City had to contend with near hurricane-force winds that gusted to 60-70 mph, and four inches of rain, half of which fell between 1-4:00 PM.  Besides the wind and rain, it was also chilly, with the temperature dropping slowly all day, from the low-60s to low-50s.  Today's deluge followed two days of steady rain that amounted to 3.45".

 

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Oct. 17 - Today's high was a sizzling 90°, the latest date on record for a 90-degree reading - a record that still stands.  This high was 27 degrees above average.

Nov. 7 - This was the third day in a row with very mild temperatures, with highs/lows of 74°/63°, 70°/64° and 78°/63°.  Today's high of 78° was a record (which still stands).

Nov. 24 - It was a raw, cold and windy Thanksgiving Day (high/low of 34°/21°), with snow and sleet moving in late in the afternoon and continuing into the following day.  3.9" accumulated today and 4.9" the following morning.

Nov. 27 - Just six weeks after the latest 90-degree reading on record, back-to-back snowstorms dropped nearly 13 inches of snow in four days.  The first, on 11/24-25 measured 8.8", while the snowfall that ended before dawn today (and began late last night) brought an additional four inches.  The high/low during these four days was 32°/20°, which was 18 degrees below average.  This was the snowiest month of the winter and the third snowiest November on record (after Nov. 1898 and 1882).

 

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1939

Jan. 13 - Beginning mid-afternoon, a snowfall of 8.8" (1.0" fell on 1/14) tied the Thanksgiving snowstorm of 11/24-25 as the biggest snowfall of the season.

Feb. 15 - The temperature dropped from 62° late in the afternoon to 29° by midnight.  And by 8 AM on 2/16 it was 15°.

Feb. 23 - Today's high of 29° came three days after a high of 69°.

March 27 - Today's high/low of 73°/39° followed one of 72°/39° three days earlier.  However, while the low on 3/24 was in the pre-dawn hours, the low today was at midnight after winds shifted to the northeast in the PM hours.

April 25 - After rising from 53° at 4 AM to 86° in the early afternoon, the temperature dropped back to 52° by 11 PM.  And then three days later the high would would be only 46° (20 degrees below average).

July 23 - With a high/low of 89°/59°, today was the ninth day with a diurnal variation of 30 degrees or more, the most of any year (until 1994).

July 31 - This July and the previous two all had the same average temperature - 76.6°.  However, 1936 had eight 90-degree days (two in the triple digits), 1937 had three and this year had four.  Also, this July had just 0.99" of rain (at the time the fourth driest July) while the previous two had more than five inches.

Aug. 19 - The biggest rainfall of the year occurred today, with 2.31" falling between noon and midnight.  It fell heaviest after 8 PM when more than half of the rain fell.  The rain was produced by the remnants of the season's second hurricane, which had made a first landfall on the east coast of Florida, and a second along the state's Panhandle.  

Aug. 23 - Seven of the past eleven days had highs in the 90s, with six of them, like today, having a high of 90°.

Oct. 10 - One year after the latest date for a 90-degree reading occurred (on 10/17), the second latest date was set today as the mercury soared to 91°, twenty-five degrees above average.

 

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Nov. 5 - The only measurable rain in November fell today from a nor'easter that produced 1.40" of rain between 9 AM and 10 PM.  Temperatures were chilly, mostly in the low-40s (average high is in the mid-50s).

 

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New York's Top 10 Weather Stories of 2016

 

A SNOWSTORM FOR THE AGES

The 27.5" of snow that piled up during a blizzard on 1/23 (0.2" of it fell late on 1/22) was the biggest snowfall on record, breaking the previous record set ten years earlier.  This Saturday blizzard followed New York's mildest November and December on record.  At the time of the storm the National Weather Service reported that 26.8" of snow had fallen, which put it 0.1" behind the 2006 storm, but, curiously, the amount was revised upward by 0.7" in late April.

 

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FIRST BELOW-ZERO READING OF THE CENTURY

The low of -1° on Valentine's Day was the first below-zero reading since January 1994.  It was also the first sub-zero reading in February since 1963 and the latest date for such a frigid reading since 1934.  Later in the day a second record was set as the high of 15° was the coldest for the date.  (Two days later the high rebounded to 54°.)

 

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A TASTE OF SUMMER IN EARLY MARCH

On 3/9 the high soared to 77° followed by a high of 79° the next day, the earliest occurrences of such mild temperatures.  The high/low of 79/63  on 3/10 was 31 degrees above average and came less than four weeks after the mean temperature on 2/14 was 28 degrees below average.  (A month later the low on 4/5 fell to 26° - the coldest reading in April since 1995.)

 

A WET MEMORIAL DAY, BUT PARADES & PICNICS LARGELY UNAFFECTED

Moisture from tropical storm Bonnie produced a few periods of heavy rain before 9 AM that amounted to 1.65", making this the second rainiest Memorial Day on record (the rainiest was in 1948, when 2.49" fell).  This amount was more than what fell in either March (1.17") or April (1.61").

 

A RARITY: LOW OF 79°, BUT HIGH FAILED TO REACH 90°

In the past 100 years there have been 32 days with lows of 79°; the average high on these days was 96°.  The low on 7/15 was also 79°.  However, with a high of 88°, it joined July 26, 1979 (high of 87°) as the only two days with lows of 79+ not to have a high in the 90s.

 

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TWO FIVE-DAY HEAT WAVES

In the four-week period between 7/21 and 8/15 there were two five-day heat waves, the first time two heat waves of five days or more occurred in one summer since 2002 (when there were heat waves waves of eight and nine days). 

 

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A WEEK'S WORTH OF RAIN IN JUST 5 MINUTES!

On July 30, 0.81" of rain poured down in a five-minute period between 8:39 and 8:44 PM - the greatest five-minute deluge in the years since 1970.  Additionally, three days during the last week of July each had an inch of rain that fell during strong thunderstorms. 

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EXTREMES IN APRIL, AUGUST HUMIDITY

Five days in a row in August had dew points in the 70s (during every hour of the day).  This was four months after a two-week period with extremely low humidity (between 10% and 20% during the afternoon hours).

 

UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES IN MID-SEPTEMBER & MID-OCTOBER

The high of 90° on 9/14 was the latest 90-degree reading since 1995.  Then a month later, for just the third time in the past 100 years, there were three days in a row with highs in the 80s after 10/15.

 

RAINIEST DAY OF THE YEAR

The 2.20" of rain that poured down on 11/29 (in a 12-hour period) was a record for the date and the greatest daily rainfall in nearly two years (since Dec. 9, 2014).  Furthermore, this became the rainiest day on record for any of the last ten days of November.

