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New York Weather Highlights: New Year's Eve

 

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1892

This was the eleventh day in a row with a high of 32° or colder.  The average high during this streak was 26°.  This chill, however, would end on New Year's Day when the temperature rose into the low 50s after nightfall.

1895

This was the fifth day since 12/20 to have a high of 60°, which was the mildest reading of the month.  It wouldn't be this mild again until 3/31.

1907

On the night of the first ball-drop in Times Square the temperature was in the mid-30s under fair skies.

1917

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

 

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1926

Today's snowfall of 0.4" (which fell after 9:00 PM) was the eleventh day this month with measurable snow, with all but one of these days getting less than an inch.  The one day to see more than an inch was 12/5 which had 7.9", the biggest snowfall of the winter.  The other ten days with snow had a combined total of 3.8".

1935

Today's high was 29°, making this the eleventh day in a row with a sub-freezing high temperature.  The average high/low during these days was 26°/16°, fourteen degrees below average.  (Later in the winter, in February, there would be a twelve-day streak with highs of 32° or colder.)

1948

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

 

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1962

With a high/low of just 13°/4° (25 degrees below average) this was the second coldest New Year's Eve on record (as mentioned earlier, 1917 was the coldest).  The cold was made even more bitter by high winds that gusted between 35-45 mph.  When the ball dropped at midnight in Times Square the temperature was 11°, with a wind chill of around 15° below zero.  This last day of 1962 was the coldest of the entire year, much colder than Feb. 11, the second coldest day, which had a high/low of 25°/4°.

 

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1967

December ended much like November, with light snow falling from mid-afternoon to a little past midnight on New Year's Day.  In total, 3.3" fell, with three inches of it accumulating today.

1970

High temperatures over the past ten days ranged between 30°-34°, about eight degrees colder than average. 

1972

Today was the nineteenth day this month to have measurable precipitation (0.36" fell), the most for any month in the 20th century (tied just five months later in May 1973, and many years later in May 2019).  The temperature rose throughout the day and when the ball dropped in Times Square it was a very mild 59°.

1973

It was a raw and damp end to the year.  Between 11 PM and midnight 0.05" of rain fell, and the temperature was 33° when the ball dropped in Times Square.  Today's 0.29" of rainfall brought the month's total precipitation to just under ten inches (9.98").

1975

Showers moved in after dark and between 11 PM and midnight 0.05" of cold rain fell.  When the countdown to 1976 took place, the temperature was in the mid-30s.  This was the fourth year in a row to have rain falling when the ball dropped at Times Square.

1980

It was a frosty end to the year, with a high/low of 27°/14°.  The morning low was the coldest for the date since 1962's +4°.

1987

After a quite cold morning low of 15° the temperature rose to 40° by midnight.

 

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1989

This was the only day of this very cold month with an above average mean temperature (high of 53°/low of 31°).  It was also the wettest New Year's Eve since 1948 as 0.52" fell - the only significant rainfall of a bone dry month in which just 0.31" was measured before today.  (Going into December it appeared 1989 would go down as the wettest year on record as only 2.76" was needed to pass 1972's total of 67.03", but it was not to be.)

1992

The temperature rose to a very mild 61°, one degree warmer than last year, and the mildest reading on the last day of the year since 1965's record of 63°.

1993

It was a very cold end to the year as today and the past five days averaged 11 degrees below average (high of 27°/low of 16°).  This frigid trend would continue in January.

1996

A cold front moved through during the afternoon and by midnight the temperature had plummeted to 15° with a wind chill near zero.

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1998

Today's high/low of 25°/17° made this the coldest day of the month.  The past three years also had very cold morning lows on this date: 17°, 17° and 15°.

2001

Whereas 1989's bitterly cold December ended on a mild note, this December, which was the mildest on record (until 2015), ended cold, with a high/low of 31°/20°.  This would be the coldest day of the mild winter of 2001-02.  Five of the past six New Year's Eves had temperatures well below average (the exception being 1999's high/low of 43°/34°).

 

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2003

The last ten days of the year were close to 10 degrees milder than average (high 51°/low 38°).

2006

The year ended with twenty-one days in a row with above average temperatures, which averaged 12 degrees milder than normal.  During these days no temperature of freezing or colder was reported.  This was also just the second December to have no measurable snow or even a "trace".

2008

This morning's low of 18° was the coldest on this date in ten years.  

2009

1.5" of snow fell, the first measurable snowfall on New Year's Eve since 1967, when three inches fell.  2009 was the seventh year in a row with more than 50 inches of precipitation.  The average over these years was 56.40", seven inches above average.  This December's total precipitation of 7.27" surpassed the previous December's 6.62", making it the wettest since 1973.  (Dec. 2009 and 2008 both ranked among the ten wettest)  

 

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2011

The year ended on a mild note, with a high of 54°/low of 46°, the tenth day of the month in which temperatures were ten degrees or more above average.  Today was sixteen degrees above the norm.  The month ended up being the fourth mildest December on record (now ranked fifth).  It was also just the third December since 1900 to have no measurable snow, or even a "trace" (the second such December was five years ago). 

2012

The morning low of 28° tied 12/30 and 12/26 as the coldest reading of the month.  In the past 40 years no December had a minimum temperature this mild (the previous record was 26° in 1974).  The typical coldest temperature in December is 16°.     

2014

Under sunny skies, it was a frosty close to the year, with a high/low of 32°/27°.  (Last year also ended with a high of 32°.)  Today's high was the first this winter at 32° or colder, nine days later than average. 

2015

With a high/low of 48°/42° today was the 18th day this month with a mean temperature that was 10 degrees or more above average.  Thus ended the first month on record in which no day reported a below average mean temperature.  (December's chilliest day, 12/19, was two degrees above average, with a high/low of 40°/35°).  

2017

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

 

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2018

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

 

 

 

 

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Today in New York Weather History: Christmas Day Highlights (December 25)

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1909

Snow began falling mid-afternoon and by midnight seven inches had accumulated (and an additional inch fell after midnight).  After 9:00 PM winds gusted to 30 mph.  This snowfall exceeded the Christmas snowfall of 1902 by half an inch, making this the snowiest Christmas Day on record (a record that still stands).

1910

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

1920

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

1940

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

1945

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

 

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1955

Every day between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2 had well below average temperatures except for today, which had a high of 51° under mostly sunny skies.

1963

With a high/low of 39°/33° this was the first Christmas since 1955 that was completely above freezing.  Despite these temperatures the day dawned with a thick mantle of white left from the snowstorm of 12/23-24 that dumped 6.6" of snow on the City.  This was the fourth Christmas Day of the past five to have an inch or more of snow on the ground.

1965

One year after the high reached 60° on Christmas Day, today's high was 59°.  It was also rainy, with 0.65" falling between 11:00 AM and 9:00 PM.  Today's high was seven degrees warmer than Easter Sunday's.  Today's rain was the last measurable precipitation to fall this year, which was by far the driest year on record - just 26.09" was measured at Central Park, nearly seven inches less than the previous driest year - which was last year.

1966

Yesterday's snowstorm ended in the wee hours of Christmas morning, leaving seven inches on the ground at daybreak.  Skies cleared in the morning and temperatures were well below average, with a high/low of 32°/23°. 

1968

Under clear skies it was windy and very cold, with a high/low of 23°/13° (sixteen degrees below average).  Wind chills were between zero and +5° for much of the day.

