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January 2014's Weather Was Harsh, but January 2009 Was Colder




January 2014 was a cold/snowy month, four degrees colder than average and with nearly 20 inches of snow.  With a mean temperature of 28.6 degrees, it was the coldest in five years, when January 2009 had a mean temperature of 28.1 degrees.  This surprised me because conditions this January seemed harsher, and a side-by-side comparison of daily temperatures of the two months seems to bear this out:


  • This year had eleven days that were 10 degrees or more colder than average while there just six such days in 2009. 
  • 2014 had ten days with lows of 15° or colder compared to only five in 2009. 
  • This January had eight days with highs of 25° or colder while there were just three five years ago.  One thing the two years had in common was the same number of days with highs of 32° or below, thirteen.


The  reason 2009 was colder overall was due to its lack of any extended stretch of mild weather.  In 2014 there was a week-long period (1/11 thru 1/17) in which the temperature never fell below 32°.  In 2009 there was only one such day.  Also, this year had five days that were 10 degrees or more above average - 2009 had no such days.  Four days in January 2014 reported highs in the 50s while 2009's mildest reading was 47°.  As a result, although this year's average low was colder than 2009's (21.8 degrees vs. 22.4 degrees) its average high of 35.4 degrees was 1.9 degrees above that of five years ago, and that is what gave 2009 a colder mean temperature.  (By the way, this year's average low was the coldest in ten years.)




As far snowfall is concerned, this January had more than twice as much accumulation - 19.7" vs. 9.0".   Interestingly, 2009 had four snowfalls of one-inch or more - one more than this year.  However, this year's snowfalls were: 11.5", 6.4", 1.0" and 0.8" while five years ago the accumulations were: 4.0", 3.0" and two snowfalls of 1.0".




JANUARY 2014 v 2009    
  2014 2009
Mean Temperature 28.6 28.1
Average High 35.4 33.5
Average Low 21.8 22.4
Warmest 58 47
Coldest 4 6
Lows of 15 or colder 10 5
Highs of 25 or colder 8 3
Highs of 32 or colder 13 13
Mean temp 10+ deg above 5 0
Mean temp 10+ deg below 11 6
Snow 19.7" 9.0"



January Isn't Always the Coldest, July Isn't Always the Hottest




A reader recently asked if there have ever been any winters in which February was colder than January.  While it's not the norm, it happens occasionally.  Actually, more often than occasionally - 57 times, or nearly 40% of all years since 1869 (and it happened last winter).  In fact, New York's all time coldest month occurred in February 1934.  Perhaps of greater interest is the fact that there have been 17 winters in which December was the coldest month, the most recent being December 2005.  But the biggest anomaly of all occurred in the winter of 1960, when March was the coldest month!

For the most part, when February and August were colder/warmer than January or July it was when January was milder and July cooler than average.  However, there were six winters when both months were colder than normal (the most recent being in 1978).  And there have been four summers in which both months had above average temperatures (most recently in 2005).







An Outdoor Super Bowl in the Northeast - How Cold & Snowy Might it Be?




Super Bowl XLVIII will be played in northern New Jersey on Feb. 2 (2014) in a stadium, seven miles west of NYC, that's not covered by a dome.  So rather than a climate controlled, 72-degree environment, chances are good that fans and players will experience wintertime temperatures below 40 degrees (before wind chill is factored in).  Since 1970 the high/low on Feb. 2 has averaged 42/28.  Last year on this date temperatures were well below average, with a high of 29/low of 19 - New York's coldest Groundhog Day since 1996. 


Although evening temperatures on Feb. 2 since 1970 have been as cold as the low teens (twice), on a few occasions they've been as mild as the mid-50s.  In all those years there has been just one significant snowfall on that date (4.3" in 1985).  However, that might mean we're overdue for another.  Significant rainfall happens about once every six years. 


Close to half of the Feb. 2's have had temperatures colder than 40°; once every five or six years the temperature has remained below freezing all day.  Just 15% of the years saw highs in the 50s. 




Spectators and players aren't the only ones who will have to contend with the outside elements - there are the halftime performers.  In 2007 Prince valiantly performed in a steady rain during Super Bowl XVI played in Miami.  This year Bruno Mars has the honors of shivering his ass off before 100 million viewers.




