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Today in New York Weather History: December 23

 

1883

It was a frigid, frigid day with a high/low of just 10°/-1°.

1896

One week after a snowfall of seven inches, six inches fell beginning last night and continuing through this morning, followed by another round during the evening as an Arctic front moved through.  What was curious about this snowfall was the fact that it had a very low water content (0.25" was measured) despite temperatures that were 32° or above last night through daybreak today, and rain was mixed with the snow at times.

1930

The biggest snowfall of the winter, 3.9", began this afternoon and continued through dusk on the 24th, providing a mantle of white for Christmas Day.

 

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1959

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

1963

Snow began falling shortly before 3 PM and by midnight six inches had accumulated, with 0.3" added in the wee hours of 12/24.  The temperature didn't vary much as the high/low was 32°/28°. 

1989

The morning low of 6°, twenty-three degrees below average, was the coldest reading of the month and the entire year.  With today's frigid temperatures, 1989 became the year with the most days with mean temperatures 10 degrees above or below average (in the years since 1960; later broken in 2015).

 

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1990

It was a record-setting day as the high reached 66° after a low of 57° - a staggering 28 degrees above average - quite a change from a year ago!

1998

This was the first day since Nov. 22 to have a colder than average mean temperature.  It was also the first day this winter completely below freezing.  Today's high/low of 29°/18° was in sharp contrast to the 55°/42° averaged in the first three weeks of the month.

1999

Somewhat similar to this date last year, today was the twenty-first day in a row with above average temperatures.  Temperatures were seven degrees above the norm during this three-week span.

2004

A strong cold front blew through during the afternoon, producing thunderstorms with 40-50 mph wind gusts.  These storms caused extensive airport delays.  My flight to Pittsburgh, where I was going to visit my mother for Christmas, was cancelled (I rescheduled for the next morning).  Today's high of 59° came just three days after a morning low of 11°, the month's temperature extremes.  

 

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2015

Eleven years after my flight home to Pittsburgh was cancelled due to inclement weather, it happened again!  (This time, however, I couldn't get a flight until Christmas Day, so I took Amtrak.)  1.55" of rain was measured, falling just 0.07" short of setting a new record.  Most of the rain fell between 3-9 PM.  Besides being rainy, it was also mild, with a high of 64°.

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Today in New York Weather History: December 22

 

1904

This was the last day of a two-week period with unseasonably cold weather.  The average high/low of 32°/21° was ten degrees below average.  Eight of the days had highs that were 32° or colder.  And there were snowfalls of seven inches and six inches.

1955

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/snow fell).

1959

Snow that began late in the afternoon yesterday continued thru 9 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 1-6 AM when six inches accumulated.  The day's temperatures were well below average, with a high/low of 28°/17°.

 

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1970

The first one-inch snowfall of winter fell between mid-morning thru early afternoon, accumulating 1.8" (the first measurable snow of the winter fell one week earlier on 12/15).  It was also a cold day, with a high/low of 32°/23°.

 

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1975

Very similar to 1970, light snow fell throughout the morning and continued until mid-afternoon, accumulating 1.8".  This was the first measurable snow of the winter.  And at 32°/24°, the day's high/low was nearly identical to 1970's as well. 

1983

The first snowfall of the winter fell in the pre-dawn hours, but after 0.6" accumulated it was quickly washed away by heavy rain (about two inches).  The temperature rose steadily from 31° to 53°. 

1989

In the midst of a frigid December (second coldest on record), today's high of 18°/low of 8° was not only the coldest day of the month - but of the entire year.

 

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1990

After a very mild low of 58° (twenty-eight degrees above average!), the afternoon high inched up by only three degrees.

1997

The 0.14" of cold rain that fell this evening after 8 PM was the first precipitation to fall on this date since 1983.

1998

The temperature dropped from a record high of 63° to 22° by midnight.  This was the first subfreezing temperature of the season, the latest date for this occurrence on record, breaking the previous 1948 record by eleven days.  Between Nov. 29 and today temperatures were 11 degrees above average.