 

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2017 Weather Highlights in New York

 

2017

 

JANUARY

4 - Today saw the end of the second 14-day streak of above-average temperatures in the past 30 days.  However, unlike the first one, this streak was eight degrees above average (high/low of 47°/36°) while the one from Nov. 25 to Dec. 8 was +4 degrees (high/low of 51°/41°).   

7 - It was a very wintry day as snow fell from 10 AM to 8 PM, accumulating 5.1", and the temperature hovered around 20°.

12 - The temperature rose into the 60s, topping out at 66°, a record for the date (the forecast high was in the upper 50s).  This was the warmest reading in January in ten years.  Temperatures were in the 60s from noon until 1 AM; at 10 PM it was still 64°.  Last year the first 60-degree reading didn't occur until 2/20, and the year before that it happened on 3/26.  (Typically, the "first 60" occurs at the beginning of February.) 

23-24 - A nor'easter brought winds that gusted between 33-47 mph throughout Jan. 23, but steady, wind-lashed rain didn't move in until late in the afternoon on that day.  By midnight 1.16" had fallen - and an additional 1.18" fell the next day.  It was a cold rain, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 30s; the high winds produced wind chills in the 20s.  This storm struck on the one-year anniversary of the blizzard that produced New York's greatest snowfall of all time (27.5").  Interestingly, the 2.33" of rain that fell from this year's storm was 0.01" more than the amount of liquid precipitation from last year's blizzard. 

31 - Light snow fell between 10 AM and 2 PM, amounting to 1.0" - the first snowfall of an inch or more on this date since 1949.  And with a high/low of 34°/26°, this was the first colder than average day since 1/14; the low was the coldest since 1/10.  During those sixteen days temperatures were nine degrees above average.  

 

FEBRUARY

9 - The day after a record high of 62°, winter returned with unprecedented vengeance as 9.4" of heavy snow fell during the morning (mostly between 6 AM and noon), and temperatures were in the upper 20s.  Snow fell at a rate of an inch or more/hour, reducing visibility to less than 1/4 mile for six consecutive hours.  By midnight temperatures had fallen to the upper teens.  Snowfall was in the 12"-15" range over most of Long Island, the Hudson Valley and Connecticut.  This drastic change in conditions exceeded that of Feb. 1-2, 2014 when eight inches of snow fell the day after a high of 56°.

20 - This was the end of a sunny and mild President's Day weekend, which was the mildest on record (pushing ahead of 1994's).  The average high of 61° during the three days was 19 degrees above average.  With a high of 55°, today was the coolest of the three days (Saturday had a high of 63°, Sunday's was 65°).  This would have made for a nice Easter weekend.  This was in stark contrast to the previous two President Day weekends which were the second (2016) and third (2015) coldest on record.

24 - Under sunny skies the temperature rose to 70°, the earliest 70-degree reading in ten years (and one month earlier than the average date of the first 70 of the year).  Although this wasn't a record, the morning low of 58° was.  The day's mean temperature was 26 degrees above average and came five days after a high/low of 65/53, which was 23 degrees above average.  

 

MARCH

1 - For the second time this week the high reached 70°.  However, unlike the previous time, which featured sunny skies, today was overcast with a number of showers.  This was the first March since 1972 to have its mildest reading occur on the first day of the month. 

4 - Although cold days in March aren't unusual, today's high/low of 30°/17° (average is 46°/32°) was a shock since it came after the mildest February on record.  After dark, wind chills dropped to around 10°.  It hadn't been this cold since Jan. 9 (high/low of 23°/14°).

5 - The humidity dropped to 12% during mid-afternoon, the lowest since last April, when it was 9% on 4/20.  Besides the dry conditions the day's low of 14° tied Jan. 9 as the coldest reading of the winter.  

10 - For the first time since 1934 more than an inch of snow fell on this date.  2.1" fell between 8 AM and noon.  This was a day after the temperature reached 61° in the late afternoon, which is similar to what happened on Feb. 9 when 9.4" of snow fell the day after the high was 62°. 

11 - One week after winter-like cold (high/low of 30°/19°), today was a bit colder, with a high/low of 29°/17° (18 degrees below average).  This was the third day this month with a low in the teens, which is more than December, January or February had (each had two such days).

14 - A much-touted blizzard was a bust as snow that began in the wee hours of the morning changed over to sleet, greatly reducing the 12-18" that had been predicted.  (This brought to mind the blizzard that fizzled in late January 2015 and resulted in an apology from the National Weather Service to the mayor because of the advanced closings that took place.)  Although there was no blockbuster snowfall today, the 7.6" that fell set a record for the date as well as the date's precipitation record (1.97", nearly twice as much as the previous record).

15 - Today's high was only 26°, the coldest high temperature since Jan. 9.  This tied the 1932 record for the coldest high temperature for the date and was the fifth day this month with a high temperature of 32° or colder, all of which occurred in the past twelve days.  Winds gusted between 25-35 mph, producing wind chills in the single digits.

16 - Today was 10 degrees colder than average and was the twentieth day of the past twenty-seven that were either 10 degrees+ colder or 10 degrees+ milder than average (eleven of these days were 15 degrees+ colder/milder).  Since eight were below average and twelve above average they somewhat cancelled each other out, so the entire period was a somewhat deceptive 2.5 degrees above average.

31 - It was a topsy-turvy March, which came in like a lamb (70° on 3/1) and went out like a lion as today featured an all-day rain (1.51", which came down especially hard after 6 PM) and temperatures that were well below average (high/low of 43°/37°).

 

APRIL

3 - Temperatures were nearly 20 degrees milder than last season's Mets home opener and skies were brighter (but clouds increased later in the game).  This was the second day in a row with a high in the low 60s, the first time since March 1-2 to have back-to-back highs of 60° or warmer.  And best of all, the Mets shut out the Braves 6-0 in a game that went scoreless until the bottom of the 7th inning. 

10 - For the first time since 1988 the Yankees played their home opener in 70-degree weather.  Under mostly sunny skies the temperature rose to 74°.  And the cherry on top was a victory over Tampa Bay, by a score of 8-1.

16 - This was just the seventh Easter Sunday to be in the 80s (going back to 1870), and with a high of 87° it became the second warmest Easter Sunday on record (behind 1976's astounding 96°).  Today was also the warmest reading in April since 2012 when a high of 88° occurred, also on 4/16. Today's high came five days after the year's first 80-degree reading.

19 - Under overcast skies today's high was 54°, which was eighteen degrees chillier than the average high of the previous ten days.  Today's high was just one degree milder than the average low of the previous ten days.

