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Weather Highlights of Presidents' Day

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Since the Presidents' Day holiday was first observed on the third Monday of February in 1971, temperatures have ranged from 3° in 2015 to 64° in 2008.  There have been three consecutive Presidents' Days with highs of 32° or colder (1977-1979) and four in a row with highs of 50° or warmer (1981-1984).  The three coldest (based on mean temperature) were in 2015 (high/low of 21°/3°), 1987 (32°/7°), and 2003 (26°/14°).  The three warmest Presidents' Days were in 2008 (64°/40°), 1976 (60°/43°) and 1994 (53°/42°).  Here are some additional findings:

 

  • The biggest temperature difference between two consecutive Presidents' Days was in 2007 and 2008 when a high/low of 30°/12° in '07 was followed by a high/low of 64°/40°.  The closest in temperature was in 2009 and 2010 when the respective highs/lows were 40°/28° and 40°/27°, and in 1981 and 1982 when the highs/lows were 57°/34° and 56°/33°, respectively.
  • The most years in a row with lows above freezing is five, from 1981 thru 1985.  Ironically, this streak was preceded by the coldest streak, the four-year period from 1977 thru 1980.  A five-year period from 2003 thru 2007 was also quite cold.
  • Three of the coldest and two of the mildest readings on Presidents' Day have fallen on Feb. 16.  Additionally, five of the seven coldest readings have occurred during the 21st century.  Furthermore, three years in a row (2015-2017) had readings that were either among the coldest or mildest (2015, coldest on record; 2016, fourth coldest; and 2017, sixth mildest).  Lastly, the consecutive years 1981 and 1982 had two of the mildest high temperatures while 2003 and 2004 had two of the coldest lows. (See chart below.)
  • Measurable snow has fallen in just five years, but two of these snowfalls were major snowstorms.  In 2003 16.5" fell (and 3.5" fell the night before) while in 1979 12.7" fell.  The other three snowfalls were in 2005 (3.5"), 2011 (3.2") and 2016 (1.4").
  • The most consecutive years with measurable precipitation on Presidents Day is only two, and it's happened three times: 2018 and 2019; 2010 and 2011; and 1975 and 1976.  The most years in a row with no precipitation is six, from 1980 to 1985.
  • Looking at the three-day Presidents' Day weekends, 1979 was the coldest one, averaging a high/low of 19°/7° (along with a 12.7" snowstorm).  The two next coldest were in consecutive years: 24°/6° in 2016 and 26°/8° in 2015.  These were followed in 2017 by the mildest Prez Day weekend: 61°/42°; 1994 is second mildest, with a high/low of 59°/39°.  There have been six years in which the lows for each day of the weekend were all 32° or milder (most recently in 2017) and four in which the highs were all 32° or colder (most recently in 2015).
  • Finally, Presidents' Day weekend 2018 has the distinction of being the only one that reported measurable precipitation on all three days.  At the other end of the spectrum, the most holiday weekends in a row with no measurable precipitation on any of its days is three, 1981-1983.

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Comparing High Temperatures on Mother's Day and Father's Day

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Since Father's Day is about five weeks later than Mother's Day its high temperature is, on average, about thirteen degrees warmer (82° vs. 69°).  However, in 2018 there was a huge disparity in the temperatures as Father's Day had a sizzling high of 91° while Mother's Day's was only 54°.  This 37-degree difference tied 2010 for the greatest difference in temperature between the two holidays (and there was a 36-degree difference in 1994).  However, not every Father's Day has been warmer.  Since 1960 there have been eight Mother's Days with warmer highs (most recently in 2014), with the greatest difference being 28 degrees in 1970.  And sometimes the two holidays have similar readings; for example, in 2000 and 1974 they had the same high temperature.

 

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Comparing Weather Conditions of Summer's Three Big Holidays

Previously, I've published separate posts about weather conditions over the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends and for the 4th of July.  This post compares the three side-by-side, looking at them as single-day holidays (i.e., the Mondays of Memorial Day and Labor Day, and the 4th of July) for each year going back to 1970 (thru 2019).