 

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2000

Today was the first of thirteen days in a row with high temperatures of 32° or colder - one of New York's longest cold streaks on record.  During mid-afternoon a quick burst of snow amounted to 0.8".

2008

A high/low of 27°/13° made this the coldest day of the month.  (Two days later the temperature would jump into the upper 50s.)

2010

High temperatures over the past six days exhibited a pattern that only a "numbers" nerd could appreciate: 36°-36°-37°-37°-38°-38° (today).  They were all colder than average (low 40s).  And today and yesterday had the same high as well as low (38°/28°), making this the tenth pair with the same high/low this year, tying 1931 for the most in one year.

 

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2012

Just two degrees separated today's high (38°) and low (36°).  It was a very blustery day, with 30-40 mph wind gusts, so the wind chill in the 20s gave the air a Christmas-like feel.  Still, the day was one degree above average, making it the 16th day in a row with an above average reading.  This was also the 15th day this year with a low temperature of 36°, the most of any daily minimum. 

 

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2013

On the first full day of winter today's high, despite mostly overcast skies, soared to 71° - eight degrees above the previous record for the date.  This was just the ninth time a 70-degree reading was reported in December (the eighth time was in 2006 - and a tenth time would happen in 2015).  And the day's low of 61° was milder than the warmest high temperature of five Decembers since 2000.  Overall, the day's mean temperature was 30 degrees above average.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: December 21

 

1871

The first day of winter had the coldest reading of the winter, two degrees below zero.  Two days later the temperature would jump to 55°, the mildest reading since 11/1 (there were four days in November with highs of 54°).

1901

During the six days between Dec. 16-21, there were three pairs of days with identical highs/lows: 26°/20° on Dec. 16 and 17; 28°/20° on Dec. 18 and 19; and 26°/19° on Dec. 20 and 21.

1955

Today would be 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, yesterday's 20°/6°.

 

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1963

Today was the seventh day in a row with a sub-freezing high.  The average high/low during this Arctic outbreak was 28°/17°, which was 13 degrees colder than average.

1973

Yesterday and today were contrasts in big swings in temperature.  Yesterday, the temperature climbed throughout the day, rising from 25° at midnight to 54° nearly twenty-four hours later.  Today, the temperature reversed course, falling from 57° just before daybreak to 25° by midnight.  Additionally, a lot of rain fell in the morning and afternoon, amounting to 2.49" (a record for the date).  Today's deluge pushed the month's precipitation over eight inches, making this the wettest December on record (a record that still stands).  An additional 1.54" of precipitation would fall in the month's remaining ten days, bringing the month's total to just under ten inches.

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1993

A hard morning rain dropped 1.65" between midnight and 9 AM.  Near the end, 0.66" fell in the hour between 6:49-7:49 AM.

2005

Today's high of 33°/low of 24° felt even colder for many commuters who were forced to walk to work due to a three-day subway strike (Dec. 20-22).

 

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2013

One week after a five-inch snowfall, today saw a record high of 65° - on the first day of winter.  The high was reached shortly after 8 PM.  The previous record had been set just two years earlier.

2018

Five days after a rainfall of 1.44", an even greater deluge occurred last night and today (thru early afternoon), measuring 1.84" (1.62" fell today).  Today's rain moved 2018 up to fifth wettest year on record, as the year's total precipitation topped 63 inches.  This storm was also accompanied by much milder air than the previous storm, with temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s for much of the day, peaking at 61° late in the morning.  This was the first reading in the 60s since 11/7.  Besides the rain, the City also had to contend with dense fog.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: December 20

 

1874

Ten inches of heavy snow piled up after precipitation started as rain.  As the temperature dropped below freezing (from a high of 36°), the rain changed over to snow.  Total liquid precipitation for the day was 1.92".  (Both amounts are records for the date that are still standing.)

1884

The day before the winter solstice began would be the coldest day of this winter, as the high/low was only 7°/-3°.  Feb. 11 (1885) would come close with a high/low of 11°/-2°. 