29 - For the second day in a row the high reached 85°.  And although 4/16 had the warmest reading of the month (87°), today had the warmest mean temperature as the low of 64° was five degrees warmer than 4/16's.

 

MAY

5 - Torrential rain poured down in the middle of the day, with 2.72" falling between 11 AM and 2 PM.  Overall, 3.02" fell during the course of the storm, easily breaking the old record for the date, 1922's 1.24".  This was the biggest rainfall in three years (since 4.97" of rain fell on April 30, 2014) and it ranks as the fifth biggest daily May rainfall (tied with May 8, 2013).

13 - It was a dreary, raw and windy day with an all-day rain that amounted to 1.61" (just 0.05" less than the record for the date).  Morning and afternoon temperatures hovered around 50° and then fell into the 40s after dark.

17-19 - Temperatures rose into the 90s for three days in a row (90°-92°-91°), making this the first three-day heat wave in May since 2001.  The high on the 18th was a record.  Additionally, the low of 75° on that day was a also a record, and the second warmest low temperature ever recorded in the month of May (warmest is 76° on May 31, 1987).  Cooler, more seasonable air moved in after 8 PM on the 19th and by midnight the temperature had fallen to 66°, on the way down to 56°.  Then the next six days would have high temperatures cooler than 70°.  (It would be three weeks before a temperature of 80° or warmer was reached.)

20 - Today's high of 65° was 26 degrees cooler than yesterday, the biggest drop in temperature following a day in the 90s since 1988 (when the high of 63° on 6/2 was 27 degrees cooler than the day before).

25 - Following last week's early heat wave, today and the previous five days all had highs cooler than 70°.  Today, with steady light rain and drizzle, was the coolest day of them all, with a high of just 59°.

26 - For the fourth day in a row the low temperature was 56°, which was at the seasonal average.

29 - Overcast skies and light rain from 5 AM until noon kept temperatures stuck in the upper 50s for much of the day (the official high, 61°, occurred in the hours before sunrise).  This was the chilliest Memorial Day since 2003, when the high was 56°.

 

JUNE

6 - Measurable rain fell for the eighth day of the last nine, but the total amount was unimpressive - just 0.41" (by comparison, the deluge of May 5 saw 2.72" fall in three hours).  Today's rainfall was 0.06", which fell throughout the day.  Temperatures during these nine days were close to five degrees below average.

9 - For the first time since 5/19 (when the high reached 91°), the temperature reached 80°.  The last time more days passed without any readings of 80°+ after a 90-degree reading was in 2009 (a streak of 21 days).

11 - Today had the year's fourth day in the 90s, the most by this date since 2008.  This became the twenty-first year (since 1872) to have four 90-degree days by this date (about once every seven years).

12 - Today's high of 93° tied 1973 and 1933 for the record high, but it had the warmest mean temperature of the three days: 84.5° (93/76) versus 82.5° in '73 (93/72) and 80.0° in '33 (93/67).  This was also the fifth 90-degree day of the year, the most at this point in the year since 2000 (when there six by 6/11).

13 - Today was  the third in a row with temperatures in the 90s, with today being the hottest (high/low of 94°/77°).  However, compared to LaGuardia and Newark Airports, with their respective highs of 101° and 99°, Central Park was in a relative comfort zone.  With today's heat, this became the first year since 1976 to have its first 90-degree days come in back-to-back heat waves (the first heat wave was May 17-19).  Finally, yesterday's and today's lows of 76° and 77° were the first that were 75+ on these dates in the 1970-2019 period.

17 - The 1.39" of rain that fell between 11:30 AM and 2 PM was nearly triple the amount that had fallen so far this month (0.48"), and nearly equal to the amount that fell since May 23 (1.42"). 

18 - It was a sultry Father's Day, with the dew point in the low 70s throughout the day, peaking at 74° early in the afternoon.  Combined with a high of 85°, the heat index was in the low 90s.

19 - For the second day in a row tropical conditions prevailed.  With a high of 88° and dew points in the low 70s, the heat index reached 96°.  The heat broke late in the afternoon when strong thunderstorms moved through, dumping 1.28" of rain, mostly between 4:30 and 6:30 PM.  And at 7 PM, for the first time since daybreak on the 18th, the dew point fell below 70°. 

23 - For the fourth day in a row the high was 83°, a few degrees above average.  Today's high was noteworthy since the day's low was an uncomfortable 76°; a low that warm is usually a springboard for a high in the 90s (or at least in the upper 80s).  Mostly overcast skies and high humidity (dew points were in the 70s all day, peaking at 75° between 9-10 PM) is what kept the temperature from rising very much.  

24 - This was the third day since 6/17 to have more than an inch of rain fall from storms that lasted approximately two hours.  Each storm, however, came at a different time of day.  Today's, which produced 1.11", came at daybreak; the storm on 6/19 came at the beginning of the evening rush hour (1.28" fell); and the storm on the 17th (which dumped 1.39") was during lunchtime/early afternoon.  Additionally, today's high of 84° followed four days in a row that had highs of 83°.  

 

JULY

7 - Today had the fourth short-duration (2-3 hours) downpour of one-inch+ in the past three weeks.  The 1.49" that fell this morning, from about 10:15 until noon, was the most of these four rainstorms.  (1.79" fell in total.)

13 - With a high of 90°, today had the first 90-degree reading on this date in 20 years.  By contrast, the previous 20-year period (1978-1997) had ten years with highs in the 90s.

22 - This was the last day of the third heat wave of the year (today's high was 92°).  This one lasted four days, one day longer than the heat waves in May and June.  After today the rest of the month would be four degrees cooler than average.  

 

AUGUST

1 - Today's high was 92° and was the year's next-to-last day with a high in the 90s; however, the last reading in the 90s wouldn't be for another eight weeks (on 9/24). 

29 - It was a dreary, cool and damp day, with a high/low of only 68°/61°.  The day's high, which was reached shortly before noon, was the first high cooler than 70° in August in seven years.  It was also the coolest day since 6/8 (based on mean temperature).  

 

SEPTEMBER

1 - This morning's low of 55° was the first reading below 60° since 6/9, and was the chilliest reading on this date since 1975.  And with a high of 71°, the day's mean temperature of 62.5° was the coolest on 9/1 since 2002, when the high/low was 65°/59° (a mean of 62.0°).

2 - Today's cool high/low of 68°/54° and yesterday's 71°/55° produced the chilliest first two days of September on record (going back to 1900).  The previous chilliest Sept. 1-2 was in 1912.