 

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Because of where they fall on the calendar, you'd expect the 4th of July to be the warmest of the three holidays and Memorial Day the coolest, but that's happened in just one-third of the summers.  (On average, the high on Memorial Day is 75°, on 4th of July it's 84° and 81° on Labor Day.)  Memorial Day has actually been the warmest of the three holidays in five of the years (and tied with 4th of July in two other years) while in eleven years Labor Day was the warmest.  July 4th had the coolest temperature in six years (including 2014 and 2015).

 

YEARS IN WHICH MEMORIAL DAY WAS THE  WARMEST SUMMER HOLIDAY
         
    High Temperature
    Mem Day 4th of July Labor Day
2011   86 86 70
2009   81 79 74
2007   83 71 82
2006   88 87 75
1991   89 82 74
1985   86 86 83
1981   87 75 74
         
         
YEARS IN WHICH  4TH OF JULY WAS COOLEST SUMMER HOLIDAY
         
    Mem Day 4th of July Labor Day
2015   85 75 92
2014   86 74 88
2008   80 78 84
2007   83 71 82
1979   75 71 86
1978   79 62 80
         
     

The summer of 1999 has the distinction of having the warmest three-holiday average temperature, 10 degrees above average, while the summer of 1982 was the coolest, eight degrees below average (with 1992 close behind, at 7.5 degrees below average).

 

WARMEST 3-HOLIDAY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
       
Summer of 1999      
  High Low Mean
Memorial Day 89 68 78.5
4th of July 96 79 87.5
Labor Day 83 74 78.5
Average 89 74 81.5
       
COOLEST 3-HOLIDAY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
       
Summer of 1982      
  High Low Mean
Memorial Day 55 50 52.5
4th of July 77 60 68.5
Labor Day 82 60 71
Average 71 57 64
       

 

The holidays during three summers - 1972, 1986 and 2016, had nearly the same high temperatures.  In 1972 the high was 78° on Memorial Day, 79° on 4th of July and 77° on Labor Day, while in 1986 the highs were similar to 1972's, but in a different order (76-77-78).  And 2016's were all in the 80s, with a high of 82° on Memorial Day and 84° on both July 4 and Labor Day.  On the flip side, the greatest variations in high temperatures occurred in the summers of 1974 (55-95-73) and 2003 (56-92-69).

 

In the years covered by this analysis there has never been a summer in which all three holidays had highs in the 90s.  In fact, there has been only one year, 1983, in which two of the three holidays had 90-degree readings (95° on 4th of July and 91° on Labor Day).  Looking at cool temperatures, three summers saw all three holidays fail to reach 80° (1972, 1986 and 2001).

 

Eleven summers (i.e., one out of four) were rain-free across all three holidays.  The last time this happened was in 2010.  Conversely, just two years saw rain on each holiday, in 1979 and 1998.  However, in those years the three days weren't washouts nor was rain significant for each holiday.

 

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Comparing Weather Conditions of Yankees & Mets Home Openers (1970 - 2019)

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In two previous posts I summarized game-day weather conditions for each Home Opener of New York's Yankees and Mets.  This post, however, brings the two teams together with a side-by-side comparison, found below, of each year's first home game, going back to 1970.  First, some key takeaways:

 

  • Looking at average high temperature, there has been a three-degree difference between the home openers of the Mets (59°) and Yankees (56°).  For the Yankees it's ranged from 35° (twice) to 76°, while for the Mets the temperature range has been from 40° to 90° (twice).  However, over the five decades, there has been a shift.  In the '70s and '80s home openers of the Yankees were five degrees warmer than those of the Mets (60° vs. 55°), but the last three decades home openers were in favor of the Mets (61° vs. 53°)  
  • Both teams have had to contend with precipitation during six of their home openers, about once every seven or eight years.  The Yankees, however, are the only team to play in snow.  It's happened three time, in 1982, 1996 and in 2003 (the 1982 opener was postponed because of a blizzard that dumped nearly ten inches of snow.)  For the Mets, snow fell during the morning on the day of their 1974 home opener but it was over long before the first pitch.