1903

Today's rainfall of 1.34" made 1903 New York's wettest year on record, passing 1889 (which had 57.16").  This would remain New York's wettest year until 1972 (it's since fallen to eleventh place).

1936

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 midnight and 3 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).

 

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1983

Today's high was a teeth chattering 25°, seventeen degrees colder than average.  It was the first high of freezing or below of the season. 

1988

This was the 22nd consecutive day with no measurable precipitation.  This dry spell began at the end of November, a month in which 8.90" of rain fell.  December would end with just 1.13" of precipitation.

2004

Brrr, today's high/low of 21°/11° was twenty degrees colder than average and was the coldest day of the month.  (The temperature had fallen from 47° yesterday afternoon.)  This was the coldest day in December in eleven years, since a high/low of 20°/10° on Dec. 27, 1993.  It was also the first day this winter to be completely below freezing.  Additionally, 0.5" of snow fell in the wee hours of the morning.

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2014

It was a cold day under slate gray skies, with just three degrees separating the high and low (33°/30°).

2018

Light rain moved in during the evening, making this the record-setting 153rd day this year with measurable precipitation, breaking a tie with 1996.  And there would be five more days of precipitation (all rain) before the end of the year (which amounted to nearly four inches).

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Today in New York Weather History: December 19

 

1910

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

1919

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°.

 

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1945

An afternoon/nighttime 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).

1948

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 (of a foot or more) that have occurred with less than 12 months in between (the shortest hiatus being four weeks, in January and February 1978.) 

1973

For the second day in a row the high/low was the same frigid 25°/17°, the coldest days of the month.  The sub-freezing cold prevented the layer of thick ice from the ice storm of 12/16-17 from melting quickly.

1979

3.5" of snow fell, the first measurable snowfall of the winter.  It would be the winter's largest accumulation until mid-March.  Today was also the coldest day of the month, with a high of 26° after a low of 20°.

 

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1981

Today was the first day of the winter that had temperatures completely below freezing, with a high of 28°/low of 21°.  

1985

With a high of 30°, today was the first day of the winter with a maximum temperature of 32° or colder.

1991

With a high/low of 27°/13°, today was the first day of the winter completely below freezing.

1995

Beginning today and continuing into tomorrow Central Park had its biggest December snowfall since 1960 as 7.7" fell (10-12" had been predicted).  Less than 10 miles away, LaGuardia Airport was buried by 14.9" (8.0" today, 6.9" tomorrow).

 

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2004

An Arctic front moved thru late in the afternoon, and the temperature plunged from 47° to 21° by midnight.  The season's first measurable snow fell between 9PM-3AM, but it was just 0.6".  

2008

Four inches of wet snow fell (an additional 0.5" fell overnight).  This would be the biggest snowfall of the winter until March 1-2, when 8.3" fell. 

2009

The first snowfall of the winter was a snowstorm that moved in late in the afternoon.  By the time it ended at around 4 AM on Sunday, 10.9" had piled up.  Long Island received considerably more, with parts of Suffolk County buried by more than 20". (Photo taken in the NYC suburb of Bronxville.)

 

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2015

Although today had the chilliest mean temperature since the end of March, the high/low of 40°/35° was still two degrees above average.  This ended a nine-day streak in which the mean temperature was ten degrees or more above average.  The last time there was a streak of this many days was in January 2002.     

2019

With a high/low of 25°/16° (fourteen degrees colder than average) today was the first day this winter with a high of 32° or colder.  This was close to the average date of this occurrence, but it was the latest date since the winter of 2015-16 when it didn't occur until Jan. 5.  Wind chills during the morning were in the single digits.  This would be the coldest day of the winter of 2019-20 - the first winter since 2005-06 to have its coldest day occur in December.

