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Persistent Cold Characterized Winter 2015, With No January OR February Thaw

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Even the coldest winters occasionally see temperatures rise into the 50s for a few days in a row in January and February.  (The mildest reading during these months is typically in the upper 50s.)  The winter of 2015, however, was marked by persistent cold.  Between Jan. 6 and March 7, a period of nearly nine weeks, the temperature never rose above 45° - an unprecedented stretch.  This streak beat the old record, set in the winter of 1948, by four days.  Temperatures during these days were eight degrees below average, with a high/low of 34°/19°; and temperatures were 13 below average between Feb. 13 and March 7.  Additionally, 44.7" of snow fell, 70% more than what falls in a typical winter in its entirety.

 

LONGEST STREAKS W/HIGHS OF 45° OR COLDER
(Since 1910)
             
  # of   Average  
Winter Days Date Range High Low Below Snow
2015 61 Jan 6-Mar 7 33.8 19.3 -8.0 44.7"
1948 57 Dec 19-Feb 13 31.6 20.0 -6.4 56.6"
1977 52 Dec 21-Feb 10 29.4 17.8 -8.7 22.0"
1981 43 Dec 14-Jan 25 31.5 18.9 -7.3 10.8"
1978 43 Jan 27-Mar 10 31.8 18.5 -7.3 28.0"
1969 43 Feb 1-Mar 15 38.5 23.3 -1.8 22.2"
1925 43 Dec 20-Jan 31 34.4 21.1 -3.7 28.2"
1996 42 Dec 7-Jan 17 33.7 23.1 -5.5 36.7"
2011 41 Jan 3-Feb 12 34.6 24.3 -2.8 33.6"
1985 40 Jan 3-Feb 11 33.0 22.0 -4.1 18.4"
1936 40 Jan 16-Feb 24 29.1 15.7 -8.6 20.3"
1923 39 Jan 22-Mar 1 32.8 20.2 -5.0 25.4"
1945 38 Jan 2-Feb 8 32.2 18.3 -5.7 16.6"
2004 36 Jan 5-Feb 9 30.4 18.0 -7.6 18.0"
1970 35 Dec 13-Jan 16 30.2 21.1 -6.9 11.7"
Source: NOAA Local Climatological Data

 


February 2015 - One of New York's Coldest Months on Record

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Through mid-February, it appeared this would be the coldest February since 1979, but as incursions of Arctic cold continued unabated through the second half of the month, it ended up being even colder than that February.  (February 1979 was brutally cold until the last six days of the month when temperatures were eight degrees above average.)  Most who experienced February 2015 probably don't need convincing that it was an unusually frigid month, but for those who need statistical proof, read on:

 

  • It was 1) New York's coldest month since January 1977; 2) the coldest February since 1934 (which is NYC's coldest month on record); and 3) the third coldest February overall.  Among all months it was the tenth coldest (see chart below). 
  • February 2015 joins four other months in the past 25 years that rank among their respective month's 10 coldest (all of which have occurred since 2000):  July 2000, January 2004, June 2009 and July 2009.
  • There were nine days in a row (Feb. 13-21) in which the mean temperatures were 10 degrees or more below average (the longest streak since one of 11 days in February 1979).  Overall, sixteen days were ten degrees or more below average, the most since December 1989.  Five days were 20 degrees or more below average.
  • Despite there being no sub-zero readings, the month was characterized by its consistent cold.  The temperature got no higher than 43° (the only Februarys with lower "warmest" temperature were in 1978, when the maximum temperature was just 41°, and 1934, when it was 42°.)  This continued a streak that began on Jan. 6 and became the longest such streak on record (and it continued thru the first week of March).