 

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  • Temperatures have been in the 70s for the Yankees six times; they all occurred between 1976 and 1988.  The Mets had the last home opener with temperatures in the 70s, back in 2010. 
  • The 1970s was a decade of cold home openers for the Mets.  Afternoon temperatures were in the 40s for seven of them between 1970 and 1978.  The Yankees had consistently chilly/raw conditions between 1996-2005.
  • There have been six seasons in which the two teams' home openers were played in very different weather conditions.  The greatest contrast was in 1977 when the temperature was in the mid-40s for the Yankees while the mercury climbed to 90° for the Mets five days later.  Not far behind was 1991 when the Mets once again started the season on a day the temperature soared to 90°; a week later the Yankees home opener was played in rainy conditions with a temperature of 50°.

 

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  • Six seasons have had home openers with bad weather for both teams while five had good conditions for both, the most recent being last year (when both teams played on the same day, April 1).

 

 
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Today in New York Weather History: Father's Day (1970 - 2020)

 

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1970 (June 21)

A cool day (high/low of 65/58) with 0.45" of rain between 1:00 and 4:00 PM.

1971 (June 20)

Under a mix of sun and clouds the high temperature reached 84°, four degrees above average.

1972 (June 18)

It was a very soggy day with steady rain falling from noon onward, amounting to 1.37".  Temperatures stayed in the 60s all day. 

1974 (June 16)

A late morning thunderstorm between 11 AM and noon dumped 0.42" of rain.  The rest of the day was overcast and the afternoon high rose only into the low 70s.

 

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1977 (June 19)

Warm and humid with a high/low of 88°/74°, eight degrees above average.

1985 (June 16)

Rain fell overnight until 7 AM, and then a thunderstorm moved through between 7-8 PM.  In total, 1.19" of rain fell, making this the rainiest Father's Day since 1972.

1987 (June 21)

An inch of rain fell between 4-5 AM and then the daylight hours were overcast, foggy and oppressive.  Meanwhile, LaGuardia Airport picked up nearly four inches of rain while JFK had very little.  The overcast skies kept the temperature nearly 20 degrees cooler than yesterday's torrid high of 96°. 

 

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1991 (June 16)

The day was miserably hot under hazy sunshine.  Today's sweltering high/low of 94°/76° was fifteen degrees above average.

1993 (June 20)

Warm and humid with a high of 85°.  Thunderstorms after 10 PM produced 0.50" of rain, making this the rainiest day of a dry June.

1994 (June 19)

Not only was this the hottest day of the summer, but also the hottest Father's Day on record, as the high reached 98° (eighteen degrees above average), after a low of 75°.  This tied June 22, 1988 for the highest temperature in June since 1966's 101°.

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1995 (June 18)

Sunny and hot, the first 90-degree day of the year.

2001 (June 17)

A lot of rain fell overnight and throughout the morning, totaling 1.53".  This was a record amount for the date (broken 10 years later) and the rainiest Father's Day in the 1970-2019 period (topping 1972).  Then skies cleared quickly in the afternoon.

 

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2004 (June 20)

The morning low of 57° was the same as that on Father's Day 1997 and 1992, the coolest readings on the holiday in the 1970-2020 period.

2006 (June 18)

Today's high of 91° was the first 90-degree reading of the year. 

2014 (June 15)

If you forgot to buy Dad a necktie there was no need to fret since the weather was gift enough as skies were mostly clear and the afternoon temperature rose to a seasonable 80°.

2015 (June 21)

Significant rain that had been predicted from the remnants of tropical storm Bill didn't materialize as just 0.25" fell overnight (1.50" had been forecast).  However, with this storm being a dud, Father's Day turned out to be nice and summery, with temperatures in the upper 80s under partly cloudy skies.  Then a quick downpour between 6:00 and 6:20 PM dumped more rain than what fell in the wee hours of the morning.

2016 (June 19)

It was a beautiful, beautiful Father's Day, with a high/low of 88°/66° under deep blue skies.