1969

The day started sunny, but as an intense winter storm approached clouds moved in during the afternoon and light snow began falling after dark, with 2.1" on the ground by midnight.  Temperatures were quite cold, with a high/low of 29°/14°.  (The worst of the storm would be on the 26th, with the City getting an additional 4.2" of snow and then a lashing of rain accompanied by winds gusting over 40 mph.) 

1970

Just three degrees separated today's high and low (32°/29°), the fifth day since Dec. 11 to have such a narrow diurnal variation - highly unusual since a typical year averages just two days with a variation this narrow.  This was the third year in a row in which Christmas Day had a high of 32° or colder, just the second time with a streak this long on 12/25 (the other occurred in 1883, 1884 and 1885).  

1974

One month after the first measurable snow of the season fell, the second snowfall of the season occurred early in the evening.  And like last month, it was the same insignificant amount - 0.1".

1975

Most of the 1.8" of snow that fell on Dec. 23 was gone, but a mix of sleet/snow/freezing rain this afternoon and evening accumulated 0.5", giving the City a touch of a white Christmas.  The day's high occurred as midnight approached, with the temperature reaching 33°.

1976

The first snow of the season arrived on Christmas night, and by daybreak on 12/26, 3.1" had accumulated (just 0.4" fell on 12/25).  This was the third year in a row in which measurable snow fell on Christmas Day, the only time snow has fallen on the holiday in three consecutive years (but none of the years had an inch or more of accumulation).

1978

Santa needed an umbrella as steady rain in the pre-dawn hours amounted to 0.79" (this was on top of 0.69" that fell yesterday evening).  The rest of the day was overcast and raw with a high/low of 45°/35° - which was almost identical to Easter's high/low (44°/34°).

 

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1979

It was a very mild holiday that started off rainy; 0.87" fell, mostly around daybreak (5-8:00 AM).  While the day's high of 61° was the mildest since Christmas Day 1940's 62°, the morning low of 50° was the mildest ever on Dec. 25.  Today's high/low was nearly identical to that of this year's mild Thanksgiving Day (61°/50° vs. 60°/51°) - and it was milder than this year's Easter Sunday (55°/42°).

1980

This morning's frigid morning low of 1° below zero (30 degrees below average) was the coldest reading of the year and a record for Christmas Day.  And if that wasn't cold enough, gale force winds produced a "feels like" temperature of -25°.

 

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1982

Two years after the coldest temperature ever recorded on Christmas Day, today's high of 64° tied 1889 as the mildest Christmas on record.  It was also eight degrees milder than this year's Easter Sunday.

 

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1983

Similar to three years ago, Christmas Day turned out to be the coldest day of the year, with a high of 13°/low of 4°.  The day was 27 degrees colder than a typical Dec. 25 (41°/29°).

1984

Today was the twentieth day this year in which 0.01" of precipitation was measured (between 1-2:00 AM), the most of any year in the 1970-2020 period.  The annual average is eleven days.

1985

The temperature tumbled all day, from a morning high of 48° to a biting cold 20° by midnight.

1986

It was a wet Christmas Eve/Christmas morning as 1.05" of rain fell during Santa's peak travel time, 7PM-3AM.

1988

This was the third year in a row in which Christmas Day had the mild high temperature of 53°.

1990

Just two days after a high/low of 66°/57°, today's high was a frosty 31° - the first day of the winter with a high temperature of 32° or colder. 

1994

Today's high of 59°/low of 41°, fifteen degrees above average, made this the mildest Christmas in twelve years.  The high/low was on-par with this year's Easter Sunday (61/43).

1999

Today's high of 28°/low of 19° made this the coldest day of the month.

2000

With a high of 27°/low of 15°, this was the coldest Christmas Day since 1989.  It was also the coldest day of the winter, later tied by Feb. 22.

2002

A sloppy winter storm produced the most precipitation ever measured on Christmas Day (1.30") and the most snow (five inches) since 1909, when seven inches fell (the most ever on 12/25).  Morning/afternoon rain changed to snow later in the afternoon.  This was the first Christmas Day snowfall of an inch or more in thirty-three years - and the last time measurable snow fell on the holiday (through 2020) .

 

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2010

It was calm and cold (high 32°/low 25°) the day before a blizzard moved up the coast, a storm that seemed to come out of nowhere.    

2013

With a high of 31°/19°, this was the coldest Christmas Day since 2000.  This was quite a contrast from three days earlier when the high/low was 71°/61°.  

2014

Today's mild high of 62° (reached shortly before 4:00 AM) was twice as warm as last Christmas - and two degrees warmer than Easter.  Showers in the early morning hours made this the fifteenth day with precipitation this month, the most of any month this year. 

2015

For the second day in a row a record high maximum and minimum temperature were set.  The high of 66° occurred just after midnight.  The low of 57° was seven degrees milder than the previous record.  This was the month's fourth record daily maximum and fifth record minimum.  For the second year in a row Christmas Day was warmer than Easter Sunday.

2016

At 43° today's mean temperature (eight degrees above average) was identical to that of Thanksgiving Day (one degree above average).  However, the high/low were slightly different, with today's high of 50° two degrees warmer than Thanksgiving Day and the low of 36° two degrees colder.

2020

A fierce storm lashed the area overnight with rain and strong winds that gusted to 45-65 mph (a gust of 47 mph was clocked at Central Park).  The 0.92" of rain that fell was the third greatest amount to fall on the holiday (behind 1945 and 2002).  The high, reached a few hours before daybreak, was 61° - the eighth time the high was in the 60s on 12/25.  After the rain and wind exited, sharply colder air moved in, dropping the mercury to 29° by midnight.  With today's mild high, 2020 became just the second year (2015 is the other) with highs in the 60s on Christmas Day (61°), Thanksgiving Day (65°) and Easter Sunday (63°).

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Today in New York Weather History: Christmas Eve (December 24)

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1912

A morning snowstorm dumped 11.4", Christmas Eve's biggest snowfall on record.  Snow fell heaviest between 4:00 and 9:00 AM, when it fell at a rate of 1.5" per hour.

1961

The biggest snowfall of the winter began after dark on the 23rd and continued off and on, occasionally mixing with sleet overnight, and then became more steady in the PM hours today, lasting until midnight.  All told, 6.2" of snow accumulated.  Temperatures ranged between the upper 20s and mid-30s. 

1966

Snow and sleet began falling around noon and by the time it ended in the wee hours of Christmas morning, 7.1" had fallen (6.7" fell today).  There were two heavy periods of snowfall, one between noon and 3:00 PM and the second between 6:00 and 9:00 PM.  Temperatures were quite cold, with a high/low of 26°/22°.  More than a foot of snow fell in eastern PA, western New Jersey and throughout the Hudson Valley in New York.

 

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1975

A high of 23°/low of 16° made this the coldest day of the entire year, 13 degrees colder than average.

1980

An inch of snow fell during the afternoon, triggered by the arrival of an Arctic air mass.  The temperature dropped from 37° in the morning to 20° by midnight (and would bottom out at -1° by sunrise on Christmas morning).

1983

After Arctic air moved in yesterday, today's temperature fell throughout the day and by midnight it was a bone-chilling +6°, a record for the date.  Just under an inch of snow fell to deliver somewhat of a white Christmas.  This was quite a contrast to springlike temperatures experienced a year earlier at Christmas time.

 

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1984

Today was the last of fifteen mild days in a row, a stretch in which temperatures were 11 degrees above average.

1985

Today's high of 55° was the mildest reading of the month.

1989

This morning's low of 9° made it the third day in a row that dawned with a low in the single digits (it was 6° yesterday and 8° two days ago).

 

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1990

High temperatures over the past four days: 59° on 12/21; 61° on 12/22; 66° on 12/23; and 63° today.   These highs were 20 degrees above average.