 

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Frozen fountain in Bryant Park

 

  • Every day had a low of freezing or below; every day but one, Feb. 22, had a below average mean temperature.  Fifteen days had highs of 32° or colder (a typical winter averages eighteen in total).
  • The coldest day of the entire winter was Feb. 20, with a high/low of 19°/2°, 26 degrees below average.
  • There were no big snowstorms, but 13.6" accumulated, four inches above average. (This total reflects a revision made by the National Weather Service in late March that increased Feb. 2's snowfall from 3.3" to 5.0").  This came mostly from three snowfalls in the three to five-inch range.  These snowfalls, along with the cold weather, helped maintain a snow cover in Central Park of at least six inches for the entire month.  And although total precipitation for the month was just 2.04", there have been six Februarys since 2000 with less.

 

NEW YORK'S TEN COLDEST MONTHS
         
  Mean      
  Temp Snow Coldest Warmest
Feb 1934 19.9 27.9" -15 42
Jan 1918 21.7 13.2" -4 53
Jan 1977  22.1 13.0" -2 44
Feb 1885 22.7 14.5" -2 46
Jan 1888  23.0 11.0" 0 54
Jan 1920  23.4 8.2" -1 51
Jan 1912  23.7 13.0" -3 54
Jan 1893  23.7 16.0" 1 52
Jan 1875  23.8 14.5" -3 40
Feb 2015 23.9 13.6" 2 43
Source: NOAA Local Climatological Data

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose: Cold Winter Days (1970 - 2020)

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An average New York winter has 18 days with high temperatures of 32° or colder (20% of its days).  Since 1970 the number has ranged from as few as three, in the winters of 2002 and 2020, to as many as 45, in 1977 (half of that winter's days).  Being that it's winter suggests that cold conditions would predominate, when, in fact, there aren't nearly as many of these cold days as there are days entirely above freezing (18 vs. 34).  However, there have been nine very cold winters in which days of freezing weather or colder outnumbered the milder days.  

 

WINTERS WITH MORE COLD DAYS THAN MILD DAYS
(1970-2020)
       
  Cold Mild  
 Winter Days Days  
2014 27 26  
2011 22 17  
2003 30 21  
1996 28 25  
1994 30 22  
1981 30 23  
1978 36 21  
1977 45 17  
1970 27 15  
Typical Winter 18 34  
       

(The winter of 2015 isn't on the chart above because, despite its frigid February, December was the mildest on record, and the winter ended up with 25 cold days and 27 mild ones.)

 

By month, only one January since 1970 had no freezing or colder days, and that was in 1990 (after one of the coldest Decembers on record).  The most such days, 25, occurred in 1977.   Meanwhile, three Februarys had no days of 32° or colder; in December it's happened eight times. 

 

WINTER DAYS W/HIGHS OF 32 OR COLDER 
(1970-2020)
           
  Average Most Year Least Year
Winter 18 45 1977 3 2020*
December 4 17 1989 0 2013*
January 9 25 1977 0 1990
February 5 15 1979 0 2003*
*Most recent occurrence      

 

Finally, although they occur infrequently, November and March (which fall outside of "meteorological" winter) occasionally experience days with highs of 32° or colder.  While March sees one of these days once ever one or two years, in November it happens just once every seven years.  And no November has had more than one of these cold days (with the winter of 2013-14 being the most recent), while in March the most was six, in 1978, and five in 1984 and 2017.  The winters of 1990 and 2009 have the distinction of being the only ones book-ended by days at freezing or colder in both November and March. 

 

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Looking Back at New York City Weather: April 1

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Of all the days of the year, going back to 1960, April 1 is the second most likely to have rain (tied with May 16 and Aug. 11).  (June 3 is the most likely.)  In the years since 1970, rain has fallen in twenty-six of them.  (The typical calendar date has had precipitation fall in fifteen of the years.)

 

 

1917

In the span of eight hours the temperature plummeted from 83° to 44° as a "back-door" 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 until May 20.  Today's high came the day after the high was 62°, the year's first reading of 60°+.

 

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1923

Easter Sunday dawned bitterly cold, with a reading of 12° at 6 AM, making this, easily, the coldest reading of any Easter (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°.)

1924

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

1941

Today had the first 60-degree reading of the year, the fifth latest date for this occurrence in the years since 1900 (now ranked seventh).  This followed a very late date for the first reading in the 50s, on March 3. 