2017 (June 18)

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

2018 (June 17)

Mostly clear and hot, with a high of 91°, the first Father's Day in the 90s in twelve years. This high was 37 degrees hotter than Mother's Day.  Today's heat was somewhat mitigated by low humidity (24% during mid-afternoon), which produced a "feels like" temperature three degrees cooler than the air temperature.  

 

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 Me with my dad, winter 1960

 

 

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Weather Highlights of Past Memorial Day Weekends

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Chances are good that rain will fall on at least one of the days of the three-day Memorial Day weekend, with Memorial Day (Monday) being the day most likely to receive significant rain; however, one-third of the weekends have been completely rain-free.  Weekends averaging a high of 85° or warmer have occurred in six years: 1981, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1999 and 2016.  Readings in the 90s have been rare, occurring six times on Saturday, but never on Sunday or on Memorial Day (observed on Monday since 1971).  On the flip side of the coin, Memorial Day weekend 2003 was the dreariest and chilliest, with the average high temperature only in the upper 50s over the three days.  But the chilliest day occurred in 2013 when the high/low was just 54°/45° at the start of the weekend.

 

What follow are weather highlights from previous Memorial Day weekends:

 

  • 1971 (May 29-31) - Conditions during the first three-day Memorial Day weekend were not very good.  Rain fell on Sunday and Monday mornings and Sunday saw a high/low of just 62°/54°, nine degrees below average.
  • 1972 (May 27-29) - The weekend started off chilly with a low of 47°, but Sunday and Monday were five degrees warmer than average, with highs of 81° and 78°, under sunny skies.
  • 1973 (May 26-28) - Skies were overcast all three days and temperatures well below average.  The weekend's average high/low of 63°/51° was nine degrees below average and would be the chilliest Memorial Day weekend until 2003.  And the morning of Memorial Day was rainy, with 0.59" measured.
  • 1974 (May 25-27) - Memorial Day had a high of only 55°, nineteen degrees below average, and the chilliest high temperature on Memorial Day in the Monday holiday period.
  • 1975 (May 24-26) - The high on Saturday was a sizzling 93°, but a cold front moved through during the evening and Sunday afternoon's temperatures were only in the upper 50s.
  • 1977 (May 28-30) - After a high of 92° on Saturday, temperatures were twenty degrees cooler on Sunday and Monday.  Showers fell for three hours at around daybreak on Memorial Day.
  • 1980 (May 24-26) - After a hot Friday (high of 90°) the weekend gradually cooled down, but afternoon temperatures were still warmer than average: 86°-84°-76°.   
  • 1981 (May 23-25) - Sunny and summery all three days, with highs of 78°-86°-87°. 

 