2020

Today and the previous three days had very similar, cold temperatures: 31°/24° (on 12/16); 33°/24°; 32°/24°; and 32°/20° (today).  These four days were nine degrees below average.  Coincidentally, last December had a an equally cold four-day period at about the same time (Dec. 18-21), with an average high/low of 32°/21°.

 

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Today in New York Weather: December 18

 

1919

The morning low was 1° below zero, 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.

 

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1973

This was the third morning in a row in which the low was 17° degrees, 14 degrees below average.  These were the coldest readings of the month.

1979

With a high of 30°, today was the first day of the season with a high of 32° or colder. 

 

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Today's high of 31°/low of 22° (ten degrees colder than average) was the first day completely below freezing since Feb. 10, when it was 29°/22°.  This morning's low would end up being the coldest reading in December.  It was the "mildest" minimum temperature in December since 1984 when December's coldest reading was 25°.    

2019

An Arctic front bringing the coldest weather since the beginning of February triggered a burst of snow at around 4 PM.  As the front approached a "Snow Squall Warning" was issued mid-afternoon (although it's unusual for NYC, a similar warning was issued earlier in the year on 1/30).  Less than an inch of snow accumulated but it fell in such a brief period of time that it produced whiteout conditions for 10-15 minutes.  By midnight the temperature was down to 21°, on its way to 16° by daybreak on the 19th.

 

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 2021

Yesterday had extraordinarily dry air in place (humidity in the afternoon bottomed out at 14°), and the difference between the air temperature and dew point late in the afternoon was 48 degrees (air temperature of 57°, dew point of 9°).  Today, with a chilly and damp air mass in place, there was just a one degree difference between the two (air temperature of 43°, dew point of 42°)

 

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Today in New York Weather History: December 16

 

1903

This was the third day in a row with a high of 26°.  Lows on these three days were 21° (12/14), 20° (12/15) and 19° (12/16).  The streak followed a high of 54° on 12/13.

1910

The coldest day of the winter of 1910-11 was today, with a high/low of 21°/11°.

1958

This was the tenth day in a row with a sub-freezing high temperature.  During this unusually early cold wave the average high/low was 29°/19°, twelve degrees below average.

1962

Today was the seventh day in a row that saw highs of 32° or colder.  The average high/low during this stretch of days was 27°/17°, fourteen degrees below average.  Despite the cold conditions there was very little snow, just 0.3" today, and 0.1" on the 10th.

1973

One of New York's worst ice storms moved in during the afternoon and continued for 24 hours (the worst of it was between 11 PM tonight thru daybreak on 12/17).  Nearly three inches of sleet accumulated, and an inch of ice formed on sidewalks, cars and trees.  For the entirety of the storm, the temperature range was very narrow, between 27° and 30°.

 

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1974

A hard, steady rain fell between 9 AM-10 PM, amounting to 2.25", a record for the date. 

1997

Today's high of 54° was the mildest reading of the month, a relatively cool reading for that distinction.

 

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2001

This morning had the first low of 32° or colder this season - the second latest date on record for this occurrence.  (The latest date was three years earlier, on Dec. 22.) 

2005

1.58" of rain fell between midnight and 8 AM, making this the rainiest day of the month.

2007

An overnight lashing of sleet and rain produced 0.84" of precipitation and an inch of frozen precipitation on the ground.  Then a cold front moved through after dark, producing 40-60 mph wind gusts.  

2008

Overnight the temperature plunged from 62° at 11 PM (on 12/15) to 37° at daybreak today.  After a raw and gray day, an inch of snow fell during the evening, the first measurable snowfall of the season.  (By midnight the temperature was down to 30°.)

 

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After six days in a row with high temperatures in the 60s, today had a cool down.  However, the high/low of 53°/46° was still thirteen degrees above average.

2016

What a difference a year makes!  This morning's low of 17° was the coldest reading in December in seven years.  And with a high/low of 27°/17° (fifteen degrees below average), today was the first completely below-freezing day since Feb. 14 (when the high/low was a frigid 15°/-1°). 

2018

Today was rainy, raw and windy, with temperatures hovering around 40° during the daytime 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.