4 - It was a beautiful Labor Day, with mostly clear skies and seasonable temperatures.  This was in contrast to Saturday and Sunday, which were mostly overcast and cool, with high temperatures in the upper 60s.

24 - Under clear skies the temperature reached 91°, the first 90-degree reading since 8/1, and the latest date for a 90-degree high since 1970, when there were highs in the 90s on 9/25 and 9/26. This was a record for the date and the first time the temperature rose in to the 90s on 9/24 (however, there would be a high of 93 on 10/2 in 2019).   Today was also the twelfth day in a row with above average temperatures.

 

OCTOBER

8 - Today became the latest date for a low in the 70s, besting the previous record, set in 2005, by one day.  However, because of clouds and high humidity the temperature never left the 70s all day (and the dew point was in the 70s from 8 AM onward).  Additionally, rain showers that fell from 8 AM until noon ended the City's 18-day streak with no measurable rain - the longest such streak in nearly two-and-a-half years.  By coincidence, the 0.22" of rain that fell today was the same amount that fell on the previous day with rain (on 9/19). 

9 - The day after the latest date for a low in the 70s happened, that record was broken as today's low was 71°.  And like yesterday, the high got no higher than 77° as skies were overcast and dew points were in the muggy 70s throughout the day, very rare in the month of October. 

11 - This was the seventh day in a row with a mean temperature ten degrees or more above average, the longest such streak in October since 2007, when there were two seven-day streaks.  (Since 1980 only one October has had a longer streak - 10 days in October 1990).  During these seven days the average high/low was 80°/67° - 14 degrees above average.  Today, with a high/low of 77°/60°, was the coolest of the seven days. 

16 - The temperature fell into the 40s for the first time this fall (at around 11 PM), the latest date since 2005 (when it occurred on 10/20, the latest date on record).  This came one week after the latest date for a low in the 70s was posted (a mark that was bested one year later).

20 - Humidity levels dropped below 20% during the first half of the afternoon, a rarity in October, which is the month least likely to experience humidity below 25%.

24 - Today's forecast warned of an intense rainstorm expected to produce rainfall comparable to the amount that had fallen since Sept. 1 (2.70"), but just 0.20" was measured.  Despite showers and fog the temperature rose to 73°, making this the 19th day this month with a high in the 70s - the second most 70-degree days on record for the month of October (Oct. 1947 had 23).  Meanwhile, the day's low of 67° was a record for the date, five degrees warmer than the date's average high, and the month's eleventh low in the 60s - only October 1879 and 2007  reported more - 13 and 12, respectively (Oct. 2017 would tie 2007 on 10/29; and Oct. 2021 would tie 1879's number). 

29 -On the five-year anniversary of superstorm Sandy, an intense nor'easter lashed the area with gusty winds and an all-day rain that amounted to 3.03".  This was more rain than fell in the past 60 days, and the biggest rainstorm of the year, passing the rainstorm of 5/2 by 0.01".  Despite the rain and wind temperatures were on the mild side, with a high/low of 68°/60°, which was 11 degrees above average. 

31 - As the warmest October on record came to a close today had the chilliest high temperature of the month.  But at 57° it was only two degrees chillier than average.  And it was a beautiful day with clear skies. 

 

NOVEMBER

3 - With a high/low of 74°/51° today was the 22nd day since Sept. 21 with a mean temperature 10+ degrees above average (50% of the days in the period).  During this time temperatures were nearly eight degrees above average.

5 - The NYC Marathon was run in gray conditions with fog and mist moving in shortly before noon.  Temperatures held steady in the upper 50s throughout the race and afternoon humidity was above 90%.  And although it was just 0.01", this was the first measurable rain to fall during the Marathon in twenty years.

10 - Arctic air swept in overnight and the temperature fell steadily all day, dropping from 51° shortly after midnight to 25° nearly twenty-four hours later.  The low was a record for the date (the previous record was set in 1914) and was the earliest occurrence of a 25° reading since 1976, when it occurred one day earlier.  (The average date for the first 25° reading is 12/6.)

11 - The morning low of 24° was a record and followed yesterday's record. This was the first time since August 1994 that back-to-back record lows were set.

 

DECEMBER

9 - The first measurable snowfall of the season accumulated 4.6" between 10 AM and 11 PM.  It was the biggest first snowfall since 2012 when 4.7" fell on Nov. 6-7.  Once the snow began falling the temperature hovered between 31° and 32° for the rest of the day.  And although Nov. 11 had a colder mean temperature (high/low of 38°/24°), today's high of 35° was the coldest since March 15.

13 - With a high/low of 31°/20°, today had the winter's first high of 32° or colder, five days earlier than average (based on the years since 1980).  Last year it occurred on 12/16 and on 1/5 the previous winter.  At daybreak the wind chill fell into the single digits as winds gusted close to 40 mph.

15 - With a high/low of 28°/20° today was the third day in a row with a high of 32° or colder, the longest such streak in December in seven years.  And during the afternoon/early evening 1.2" of snow fell, the third day in the past seven with a snowfall of an inch or more (joining 4.6" that fell on 12/9 and 1.2" on 12/14). 

28 - Today's high/low of 18°/11° made this the coldest day of the year (topping Jan. 9, which had a high/low of 23°/14°) and the coldest day in nearly two years - since Valentine's Day 2016, which had a frigid high/low of 15°/-1°.  The last time the high was this cold in December was in 1989.

31 - The coldest reading of the year occurred tonight when the temperature dropped to 9° shortly before midnight (wind chill was -5°).  This made it the second coldest reading to occur for the ball-drop at Times Square, besting the previous second coldest in 1962 by two degrees (2017 was also the 100-year anniversary of the coldest ball-drop reading).  Today, with a high/low of 20°/9°, was the sixth day in a row with a high colder than 32° and the fifth in a row colder than 25°.  The last time New York experienced this many consecutive days with highs of 25° or colder was in January 2004.

 

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Weather Highlights of the 1940s in New York City

 

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Whenever I think about New York's weather during the 1940s, two events immediately come to mind: the great snowstorm of Dec. 26-27, 1947, and the extraordinarily mild March of 1945.  However, digging a little deeper, there are a host of other events that merit attention.  For instance, the coldest Easter (mean temperature) on record was in 1940; the City's warmest Halloween occurred in 1946; and the hottest 4th of July was in 1949.  The hottest temperature ever recorded in October, 94°, happened in 1941 (that was also the last time a reading in the 90s occurred in October <until 2019>).  One of the coldest days of all time occurred in the winter of 1943, when the high/low was +8/-8 on Feb. 15.  The Great Atlantic Hurricane of Sept. 1944 flooded NYC with 9.40" of rain.  At the time, the summers of 1944 and 1949 were the hottest on record, while Dec. 1945 was marked by one of the most extended cold waves experienced in the month of December.  These and many more highlights of the decade are laid out below. 