But let's not lose sight of the fact that cold and inclement weather is not a novelty to the NFL.  In fact, games are often made more interesting (at least for TV viewers) when there's a driving rain or the field is covered with snow.  And if fans/players can survive sub-zero conditions as they did in Green Bay last week, they'll make it through whatever is thrown at them come Feb. 2.



 Feb 2 Weather (2004-2013)

Today in New York Weather History: April 25


1875 (Sunday)

Less than two weeks after a snowstorm of ten inches (on 4/13), another significant snowfall dropped three more inches - despite the fact that the temperature got no lower than 34°.  This is the latest measurable snowfall in Central Park on record.


1915 (Sunday)

Today saw perhaps the greatest swings in temperature of any date in New York's history.  After first steadily climbing from 47° shortly after midnight to 91° at 3 PM, the temperature then plunged to 52° just before  midnight.  This was the result of a strong warm front moving through for about ten hours (9 AM-7 PM) and then being displaced by a backdoor cold front.  There was no rain produced by the passage of either front.  Two days later the temperature would rebound into the low 90s again only to drop like a rock after nightfall.  These crazy swings came three weeks after 10.5" of snow buried the City.




1919 (Friday)

It was a cold day, with temperatures more like winter than the middle of spring.  The high/low was just 43°/29°, nineteen degrees below average.  And tomorrow's readings would be very similar (44°/31°).  Both days also had winds that gusted to 25 mph, making it feel like it was in the 30s.


1960 (Monday)

After a seasonably cool low of 48°, the temperature rose sharply, to 87°.  Meanwhile, although they were still milder than average, yesterday and tomorrow had highs of 70°.


1962 (Wednesday)

For the third year in a row, a big jump in temperature occurred on this date.  This year the mercury jumped from 48° to 84°; in 1961 it rose from 49° to 82°; and in 1960 the high reached 87° after a low of 48°. 


1976 (Sunday)

Five days after an unprecedented four-day heat wave ended (with highs of 91°-96°-92°-89°), today was the first of three days in a row with highs only in the 40s (49°-46°-49°).  


2002 (Thursday)

A steady rain, amounting to 0.55", fell during the afternoon - the first rain on this date in 12 years.  One week after a heat wave, with temperatures 30 degrees above average (comparable to hot temperatures experienced in 1976), today was chilly, with a high/low of 52°/43°.




2007 (Wednesday)

For the sixth year in a row rain fell on this date as mid-afternoon showers amounted to 0.14".


2009 (Saturday)

What a spectacular start to my summer share at Fire Island as the afternoon high soared to 88° (in NYC) after a low of 52°.  This was the sixth time a diurnal variation of 33 degrees or more occurred on 4/25 - tying 4/19 for the most of any calendar date. 




2010 (Sunday)

After just 0.61" of rain fell in the first twenty-four days of the month, 1.60" poured down today.  The rain came from two storm systems.  The first brought the bulk of the rain in the AM hours (1.13"), the second moved in after dark.


2018 (Wednesday)

It was a dreary, showery, fog-shrouded day.  The 0.95" that fell (much of it between 6-9 AM, 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 Aug.-Oct. 2011, but that three-month period had more than twice as much precipitation (34.43" vs. 16.45").


Chart - 3 rainy months in a row


2024 (Thursday)

The humidity dropped to 12% for a few hours this afternoon, the lowest level reported this year, and matching last year's lowest humidity (on 4/11).










A Look Back at New York City Weather: April 16


1913 (Wednesday)

In the past six days 4.58" of rain fell.  Today was the rainiest, with 1.25" measured (most of it fell 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.


1914 (Thursday)

This was the third day of the past six to have an inch or more of rain (and another day had 0.89").  In total, 4.30" of rain fell. (Very similar to last year.)


1975 (Wednesday)

Today was just one degree below average, but it was the fifteenth day in a row with a below average mean temperature.  During this period temperatures were nearly eight degrees below average.  


1985 (Tuesday)

It was a glorious day for a baseball game as the high reached 75°, and the Yankees beat the White Sox in their home opener on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning.





1996 (Tuesday)

1.04" of rain fell between 1-4 AM, and 2.19" overall (including rain from last night that fell after 9 PM).  Most of the rain was over by 8 AM.  This storm's rainfall equaled the amount of precipitation (in liquid form) from the blizzard back on Jan. 7-8.