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  • 1984 (May 26-28) - For the second year in a row more than an inch of rain fell on Memorial Day (Monday).  Last year it fell in the early morning and evening.  This year it fell in the afternoon.  The weekend started out summery as the high of 85° was the warmest reading of the month.
  • 1987 (May 23-25) - Memorial Day was very cool, with a high of just 63°, eleven degrees cooler than average.  The holiday came one week too early as the following weekend had temperatures in the 90s.
  • 1991 (May 25-27) - Highs of 93°-81°-89° made this the warmest Memorial Day weekend (until 1999), eleven degrees above average.  At 93°, Saturday's afternoon high tied 1975 as the hottest temperature during any Memorial Day weekend in the 1971-2020 period.  And Monday's high of 89° made it the hottest Memorial Day since 1969 (before it was a Monday holiday).  Finally, an inch of rain fell Monday night between 11 PM and 3 AM, the first rain in two weeks.
  • 1992 (May 23-25) - A real Jekyl & Hyde weekend.  Saturday had mid-summer conditions with a high of 92°.  Then Sunday was the transition day as a strong cold front pushed through in early afternoon and temperatures plummeted from the low 80s to 45° by midnight.  Monday felt more like October with overcast skies and a high of just 61°.  The AM low of 44° was the second chilliest reading on Memorial Day (only 1880 was colder, at 42°).  In the course of the weekend highs went from 19 above average to 13 below average.
  • 1999 (May 29-31) - One of the all-time great holiday weekends, and the warmest Memorial Day weekend on record.  Each day had a high in the upper 80s under clear skies and with low humidity.  Monday's high of 89° tied 1991 for the warmest Memorial Day of the 1971-2020 period.      
  • 2001 (May 26-28) - For the first time since 1990 rain fell on Saturday of the holiday weekend.  And although very little rain fell, this year's holiday was distinguished as being the only one of the 1971-2020 period to report rain on each day: 0.06" on Saturday, 0.08" on Sunday and 0.05" on Monday. 
  • 2003 (May 24-26) - Quite a dismal weekend, the coolest in the years since 1971, and the second rainiest Memorial Day ever (1.28").  All three days had gray skies and cool temperatures, ten degrees below average.  The high on Monday was just 56°, eighteen degrees below average, making it the second chilliest Memorial Day (one degree above 1974).
  • 2006 (May 27-29) - For the first time in seven years the temperature on Memorial Day was in the 80s.   
  • 2010 (May 29-31) - This was the third year in a row in which no rain fell on any day of the three-day weekend.  High temperatures were warmer each day: 77° on Saturday; 84° on Sunday; 86° on Monday.
  • 2011 (May 28-30) - For the sixth year in a row, the holiday weekend was a warm one.  It was also the sixth year in a row in which the high on Memorial Day rose into the 80s.  The average high during these six years was 84°, ten degrees above average.   
  • 2012 (May 26-28) - For the seventh consecutive year Memorial Day had a high in the 80s.  This year's high of 89° tied that of 1999 and 1991 for the hottest reading on Memorial Day since 1969's 91° (when it was not a Monday holiday, but fell on 5/30).  The entire weekend was eleven degrees warmer than average.  Memorial Day also had the year's first low in the 70s, one week earlier than average and the earliest since 2007 (when it occurred on May 26).
  • 2013 (May 25-27) - After starting raw and damp on Saturday (high of just 55°), conditions steadily improved, with Sunday being ten degrees warmer (mid-60s) under partly cloudy skies; and then Memorial Day saw the temperature rise another seven degrees under clear skies.  However, because of Saturday's chill (the coldest day of any Memorial Day weekend), the 3-day weekend ended up as the second chilliest since Memorial Day became a Monday holiday in 1971.   
  • 2015 (May 23-25) - It was a mostly sunny and dry weekend with temperatures warming each day: 70°/49° on Saturday, 81°/56° on Sunday and 85°/64° on Monday.  This was the ninth year of the last ten to have temperatures in the 80s on Memorial Day.  Memorial Day this year was nearly identical to that of last year except for the fact that the high was one degree cooler.
  • 2016 (May 28-30) - Conditions all weekend were summer-like, with highs of 92°, 87° and 82°.  Based on the average high temperature, this was the third warmest Memorial Day weekend, after 1999 and 1991.  However, based on mean temperature this was the warmest of them all as morning lows were four degrees milder than the other two years.  And although Memorial Day was the second wettest on record, the 1.65" of rain that poured down (from remnants of tropical storm Bonnie) came before daybreak, but the daylight hours were dry (but sticky, with a dew point around 70°), with a mix of sun and clouds.

 

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  • 2017 (May 27-29) - High temperatures were below average each day, but especially on Memorial Day (71°-71°-61°).  This was the coolest high on the holiday since 2003 (the high actually occurred shortly after midnight, with afternoon temperatures only in the upper 50s).  The cool conditions were accompanied by showers in the morning.
  • 2018 (May 26-28) - Saturday was sunny and hot, with a high of 89°, but was followed by fall-like conditions on Sunday and Monday, with a breeze out of the northeast, overcast skies and afternoon temperatures in the 50s on 5/27 and the 60s on Memorial Day.
  • 2019 (May 25-27) - Both Saturday and Sunday had sunny skies through mid-afternoon, then clouds gathered; Sunday's clouds produced heavy showers between 5:30-6:30 (0.20" was measured).  Before Sunday's showers the day had the warmest reading of the year so far; its high of 86° was fifteen degrees warmer than Saturday's.  Memorial Day had optimal conditions, with wall-to-wall sunshine, comfortable humidity and a high of 80°.  (This was the first time this year with back-to-back highs in the 80s.)