1976

More than half of April's 2.80" of rain fell today between midnight-10 AM, when 1.51" was measured in Central Park.  (May 1976 would start the same way.)

1978

A high of 82° (26 degrees above average, and one degree shy of the 1917 record) would make this the warmest day of the entire month - and, very similar to 1917, the next 80-degree day wouldn't be for another seven weeks (May 19).

1993

0.52" of rain fell in a 60-minute period between 5:53-6:53 AM, and 0.87" poured down in the two hours ending at 7:48 AM.

1998

1.78" of rain fell today, with 1.16" of it coming down in a two-hour period between 6-8 PM.

2008

The Yankees' home opener was rained out yesterday, but today was dry.  Under mostly cloudy skies, the  temperature at game-time was a mild 67° (eleven degrees above average) as the Yankees won their eleventh home opener in a row. 

 

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2012

0.51" of rain fell today, making this the fourteenth year in the past seventeen to have rain on this date. 

2016

Today felt like a day in early summer as the air was a bit sticky and the high/low was a warm 79°/61°, which was more typical of the second week in June.  After a mostly cloudy morning, the sun broke through in the afternoon, making for balmy conditions.  Despite today's unseasonably warm temperatures, March 10 had an even milder mean temperature, with a high/low of 79°/63° (31 degrees above average). 

2021 

Temperatures were in the chilly 44°-50° range during the Yankees' home opener, made even chillier by blustery conditions, as winds gusted between 25-30 mph.  The only positive aspect of the day (the Yankees lost to Toronto in 10 innings) was that the sun began to break through the overcast skies during the second half of the game. 

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Today in New York Weather History: March 23

 

1875

Five of the past six days had highs of 32° or colder.  Average high/low during these six days was 31°/18°, seventeen degrees colder than average.

1934

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 stayed below freezing.  This cold day came five days after the high was 71°.

 

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1938

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

 

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1991

Raw and drizzly, with just two degrees of separation between the day's high (40°) and low (38°).

2005

It was a wet and windy day, with rain that began late in the morning ending late in the evening as the season's last snowfall.   (It was also the first time in 12 years that precipitation fell on this date.)  An inch of snow fell, bringing the winter's snowfall to 41 inches.  This was the unprecedented third winter in a row with more than 40 inches (and the following winter would also have 40 inches).

 

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2012

Today's high was a record-tying 76°, the eighth day of the past sixteen with a high in the 70s.  During these sixteen days temperatures were nearly fifteen degrees above average.  The high/low during this period of 66°/48° was more typical of late April.

 

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2015

Clear and cold, with a high/low of 38°/23°, which was 14 degrees below average.  This was the coldest mean temperature after the spring equinox since March 22, 2004 (36°/24°) and March 22, 2002 (33°/22°). 

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Today in New York Weather History: March 20

 

1875

An ice storm on the first day of spring dropped 0.54" of liquid precipitation in temperatures that were below freezing all day (high/low was 31°/22°).

1958

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°.  This storm buried parts of eastern and central Pennsylvania and upstate New York with 30 to 40 inches of snow.

 

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1967

The temperature rose above freezing shortly before noon for the first time since late afternoon on March 15.  During the four full days when temperatures were at freezing or colder (3/16-3/19) the high/low averaged 27°/13°, twenty-one degrees below average.

 

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1984

Today's high of 58° was the mildest reading of a cold March, the coldest since 1960.

1986

A vigorous cold front moved through, resulting in a plunge in temperature from 62° to 21°.

1993

This was the eleventh day in a row with a low temperature of 32° or colder (four of the days had lows in the teens).  The average low during these days was 23°, 12 degrees below average.

2012

Since 1970 the month of March has averaged 1.5 days with highs in the 70s.  Today's high of 73° was the sixth day this month to top 70° - the most for any March in the period (and two more would follow). 