2000 (Sunday)

Today had the mildest reading of the month, 75°.  This would be the last April with no days in the 80s, until 2014.  


2002 (Tuesday)

Today was the start of a very early four-day heat wave: 92° today; 96° on 4/17; 91° on 4/18; and 89° on 4/19.  At the time, today's temperature was the third earliest date for a year's first reading in the 90s.  (I thought I was planning ahead and had my air conditioner taken out of my apartment yesterday to have it cleaned and serviced.) 

Interestingly, there was a nearly identical mid-April heat wave back in 1976 that started one day later.  It also lasted four days and had the same four high temperatures, only in different order.  (To read more about 90-degree weather in April, double click here.)




2003 (Wednesday)

After the temperature soared to 88°, twenty-seven degrees above average, a back-door cold front moved through and the temperature dropped to 51° by midnight.  Today's high wouldn't be topped for ten weeks.


2007 (Monday)

After yesterday's 7.57" of rain, an additional 0.84" fell this morning.  In total, rain fell during a 36-hour period.


2011 (Saturday)

A nasty storm system moved in late in the afternoon, buffeting the area with 40-50 mph winds and 1.78" of rain, most of which fell today.  Nearly half of the rain poured down between 7-9 PM. 


2012 (Monday)

It felt like mid-summer, as skies were sunny and the high soared to 88°.  This was the first day in the 80s this year, not far from the typical day of New York's first 80.  However, it was three weeks earlier than the usual date for the first 85°+ reading.  Today was also the ninth day this year with a mean temperature 20 degrees or more above average, well above the typical number for an entire year (four).  





2014 (Wednesday)

The morning low of 31° was the latest date for a temperature of 32° or colder since 1980 (when the low was 32° on April 17).  The last time a temperature was below freezing this late was in 1943, when the low was 30° - also on April 4/16. 

Today's chilly low broke a string of six consecutive Aprils with no lows of freezing or colder, the longest streak on record.  Additionally, the dusting of snow this morning was the latest for a trace of snow since 1997. 




2017 (Sunday)

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).  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 reading in the 80s.


Melting chocolate bunny



2018 (Monday)

A rainstorm that moved in last night continued through noon today, bringing flooding rains and winds that gusted over 40 mph.  Total rainfall was 3.29", 2.82" which poured down this morning; more than half of it (1.54") fell in the three hours between 7:30 and 10:30.  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 14 degrees in the hour between 11:00 and noon (from 46° to 60°). 


2022 (Saturday)

Today, with a high of 73°, was the fifth day in a row with a high of 70°+.  The average high during this streak was 73°, 12 degrees above average. The last time there was a streak of this length in April was eleven years ago (but it occurred 12 days later). 


Five in a row








Today in New York Weather History: April 15


1940 (Monday)

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





1943 (Thursday)

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


1960 (Friday)

Today's summery high/low of 83°/66° (25 degrees warmer than average) made the harsh, wintry conditions of March (second coldest of the 20th century, with 18.5" of snow) seem like a bad dream.


1972 (Saturday)

The Mets' home opener was played through sprinkles and temperatures only in the chilly mid-40s.


1976 (Thursday)

It was a stunning day for the Yankees' home opener as skies were sunny and afternoon temperatures warmed to 76°, sixteen degrees above average. 


1979 (Sunday)

After a rainy and cold Saturday (high/low of 45°/40°, with 1.10" of rain), Easter Sunday was gray and cool, with a high/low of 55°/42°, and some light rain/drizzle between 4-6 AM.  Today would be chillier than Christmas Day 1979 (high/low of 61°/50°).


1990 (Sunday)

1.47" of rain fell one year after 1.41" fell on the same date.


1991 (Monday)

It was a miserable day for the Yankees' home opener, which was played in a steady light rain, with temperatures hovering around 50°, well below average.  This was quite a contrast to last week's Mets home opener, played in 90-degree heat.  This was the eighth year out of the past nine to have rain on this date. 


2007 (Sunday)

An intense nor'easter dumped 7.57" of rain, the second greatest 24-hour rainfall on record for New York (and the most to fall on a Sunday).  Three inches fell between noon-4:00 (including 1.19" in one one-hour period); another period of torrential rain dumped an additional 1.70" between 9-11 PM.  In between these two periods of torrential rain, there was a period of calm, even a bit of clearing, that somewhat resembled the eye of a hurricane.  An additional 0.84" would fall overnight thru noon on Monday.