 

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  • 2020 (May 23-25) - The weekend began with a hard rain late in the morning on Saturday.  The 0.65" that fell (most of it between 11 AM and noon), not only made it the rainiest day of the month, but the rainiest Saturday of Memorial Day weekend in nearly 40 years (when 0.68" fell in 1982).  The three-day weekend nearly became the third to have every day with a high below 70°, but the temperature rose to 71° on Memorial Day.Save

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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. 19 (in 2002) 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°, eleven 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 eleventh.)

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 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 1870).  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's 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 (2/17), the coldest since 2/13 (26°), and the coldest reading of March. 

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Today in New York Weather History: Valentine's Day (February 14)

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In the years since 1950, February 14 is the second most likely day to have a snowfall of an inch or more in Central Park.  It's happened in nine winters (most recently in 2014, and in 2011 on January 14).  This is two fewer than January 7.

 

1912

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

1934

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

1940

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

1943

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

1948

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

1958

Today's high/low of 25°/13° came in the midst of an 11-day streak (which began on 2/8) in which high temperatures failed to get above 32°.

1979

This morning's low temperature of was the sixth consecutive day with a low in the single digits.  During these days the average low was +5°, twenty-two degrees colder than average.

 

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1986

The 0.3" of snow that fell today was the last snowfall of the winter, a winter in which just thirteen inches fell, half of the typical amount.  

2005

Rain fell throughout the afternoon and evening, amounting to 0.95", putting somewhat of a damper on  romantic plans of New Yorkers. 

2007

A nasty sleet storm during the morning and afternoon hampered traffic and snarled air travel.  Jet Blue was crippled as its fleet at JFK was incapacitated for a number of days.  0.94" of liquid precipitation was measured at Central Park, and two inches of sleet accumulated.  The day's precipitation represented half of February's total.  Despite a high of 29°, little of the day's precipitation fell as snow.  Another severe sleet storm would hit the area in March

 

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2016

The morning low of 1° below-zero broke the record from 100 years ago.  This was, 1) the first below-zero reading since January 1994; 2) the first sub-zero reading in February since 1963; and 3) the latest date for such a frigid reading since 1943 (when a sub-zero low occurred on 2/15).  Until today, the coldest temperature this century was 1° above zero, which occurred twice in the winter of 2004.  Later today, a second record was set as the high of 15° was the coldest for the date.  The day's mean temperature was 28 degrees below average, the most below average reading in New York in the years since 1950.  This would be the last day of the winter with a high of 32° or colder.  

 

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Highlights of Holiday Weather in New York City

4th_of_julyHalloweenMerry_christmasBelow are links to twenty-one holidays, providing recaps of their respective weather highlights (holidays include the home openers of the Mets and Yankees, the NYC Marathon, Leap Year Day and Gay Pride Day).  Double click on any hyperlink and you'll be taken to the appropriate page for each holiday.   

 

New Year's Day

Valentine's Day

Presidents' Day

Leap Year Day

St. Patrick's Day

New York Mets Home Opener

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Today in New York Weather History: New Year's Day (January 1)

 

Happy new year

 

1869

The year had a very snowy start with nine inches piling up - a record for the date that, amazingly, still stands.

1877

The year started with a snowstorm that dumped 13.0" on the City (4.8" this afternoon and evening, 8.2" on the 2nd).  This amount was more than the five snowfalls in December 1876 that totaled slightly more than twelve inches.  Both days of the snowstorm had highs of 24°.

1899

The year started snowy and quite cold as three inches fell between 2-8:00 in the morning and the temperature fell slowly thru the day, dropping from 18° to 8°.  Breezy conditions (gusts of 15-20 mph) created wind chills in the zero to -5° range.