 

1940

January 11 - In the past three weeks (since Dec. 22) the average high/low was 31°/19° (seven degrees below average).  Twelve days had highs of 32° or colder (the coldest was 19° on Dec. 27) and thirteen had lows in the teens (the coldest was 12° on Jan. 7).  Despite the cold, just 4.4" of snow fell (2.9" of it on Dec. 30).

February 14 - It was a wintry day, as wind-blown sleet and snow fell throughout the day, accumulating 7.7" (and an additional 1.3" fell overnight).  Late in the morning winds gusted to 50 mph.  Temperatures fell slowly, from the low-30s in the morning to low-20s by midnight.

February 27 - Two inches of snow fell during the afternoon and evening.  This is the last time an inch or more of snow fell on this date.  The day was also quite cold, with a high/low of 28°/16°, tying it with the previous day (high/low of 29°/15°) for coldest mean temperature this month.

March 3 - Freezing rain began late in the morning and continued through the evening of the 4th (sleet mixed in on occasion).  Temperatures ranged between 32° and 34° during this event.  1.68" of liquid precipitation fell in total, none of which was snow.

March 24 - With a high/low of 31°/17°, this is the only Easter Sunday to be completely below freezing.  This came just three years after Easter had a high/low of 35°/28°.

March 25 - This was the third day in a row of very cold temperatures.  Today's high/low of 33°/17° followed 31°/17° yesterday (Easter Sunday) and 28°/18° the day before that.  These temperatures were 21 degrees below average.  Winds that gusted between 20-27 mph throughout the three days produced wind chills in the low teens.

April 13 - It was a wintry day, with a high/low of only 35°/26°, twenty degrees colder than average (the low was a record for the date, which still stands).  Snow that began last night and accumulated 1.3" continued for a few hours past midnight this morning, adding 0.5".  

April 14 - A trace of snow was reported for the 33rd time this snow season, the most ever (later tied in 1944-45).

April 15 - This was the fourth day in a row with a sub-freezing low (average low for mid-April is in the low 40s).

April 30 - Today's high of 67°, just a few degrees above average, was the mildest reading of the month.  (The warmest high temperature in April is typically in the 78° to 82° range.)

May 5 - Today's high of 71° was the year's first 70-degree reading, coming about six weeks later than usual, and the first 70-degree reading since 10/26.  The year's first 80-degree reading would come two days later (two weeks later than usual). 

May 31 - The biggest rainstorm of the year dumped 3.13" between midnight and 10 AM (two inches fell between 3-6 AM).  This was a record for the date (which still stands).

July 6 - The first six days of the month all had lows in the 50s, which is the longest such streak in the month of July.  The lows ranged from 57° to 59° (highs ranged from 73° to 84°).

July 10 - The high rose into the 90s for the fifth year in a row on this date.  This streak would be equaled three other times: July 17, 1979-83; July 9, 1990-94 and July 7, 2010-14.

August 29 - Today was the end of a six-day streak of chilly conditions in which the high/low averaged 68°/55° - twelve degrees below average.  Winds were mostly out of the northeast and rain was reported on five of the days, amounting to 2.34".  This stretch of fall-like weather contributed to this becoming the 10th coolest August on record (now ranked 11th).

September 26 - Clear skies and very chilly, with a high/low of 60°/42°, which made it feel more like early November.  The morning's low, 15 degrees below average, was a record for the date (which still stands).  This chilly air came after a rainstorm swept through yesterday morning, dumping more than two inches of rain.  This accounted for almost all of September's rainfall. 

October 22 - This was the fourth day in a row with unseasonably chilly temperatures.  The average high/low during these four days was 48°/32°, which was 15 degrees below average.  Today's low and the 30° low of 10/19 are records that are still standing.

November 26 - For the sixth year in a row the first measurable snow of the winter fell in November.  This year's amounted to 1.7" and fell after dark, mixed at times with sleet.

December 25 - Under clear skies, today's very mild high of 62° (two degrees shy of the 1889 record) was twice as warm as Easter's bitingly cold high of 31°.

December 28 - Today's high of 49° followed a high of 50° yesterday and a high of 51° on 12/26.  Conversely, low temperatures  had a pattern in the opposite direction, with a reading of 43° today, 42° on 12/27 and 41° two days ago.  All of these readings were well above average.

 

1941

February 7 - 2.96" of rain fell, a record for the date (which still stands).  Beginning at around daybreak, the rain fell heaviest between 3-7 PM, when 1.84" was measured. 

March 8 - A fierce winter storm that began late last night brought heavy snow, sleet and high winds during the morning.  By 11 AM 18.1" of snow had fallen (15.7" of it fell today); the precipitation then changed to light drizzle in the afternoon (the day's high was 33°).  At the time, this tied with a snowstorm in January 1935 as New York's second biggest snowfall (it's now ranked tenth).

 

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April 1 - Today had the first 60-degree reading of the year, the third latest date for this occurrence in the years since 1902 (now ranked fifth).  This followed a very late first 50-degree day, on March 3.

July 4 - Just two days after a torrid high/low of 98°/78°, today was rainy, foggy and cool with a high/low of just 64°/62° (the high was 18 degrees below average).  The 0.78" of light rain that fell (between 1 AM and 6 PM) made this the rainiest day of the month.  Today's high would be July 4th's coolest until 1978.

August 26 - For the second day in a row strong thunderstorms brought torrential rains.  Yesterday's came from thunderstorms between 1-5 PM, amounting to 1.83".  Today's rainfall measured 2.30" and came from storms between 6-8 PM.  They moved through after a high of 93° was reached (yesterday's temperatures stayed in the 70s).  By the time the storms moved out the temperature had fallen into the upper 60s.

September 4 - This was the only day with measurable rain in September.  After today's rainfall of 0.51", the next day with measurable rain wouldn't be for another four weeks (Oct. 3). 

October 3 - Showers that moved in after 9:15 AM produced the first measurable rain in four weeks, the second longest dry spell on record (eight days less than the thirty-six day drought in the autumn of 1924).  Total rainfall for the day was 0.26".

October 5 - The hottest temperature ever experienced in October occurred today as the high soared to 94°.  This was 28 degrees above average.  Today was the middle day of a three-day stretch of summer-like heat; each day's highs  were records which still stand (88°, 94° and 90°).