Overflowing rain spout

2010 (Thursday)

Temperatures in the first half of April were twelve degrees above average, but then the second half of the month would see temperatures closer to normal.  (Average high during the first half of the month was 72°, while the second half's average would be 63°.)


Split personality  


2014 (Tuesday)

A strong cold front moved through early in the evening, slicing the temperature nearly in half, from 63° at 4 PM to 33° by 11:30.  Steady rain changed to snow/sleet after 10 PM, which had a tough time accumulating since the ground had been warmed from four days in the 70s between 4/11-14.


2015 (Wednesday)

Today saw the year's first reading in the 70s, three weeks later than average, and tying 2003 for the latest "first 70" since 1993 (when it happened on 4/19).  Skies were partly cloudy.



2018 (Sunday)

Two days after the high reached 82°, and one day after it was 77°, today was windy, raw and overcast, with temperatures only in the low 40s (the result of a "backdoor" cold front that moved through yesterday afternoon).  And conditions became even more miserable in the evening when rain moved in (0.47" fell thru midnight) and the temperature dropped into the upper-30s.


2022 (Friday)

Conditions during this year's Mets home opener were a replica of last year's as skies were sunny and the day's high reached 70°.  And the visiting team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, probably felt at home because of the very low humidity, which dropped to 13% at the time the first pitch was thrown.  But the hospitality ended there as the Mets easily won the game, 1o-3.   Today was the fourth day in a row with readings in the 70s - the first time for a streak of this length since late September.


2023 (Saturday)

Four streaks ended today: 13 days in a row with no measurable rain (0.02" fell today during the evening); eight consecutive days with very low humidity (ranging from 13% to 21%); eight days in a row with sunny skies; and three consecutive days with highs in the 80s or 90s.  (However, a streak of days with highs of 75° or warmer reached five.)


2024 (Monday)

It was partly cloudy and unseasonably warm as the high reached the 80s for the second time this year (the first time was on 4/9).  Today's high was 82° (20 degrees above average), which was the warmest reading since 10/4 of last year, when the high was 83°.  







Today in New York Weather History: April 13


1875 (Tuesday)

A snowstorm that dumped ten inches of snow moved in during the day and ended in the wee hours of the morning of the 14th.  However, the snow didn't stick around for very long as tomorrow's temperature rose into the low 50s after dark.


1940 (Saturday)

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.)  This was the coldest day of the month.  Snow that began last night and accumulated 1.3", continued for a few hours past midnight, adding an additional 0.5" this morning.   


1955 (Wednesday)

A chilly high of 46° came just two days after a high of 84°.  Skies were overcast and winds were from out of the northeast.


1962 (Friday)

After going four years without a National League baseball team to call its own, the New York Mets played their first home opener, in unseasonably cold conditions, with a high/low of 43°/38° (nine degrees below average).  Windy and overcast, there were showers before daybreak and again late in the afternoon, amounting to 0.13".  As for the game, the Mets lost to the Pirates, 4-3.




1971 (Tuesday)

The Yankees' home opener was played under sunny skies, with temperatures in the upper 60s.  (A week earlier the Mets weren't as lucky as their game finished just as a nor'easter was bearing down on the City.)


1977 (Wednesday)

This was the second day in a row with summertime heat, as the high reached a record-setting 88°, two degrees lower than yesterday.




1978 (Thursday)

It was a beautiful day for a baseball game as the Yankees' home opener was played under sunny skies and in temperatures that rose into the mid-70s.


1987 (Monday)

Today was the home opener for the Yankees.  After early showers between 5-8 AM, the rest of the day was gray and chilly, with a game-time temperature in the low 50s.  This followed three days of 70-degree temperatures.  Happily, the Yankee bats were hot, as they rolled over the Indians, 11-3.




1991 (Saturday)

Today was the 16th day in a row in which no high temperature was duplicated.  During these days highs ranged from 47° to 90°.


1992 (Sunday)

The morning low of 31° was the latest date for a freezing temperature since 1980, when it occurred on April 17.  This would be the latest date until 2014. 