2020

An intense nor'easter brought the season's first measurable snow, which began late in the afternoon.  By midnight, 6.5" had piled up in Central Park and the snow continued overnight thru daybreak (adding four more inches).  There were also periods of heavy sleet between 9PM-3AM.  This was December's biggest snowfall since the post-Christmas blizzard of December 2010 that paralyzed the city with 20".  Today's snowfall was more than what fell during the previous winter (4.8").  It was also a record amount for the date, and was the thirteenth December snowstorm to produce ten inches or more.  This storm dumped tremendous amounts of snow in Pennsylvania, New York State and New England, with some locations picking up between two and three feet (Binghamton, NY reported 40").

Besides the snow it was also quite cold.  Today's high/low of 31°/24° made this the first day of the winter to have a high of 32° or colder.  Winds gusting between 30-40 mph created wind chills in the 10°-15° range.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: December 15

 

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Since 1970 the average date of the first measurable snow in New York's Central Park is Dec. 15, with the two weeks between Dec. 5 and Dec. 19 being the "sweet spot"; however, in ten years it happened in October/November (most recently in 2018), while in eight winters it didn't occur until January (most recently, in the winter of 2015-16).  The earliest measurable snow (since 1970) fell on Oct. 29, 2011 while the latest was Jan. 29, 1973. 

 

1901

After mild temperatures in the overnight hours, and a hard rain in the morning that amounted to 1.16", the temperature plummeted from 60° to 22 °.

1909

This was the last day this month with a high above 40°.  (The next time the high reached 40°+ would be on Jan. 2.)

1916

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 the amount on the ground 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.

1968

A storm that moved in yesterday, with rain in the late morning, saw a change over to snow just after midnight today as the temperature dropped from mid-30s to the low 20s.  5.2" accumulated by 12:00 noon.

1970

0.3" of snow fell overnight, the first measurable snow of the winter.  However, it was mostly gone by early afternoon as the temperature rose into the upper 30s.  Today's precipitation was the first to fall on this date since 1958.

1980

For the first time this winter the high temperature remained below freezing all day (high of 31°/low of 18°).  And the first snowfall of the winter arrived after 9 PM, accumulating 1.1" by midnight.

 

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2005

This was the thirteenth day in a row with a high colder than 40°.  The average high/low during this nearly two-week period was 34°/25°, ten degrees colder than average.  Today's high/low of 38°/18° followed yesterday's 24°/14° (which would be the coldest day of the winter).

2008

Today's high temperature of 67° was a record for the date, twenty-four degrees above average.  This was one of seven days between Dec. 9 and Dec. 28 with a high of 57° or warmer (three days were 65°+).  This was also the third year in a row to have 0.01" of precipitation fall on this date.

2015

For the sixth day in a row temperatures were in the 60s - and today was the mildest of them all, with a high of 68° reached in the wee hours of the morning.  The only longer streak of 60°+ in December was one of seven days in 1998 during the first week of the month.  Today was the third day in a row with a record high, and the fourth day in a row with a record-mild low temperature.

 

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2017

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). 

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Today in New York Weather History: December 14

 

1909

Today's high of 53°, which occurred shortly after midnight, would be the last high in the 50s until Feb. 27. 

1922

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, with 60.4".  (It's now ranked fourth.)

 

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1953

This was the ninth day of the past eleven with temperatures ten degrees or more above average (including seven in a row between Dec. 4-10).  It 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. 

1981

The winter's first snowfall of an inch or more came during late afternoon, but after 1.4" accumulated, the snow changed to a steady rain as the temperature rose to 37° by midnight.  In total, 1.02" of precipitation was measured.

1996

On a rainy day (0.89" fell thru mid-afternoon), today's high and low were just one degree apart (40°/39°).  This was just the tenth time a day had a one-degree variance since record keeping began in 1869.  (Through November 2021 this is the last time it occurred.)