1996

Today's high was a very mild, and un-Christmas-like, 63°, tying the record for the date - and more typical of holiday temperatures in Atlanta. 

1998

Two inches of snow fell before daybreak, the first snowfall of the winter.  With a high of 32°/low of 23°, this was only the second colder-than-average day of a very mild December .

 

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1999

Today's high of 30°, ten degrees colder than average, was the first high temperature of 32° or colder this winter.

2001

Today's 0.51" of rain was the last precipitation of the year, the driest year since 1970.  The year's total of 35.56" was 14 inches below average.  The past three months had only 4.26" of rain, one-third the normal amount. 

2003

It was a rainy Christmas Eve as 1.42" fell during the daylight hours (5 AM-6 PM), a record for the date.  The day's mean temperature of 51° was the mildest of the month (high of 56°/low of 46°).

2013

For the second day in a row temperatures fell throughout the day.  After falling from 64° to 42° yesterday, today's temperature fell from  42° to 26°.  It was also windy (gusts to 30 mph) so temperatures in the afternoon and evening felt like they were in the low and mid-teens.

2014

It was a rainy day (0.80" fell), the fifth gloomy day in a row.  The mild high of 58° was reached at 9:00 PM.

2015

It was an extraordinarily mild day, with a record high of 72°, which followed a record-warm low of 63° (the warmest low temperature ever recorded in December.)  This low temperature was the same as the previous record high for the date.  The day's mean temperature was 33 degrees above average.  These springlike conditions came just two years after a high/low of 71°/62° on Dec. 22.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: Thanksgiving Day Weather Highlights

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1901 (11/28)

Today would have been quite cold even by the standards of mid-winter as the high/low was only 26°/19°, making this the second coldest Thanksgiving Day of all time (based on mean temperature).  The day's low reading tied Thanksgiving 1876 for the second coldest minimum temperature reported on the holiday.  The coldest Thanksgiving was in 1871, with a frigid high/low of 22°/15°.

1924 (11/27)

Sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 30s greeted spectators of the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  The day's high and low was a seasonable 49°/34°. 

1926 (11/25)

For the second year in a row the high/low on Thanksgiving Day was 43°/32°; skies were clear in both years as well.

1927 (11/24)

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

1935 (11/28)

This was the third year in a row with a very mild Thanksgiving Day.  In fact, all three are still ranked among the ten mildest: 1933 (high/low of 69°/50°); 1934 (60°/54°); and 1935 (62°/50°).

 

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1938 (11/24)

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

1971 (11/25)

Beginning late last night and continuing through this morning, a nor'easter lashed the area.  1.06" of rain fell, making this the rainiest Thanksgiving Day since 1935.  Besides the wind and rain, it was also cold, with a high/low of 39°/33°.  Ferocious winds that gusted to 63 mph in Central Park produced wind chills that were in the low 20s.  These high winds also forced parade officials to ground Macy's famed parade balloons - the only time this has happened.  

1972 (11/23)

With a high/low of 35°/21°, this was the coldest Thanksgiving Day since 1941.  It was also the coldest day this November.  One bright spot was that skies were clear.

1973 (11/22)

A year after the coldest Thanksgiving Day in many years, this year's was the mildest in 40 years as the high/low was 64°/53°, fourteen degrees above average.  Skies were mostly sunny.

1975 (11/27)

0.45" of rain fell between 5 AM-1 PM, making for a damp Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

 

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1978 (11/23)

Rain moved in after 3 PM, long after the parade had ended, and by midnight 0.77" had been measured.  Temperatures were chillier than average, with a high/low of 49°/31°.

1985 (11/28)

1.15" of rain fell during a dreary afternoon and evening.  At the time it tied 1935 as the wettest Turkey Day.  

1989 (11/23)

This was the snowiest Thanksgiving on record as 4.4" fell during the morning (but was mostly over by the start of the Macy's parade).  The previous record was in 1938 when 3.9" fell.  This very early snowfall (4.7" when including what fell the previous night) would be greater than any in the the upcoming winter.

 

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1990 (11/29)

One year after the snowiest Thanksgiving on record, today's high of 69° was was the warmest since 1933.  (Warmest Thanksgiving on record was in 1920 when it hit 72° - four years before the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.)

1994 (11/25)

Thanksgiving Day was the coldest day of this November, with a high/low of 41°/25° (12 degrees colder than average).  And it was as equally cold as last Thanksgiving, which had a high/low of 40°/26°.

1996 (11/28)

Today's winter-like high/low of 31°/23° was 16 degrees below average, with a dusting of snow.  The morning low was the coldest recorded on Thanksgiving since 1972's 21°.

1997 (11/27)

High winds resulted in four spectators watching the Macy's Thanksgiving parade being injured when the Cat in the Hat balloon was blown into a street lamp at 72nd St.  A piece of the lamp struck a young woman, putting her in a coma for more than three weeks.

1998 (11/26)

Two-thirds of the month's below-average rainfall was reported today (0.97"), most of it between 7:00 AM-noon.  More than half of it poured down during the Macy's parade (10:00 AM-noon).  Up until today it appeared this was the going to be the second driest November on record. 

2002 (11/28)

Thanksgiving Day 2002 was the coldest day of November, with a high/low of 35°/24°, thirteen degrees below average.

2004 (11/25)

It was a mild Thanksgiving Day through early afternoon, with temperatures in the 60s during the morning hours, but after the temperature peaked at 65° a cold front moved through and the mercury fell 30 degrees by midnight.

2005 (11/24)

A strong cold front blew through during the afternoon and the temperature plummeted from 49° to 24° by midnight.  There were light showers before and after the Macy's parade.

2006 (11/23)

An all-day rain totaling 1.72" made this the wettest Thanksgiving on record, easily topping 1985 and 1939's previous record.  Temperatures were chilly, with a high/low of 44°/40°.

 

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2007 (11/22)

Today's high of 66° made this the mildest reading on Thanksgiving Day since 1933 when it reached 69°.

2013 (11/28)

This was the third consecutive Thanksgiving to fall on 11/28 with a subfreezing temperature at the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year it was 30° at 9 AM (in 2002 it was 27° and in 1996 it was 26°).

2014 (11/27)

It was a raw and gray day with temperatures in the 30s (high/low of 38°/34°).  Snow flurries fell during the Macy's parade.

2018 (11/22)

A week after one of the biggest November snowfalls on record (6.4"), today, with a winter-like high/low of 28°/17° (the low occurred just before midnight), became the second coldest Thanksgiving Day on record; only Thanksgiving 1871 was colder (high/low of 22°/15°).

 

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2020 (11/26)

A pre-dawn deluge was a distant memory after the sun came out in the afternoon and the temperature rose into the mid-60s.  Not only was today's high of 65° tied for third warmest on Thanksgiving Day (behind 1933's 69° and 2007's 66°), the low of 55° was the mildest of any Turkey Day as was the mean temperature of 60.0°.  And the 0.79" of rain that poured down this morning was the seventh greatest amount to fall on the holiday, and the most since 2006 (which was the rainiest Thanksgiving on record, with 1.72" measured).   

 

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Today in New York Weather History: Halloween (October 31)

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1933

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

1946

Today's weather was an absolute treat as the temperature soared to a record 81°.  This followed yesterday's record high of 82°.

1947

Today's chilly high of 47° was the first day this month with a high below 60°.  Ironically, 10/1 had the month's first, and only, low in the 30s (today's low was 44°).