 

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October 6 - For the second day in a row the high got into the 90s.  This is the only October to have more than one day in the 90s, and it was also the last time the temperature reached the 90s in October until 2019. 

November 30 - Today's high and that of the previous three days: 61°-60°-59°-58°.  (Highs at the end of November are typically in the upper 40s.) 

December 7 - On what became known as Pearl Harbor Day was clear and cold in New York, with a high/low of 36°/26°.  Gusty winds made it feel even colder (in the upper teens).

 

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December 13 - The biggest rainstorm of the year produced 3.03" (2.97" of it fell today).  This edged out the 2.96"  that fell on Feb. 7.  The precipitation briefly began as snow and sleet as temperatures were in the upper 20s before 7 AM (0.3" accumulated - the first measurable snowfall of the winter), but temperatures rose into the mid-40s by late in the afternoon.  Most of the rain fell between 3 PM and midnight; one inch fell between 6-8:00 PM.       

December 26 - Today was the 94th, and last, day of the year with measurable precipitation (0.02" fell between noon and 1 PM), tying 1908 as the year with the fewest days.  (The average number of days of measurable precipitation in the 20th century was 122.)  Although the two years were tie, 1941 had two inches less precipitation (39 vs. 41 inches).

 

1942

February 28 - Today's low of 29° was the last reading at freezing or colder this winter - the earliest date on record (and it still stands), breaking the 1931 record by fourteen days.  However, there would be four days in March and one in April with lows of 33°.

March 30 - The morning low of 33° was the coldest reading of the month (it also occurred on three other days), making this the only March to have no reading of 32° or colder.

April 9 - Two days after a high of 82°, 2.1" of sleet and snow fell during the afternoon and evening.  However, the temperature got no lower than 33°.

April 30 - Today's high of 91°, a record for the date, followed a high of 72° yesterday and 53° the day before that.  The previous record for the date, 86°, was set just last year.  In both years the humidity was very low during the afternoon, around 25%.

May 9 - On a raw and damp day (drizzle fell between 10AM and 3PM) just one degree separated the day's high (51°) and low (50°).  The high was 17 degrees below average while the low was at the average.  Normal diurnal variation in early May is 18 degrees. 

August 9 - 4.10" of rain fell between 3 AM and 1 PM.  This was a record amount for the date (which still stands), the biggest rainstorm in four years (since the great 'Long Island Express' hurricane of Sept. 1938), and the first of four days between today and 8/17 to pick up more than inch of rain (amounting to 8.74"). 

November 14 - With a high of only 32° (twenty-two degrees below average) today became the earliest date with a high of 32° or colder (a mark that still stands).  The previous earliest date was 11/15 in 1933.  Winds gusting between 25-30 mph produced wind chills in the teens.

November 20 - Today's high of 74° (22 degrees above average) came just six days after a high 32°.  This was the second year in a row with a high in the 70s on this date.

December 2 - The temperature plummeted from 58° to 18°.

December 13 - The 4.2" of snow that fell this afternoon/evening was the last time an inch or more of snow fell on this date.  The temperature fell throughout the day, from 39° to 22° just before midnight.  

December 20 - The morning low was a bone chilling -4°.  And the low on the following day was a frigid -1°.

December 30 - Two-thirds of the month's 4.57" of precipitation (2.98") fell between 11 PM on the 27th thru early evening today.

 

1943

January 22 - For the third day in a row the high was 25°.    

January 28 - The winter's nastiest storm dropped 7.1" of snow and sleet, which was accompanied by northeasterly winds that gusted to 34 mph.  Precipitation began at daybreak and continued through early evening.

February 14 - The temperature fell steadily through the day, from 30° to 5° (on its way to -8°) the following morning.

February 15 - Today's high was 8° after a low of -8° (third coldest low on record).  There has been no colder high or low since.  This was the second day this winter with a high in the single digits (the other occurred on Dec. 20, 1942 when the high/low was 8°/-4°).

 

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February 20 - Just five days after a morning low of 8° below zero, today's high reached 63° - the greatest rebound in temperature following a sub-zero reading.  This was the first of five consecutive days with highs in the 60s

April 15 - Today's low of 28° was the fifth low in the 20s this month, the most in April since 1881. These cold lows contributed mightily to making this the fourth coldest April on record (where it is still ranked).

July 1 - After experiencing the warmest June on record (which still stands), July began with a record low of 52°.

August 18 - Today's high of 79° was the first since July 7 that was below 80°.  The average high during this nearly six-week period was 87.4° (with 14 days in the 90s).  This streak of 41 days surpassed the previous lengthiest streak of 37 days in 1917.  However, it would be the record holder for only one year.

October 26 - A nor'easter dumped 3.40" of rain, the biggest rainstorm of the year, and a record for the date (which still stands).  Rain fell throughout the day, but it came down heaviest after 5 PM, with two periods of torrential rain between 5-6:00 PM, when 0.72" fell, and between 11 PM-midnight, when 1.05" was measured (in reality, this rain fell from midnight-1AM, but since the the National Weather Service uses Standard Time all year round it was credited to 10/26 rather than 10/27). There was a peak wind gust of 41 mph.     

 

1944

April 5 - Four days before Easter Sunday, a late season snowstorm dumped 6.5".  Beginning as rain a little after midnight, it changed to snow around 2 AM and mixed with sleet around lunchtime before ending in mid-afternoon.  The snow fell heaviest between 3-5 AM when three inches accumulated.  The day's high/low was 34°/29°.

August 14 - The trend line of today's low and those of the previous three days: 77° (today)-76°-75°-74°.

August 17 - Today was the last day of an eight-day heat wave in which every day had a high temperature of 95° or hotter.  Average high during these days was 97°.  Today's high of 95° was a record  (later tied in 2015), as were three other days during the heat wave (including 8/11's high of 102°).

 

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August 24 - Today's high was 76°, making this the first day since June 25 not to have a high temperature of 80° or warmer.  This 59-day streak was by far the longest, and came just one year after the previous record streak was established - 41 days.  The average high during these days was 89.7°, with 30 days in the 90s (thirteen had highs of 94°+).  This record would prevail until the summer of 2015.

 

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September 12 - The first wave of rain associated with a developing hurricane still south of the Bahamas moved through during the afternoon and evening, amounting to 1.64".  More than twice this amount would fall tomorrow as well as the day after that, as what became known as The Great Atlantic Hurricane moved up the East coast.

September 13 - The rapidly intensifying hurricane was now north of the Bahamas and spread heavy rain into the region during late morning and later in the evening.  In total, 3.94" of rain poured down, with 2.85" of it falling between 5-9 PM.  The hurricane would move into the Carolinas, and then the New York region tomorrow afternoon and evening, bringing even more rain.