2003

5.8" of heavy snow fell between 8 AM and 2 PM before changing to a wind-blown rain as the temperature rose into the low-40s.  Total precipitation from the storm was 1.59".  Today's snow (a record for the date) brought the month's total to 19.8", the most in December since 1948 when 25.3" fell.  However, four weeks would pass before the next snowfall (0.5" on Jan. 12).    

 

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2005

Today's high/low of 24°/14° made this the coldest day of the entire winter, a winter that was on the mild side (especially January, which was 8.8 degrees above average).  This was the earliest date for the coldest day of winter since the winter of 1988-89, when it arrived on Dec. 12.  Today's mean temperature was nineteen degrees colder than average.

2010

It was a bitingly cold day, one of the coldest of the entire year, with a high/low of just 23°/19°.  The first snowfall of the winter fell shortly after midnight, but it amounted to just 0.1".  The last time we had a first snowfall that was so unsubstantial was ten years earlier.    

2013

It was a snowy day, with five inches on the ground when the snow changed over to freezing rain around 9 PM, and to plain rain by midnight.  The transition occurred as the temperature rose from 22° at 8:30 PM (the day's low) to 34° shortly before midnight (day's high).  This storm was somewhat similar to the one on this date 10 years earlier.

 

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2015

The day after a record high and a record mild low were set (67°/55°), today's high/low of 67°/53° tied the records for the date.  After foggy/overcast conditions during the daylight hours, there was a period of heavy rain between 7-8 PM (amounting to 0.33").  Temperatures then rose, with the record-tying high temperature occurring shortly before midnight.  Today, and the previous two days, were 23 degrees above average.

2019

The rainstorm that moved in yesterday at mid-afternoon continued overnight and ended around 8 AM today.  1.96" of rain was measured (0.81" yesterday, 1.15" this morning), bringing the month's precipitation over five inches (5.04"), making this just the third December to have more than five inches in the first two weeks of the month (1983 and 1996 were the other two years).

 

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 2021

On a day with clear skies and above average temperatures (high/low of 53°/44°), the humidity level dropped to 20% at around 5 PM - the lowest level reported in December this century.  The previous low point in December was 21% in December 2006.

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Today in New York Weather History: December 12

 

1934

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

1960

Snow that began late in the afternoon yesterday (accumulating 3.6") continued until shortly after 12:00 noon today, totaling 15.2".  Blizzard conditions prevailed during much of the storm, with snow falling most furiously between the hours of 2-7 AM, when nearly seven inches piled up.  A number of other snowstorms in December have had greater accumulations, but this storm produced the largest so early in the season.  (A year earlier there was another major December snowstorm that dumped 13.7" on 12/21-22.)  The snow was also accompanied by wind and Arctic cold as the temperature fell throughout the day, dropping from 21° to 9° by midnight.  At the time this was the fourth largest December snowstorm (now ranked fifth).

 

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1979

Sunny and mild, with a high/low of 65°/50°.

1982

Three inches of snow fell this morning, the first snowfall of the winter (and eight days after a record high of 72°).  Less snow would fall in the next eight weeks than fell today.  This was also the first day of the season with a maximum temperature of 32° or colder (high/low of 31°/21°).

 

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1988

This morning's low of 5°, a record for the date, was the coldest reading so early in December in more than a hundred years (since a low of +3° back on Dec. 10, 1876).  And it tied Jan. 14 and 15 as the coldest reading of the year.  This extremely cold day (the high was only 20°) was part of a prolonged 10-day cold snap in which temperatures averaged 10 degrees below average.  Six of the days had high temperatures below freezing.

 

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1992

Today was unsettled, but it was nothing like yesterday's nasty conditions delivered by the nor'easter that barreled through the area.  Periods of wet snow fell thru mid-afternoon, accumulating a slushy 0.4", the first snowfall of the winter, and the only snow of the month.  Meanwhile, much of Massachusetts was buried by 20"-30" of snow.    

1994

With a high/low of 31°/24°, today was the first day of the winter completely below freezing.  And it was the only such day in December. 

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