1956

2.41" of rain fell, making this the rainiest Halloween on record (3.30" rain was measured at LaGuardia Airport).  And although the bulk of the rain occurred between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM, when 1.74" was measured, rain was still falling in the evening hours (0.33" was measured between 7-11 PM).  Until today October had received just 1.20" of rain.

1972

Partly cloudy and chilly with a high/low of 48°/35°, eleven degrees below average.  When the kiddies were out at 7:00 PM ringing doorbells and collecting their treats the temperature was a brisk 42°.  This was an appropriate end to the most below average October (-4.8°) since 1925.

1974

A very chilly October (4.6° below average) ended on a mild note with a high/low of 70°/60°, 11 degrees above average.  This was the only day with a low of 60° or milder.  At peak trick-or-treat time (7:00 PM) the temperature was still a pleasant 66°.

 

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1975

Sunny and cold, with a high of 50°/31°, eleven degrees below average.  When trick-or-treaters were out and about the temperature was a nippy 43°.  The morning low was the first temperature of 32° or colder this fall, a few weeks earlier than usual.

1984

Temperatures during the past two weeks were 10 degrees above average.  Half of the days had highs in the 70s, including today which topped out at 72° (average high is around 60) .

1988

This morning's low of 31° was the earliest sub-freezing reading since 1976.  And it matched the 31° low of Halloween 1975.

1989

A rainy Halloween.  Over a 12-hour period (11:00 AM-11:00 PM), 0.89" fell.  On the positive side, it was the sixth day in a row with temperatures ten degrees or more above average. Today's rain was the first to fall on this date since 1976.

1991

An intense nor'easter (made famous by Sebastian Junger's book The Perfect Storm) brought gusty 30-40 mph winds but stayed far enough offshore that NYC received just a a trace of rain.  

 

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1993

Rain that began yesterday morning continued thru 11:00 tonight.  During this day-and-a-half of inclement weather, 1.68" of rain fell, 0.71" of which fell today.  For the entire event the rain came down hardest during the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade as 0.25" fell between 8-9 PM.

1994

Today's high of 73° made this the warmest Halloween since 1961 (when the high reached 76°).

2007

This October tied October 1947 as the mildest on record, a whopping seven degrees above average.  And today was one of the twenty-five days this month with above-average temps (high/low of 64°/49°, +five degrees).

2009

It was a very mild day (high of 71°) but light rain began falling just as the Greenwich Village Halloween parade was getting underway.  Although just 0.17" fell over five hours, this was the first rain to fall on Halloween night in 14 years.    

2012

In 2011 many of New York's suburbs postponed or cancelled trick-or-treating because of power outages caused by an unprecedented snowstorm two days earlier.  This year, most Halloween festivities were once again cancelled, this time due to power outages caused by superstorm Sandy which struck two days earlier.  And for the first time in its 39-year history Greenwich Village's Halloween parade was cancelled.  The day itself was chilly and mostly overcast, with a high of 50°. 

 

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2013

The 0.06" of rain that fell from showers during lunchtime and after 11 PM was just enough to keep this month from becoming one of the ten driest on record.  With 0.36", October 2013 ranked twelfth and was the driest month since August 1995 (when 0.18" was measured).

2017

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

2019

It was a very mild day, with the warmest readings occurring after dark.  The day's high of 71°  didn't occur until close to midnight.  This was the mildest reading since 10/14 and the mildest reading on Halloween in ten years (another high of 71°).  Besides being so mild (the low was 60°) it was also uncomfortably humid, with the dew point in the mid-60s and humidity in the 85-90% range.  Luckily for trick-or-treaters, showers that produced 0.54" of rain were over by noon.  (Also, a strong cold front that triggered some violent storms didn't reach the City until after midnight.) 

2020

This morning's low was a frosty 32°, the first reading of freezing or colder in October since 1988 (which also occurred on Halloween).  This was three weeks earlier than the average date of the first low of 32° or below.  And it was the coldest reading this year since March 1 (when the low was 25°). 

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New York City Marathon Weather Highlights (1970 - 2020)

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The New York City Marathon is one of the highlights of autumn in New York.  On Marathon Sunday the day's high/low has averaged 62/47, with the temperature at the start of the race typically in the low 50s.  Temperatures have warmed into the upper 60s or higher during fifteen of the races, and they've been in the cold low 40s or colder at start time in half a dozen years.  (Many runners consider temperatures in the 45°-55° range optimal.)  Rain has rarely been a factor as it's fallen during the race only five times - the last time was in 2017 (but it was a light mist that amounted to just 0.01") 

 

The average temperature on race day masks a difference between earlier and more recent races.  During the race's first 25 years the average high/low was 65/51, but since 1995 temperatures have been considerably cooler, averaging 56/43.  This is largely due to the fact that early races were held in September and October; now they're run in the first week of November.  What follows are weather highlights of past races:   

 

  • 1970 (Sept. 13) - The first New York City Marathon took place under sunny skies and warm temperatures.  Although the morning low was a refreshing 58°, when the race got underway the temperature had risen into the low 70s.  During the afternoon it warmed to 80°, which was a few degrees above average.
  • 1974 (Sept. 29) - This was the first Marathon to see rain as thundershowers produced 0.32" of rain between 2-3:00 PM and 0.10" between 4-5:00 PM.  It was also a warm day, with a start-time temperature of 74°.
  • 1975 (Sept. 28) - Runners breathed a sigh of relief as the City dried out from a string of rainy days that produced 8.50" of rain over eight consecutive days, ending Friday.  This included an unprecedented four days in row in which more than an inch of rain fell.  Today, however, was sunny with near seasonable temperatures (high/low of 69°/57°). 
  • 1976 (Oct. 24) - A raw, gray and damp day.  When the race started the temperature was in the upper 40s and light showers moved in after 2:00 PM.  This was the first race to go through each of NYC's five boroughs - and the first time the race was held in late October.

 

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  • 1977 (Oct. 23) - A cold front moved through during the early afternoon, dropping the temperature from 56° at 1 PM to 44° at 4 PM.
  • 1979 (Oct. 21) - This was the marathon run in the warmest conditions, with temperatures in the 70s throughout and topping off at 80°, twenty-three degrees above average.  (At least it was cooler than the next day when the afternoon high soared to 88°.)
  • 1980 (Oct. 26) - Quite a contrast from last year's race.  Although it wasn't rainy like yesterday morning, when 1.76" fell, runners had to contend with temperatures in the 40s and winds that gusted between 25-40 mph.
  • 1983 (Oct. 23) - Rain moved in shortly before noon and 0.69" had fallen by 6:00 PM (and continued through the night).

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  • 1984 (Oct. 28) - With a high/low of 79°/62°, today was the warmest day of October and one of the warmest Marathon Sundays on record.  Besides the warm temperatures it was also on the humid side.
  • 1990 (Nov. 4) - Following a Saturday that had an unseasonably warm high of 78°, today was also very mild, with a high/low of 73°/58° - fifteen degrees above average.  Skies were a mix of sun and clouds.  
  • 1992 (Nov. 1) - With a high/low of 51°/40°, seven degrees below average, today was the chilliest Marathon Sunday in ten years.  It was also breezy, with winds coming off the ocean. 
  • 1993 (Nov. 14) - Although this was the latest date of any Marathon, the day was very mild, with a high/low of 72°/54° - 15 degrees warmer than average.  (The following day the high soared to 80°.)
  • 1994 (Nov. 6) - Although just 0.01" of rain fell, it came just as the winner of the mens' race, German Silva of Mexico, was running his last mile.
  • 1995 (Nov. 12) - This was the race with the coldest conditions as the temperature at race time was 40° and only went up a few degrees as the race went on.  Winds gusting between 30-45 mph produced wind chills in the upper 20s.
  • 1997 (Nov. 2) - A hard rain fell between 1:30-2:30 PM, amounting to 0.52".  This was the last time rain fell during the race until 2017 (but only 0.01" was measured).
  • 2003 (Nov. 2) - Today's high of 68° made this the race with the mildest temperature since the 1994 Marathon.  But although today's high was ten degrees above average, it was considerably cooler than yesterday's and tomorrow's respective highs of 77° and 79°.