 

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2015

Spring may have begun at 6:45 PM but it was a day when winter reasserted itself as snow fell during the afternoon and evening, amounting to 4.5".  As the snow fell, the temperature dropped from the upper 30s to upper 20s.  Today's snowfall brought March's total to 18.6", making it the snowiest month of the winter (December had 1.0", January 15.3" and February 11.9") - and the snowiest March since 1956.  And with a total of 47 inches, this became the tenth snowiest winter since 1950.     

2020

After a foggy start the sun broke through during the afternoon and the temperature jumped from the mid-50s at noon to 77° shortly before 5:30 (26 degrees above average).  The day's 30-degree jump in temperature from the morning low of 47° at daybreak was the biggest rise in temperature since a 32-degree rise on May 2, 2018 (from 48° to 80°).  After today's warm-up, the City's next reading in the 70s wouldn't occur until May 2.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: March 19

 

1877

Yesterday's and today's frigid highs and lows of 26°/12° and 22°/10° were comparable to the Arctic cold experienced on the same two dates the previous year (30°/9° and 27°/9°).

 

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1890

A late season snowfall of six inches was the largest accumulation of the winter, besting the snowfall of Dec. 14 by half an inch.

1918

After a record high of 76° was reached at 3:00 PM (a record that still stands), the temperature dropped like a rock and was half that reading by midnight.

1923

A paltry 0.1" of snow that fell in the early evening brought the winter's total snowfall to 60.4", making this the snowiest winter on record, breaking a tie with the winter of 1873.  This would stay the snowiest winter for 25 years (it's now ranked fourth).  This dusting of snow came about as Arctic air moved through the region; the temperature plummeted from 48° in mid-afternoon to 15° by midnight.  Strong winds after dark that gusted to 44 mph produced sub-zero wind chills.

1927

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.

1956

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.  Until four days ago just eight inches of snow had fallen all winter.

 

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1967

The morning low was an extraordinarily cold above zero, 27 degrees below average - the latest date on record for a single-digit reading in New York.  This came eight days after a high of 72°.

 

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1992

The biggest snowfall of the winter fell today, a sloppy 6.2".  This tripled the winter's relatively snow-free snow total to 9.4".  Just two degrees separated the day's high and low (33°/31°).

 

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1996

0.46" of rain fell in an hour and 0.75" in two hours (9-11 PM).

 

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Today in New York Weather History: March 18

 

1885

Today's low of 8° was the 18th in the single digits or colder this winter, breaking a tie with the winter of 1872-73 for most on record (later passed by the winter of 1918, which had 20 frigid lows).

1892

Snow that began falling late last night continued through this morning and accumulated eight inches (the 7.2" that fell today is the most to fall on 3/18).  This was the biggest snowfall of the winter (passing a six-inch snowfall on 1/16) and came in the midst of an unseasonably cold 12-day stretch (March 11-22) in which temperatures were 12 degrees degrees below average (high/low of 34°/22°).

1905

Today's high of 67° was the first reading above 50° in ten weeks, since Jan. 7.

1934

After peaking at 71° in the early afternoon (the first 70-degree reading of the year), the temperature plummeted to 30° by midnight (and 22° by sunrise on the 19th).  This was one of the City's greatest drops in temperature (and came less than two months after a drop of 52 degrees in an 18-hour period on Jan. 29-30).

 

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1956

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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1962

This was the end of a five-day period that started and ended with highs of 50° while the three days in the middle all had highs of 49°.

1967

Hard to believe, but today's high/low was a frigid 20°/10°, twenty-seven degrees below average, and bitterly cold even by the standards of mid-winter.  Temperatures were last above freezing shortly before noon on 3/15 (and would stay below freezing for two more days).

1973

0.2" of snow fell in the late morning, the last measurable snow of a winter that was the least snowy on record - just 2.8" fell from three snowfalls.  The previous record was 3.8" during the winter of 1918-19.

1977

The last measurable snowfall of the winter, measuring 0.6", fell at daybreak before changing to rain.  In total, the winter had 24.5" of snow, which was just about average.  Still, it was the snowiest winter since 1969-70 (which had 25.6").  

1983

3.10" of rain fell, most of it coming down between 1-9 PM. 