2012 (Friday)

Despite it being Friday the 13th, skies were clear, temperatures pleasant (low 60s, a few degrees above average), and the Yankees won their home opener, beating the Angels, 5-0.  From Yankee Stadium, smoke could be seen in the distance, rising from a brush fire in Central Park as very low humidity posed a threat for brush fires throughout the area.


Friday 13th


2014 (Sunday)

Today's high of 77° was the mildest reading of the month, and made this April the first since 2000 not to have a reading in the 80s.


2018 (Friday)

Today's high soared to 82° the day after the high reached 63° (which had been the mildest reading in more than seven weeks).  This was about a week earlier than a year's typical first 80-degree reading.  And this morning's low of 60° was what the average high should be.




2020 (Monday)

Nearly two inches of rain fell from an intense storm system that produced deadly tornadoes in the Southeast yesterday (Easter Sunday).  The 1.92" of rain that was measured was a record for the date, easily breaking the old record set 100 years earlier.  Besides rain (which fell largely between 1 AM-6 PM), gale force winds raked the area, gusting close to 40 mph in Central Park and between 50-60 mph in many suburbs.  Temperatures rose into the 60s as the storm exited during early evening, and the day's high (67°) was reached after dark.   


2023 (Thursday)

The temperature reached a sizzling 90°, which not only was a record for the date but the hottest reading in April since 2010 (when it occurred on 4/7, the earliest reading in the 90s on record).  This was just the fourth 90+ day in the first half of April.  (Typically, the first 90+ is around Memorial Day.)  

Today was also the seventh day in a row with very low humidity (25% or lower), the longest streak of its kind this century.   Over these seven days the humidity dropped to between 12% and 21% on each day.  (An even longer streak, one of 11 days would occur in May.)  Because of the low humidity this afternoon's feels-like temperature was five degrees lower than the day's high.  Finally, this was the sixth day in a row with sunny skies.






A Glance Back at New York Weather: April 12


1901 (Friday)

A year after the first reading in the 60s occurred on April 6, this year it occurred six days later - the third latest date for this occurrence (behind 4/15 in 1877, and 4/13 in 1891).


1929 (Friday)

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 is in the upper 50s).  Besides a high/low of only 42°/37°, today also featured a cold rain that amounted to 0.98".


1977  (Tuesday)

After a morning low of 50°, the temperature skyrocketed to 90°.  This was just three days after the low temperature was 25° (the fourth year in a row with a low in the 20s in April).  Both readings were records.  At the time, this was the earliest date on record for a reading in the 90s (since passed by April 8, 1991 and April 7, 2010).  Today was also the home opener for the Mets, played in temperatures twice as warm as the Yankees' home opener five days earlier (45°).




1981 (Sunday)

Today was the 20th day in a row with above-average temperatures.  The mean temperature during this nearly three-week period was nine degrees above average.  The average high/low was 66°/47° and included highs of 77° on 3/29, 81° on 4/3 and 75° on 4/9.


1993 (Monday)

Today was the 16th day in a row in which no high temperature was duplicated.  They ranged from 41° (15 degrees below average) to 68° (13 degrees above).


1996 (Friday)

Yesterday's high temperature was a pleasant 64°, and tomorrow's would be a chillier 55°, but today was a brief taste of summer as the high rose to 80° - 21 degrees above average.  


2000 (Wednesday)

At the Yankees' home opener , the team received their World Series rings in weather that was sunny and breezy, with a chilly high of 50°, nine degrees colder than average. 


2003 (Saturday)

The day before a 13-day streak of chilly weather began on March 30 (a period that was eight degrees below average), the high reached 69°.  And today, the day this chilly spell ended, the temperature once again topped out at 69°.


2004 (Monday)

Not a great day for the Mets home opener as rain moved in after 2 PM and continued for the rest of the day (0.55" was measured).  Temperatures were in the low 50s. 




2013 (Friday)

It was a gray, windy, raw, and wet day (0.63" of rain fell) with afternoon temperatures only in the low 40s.  This was quite a contrast to the sunny and warm conditions three days earlier, when the high reached 82°.  Today's rain accounted for nearly half of the month's paltry 1.31" total (making it the driest April in 50 years - and fifth driest on record).  


2016 (Tuesday)

Although rain fell during nine of the month's first twelve days, it amounted to just 1.16" (a below average amount).  Today, showers fell in the pre-dawn hours, amounting to 0.20".  Then skies cleared, making this the first day of a two-week stretch in which every afternoon had either sunny or clear skies and unusually low humidity. 