 

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  • 2005 (Nov. 6) - This was the third year in a row in which temperatures rose into the upper 60s (ten degrees above average).  Temperatures wouldn't rise into the 60s on race day for another ten years. 
  • 2010 (Nov. 7) - The morning low was 36°, six degrees colder than average.  Only three race days have started out chillier.
  • 2011 (Nov. 6) - One week after a record-breaking early season snowstorm (2.9" fell), conditions were perfect for the race, with bright blue skies and temperatures in the optimal 45°-55° range.

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  • 2012 (Nov. 4) - Controversy arose over this year's race as a result of it falling a week after Hurricane Sandy struck the region.  It was finally cancelled two days before race day.  If it had been held runners would have experienced weather similar to the previous two years with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 40s.
  • 2013 (Nov. 3) - Sunny and brisk with temperatures steady in the upper 40s throughout the race (10 AM thru 4 PM).
  • 2014 (Nov. 2) - Runners were buffeted by high winds, with gusts of 30-45 mph, depending on the neighborhood they were running through.  These winds resulted in the slowest times for the winners since the 1984 event (when conditions were warm and humid).  Besides the high winds it was also chilly, with a starting time temperature at 43° and wind chills in the mid to upper 30s.
  • 2015 (Nov. 1) - Weather conditions were great for runners as skies were lightly overcast and temperatures ranged from upper 50s at the start of the race to mid-60s by 4:00.  The last time temperatures were this pleasant for the event was ten years ago.   
  • 2016 (Nov. 6) - Near-perfect conditions greeted runners, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s for the bulk of the race (thru late afternoon).  Breezy conditions (20-25 mph gusts) was the only fly in the ointment.

 

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  • 2017 (Nov. 5) - The race was run in gray, foggy conditions with light drizzle moving in shortly before noon (just as the top women and men runners were finishing their races).  Temperatures held steady in the upper 50s throughout the race, with afternoon humidity above 90%.  And although it was only 0.01", this was the first measurable rain to fall in 20 years during the race (between 10 AM-4 PM).
  • 2018 (Nov. 4) - Skies were mostly clear and temperatures a few degrees chillier than average.  The day's high/low of 55°/43° is what the average temperature has been for the races of the 2010s.  The afternoon humidity was around 40%, which was more than 50% lower than that of last year's race.  The following year's conditions on race day (11/2) were very similar but a few degrees chillier (high/low of 53°/40°).
  • 2020 (Nov. 1) - For the second time in the past nine years the race was cancelled.  This time it was because of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation.  If the race had been run the elite runners would have been happy because most would have completed the course before rain moved in early in the afternoon (0.40" fell).  Temperatures were good for running as they were in the low-to-mid 50s.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: Labor Day Weekend (1970 - 2020)

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On average, Labor Day weekend is about five degrees warmer than Memorial Day (high of around 80° vs. 75°).  However, hot temperatures on Labor Day itself aren't overly common.  Since 1970 the afternoon high has topped 90° just five times (most recently in 2015 and 2018).  In terms of inclement weather, chances are 2 in 5 that the entire weekend will be dry, better odds than Memorial Day weekend's 1 in 3 chance.  Tropical systems have brushed the area twice (Edouard in 1996, Ernesto in 2006).  What follows is a recap of 20 holiday weekends that had weather conditions worthy of note.

 

  • 1973 (Sept. 1-3) - This Labor Day weekend has the distinction of being the hottest of the 1970-2019 period - and the only one in which each day's high was in the 90s (95°-94°-96°).  Overall, temperatures averaged thirteen degrees above average.  Saturday's heat had a tropical component to it, which fueled late-afternoon thunderstorms that amounted to 0.25".

 

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  • 1980 (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) - This was the second hottest Labor Day weekend of the period as highs reached: 86°-90°-95°.  After a stifling low of 76° on the morning of Labor Day, the high topped out at 95°, the hottest reading for the holiday since 1973, when it was 96°.   
  • 1983 (Sept. 3-5) - Monday's high was 91°, the last Labor Day to get into the 90s until 2015 (highs in 1996 and 1998 reached 89°). 
  • 1984 (Sept. 1-3) - The weather was good all weekend until the evening of Labor Day when 1.20" of rain poured down during a thunderstorm after 8 PM.
  • 1986 (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) - Saturday's low of 51° is the chilliest reading of any day during Labor Day weekends of the 1970-2019 period.  The entire weekend was cool, with temperatures averaging eight degrees below normal.

 

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  • 1991 (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) - Monday's morning low of 53° tied 1976 and 1883 as the chilliest reading on Labor Day.  
  • 1994 (Sept. 3-5) - This was one of the coolest Labor Day weekends on record, with temperatures seven degrees below average.  It is also one of two Labor Day weekends between 1980-2019 in which each day's morning low was in the 50s (the other was in 1986).    
  • 1996 (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) - There was cause for concern on Saturday of Labor Day weekend when Hurricane Edouard was predicted to make landfall on Long Island.  However, the storm stayed away and the only effect from the hurricane was heavy surf, especially out in the Hamptons.  Although Sunday's conditions were somewhat overcast, Saturday and Labor Day were spectacular (Monday's high reached 89°).
  • 1998 (Sept. 5-7) - The long holiday weekend ended with severe thunderstorms on Monday afternoon and again later that night.  2.07" of rain was measured, making this the second rainiest Labor Day on record, topped only by 1926, when 2.24" fell. 

 

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  • 2000 (Sept. 2-4) - Each day of the extended holiday had above average temperatures as well as a thunderstorm.  In total, these storms produced nearly two inches of rain.  In the 1980-2019 measurement period this is the only Labor Day weekend to have rain fall on each day.
  • 2002 (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) - With an average high of just 68° degrees (11 degrees below average) this is the coolest Labor Day weekend between 1970-2019.  And Labor Day itself was a washout, with 1.63" of rain falling.
  • 2003 (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) - For the second year in a row the temperature never got out of the 60s on Labor Day.  And like the previous year it rained, but not nearly as much fell (0.59"). 
  • 2006 (Sept. 2-4) - The extended weekend started off cool and wet as tropical storm Ernesto moved through, dropping 1.24" of rain; the day's high was just 66°, thirteen degrees below average.  Sunday and Monday, however, were very nice, but cooler than average (mid-70s). 
  • 2011 (Sept. 3-5) - This was the eighth year in a row in which no rain fell on Labor Day, the longest such streak since one of ten years between 1958-1967.  This was also the mildest three-day weekend since 1983, five degrees warmer than average. 