1989

The temperature nosedived by 40 degrees, from 77° to 37°.  The cold front that ushered in the sharply colder air produced a severe thunderstorm mid-afternoon that dumped 0.35" of rain in just ten minutes (between 3:14-3:24 PM).  There was also some hail, a rarity in New York, especially in March.

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1990

This was the last day of an extraordinarily mild eight days in which the mean temperature was 18 degrees above average (high/low of 71°/47°).

1993

This morning's low of 13° was the coldest reading this month, twenty-two degrees colder than average.  The last time a temperature this cold occurred in March was in 1984.

1994

2.8" of snow fell during during the afternoon, the last measurable snowfall of the winter.  This brought the season's total snowfall to 53.2", making it the snowiest winter since 1960-61.  The day was also a cold one, with a high/low of just 33°/25°, fourteen degrees below average. 

 

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2000

The morning low of 22° came two days after a high of 65°.

2004

A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain during the morning accumulated just under an inch and was the final measurable ice/snow of the winter.  This was the second winter in a row with more than 40 inches, the first time for this occurrence since the winters of 1948 and 1949.

2011

Today's record-tying high of 77° was the warmest reading in nearly six months.

2012

Morning clouds and fog cleared in the afternoon and the high reached 63°.  Although this was thirteen degrees warmer than average, it was one of the coolest readings in the Eastern two-thirds of the country as most areas basked in temperatures between 75° and 85°.

 

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A wintry mix of snow and sleet moved in during the late afternoon, and by midnight three inches had accumulated.  It was the the final measurable snowfall of the winter and the most snow to fall on this date in more than 50 years.  This was significantly more snow than had been forecast as a changeover to rain occurred much later than predicted.  Also, with a high/low of 35°/28°, this was the coldest day this month - eleven degrees below average.

2018

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

2021

After one of the driest first halves of March on record (0.16" was measured), light rain began at around 9 AM and continued for the rest of the day, amounting to 0.60".  This was the first measurable precipitation since 3/1.   Temperatures were mostly stuck in the mid-40s.  

 

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Today in New York City Weather History: St. Patrick's Day (March 17)

 

In the years since 1970 St. Patrick's Day has been the average date of the winter's last measurable snow in Central Park.  However, it's occurred as early as Jan. 18 (in 2020) and as late as April 19 (in 1983).   

 

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1870

This was the sixteenth day in a row with a low in the teens or 20s.  The average was 25°, with readings ranging from 19° (today) and 29°.

1916

What was already 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 have been five more since then (the most recent was in 1967).  Winds gusting close to 30 mph at night produced sub-zero wind chill readings. 

1926

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

1973

Today, with a high of 60°/low of 40°, was the seventeenth day in a row with above average temperatures.  During this two-and-a-half week period, temperatures were nearly ten degrees above average.  (At the time this would be the fifth mildest March on record; it's since fallen to twelfth.)

1989

Today's high of 70° made this the mildest St. Paddy's Day since 1945 (when the temperature reached 75°, the warmest on record).  This was also the seventh year in a row in which no precipitation fell on the date - a record streak.

1990

Since records began, the high has reached 70°+ just three times on St. Patrick's Day - and two of those times occurred this year and last.  Today's high was 72° - ten degrees cooler than yesterday.  Rain moved in mid-afternoon and amounted to 0.67".

 

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1993

The 0.75" of precipitation that fell today was the most on St. Patrick's Day since 1972  (when 1.20" was measured).  Then rain changed to snow and 0.8" accumulated, the most snow to fall on the holiday since 1967's three inches (the most for the date).  This wintry mix came less than a week after the "Storm of the Century" dumped 10.4" on the City.  This would be the last measurable snowfall of the winter.

 

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1994

Today's high was just 37°, thirteen degrees colder than average and the fourth year in a row that was colder than the preceding St. Patrick's Day.

2004

Today's high of 31° (nineteen degrees colder than average) was the first time since 1967 that the high temperature stayed below freezing on St. Patrick's Day.  (By contrast, last year's St. Paddy's Day was 38 degrees warmer.)  In addition to the chill, 0.5" of snow fell, just the eleventh time measurable snow fell on the holiday (since 1869).  It came the day after a winter storm dumped 3.5" of snow on the City. 