September 14 - "The Great Atlantic Hurricane" raced up the Mid-Atlantic coast and veered to the east of NYC (making landfall near East Hampton at 2 AM on the 15th), dumping 3.82" of rain between 4-11 PM and lashing the City with gale force winds that gusted between 40 and 50 mph (and 70-80 mph at LaGuardia Airport).  Today's rainfall came on top of 3.94" that fell yesterday and 1.64" the day before for a three-day total of 9.40".  The New York metro area was the bulls-eye for the heaviest rainfall.  

October 7 - Today's high soared to a record 88°, breaking the previous record set just last year (83°).  This reading was seventeen degrees warmer than yesterday's (which was five degrees milder than average), and was the first 80-degree day in three weeks. 

 

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1945

January 1 - The year began on a mild note, with a high of 55°, but after today there would be no high warmer than 43° for the rest of the month (and no milder than today's reading until Feb. 27).

January 7 - The two inches of snow that fell today was the first time an inch or more of snow fell on Jan. 7.  Almost all of the other dates between Dec. 1 and March 31 had their first snowfalls of an inch+ in the 18th century (going back to 1869).  Temperatures were quite cold, but they rose very slowly through the day, from 17° to 25° shortly before midnight. 

January 16 - The biggest snowfall of the winter, 6.7", came two days after a snowfall of 3.2".

February 9 - With a high of 46°, this was the first day in five weeks (since Jan. 4) to have a high in the 40s.  During these weeks the average high/low was 32°/18°, six degrees colder than average.  This streak of 45 days was the longest on record, besting 1886's streak of 44 days, which ended on the same day as 1945's but began one day later.

March 16 - Beginning today, which had a high of 76° (twenty-seven degrees above average), the rest of March would be extraordinarily mild, with highs averaging 70°, eighteen degrees warmer than average.  Seven days would have highs in the 70s, with all of them at 74° or warmer (including three in the 80s).  Not surprisingly this resulted in the mildest March on record (the first half of the month was four degrees above average).   

March 22 - In the midst of the very mild second half of March,, today was an outlier as the high only reached 40° (the low was a seasonable 35°).  Winds were out of the northeast, skies were overcast, and light showers fell throughout the day.  And for the 33rd time this winter, a trace of snow was reported, tying the all-time record set five winters earlier.

June 5 - Today and the previous two days were uncommonly chilly, with periods of light drizzle, fog and clouds, and northeasterly winds.  The highs and lows for the three days were: 53°/50° on June 3; 52°/49° on June 4; and 55°/47° today.  Whereas the low temperature during these days averaged ten degrees below average (comparable to late April), the average high of 53° was twenty-three degrees below average (comparable to late March).    

June 6 - For the fifth time in the past six days the low was in the 40s (and the one day that didn't go into the 40s had a low of 50°).  No other June has had this many days in which temperatures fell into the 40s.  What made this streak even more noteworthy is the fact that it came only a few months after the mildest March on record.  Today's high of 70° was the first in the 70s since 5/29.

September 14 - On the one-year anniversary of the "Great Atlantic Hurricane" striking the New York area, 3.10" of rain poured down, largely during two thunderstorms between 5:00 and 9:00 PM.  The first storm was the most intense, with nearly two inches of rain falling in just an hour (between 5-6:00).

December 19 - An afternoon/evening snowstorm dropped 8.3" (all but 0.3" fell today).  This would be the biggest snowfall of the winter (and since March 1941).  Besides the snow, temperatures were also quite cold, with a high/low of just 23°/20° (fifteen degrees below average).

December 25 - A two-week deep-freeze loosened its grip as the temperature climbed from 20° to 51° after dark.  (The average high/low of the previous two weeks was 28°/17°.)  The milder air was drawn up by a coastal storm that lashed the area in the PM hours with 50 mph winds and 1.26" of rain.

 

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June 2 - Just two days after a summery high of 86°, today was more than 30 degrees colder along with a soaking rain of more than two inches (six days after another two-inch rainfall).  Today's high was just 52°, twenty-four degrees below average and it came one year after an equally chilly three-day period from June 3-5 that saw an average high/low of 53°/49°.     

September 25 - This was the third day in a row with a low of 66°, and it followed three days in a row with lows of 67°.  This compared to average lows this time of the month in the upper 50s.  (The high temperatures for these six days were all different.)

October 31 - Today's weather was an absolute treat as the temperature soared to a record 81°.  This followed yesterday's record high of 82° and highs of 77° on 10/29 and 78° on 10/28.  Highs of these four days were twenty degrees above average.

December 10 - The first high temperature of 70° in December occurred today.  Since then it's happened nine other times (most recently in 2015).  It came one week after a mid-winter high/low of 34°/19°.


1947

January 31 - The last eight days of the month experienced the quintessential "January thaw" as the average high/low was 57°/38°, sixteen degrees above average.  Today's high was 63°.

February 4 - After the mildest reading of the month was reached (50°), the coldest air of the winter moved in, and by midnight the temperature had fallen to 17°, on its way down to 7° tomorrow morning.  Rain changed to snow, which accumulated 1.8". 

February 21 - Snow that began yesterday evening (accumulating 4.2" by midnight) continued through this morning and piled up an additional 6.5".  Temperatures were very cold, with a high/low of 24°/14°, sixteen degrees below average. 

February 24 - For the sixth day in a row the low was in the teens, at a time of the winter when the average low is close to 30°.

April 6 - Today's high of 79° made this the warmest Easter Sunday since 1887, when the high also reached 79°.  This was a record high for the date (which still stands) - and the coolest record high in the month of April.

May 10 - This was the third day in a row with lows in the 30s.  Today's was 36°, yesterday's was 35° and 5/8's was 37°.  All three were records and stood until 2020 when the records on 5/8 and 5/9 were broken.  Average low this time of the month is around 50°.

June 8 - Two days after the high reached 87°, today was rainy (0.57") and chilly with a high of just 56°, twenty-one degrees below average.  This was the third year in a row in which the first week of June featured very cool readings.

September 15 - This was the fifth day in a row with a low in the 70s, ranging from 72° to74°.  The average low during these days was 73°, twelve degrees above average.  Highs during these days ranged from 85° to 89°.

September 19 - Today's high was 88°, the twelfth day with a high of 85° or warmer in the past eighteen days (since 9/2). 