1902

The morning's low of 13° was the winter's coldest reading.  (However, the winter's coldest mean temperature, with a high/low of 20°/14°, would be on Feb. 5.)

1919

Today's high of 61° was 51 degrees warmer than New Year's Day 1918.  This was a record high that prevailed until 1966 when the high reached 62°.

1923

This was the rainiest New Year's Day on record, with 1.68" measured.  The day's high of 53° would be the mildest reading of the month and came just two days after December's coldest reading (12°).

1933

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

1936

The temperature rose above freezing around 11:30 AM for the first time since 1:00 PM on 12/20, on its way to a high of 38°

1945

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

1966

The year began very mild with a high/low of 62°/52°, 23 degrees above average.  Today's high was a record for the date and wouldn't be topped for another 11 weeks (3/18).  Overcast skies kept the temperature from rising even higher.

1968

It was a bone-chilling first day of the year as the temperature fell from 32° just after midnight to 11° twenty-four hours later.

1971

Old Man Winter waited until New Year's Eve revelers got home before dumping the winter's biggest snowfall.  6.4" accumulated between 4:00 AM and 4:00 PM (much of it fell in the storm's initial three hours).  This was the century's largest New Year's Day snowfall (and second all-time after the nine-inch snowstorm way back in 1869). 

1973

Under overcast skies, morning temperatures ranged between 58° and 60° before slowly dropping beginning early in the afternoon.

1977

For the sixth day in a row the high temperature was 32° or colder.  The average high during these days was 26°, fourteen degrees below average.  This morning's low was 15°, the coldest reading on New Year's Day since 1968.

1978

An inch of snow fell during the evening hours, the last time there's been an accumulation of an inch or more on New Year's Day (thru 2021).

1982

It was a wet first day of the year as an inch of rain fell through mid-afternoon.

1987

A half-inch of snow fell, the most snow to fall on New Year's Day since 1978 (when there was a one-inch accumulation).  However, the snow was short lived, changing to rain as the temperature rose to 38°.  

1998

The morning low of 14° was the coldest reading of the winter.  Today was also one of just two days this winter with a high temperature below freezing (the other day would be March 12).  A typical winter has 17 such days.

 

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1999

The year began with a teeth-chattering morning low of 11°, the coldest reading on New Year's Day since 1968.  This was the third year in a row that started with temperatures that were quite cold. 

2003

The year began on a rainy note as 1.52" fell, making this the rainiest New Year's Day since 1923.  The rest of January would be very dry, so today's rain accounted for two-thirds of the month's total precipitation.  

2005

Today's afternoon high of 60° was the mildest since New Year's Day 1979 and 1973, and two degrees shy of the record high set in 1966.  It also marked the start of a very mild first half of January in which temperatures averaged 11 degrees above the norm. 

2007

A very rainy day, with 1.52" measured; much of it fell between 6-9:00 AM.  Interestingly, the previous time it rained on New Year's Day, in 2003, the same amount of rain fell.  Today was also very mild, with a high of 56°/low of 45° (18 degrees above average).

2008

Rain fell for the seventh day in a row, totaling 1.66" during these days.  Today's amount was 0.17".

2009

The year got off to a bone-chilling start, with a high/low of 26°/15°.

2011

A high of 53°/low of 40° made this the mildest day of January, fourteen degrees above average.  The day began sunny but gave way to overcast skies in the afternoon.  

2012

This was the 17th day in a row in which every high temperature was different (since Dec. 16).  Highs ranged between 31° and 62° (today's was 52°).

2018

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

2019

Very similar to one hundred years ago, today's high of 58°, which occurred in the morning, was 39 degrees warmer than New Year's Day 2018, whereas 1919's high of 61° was 51 degrees warmer than New Year's Day 1918.  Today was the mildest reading on Jan. 1 since 2005.

 

2019 v 1919

2020

It was a raw and overcast first day of the year with the mercury mostly stuck at a seasonably cold 38° during the daylight hours.  This was similar to two days ago, except that day had rain. 

 

 

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