2007

The morning low of 25° was the coldest reading on the holiday since 1994's 21°.   

2012

For the third year in a row the high temperature went above 60° on the holiday, the first time that happened on St. Patrick's Day in more than 20 years (since 1989 thru 1991).  It was also the fourth year in a row with above average temperatures, something that hadn't happened since the 1930s.

 

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A high of 38°/low of 29°, nine degrees colder than average, made this the chilliest St. Paddy's Day since 2007, when it was 38°/25°.

2014

Today was even colder than last year, with a high/low of 35°/23°, making it the coldest St. Patrick's Day in ten years.   A winter storm, which dumped 6" of snow on DC, stayed just to our south for the second time this month.

2018

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 that had lows that ranged from 30° to 33°.  It was also the first low colder than 30° in a month (since 2/17), the coldest since 2/13 (26°), and the coldest reading of March. 

2021

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Today in New York Weather History: March 12

 

In all of the years that weather records have been kept in Central Park (since 1869), March 12 and July 29 have the distinction of being the dates most likely to have rain.  Through 2020, measurable rain has been reported on both dates in 68 years, for an incidence rate of 45%.  At the other end of the scale, Sept. 5 has had rain in only 28 years.  (On average, for any given date, precipitation has fallen in 50 years.) 

 

1883

This was the tenth day in a row with highs colder than 40°.  (This followed the mildest reading of the month, 60°, on 3/2).  High/low during this time was 33°/17°, twelve degrees below average.  Two snowfalls during this streak amounted to 5.5".

1888

The Blizzard of '88 (also known as the Great White Hurricane) roared into an unsuspecting New York during the morning, and brought the City to a standstill for the next few days.  16.5" of snow fell today, with an additional 4.5" falling tomorrow into the early morning hours of the 14th.  This was New York's biggest snowstorm until Dec. 1947 (it's now ranked fourth).  In addition to the large amount of snow, the storm's danger was magnified by mountainous snow drifts created by winds that gusted between 45 and 55 mph, and extreme cold, as the temperature dropped from 33° to 8°.  200 people died in the City, many from exposure to the elements. 

 

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1959

A mix of snow and sleet produced the biggest accumulation of snow/ice of the winter, with 5.5" piling up by the time precipitation ended early in the afternoon.  This icy precipitation was blown around by winds that gusted between 30 and 35 mph.

1962

The lows for today and the previous three days: 35° (today)-34°-33°-32°.  Today also featured a rainstorm that dumped 2.33" of rain, most which fell between 5 AM and 1 PM.  This would be the year's biggest rainstorm, and was the greatest amount of precipitation from one storm since 2.62" fell on Feb. 3-4, 1961 (17.4" of the precipitation was snow).

 

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1978

Today's high of 56° was the first above average high temperature in six-and-a-half weeks (since Jan. 26).

1984

For the fifth day in a row the morning low was in the teens.  The temperature range on these days was between 13° and 18°, which would be quite cold even in the depths of winter. 

 

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1987

Four days after the temperature soared to a record 76°, the final snow of the winter fell, accumulating 1.9" between this afternoon into early morning on 3/13.  Additionally, there was only a two-degree difference between today's high (33°) and low (31°).

2000

The 0.18" of rain that fell this morning was the first precipitation on this date in thirteen years.

2004

For the fourth morning in a row, the low temperature was 35°, which was close to the seasonal average.  

2021

One week after the humidity dropped to 17%, it was even lower this afternoon, bottoming out at 13% during mid-afternoon.  The last time Central Park reported a level lower than this was on today's date in 2016, when it was 12%.  Today's humidity was at 20% or lower for 11 consecutive hours.  Besides the low humidity, the day also featured very mild temperatures, with a high of 68°.  The day also had the year's first low in the 50s (the day after the year's first high in the 70s, and three days after the year's first high in the 60s).

 

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