October 1 - This morning's low was 36°, the only day this month with a low in the 30s.  (The next low in the 30s wouldn't be until 11/10).  It was also a record for the date and the second earliest date for a low in the 30s.  (The earliest date was 9/30 in 1912; 1992 would also have a low in the 30s on 10/1.)  Ironically, despite this chilly start, this would be the warmest October on record (later tied in 2007).

October 28 - Today was the tenth day since 10/14 with a high of 77° or warmer.  (Typical highs during the second half of October are in the 60°-64° range.)  Not only was it unseasonably warm, but dry, as just 0.01" of rain fell during this fifteen-day period.  (And just 0.11" fell between 9/27 and today.)

October 31 - Today's chilly high of 47° was the first day this month with a high below 60°. 

November 8 - Today's high of 61° would be the last reading in the 60s for more than four months (March 16).

November 12 - 2.39" of rain poured down today, a record for the date.  In the past 15 days (since Oct. 29) 7.49" of rain fell, with rain falling on ten of the fifteen days.

December 26 - Snow began falling around 3:30 AM and fell steadily all day, at times at a rate of two inches per hour (the forecast at daybreak called for a five-inch accumulation).  Winds gusted as high as 36 mph during the evening, and temperatures hovered around 29° for much of the storm.  By midnight, 25.5" had piled up, and an additional 0.9" fell after midnight, breaking the previous snowfall record of 21" set by the great blizzard of March 1888; it would remain the City's greatest snowfall of all time until 26.9" fell in February 2006 (it now ranks third).  This storm came three days after a snowfall of 2.5".

 

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1948

January 9 - With a high of 45°, this was the only day between Dec. 23 and Feb. 11 (more than seven weeks) to have a high above 40°.

February 1 - With a high of 26°, this was the tenth day in a row with a high of 32° or colder.  The average high/low during this streak was a frigid 25°/10°, thirteen degrees below average.  Five of the days had lows in the single digits.

 

Winter hats for women

 

February 14 - Today's high of 54° was the first high warmer than 45° in two months (since Dec. 13).

February 18 - After having back-to-back days with highs in the mid-50s, snow cover in Central Park was gone for the first time since the evening of of 12/23.  (But snow would be back on the ground four days from now after a snowfall of 5.7".)  

August 28 - For the third day in a row the high reached triple digits.  Today's high was the "coolest" of the three, with a high of 100°.  The other two days had highs of 103° and 101°.  These inferno-like highs were 20 degrees above average.

December 8 - Today, and three of the previous four days, had a high of 55°, ten degrees above average.  And the one day without this high, Dec. 6, had a high of 57°.

December 19 - One year after the huge 26.4" snowstorm of Dec. 26, another formidable snowstorm crippled the City with 16.0".  At the time, this was the shortest time between major snowstorms.  Since then there have been seven pairs of major snowstorms (one foot or more) that have occurred with less than 12 months in between (the shortest time between being four weeks in January and February 1978.)

December 31 - This was the rainiest, as well as snowiest, New Year's Eve on record as the temperature fell during the day from 52° to 25°.  Total precipitation was 1.40", and four inches of snow fell during the evening (and an additional 1.5" fell after midnight).  The second half of December was, like today, very wet and snowy, with six inches of precipitation measured and 25.3" of snow. 

 

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February 28 - Two weeks after a record-high of 73°, nine inches of snow fell and an additional 0.4" fell past midnight on 3/1).  This was the winter's second biggest snowfall (biggest was 16 inches on 12/20), and the fourth that was more than five inches.

March 27 - One week after a high/low of 28°/18° and a snowfall of nearly four inches, today's high/low was 75°/61°.  Today's low, 25 degrees above average, was a record-mild low for the date (a record that still stands).

June 18-19 - These were the only two days in June with measurable rain, and just 0.01" fell during each of them, making this the driest month on record.  Each day also had a nearly identical high/low - 83°/70° on 6/18, and 83°/71° on 6/19 (and 6/17 had a high/low of 83°/71°).

July 1 - The 1940s started with July 4th's coolest high temperature (64°) and ended with the hottest as today's high soared to 102°.

July 30 - Today was the thirteenth day in a row with high temperatures that were 89° or hotter.  Of these days, eight were in the 90s, including today, which had a high of 95°.  This was one month after an eight-day streak with highs of 88°+.

August 11 - Today's high of 99° was the third this summer (the others occurred on on 7/3 and 7/29), and is the most of any year (the year also had one day with a high of 98°, and two in the triple digits).

October 14 - Today was the eleventh day in a row with highs of 70° or warmer (including four in a row in the 80s).  The average high/low during this extended period of unseasonable warmth was 78°/62°, eleven degrees warmer than average.  And a week later there would be a three-day period with an average high/low of 77°/57°.  This October ended up being the second warmest on record, two years after the warmest on record (later tied by October 2007). 

 

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Weather Highlights of the 1950s

 

50s

 

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:

 

- 1950-

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).

 

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February 21 - The morning low of 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 the 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 5 - For the first time this year an inch or more of rain fell during a calendar date, the latest occurrence this century (continuing into the 21st century), and the third latest date overall (behind July 26, 1875 and July 6, 1874).  1.20" poured down during an evening thunderstorm.

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.

 

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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).

 

Nov 25, 1950 LaGuardia Airport  

 

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°.

 

- 1951-

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.

 

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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.

 

- 1952 -

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°.

 

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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).

 

- 1953 -

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).

 

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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-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.

 

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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.    

 

- 1954 -

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.  

 

- 1955 -

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.

 

Zerodegrees

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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. 

 

- 1956 -

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

Donlarsenperfectgame

 

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.

 

- 1957 -

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).

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

- 1958 -

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. 16 - Snow that began falling yesterday evening continued through this evening, totaling 7.9” (2.1” yesterday, 5.8” yesterday).  It was a wind-blown snow produced by an intense winter storm that was fueled by Arctic air overtaking the northeast as it moved up the coast. (By midnight, the temperature had fallen to 10°.)  While gusty winds of 25-35 mph buffeted Central Park, LaGuardia Airport (which reported 10.1” of snow) had winds that gusted between 50-65 mph.  South of the City, DC had more than a foot of snow, while to the north, Boston was buried by two feet.  This storm’s accumulation just missed tying a snowfall of 8.0” on 12/3-4 as the winter’s biggest accumulation (but both would be topped by the snowstorm of March 20-21.)   

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 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.

 

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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.

 

- 1959-

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).

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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°.

 

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December 23 - Today's high/low of 23°/9° (eighteen degrees below average) made this the coldest day of the winter of 1959-60.

 

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And here are recaps for other decades:

Late 19th Century (1869-1899)

First Decade of 20th Century

1910s

1920s

1930s

1940s

1960s

 

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