2018 (Thursday)

Although today's high of 63° was only a bit milder than average, it was the warmest reading since Feb. 21's extraordinary high of 78°.







Looking Back at New York Weather: April 10


1950 (Monday)

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.


Clip art frosty breath


1974 (Wednesday)

The Mets played their home opener in raw conditions that were similar to those the Yankees encountered four days earlier.  Although the day started with some light snow, amounting to 0.3", it was over long before the game's first pitch.  However, fans in the stands had to contend with gusty winds that made the game-time temperature in the low 40s feel like it was in the upper 20s. 




1980 (Thursday)

The day after 3.42" of rain fell, today was dry and warm with afternoon temperatures in the low 70s, thirteen degrees above average.  The weather was perfect for the the Mets' home opener against the Cubs.


1983 (Sunday)

4.31" of rain fell, with nearly 2.50" of it falling in just three hours (between 11 AM-2 PM).


1992 (Friday)

Although today's Mets home opener was twenty degrees cooler than last season's record heat, at 71° it was still twelve degrees above average.  This was also the first day with temperatures in the 70s this year - two weeks later than usual.  (This was similar to 1965's home opener, on 4/12, which was played on the first 70-degree day of the year.)


1996 (Wednesday)

An overnight snowfall of 0.7" was the last snow of the season, bringing the winter's total to a hefty, record-breaking 75.6".  This was 48" above the average winter, and came just two years after 53.4" fell.




2010 (Saturday)

Three days after a high of 92°, this morning's low was 50 degrees colder. 


2013 (Tuesday)

What had been a beautiful spring day, with a high of 74°, came to a crashing end as a series of strong thunderstorms barreled through between 7-11 PM.  What made them especially noteworthy was the fact that they occurred in the first half of April.  However, despite the storm's long duration, relatively little rain fell, with just 0.49" measured in Central Park.  This was the first rainfall of the month.




2017 (Monday)

For the first time since 1988, the Yankees played their home opener in temperatures that rose into the 70s.  Under mostly sunny skies, the temperature reached 74°.  And the cherry on top was a victory over Tampa Bay.






Today in New York Weather History: April 4


1882 (Tuesday)

Today had the first 80+ reading of the year (80°), which followed the first reading in the 70s yesterday (75°), and first reading in the 60s the day before that (61°). 


1915 (Sunday)

Many spent Easter Sunday digging out from the 10-inch snowstorm that buried the City yesterday.  However, by afternoon temperatures had risen into the low 50s, twenty degrees warmer than yesterday, causing quick melting.  Skies were mostly sunny.




1931 (Saturday)

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


1987 (Saturday)

1.99" of rain, a record amount for the date, fell throughout the day and ended late in the afternoon.  Including rain that began late last night, the storm total was 2.48".  This was the biggest rainstorm since the beginning of last December when 2.73" fell on Dec. 2-3.




1994 (Monday)

The Yankees' home opener was played in ideal conditions as skies were clear and temperatures slightly milder than average (60°).  And the Bronx Bombers triumphed over Texas, 5-3.


1995 (Tuesday)

A vigorous cold front passed through in the early afternoon and the temperature plummeted 40 degrees by midnight, from 68° to 28°.


2007 (Wednesday)

Under rainy skies (0.85" fell) only two degrees separated today's chilly high/low (42°/40°).


2013 (Thursday)

The morning low dropped to 33° for the third day in a row.  This was also the fourth day in a row with a low in the 30s, the longest such streak in April since 2007, when there was an eight-day streak.



2014 (Friday)

It was a gray, raw, and damp day with drizzle and mist.  The afternoon temperature hovered around 42°, twenty-five degrees colder than yesterday.


2016 (Monday)

Raw and rainy (0.47" fell), with afternoon temperatures in the chilly mid-40s.  These poor conditions caused the Yankees to postpone their home opener - the first Opening Day rain-out since 2008.  While New York was too warm for snow, four to six inches of snow fell in Connecticut, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts. 


2021 (Sunday)

Despite starting out overcast, it turned into a beautiful Easter Sunday as the skies cleared late in the morning, and the temperature rose to 65° (eight degrees above average).   The air was also quite dry, with the relative humidity falling to 23% late in the afternoon.