 

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  • 2012 (Sept 1-3) - After a sunny and hot Saturday (the high of 91° was the first 90-degree reading during Labor Day weekend since 1998), Sunday and Monday were overcast - but Labor Day's dry streak continued.  The three-day weekend's mean temperature was six degrees warmer than average, the most above average LD since 1983.      
  • 2013 (Aug 31-Sept 2) - Conditions all weekend were sultry with hazy sunshine and uncomfortable levels of humidity.  Scattered thunderstorms occurred throughout the area on every day, but Manhattan was spared until Monday afternoon when rain fell for a few hours - the first rain to fall on Labor Day in ten years.  The overnight hours were especially warm, with AM lows of 73°-75°-74° averaging nine degrees above average.  However, the diurnal variation was just ten degrees. 
  • 2014 (Aug. 30-Sept 1) - This was the warmest Labor Day weekend since 1983 (and fourth warmest since 1970).  The weekend started out mostly overcast with seasonable temperatures (high/low of 80°/65°) but hot and humid air moved in overnight and Sunday and Monday saw highs/lows of 90°/73° and 88°/75°.  On Sunday a half-hour downpour late in the afternoon dumped 0.62" of rain.
  • 2015 (Sept. 5-7) - Sunny and warm throughout with each day warmer than the next (highs of 83°-87°-92°).  Labor Day's high was the first in the 90s since 1983.
  • 2016 (Sept. 3-5) - It was a rain-free weekend, with highs of 75° on Saturday, 80° on Sunday and 84° on Labor Day - which was the same high as 4th of July (and Memorial Day wasn't far behind, with a high of 82°).  It was a nice surprise that the holiday weekend ended up being so nice since earlier forecasts predicted tropical storm Hermine would stall off the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday and Monday, but it moved further east and posed no threat.  
  • 2017 (Sept. 2-4) - After a cool and mostly overcast Saturday and Sunday (which included 1.27" of rain on Saturday evening thru early Sunday AM), Labor Day turned out beautiful, with mostly clear skies and seasonable temperatures.  All told, this was the coolest Labor Day weekend since 2004).
  • 2018 (Sept. 1-3) - After close to seasonable temperatures on Saturday and Sunday, Labor Day featured summertime heat, with a high/low of 90°/75°.
  • 2020 (Sept. 5-7) - Cookie cutter conditions prevailed as each day of the extended weekend was sunny, with comfortable humidity and temperatures that were slightly above average (+2 degrees).  Each day had very similar highs/lows: 80°/65° (Saturday), 82°/66° (Sunday), and 79°/66° (Labor Day).

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Today in New York Weather History: Yom Kippur Weather Highlights (1970 - 2020)

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Because of the time of year Yom Kippur falls (mid-September thru mid-October) the weather is relatively undramatic, with few temperature extremes or notable storms to speak of (based on the period 1970-2020).  However, with that said, this post remembers a number of years that had memorable weather conditions on the Day of Atonement. 

 

  • 1972 (Sept. 17-18) - This was the warmest Yom Kippur of the 1970-2020 period as the high on the 17th reached 92° while the 18th saw a high of 86°.    
  • 1979 (Sept. 30 - Oct. 1) - 0.81" of rain fell on 10/1 between 1-9 PM, making this the wettest Yom Kippur in the years since 1970 (until 2005).
  • 1989 (Oct. 8-9) - This was the chilliest observance of Yom Kippur until 2000.  The high on the 8th was 59°, while the high/low on the 9th was only 55°/40°, twelve degrees below average.
  • 1991 (Sept. 17-18) - Falling on the same dates as the hottest Yom Kippur of the period, in 1972, this year's was the second warmest.  It featured the hottest temperature on the first evening of Yom Kippur, 93° (a record for 9/17), which was nineteen degrees above average.  The next day was more comfortable, but still a warmer than average 83°.
  • 2000 (Oct. 8-9) - The morning of the 9th had a low of 38°, sixteen degrees below average and the chilliest reading on Yom Kippur in the 1970-2020 period.  This reading was just one degree shy of tying the record for the date.
  • 2002 (Sept. 15-16) - It was mild and rainy during the first half of the holiday.  Although not all of the rain fell between sunsets, nearly one inch fell between 2 PM on the 15th and 10 AM on the 16th.  The high was 79° on 9/15 and 81° the following day, about five degrees above average.
  • 2005 (Oct. 12-13) - The holiday fell in the midst of a huge rainstorm.  Seven inches of rain fell on the two days, with two inches of it pouring down between sundown on the 12th and sundown on the 13th.  
  • 2014 (Oct. 3-4) - Skies were clear and temperatures seasonable the evening of 10/3, but 10/4 saw 1.18" of rain fall between 10 AM and 5 PM, making it the second rainiest Yom Kippur in the years since 1970.  However, skies cleared rapidly after 5 PM and conditions were as nice as the evening before. 
  • 2017 (Sept. 29-30) - After a streak of sixteen unseasonably warm days in a row (with a high/low of 87°/69°, nine degrees above average), today and tomorrow had seasonable temperatures (under sunny skies), i.e., highs in the upper 60s/lows in the mid-50s.
  • 2018 (Sept. 18-19) - The remnants of Hurricane Florence brought a series of heavy downpours from lunchtime thru late afternoon on the 18th (dropping a little over an inch of rain), but by sundown skies had cleared and the following day was partly cloudy, with above average temperatures (high/low of 81°/68°).
  • 2019 (Oct. 8-9) - After a dry and cool evening on the 8th, the 9th became raw, rainy and breezy after sunrise as a coastal storm brought a little more than a half inch of rain, mostly between 10 AM-2 PM.  This was the largest daily rainfall in the past seven weeks. Temperatures stayed in the 50s all day (high/low of 59°/51°, four degrees below average).
  • 2020 (Sept. 27-28) - The longest stretch of days with no measurable rain since the fall of 2017, sixteen, ended just before midnight on the 27th when a light shower produced 0.03" of rain.   Both days had temperatures that were well above average, with highs/lows of 79°/67° and 77°/69°, respectively.

 

 

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Today in New York Weather History: 4th of July Weather Highlights

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Along with hot dogs and fireworks, July 4th is also equated with hot weather, and since 1970 the temperature has risen into the nineties ten times, or about once every five years (most recently in 2019).  Back-to-back years with 90-degree readings on the holiday have occurred three times, the most recent being in 2002 and 2003.  And there was a three-year streak in 1898-1900.  1949 is the only year to see a high in triple digits.  Rain has fallen about once every three years (again, since 1970), but just two of those years, 1978 and 1981, were washouts.  In 2014 the weather was somewhat affected by Hurricane Arthur.

 

1898

This year's high of 96° followed July 4th highs of 85° in 1897, 78° in 1896 and 69° in 1895.

1900

Today's high was 91°, and was the third year in a row with a high in the 90s - the longest such streak on the holiday.

1925

This was the fourth year in a row with highs in the 70s on the holiday - the longest such stretch of below-80 readings.

1928

Today had the first 90-degree reading of the year, the third year in a row the first 90 was in July (in 1927 it happened on the thirteenth, the year before that it fell on the ninth).  Typically, the first 90+ (between 1870-1925) occurred around June 14.  Today's high was 90°.

1941

Just two days after a torrid high/low of 98°/78°, today was rainy, foggy and cool, with a high/low of just 64°/62° (the high was 18 degrees below average).  The 0.78" of light rain that fell (between 2 AM and  7 PM) made this the rainiest day of the month.  Today's high would be July 4th's coolest until 1978.

1949

The 1940s started with July 4th's coolest high temperature, and ended with the hottest as today's high soared to 102°.

1966

As hot as it was, today's high of 98° was somewhat of a cool-down from yesterday's 103° and July 2's 100°.  This was also the fifth day in a row with clear skies. 

1967

Showers moved in during the early evening and put a damper on fireworks exhibitions as 0.18" fell between 8-10 PM.  Then the skies really opened up between 11 and midnight, with an additional 0.90" pouring down (actually, this rainstorm occurred between midnight and 1AM on 7/5, but the National Weather Service uses Standard Time year-round and doesn't recognize Daylight Saving Time).

1974

Today was the hottest day of the year, with a high/low of 95°/78° under sunny skies.  And although three other days this summer had highs of 95°, today's low was the warmest, giving this day the highest mean temperature.

1976

New York's Bicentennial celebration (which included the parade of 'Tall Ships' in New York Harbor) took place under partly skies, with temperatures a bit cooler than average (high of 82°/low of 63°).  A brief thunderstorm put a slight damper on festivities during mid-afternoon, but it produced very little rainfall (0.01").

 

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1978

It was a truly miserable holiday as rain fell all morning (totaling 1.19").  Because of clouds and a northeasterly breeze, the high temperature reached only 62° - twenty-two degrees cooler than average.

1981

This was the rainiest 4th of July on record.  Rain began at around noon and continued for much of the day, totaling 1.76".  (But no rain fell during prime fireworks time.)  The first four days of the month had rain, which amounted to nearly three inches.  After this rainy stretch, the next two weeks would be hot and dry, with ten days in the 90s.   

1983

After a sultry morning low of 78°, today's high soared to 95°.  On this broiling hot afternoon, Yankees pitcher Dave Righetti pitched a no-hitter against the arch-rival Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.  

 

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1986

Although hot weather and July 4th seem synonymous, the day began at a chilly 55°, twelve degrees below average and the coolest 4th of July reading on record.  (Two days later the high would reach 98°.)

1993

Just two days after a cool high of 69°, today's high reached 95°, the first of twenty 90-degree days in July.  Despite the heat I spent the evening in Central Park with my brother and his family to listen to the New York Philharmonic's 4th of July concert.

 

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1999

With a high of 96°, this was the hottest 4th of July in 33 years.  Not only was it hot, but unbearably humid as the dew point in the afternoon was in the low 70s, which produced a heat index of 110°.  Today was the first of eighteen 90-degree days in July (eleven of which were 95°+). 

2002

Although four other 4th of Julys had high temperatures that were hotter (in 1966, 1955, 1949 and 1911), today's mean temperature of 88.5° (based on a high/low of 96°/81°) was the hottest of any 7/4.

2009

In the sixteen days between June 19 and today, morning lows fell in the narrow range of 63° to 66°, two degrees cooler than average.  

2010

Today's high of 96° tied 2002 and 1999 as the hottest July 4th since I moved to NYC in 1979.  It was also the first of sixteen 90-degree days this month, which occurred in a 24-day period between July 4-27.

 

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2012

Mostly sunny, hot, and oh-so-humid.  The high temperature reached 92° but it felt like 98°.  Thunderstorms were all around NYC in the evening, but none hit Manhattan.

2014

Skies were gray, and light showers fell through mid-afternoon, the result of New York being on the northwestern fringe of Hurricane Arthur's rain shield.  It was also on the windy side.  However, by late afternoon the sun began breaking through and skies were mostly clear by the time Macy's fireworks exhibition went off.  Although the amount of rain was light, just 0.14", it was the most rain to fall on the 4th of July in six years.  And the high of 74° was the coolest in seven years (and 12 degrees cooler than this year's Memorial Day).    

2015

Skies were overcast through mid-afternoon (including some light rain from 1:30-2:30), but then the sun broke through and the rest of the day was very pleasant, but the high only reached 75°.  This was the second year in a row in which the weather on Memorial Day was much nicer.

2016

It was seasonably warm, and skies were partly cloudy until after 5:00 when clouds moved in, then light showers began around 8:00.  However, despite the rain, Macy's fireworks extravaganza went on as planned as steadier rain held off until after 10:00 when close to an inch fell through 4:00 AM on 7/5.   (The 0.49" that fell before midnight was the most to fall on 7/4 since 1981.)

 

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2019

Today's high reached 90°, the first time in the 90s on 7/4 in seven years.  Skies were mostly clear, but the heat wasn't stifling as humidity levels were bearable during the afternoon hours.

2021

This morning’s refreshing low of 60° (shortly after midnight) was the coolest on the holiday since 1992 (when it was also 60°).  Only ten other 4th of Julys have had a cooler low.  (In the years since 2000 the average low had been 70°.)  The high of 79° was the coolest in six years, but after last week's four-day heat wave, today’s temperatures were delightful for spending time outdoors celebrating the nation’s birthday.   

 

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New York Weather History: Weather Conditions During NYC's Gay Pride Parades

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A week of Gay Pride events culminates with the annual Gay Pride Parade on the last Sunday of June (roughly coinciding with the date of 1969's Stonewall Riot).  Since the first parade was held in 1970 the temperature has been in the 90s eight times (the last two times were in 2020 and 2021).  Three years had highs in the 60s (1972, 1979 and 1996).  And chances are very good that the festivities will be rain-free as measurable rain has fallen just nine times in the past fifty years (2019 and 2020 were two of these years).  

  • 1970 (June 28) - Whereas the Stonewall riots began on a stifling hot day (the afternoon high that Saturday was a record 96°), the weather today for the first Gay Pride parade was refreshingly mild.  After a cool morning low of 57° (the chilliest reading of any Gay Pride Day, later tied in 2007) the high reached 80°.   
  • 1971 (June 27) - Very summer-like conditions, with a high of 89°, eight degrees warmer than average. 
  • 1972 (June 25) - It was a cool and damp Gay Pride Day, courtesy of the remnants of hurricane Agnes.  Close to an inch of rain fell during the morning, and under gray skies the afternoon high managed to reach only 66°, fifteen degrees below average.  In later years Gay Pride Day 1979 would be cooler (high of 65°) and 1984 wetter (1.46").    
  • 1973 (June 24) - The afternoon high of 79° was perfect for marching.

 

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  • 1974 (June 30) - Rain held off until 9 PM, when 0.26" fell thru 1 AM.  Before that, the afternoon temperature was a pleasant 83°.
  • 1975 (June 29) - This year rain moved in mid-afternoon, as 0.15" fell between 4-6 PM, shortly after the parade ended.  However, temperatures were seasonably warm. 
  • 1976 (June 27) - This was the first Gay Pride Day in which the afternoon temperature hit 90°.  There have since been seven other parades held in 90-degree weather (including 2020 and 2021).
  • 1977 (June 26) - After a rainy evening yesterday (0.68" fell between 6:00 and 10:00), today was dry and slightly warmer than average, with a high of 85°.
  • 1978 (June 25) - Today's high of 82° was at the seasonal average.
  • 1979 (June 24) - This was the chilliest Gay Pride Day, as the afternoon high was only 65°, sixteen degrees below average, and more typical of late April.  (However, later in the evening things heated up at Madison Square Garden where the Village People performed in concert.)
  • 1980 (June 29) - The afternoon high of 77° was six degrees cooler than average.  Heavy rain moved in (0.70" was measured), but not until after 11 PM, the first rain since June 10. 
  • 1981 (June 28) - It was a beautiful summer day, with a high of 85°.  Rather than go to the parade, I went to the beach instead.   
  • 1982 (June 27) - Hazy sunshine and close to seasonal temperatures.  Rather than watch the parade, I helped my boyfriend at the booth he had at the Christopher St. festival.  (He made clips attached to raccoon and chinchilla tails.)
  • 1983 (June 26) - Under sunny skies, the high reached a seasonably warm 82°.  This was the first, and only, time I marched in the parade.  (And the day before, I ran in the Gay Pride Run in Central Park for the first time.)
  • 1984 (June 24) - Clouds moved in early in the afternoon, but rain held off until around 4:00.  It came down heavily after 9:00, and by midnight 1.46" had fallen - a record for the date.  This was also the rainiest Gay Pride Day.
  • 1985 (June 30) - Very nice weather, with a cooler than average high of 79°.  I watched the parade from the 18th floor terrace of a friend's apartment on lower Fifth Avenue.  
  • 1986 (June 29) - Wicked humidity in the morning gave way to drier conditions during the afternoon, along with bright sunshine and a refreshing breeze, so the high of 89° was bearable.  I watched the parade for three hours on Fifth Ave. between 12th and 13th Streets. 
  • 1987 (June 28) - Pleasant, September-like conditions, with a high/low of 77°/61°, which was five degrees cooler than average.  I didn't participate in the Gay Pride Run held the day before because of rain, which amounted to 0.79".  
  • 1988 (June 26) - Showers fell between 4 AM and 1 PM, ending shortly after the parade was got underway.  The afternoon high reached 83°.  
  •  1989 (June 25) - Sunny and warm, with a high of 86°.
  • 1990 (June 24) - Partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures, with a high/low of 80°/68°.  I watched the parade on 5th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets. 
  • 1991 (June 30) - Today's high of 90° was bearable after yesterday's 97°.  A brief downpour occurred in the afternoon, at 4:30, and the temperature dropped into the 60s by evening.
  • 1992 (June 28) - A delightful day for a parade as skies were crystal clear, and the afternoon temperature rose into the mid-80s.  For a change, I watched the parade in Midtown at 45th Street.
  • 1993 (June 27) - After overnight showers, skies cleared by 1 PM and the high reached 86°.  This was the day after the high was 92°.  I watched the parade for about an hour on Waverly Place, then walked over to the Hudson River for the festival.

 

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  • 1994 (June 26) - Perfect summer weather marked the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot.  Under sunny skies the high reached 89°, the fourth year in a row the temperature was above 85°.  Unlike other years, this year's parade took place on First Avenue near the UN and marched up and over to Central Park.  This year's festivities coincided with the conclusion yesterday of the Gay Games which New York hosted.
  • 1995 (June 25) - After four overcast days, skies cleared in the afternoon, but oppressive humidity persisted.  Light rain that began last night ended by daybreak today.  The high was 80°.
  • 1996 (June 30) - Rain fell throughout the morning until early afternoon.  Then after a three-hour break, showers returned after 8:00.  In total, 0.88" of rain fell.  The high temperature was only 67°, fifteen degrees cooler than average. 
  • 1997 (June 29) - Clear and hot, with a high of 90°.
  • 1998 (June 28) - Partly cloudy and pleasant with a high/low of 78°/63°, four degrees below average.
  • 1999 (June 27) - The high reached 90° after a very warm morning low of 75°.
  • 2000 (June 25) - Under clear skies the high reached 86°.  Low humidity (33%) made for comfortable parade marching and watching.
  • 2001 (June 24) - A lot of rain fell yesterday morning/afternoon (1.64"), but today was dry under partly cloudy skies.  It was on the cool side, which was perfect for watching the parade.  The high of 75° was six degrees below average.

 

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  • 2002 (June 30) - Sunny thru mid-afternoon, with a sultry high of 87°.  I watched the parade from Washington Square Park and later walked over to the Pride festival on Greenwich St.
  • 2003 (June 29) - After a brief shower at sunrise, the rest of the day was sunny through some haze.  Temperatures were seasonably warm.   
  • 2004 (June 27) - Fair skies, with temperatures a bit cooler than average (high/low of 77°/60°).
  • 2005 (June 26) - Today's high was a sizzling 92°, eleven degrees above average, making this the hottest (temperature-wise) Gay Pride Day; the heat index reached 96°.  (June 26 is also the day in June most likely to reach 90°.)

 

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  • 2006 (June 25) - Although a shower moved through at around 12:30 PM, shortly after the parade  began, heavy rain that had been predicted stayed to the south (five to ten inches flooded eastern PA, MD and DC).  However, skies were mostly overcast.  After a warm and muggy morning low of 70°, the high was only four degrees warmer (and eight degrees below average).  
  • 2007 (June 24) - This was the fourth day in a row of fine weather.  The day started off chilly, with a low of 57° degrees (tying 1970's Gay Pride Day for coolest reading experienced), but the afternoon high rebounded to a pleasantly warm 81°.  
  • 2008 (June 29) - Very warm and humid with a high/low of 88°/70°.  The parade was interrupted twice by tropical downpours at 2:30 and 5:00, which amounted to 0.59".  Happily, I was shielded, as I watched the parade from the 14th floor terrace of an apartment building on 5th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets (the same building I watched the parade from in 1985). 
  • 2009 (June 28) - The day started gray, but by the time the parade began skies were sunny and the temperature was in the seasonable low 80s.   
  • 2010 (June 27) - Unbearably humid conditions made the afternoon high of 91° feel more like 96°.  I watched the parade on 5th Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets.  Luckily, I was on the shady side of the street.
  • 2011 (June 26) - The weather couldn't have been nicer (high of 79°), which fit the crowd's high spirits following New York State's legalization of same-sex marriage two days earlier.

 

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  • 2012 (June 24) - Delightful conditions prevailed, with temperatures in the mid-80s under partly skies.  Later in the afternoon skies became overcast - but there was no rain until close to midnight.

 

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  • 2013 (June 30) - It was sunny, warm (high of 86°) and uncomfortably humid through early afternoon, then threatening clouds moved in.  It appeared severe weather was about to be unleashed, but there were just some sprinkles.
  • 2014 (June 29) - Clear skies, low humidity, and temperatures in the mid-80s. 
  • 2015 (June 28) - Mostly overcast skies and below average temperatures belied the high spirits of parade-goers in the aftermath of the Supreme Court's ruling two days earlier legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.  Overnight rain was over by daybreak but clouds persisted.  The day's high/low of 73°/61° made this the coolest Gay Pride Day since 1996 (when the high was 67°).
  • 2016 (June 26) - Today's conditions were similar to those of two years ago, with mostly clear skies and a high of 86°.
  • 2017 (June 25) - After three days with an inch or more of rain in the week leading up to today's celebration, today was partly cloudy with seasonable temperatures (high/low of 83°/68°). 
  • 2018 (June 24) - This year's conditions were similar to last year, with a high/low of 84°/66° under partly cloudy skies.  The one difference was that this year's marchers had to contend with humid conditions, with the afternoon dew point peaking at 70° late in the afternoon.  However, despite the high humidity, this was the tenth year in a row in which no measurable rain fell during the parade.

 

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  • 2019 (June 30) - Conditions were very nice through early afternoon, with the temperature rising into the low 80s under partly cloudy skies, but then a quick shower interrupted the parade mid-afternoon.  And although it lasted for only 15-20 minutes the 0.06" that fell was the first measurable rain during the parade in 11 years (heavier amounts fell over Long Island).  This shower was also accompanied by winds that gusted to 37 mph at Central Park.
  • 2020 (June 28) - Although the parade was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, there were unofficial gatherings and protests throughout the City.  For the first time in ten years, the temperature reached 90°.  And like last year, a thunderstorm dampened celebrations, but this year it occurred in the early evening while last year's was during mid-afternoon.

 

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Rainbow after the evening's shower (photo credit: Newsweek)

 

  • 2021 (June 27) - For the second year in a row (a first), the high reached 90°.  And with an afternoon dew point in the 70°-71° range, the heat index reached 96°.  Skies were a mix of sun and clouds, which cleared as evening approached.

 

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